Despite the fact that my Bolt Action forces are largely composed of things other than Assault Engineers, I tend to think of my force as 'The Assault Engineers'. If the upcoming army book gives these boys a good treatment (integral Flamethrowers, please) then I will be set. I tend to find in this game that so go the Assault Engineers, so goes my game. If they struggle, I struggle. If they sweep all before them, then, you get the picture. I've been getting a bit of BA in amongst other things and here are a few excerpts of a couple of games vs the Japanese, followed by my newly painted cool new Warlord Games Ruins:
Both of these games are the 'Point Defense' (aka 'Encounter') mission vs Japanese using the new Japanese Pdf. We did make one change - though not for game one as Andy had yet to turn up with new flamethrowers for all: We allow Japanese to take Flamethrowers. The good thing about BA is that it is obvious what the cost of a regular flamethrower team will be and adding them really lifts the AT potential of the list. A flamethrower vs the flank (this is 40k style 45 degree flanks not FOW style 180 degree ones) of a tank is 1d6 shots at D6+3 vs say a target number of 8 to take out my T-34/85. Nothing else in their list comes close.
Like all wargames, this is a game of skill and luck. I was lucky that my sniper was so skilled that he took out his opposite number, who was hiding in a house, in a single shot. Jason's guys did a good job of keeping my left flank - the free inexperienced guys - pinned down, while my 120mm mortar fail to ever range in on anything.
I can see the potential in the Japanese list. Lots of riflemen is surprisingly good (so the rules-writers may know more than forumites credit them for) and the big squad size plus the ability to always run forward can be very intimidating to face. Now they just need to get some bicycles and trucks....
very reasonable price from Caliver Books with free postage. Why do I keep plugging these guys? I don't know, easy to like anyone who seems to ship my stuff instantly from the UK so that it arrives in about 5 days from order at my house...
The Ruins are cool too. It's a set made up of three identical sprues (though all the bits are precut from the sprue to save box space.) One downside is that mine were seriously warped, it took me a while with some boiling water to fix due to the 5mm plastic. Otherwise, very nice. Good deep detail and the set is highly flexible. You could get much more variation than I did. After paining (isn't it always the way?) I see I didn't even swap the way I had one of the end walls around between buildings.
Thanks for reading.