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Russian Onslaught at Lost Ark

Easter Sunday saw another meeting of the Bolt Action group at Lost Ark Games in Stevenage. The group meets every 2 weeks on a  Sunday.

This week four of us did some 15mm Tank Wars. This is normal Bolt Action rules but we measure distance in centimeters instead of inches and fire distances in inches. We decided on 3,000 points a side. John and I had 4 IS2s, 4 T34/85s and 1 T34/76, all at regular. I took the T34s while John had the IS2s. Steve and Brian took the Germans with 3 Tigers and a Panzer 4 each.

Table Layout

Turn one and all the tanks came onto the table. Some at a run and some advanced. John took the Russian right flank while I took the left against Brian’s German platoon.

One of John’s IS2s managed to take out one of Steve’s Tigers on the first shot of the game. Another IS2 scored a hit on the Panzer 4 and put a couple of pins on it.

Russian T34/85s advance onto the board
End of Turn 1, Germans suffer the first loss

Turn 2 saw John finishing off Steve’s Panzer 4 while my T34/76 managed to take out Brian’s Panzer 4.  By the end  of the turn the Germans had lost 3 tanks without scoring a single hit on the Russians.

Russian T34s continue their advance
End of turn two

Turn three and the Russian left flank advanced up the road. The T34 platoon leader put a couple of pins on Brian’s Flank Tiger which hadn’t moved since it came onto the board. The T34/76 hit the Tiger sneaking up by the church but only managed to immobilise and jam the turret.

Meanwhile The IS2’s advanced over the hedges. The Germans again failed to score any hits on the Russians.

The Russian left flank advance over the road
End of turn three
The Russian right flank advance over the hedges
The German left flank showing 50% casualties

Turn three and the Russian left flank advanced up the road. The T34 platoon leader put a couple of pins on Brian’s Flank Tiger which hadn’t moved since it came onto the board. The T34/76 hit the Tiger sneaking up by the church but only managed to immobilise and jam the turret.

Meanwhile The IS2’s advanced over the hedges. The Germans again failed to score any hits on the Russians.

The Russians advance down the road toward the church
End of turn 4, still no hits for the Germans
Hits galore on the German left flank
The IS2s advance over the hedge line

Turn three and the Russian left flank advanced up the road. The T34 platoon leader put a couple of pins on Brian’s Flank Tiger which hadn’t moved since it came onto the board. The T34/76 hit the Tiger sneaking up by the church but only managed to immobilise and jam the turret.

Meanwhile The IS2’s advanced over the hedges. The Germans again failed to score any hits on the Russians.

Russians start to flank the church
IS2s advance across the road
Russian platoon leader watches the platoon near the church
End of turn four
German left flank

Turn five saw the IS2s finish off Steve’s Tigers and then turn to advance on the German left flank. Meanwhile my platoon leader finishes off the Tiger near Brian’s base line. The Germans finally got a hit on the Russians, Brian managing to take out the T34/76.

End of turn five

Turn six and John’s IS2s made a beeline for the Russian left flank to help wiping out the remainder of the German forces.

The Russian left flank T34s started to envelope the church to try and encircle the remaining two Tigers. No damage inflicted this turn.

Russians outflanking through the field
Russians begin to envelope the church
Devastation on the German left flank
End of turn six
View from the German right flank

Turn seven and the IS2s close in on the Germans while the T34’s are still maneuvering to get a tactical advantage on the Tigers.

One of the T34s manages to put a couple of pins on one of the remaining two Tigers.

Advancing on the Tigers
The IS2s gang tackle the Tigers
End of turn seven

Turn eight and that was it for the Germans, the last two Tigers took hits wiping out the German force, though they did manage to take a T34/85 with them.

Final score was 8 out of 8 losses for the Germans and 3 out of 9 for the Russians.

A thoroughly enjoyable game of Tank Wars with no infantry and a second run out for my 15mm tanks.

Sneaking round the church
The Tigers succumb on turn 8
going for the back of the church
The Tigers succumb on turn 8
IS2s queue to take shots at the Tiger
End of turn eight
2018-04-02T11:26:35+00:00April 2nd, 2018|Bolt Action, Wargaming, WWII|0 Comments

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