Regular gaming Buddy Pulp Citizen and I managed to get together for a game of Very British Civil War. For a change we played Bolt Action, which is a new rules set for the both of us. Because we were using new rules we decided to keep the game small, and so we had just 450 points aside.
I was The Manchester Legion of the British Union of Fascists (BUF) , commanded by First Lieutenant Thompson.Thompson is an inexperienced officer keen to impress his captain, Captain Webster, with his competence. He had two experienced (Regular) infantry sections, a Vickers MMG and, to instil a little 'shock and awe' in the locals, a Vickers Light Tank MKIII.
Pulp Citizen was the Wirral Socialist Worker's Council (WSWC). They were commanded by Commissioner Lunn (a rank equal to First Lieutenant) Lunn was an experienced officer, having fought in the Siege of Liverpool. He commanded and experienced MMG team, a 3" mortar team, a soviet trained sniper team, and three sections of green militia, dragged in to make up the numbers. One of these teams had been designated as 'tank hunters' and equipped with satchel charges, crowbars and molotovs.
The BUF have information that smugglers from the village of Frodsham are shipping in arms from the continent to supply to the WSWC forces in Helsby. On Captain Websters orders they have established a road block on the road in-between Helsby and Frodhsam, near Stonehouse Farm, and are stopping and searching any vehicals passing down the road. There are also rumours that they are charging a 'toll' to any passing travellers and, being Mancunians, filching goods off the local farmers.
WSWC forces in Helsby are understandable incensed by the road block, which local hot-headed agitators have started to refer to as 'The Siege of Helsby'.
Lieutenant Lunn has gathered a force of the local militia, together with a few of his more experienced men, and is determined to drive off the BUF and 'lift the siege'.
|The starting positions|
|Lieutenant Thompson's men manning the roadblock, with the terrifying visage of the Vickers Light Tank standing by.|
|The WSWC MMG on the Crag- good sight-lines but too far away to hit anything without redeploying.|
|Lunn and his tank hunters take up position in the woods.|
The sniper was well dug in in the stones of the old ruins, and try as they might the BUF couldn't draw a bead on him.
|The BUF patrol dive for cover.|
|WSWC Sniper- well dug in|
|Thompson directing his troops whilst 'Down' behind a hedge.|
|The BUF Vickers MMG Team at the roadblock added serious fire-power to the BUF Force throughout the battle.|
|The Tank is King!|
|The WSWC continues to exchange shots across the street with the BUF section in the Farmhouse|
The BUF patrol hunkered down in the broken ground decide enough is enough, fix bayonets and charge across the field towards the sniper. Miraculously the sniper, shocked by their sudden momentum, fails to hit them as they advance.
|The WSWC loose their momentum|
|The BUF extract bloody revenge on the snipers|
|Thompson tries to drive the Militia back out of the farmhouse|
The BUF on the flank, having finished with the sniper, take up position in the workers cottages, and open fire on the militia in the woods from very close range, while the Vickers tank cuts down the mortar team and kills the WSWC Platoon Sargent. The 'tank hunter' unit is all but destroyed- only three remain,and they are pinned down, but despite this, Lunn manages to inspire them to attack, and they assault the tank, hurling molotovs into the engines- and destroying the tank!
The remaining BUF section in the worker's cottages, upon seeing their tank destroyed, decide discretion is the better part of valour, and withdraw, conceding the field.
Commisioner Lunn might have driven the BUF off and lifted 'the siege', but at a terrible cost- most of his platoon were killed or seriously injured, including the majority of his more experience men- fighting had been fierce and bloody!
|The Vickers tank flanks the WSWC attack and destroys the mortar team- one of the units that could threaten it.|
|My VBCW inspired dice mug|
Bolt action turned out to be a great rules set for VBCW, and it was very easy to adapt the game to suit the setting. Both Pulp Citizen and I really enjoyed the game, and are looking forward to trying it with bigger forces very soon.