Thursday, January 11, 2018

BA: Kiwis vs Panzers

This afternoon Kent popped over for a game of Bolt Action. It's now only a couple of weeks till I go to Kiribati so we wanted to get game or two in before I leave. I grabbed a couple of army lists and we ran a simple "meeting engagement" mission.

Kiwi Armour (1200 points)- Craig

  • 3x Shermans
  • 1x Staghond
  • 2x Veteran rifle sections
  • 1x MMG
  • 1x 3" mortar
  • 1x Sniper
  • free observer team
Panzers (1200 points)- Kent
  • 3x Panzer IVs
  • 1x 233 armoured car
  • 1x Veteran rifle squad (LMG, 3x sMGs)
  • 1x flame thrower
  • 1x panzershrek
  • 1x hanomag
turn 1: A panzer IV takes a shot at the staghound but misses.

The 233 is on the left flank, a panzer IV and hanomag on the right. Infantry are infiltrating into the woods.

A view from the kiwi lines, the infantry and sniper advance on the hedge lined field.

End of turn 1, I manage to knock out a Panzer IV.

Turn 2: the turn starts with the Germans returning the favour and knocking out a sherman. 1-1.

Not long after that a second Sherman is brewed up. 2-1.

I try to smoke the panzer IV but the smoke misses- by a long margin.

The Panzer IV and 233 dominating the German left flank.

The staghound manages to hit the Panzer IV for 3 tursn in a row but fails to penetrate the front armour at long range. My last Sherman advances up the road to support the centre.

The sniper and one of my infantry section in the field. The Germans are advancing on the Sherman with a flamethrower and panzershrek.

My second infantry section cover the Sherman's left flank.

 The flamethrower and panzershrek, after missing a couple of times, finally hit and brew up my last Sherman.

Meanwhile several brutal assaults occurred around the field. I managed to kill the veteran panzer grenadiers and also the panzershrek. Time to take on the hanomag...

On the German left my artillery had pinned both the panzer (5 pins) and 233 (4 pins) so Kent spent a couple of turns removing the pins from both vehicles.

On the top left corner my assault vs the hanomag failed and only 3 men survived.

Next turn they tried again and this time succeeded in grenading and brewing up the half track.

Final turn- the 233 advanced on the staghound but missed it and the staghound too failed to hit with its shot.

A quick and brutal game, I ended up knocking out 6 of the 8 German units, Kent managed to kill 5 of mine so a very minor victory to the kiwis. 

An enjoyable game, tanks battles are nice and fast but we both had enough infantry to keep things interesting. Not sure if we'll get another game in before I head off overseas but we will see. 

Thanks for the game Kent. 



  1. Looks like a great game....with beautiful vehicles!

    1. Thanks Phil, it was nice to roll a few dice again.