|poster courtesy of Martin Ogg|
We used a slightly modified version of Bolt Action, as there were two British Platoons attacking a single Japanese Platoon there were three separate coloured dice, one for each platoon, in the bag - actually a bush hat for this game - in addition to this each turn, I added D3+1 story dice to the bag. When a story dice was drawn then a random event or reinforcement was drawn from the card deck (I have attached this as a PDF for those interested). Also included in the card deck were some bonus cards, each player could play up to one card per turn to boost movement, shooting or rallying, again, these are in the deck at the supplied link.
Each officer, section or support weapon also had a card that detailed the sections weapons and any special rules.
The British attacked with two platoons of infantry, each as follows:
- Subaltern & a Burmese scout
- 3 sections of ten men including an NCO with a SMG and a Bren gun
- 2" Mortar
One platoon had an attached flamethrower, the other platoon had a Vickers MMG attached.
The Japanese were initially defending with:
- Rikugun Shoi
- 3 sections of twelve men including an NCO with a SMG and a LMG
- 1 section of twelve men including an NCO with a SMG
- 3 50mm grenade launchers
- Sniper team
Additional reinforcements for both sides would be drawn on a randomised story dice event.
|Recce flight over the area|
All-in-all we probably played out about ten turns at a very leisurely pace and by the end of the game the result was as expected, despite some pretty heavy casualties, the British pressure applied along the Japanese defenses had started to tell and the Japanese line was crumbling. If we had played a couple more turns I doubt that there would have been any Japanese defenders remaining.
Below are some images from the game, unfortunately although a great position from a gaming aspect, it was not so good position from a lighting point of view, as a high skylight above us meant that harsh sunlight fell on part of the game and the rest was in shade so some of the pictures are a bit shonky.
All the Japanese are from The Assault Group, whereas the British are mainly from The Assault Group, but with a few Bolt Action and Artizan Designs models too. The civilians are from Curteys Miniatures, the Sherman is a Blitzkreig Miniatures, the Universal Carrier is a Die Waffenkammer and the truck is a die cast. The P40 Warhawk is a Hobby Boss model. All the figures and vehicles were painted by myself and the terrain and scenery was also built and painted by myself.
I have noted that Steve has put some rather better images up on his blog.
|Table laid out waiting for figures.|
|British army mule train with a stubborn mule bringing up the rear|
|Again, terrain laid out waiting for figures|
|Peasants in the village|
|Japanese supply truck and peasants|
|Still no figures|
|Japanese trench line|
|Japanese trench line|
|Japanese troops occupy the trenches|
|The British advance gets under way|
|Struggling through the heavy terrain|
|The British mass for an attack|
|The Japanese prepare to repel|
|There are more troops in this picture than first meets the eye|
|British right advances along the stream|
|Black and white for a change|
|That mule train again|
|More mules, the one at the back is quite stubborn. The Sherman is in the background|
|Despite artillery bombardments and air attacks the village still stands|
|Japanese defensive line|