BATTLE REPORT : My First Bolt Action Tournament.

Posted by Panzer Mom on July 20, 2017 at 9:00 PM
PanzerMom @ Great Escape Games Bolt Action Tournament

I have been part of the Bolt Action Sacramento FB page for quite some time and I have been a wee bit of a lurker until recently when I saw a flyer announcing a Bolt Action Tournament at one of our local games stores “Great Escape Games” In Sacramento.

I had been thinking about going but hadn’t made a definite decision until I was asked on the Bolt Action FB page if I would be attending. It was as if the gaming universe was calling me out, “Don’t be such a wimp, get out there and play” so I took a deep breath and said YES, I will be going. It was probably about 20 secs after I said yes, the reality of what I just did started to sink in and the questions started buzzing around my head. What will it be like? Who will be there? OMG What if I can’t remember the rules? What if I lose??? Oh, wait I lose all the time, so I am used to that. But what if I win….

So, before I could talk myself out of it I walked calmly into the living room and announced that I was attending a Bolt Action Tournament. Both my husband and son looked at me and said “cool” and went back to what they were doing.

So, before I could talk myself out of it I walked calmly into the living room and announced that I was attending a Bolt Action Tournament. Both my husband and son looked at me and said “cool” and went back to what they were doing. What?? no standing ovation? lol

Soon after there was a lot of discussion regarding the upcoming event on the BA Sacramento FB page, and the organizer Sean Palmer shared posted the specifics:

• 1000pts. generic selector (no theater selectors)

• single reinforced platoon, no Tank War lists

• no special characters or experimental vehicles

• 12 dice cap

• have fun!


• -Key positions

• -Nuts! (Bolt action alliance tournament mission)

• -Heartbreak ridge (Bolt action alliance tournament mission)

I think knowing them mission’s ahead of time was good for me. I was going to be ready! I read them over and over making sure I knew the ins and outs. I think the hardest part for me was actually putting my 1000-point army together, for after the third attempt at a list I realized I was emotionally attached to my units and if I wanted to be successful I needed to think tactics not emotions.

My Army list was as follows:

• HQ Unit

• Heer Infantry Veterans 10-man unit

• Heer Grenadier Veterans 5-man unit

• Heer Grenadier Veterans 5-man unit

• Waffen SS Late War Veteran 10-man unit.

• Waffen SS Sniper Team

• Medium Mortar Team

• SDKFZ Half Track 251/10

• Hanomag Reg

So, game day arrived and MadIrishTank was kind enough to go with me and give me Morale Support. We arrived a bit early so we could meet everyone. It was a great turn out and Sean the event organizer was so welcoming I felt right at home.

My First game of the day was a German vs. German. Andrew and I decided that this was a training exercise between brothers in arms as we played for Key Positions. I think my favorite part of this first game was the narrative that was created.  

 German Troops moving in from both Sides of the board. 

Germans moving in to capture a postion.

My German Half Track blown to pieces! 

In the end I lost this first game but I learned a great deal!  Next, I found myself up against the Japanese Army, and quite an impressive looking army along with a SS-KI Engineering Vehicle that had 7 flame throwers!  
Japanese army about to take an objective 

The Impressive Japanese SS-KI Engineering Vehicle

We were down to the last few minutes as time ran out and we both were battling it out for the last objective. In the end as the game time was called we had a draw. I really liked this game because we were both new to Bolt Action and just settled in to have fun and understand our armies a little bit better.

Now on for the last game of the day, I found myself up against the Japanese again, but this time on a jungle board. This game was a pretty fast paced game, with tanks and vehicles all trying to grab all the obstacles that we could.

German Soldiers staring down the barrel of a Japanese Tank

Japanese Soldiers take the last obejctive

In the end it came down to the last objective, with Japanese’s Soldiers taking the objective and the German Soldiers assaulting the Japanese unit leaving one man standing. The Last Samurai who in turn assaulted back and killed 5 German Soldiers with his blade in a blood and guts move! One of the bloodiest ending I have ever had in a game. It was EPIC!

All in all, I had a wonderful time, my final results were 2 losses and one Draw. I had a great time and met a lot of great players who love the game and were very patient with me as a newbie! I want to thank the Sacramento Bolt Action Group for welcoming me with open arms and I look forward more games in the future.

Until next time,

~ PanzerMom 

Categories: Bolt Action , Battle Reports, Bolt Action Tournaments

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