Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Daleks versus the Afrika Korps - A strange encounter

Last night the Shed hosted a rather strange game of bolt action. I was joined by Mark & Steve for what they though was going to be a rather simple pulpy skirmish on my desert boards.

To be frank I cobbled the idea together about an hour before they arrived having decided to shuffle around the desert boards from last weeks crusader game.

The focal point of the table was my Egyptian temple sitting in the valley of the lost kings. Access to the valley was through the wadis beyond the Oasis.


The Nazi's (Mark of course) were given this briefing

Egypt - 1937
Transcripts from Radio Messages sent by Colonel Werden to Heinrich Himmler -
Herr Himmler
I am delighted to report that the dig in Cairo is proceeding as instructed. I have been informed by the archaeological team that they are about to open the doors to the outer crypt. It appears that the tomb has remained untouched in all these years. I believe we are on the verge of a most exciting discovery…
Morale remains high amongst the team only dampened by this dreaded heat and dust

Herr Himmler
At the request of Professor Benoit we assembled a series of monitors and testing equipment around the tomb entrance. Initial results suggest a high level of radioactivity and electrical interference beyond the tomb door. We will proceed with caution.

Herr Himmler
Grave news – Professor Benoit and his team broke the seal on the crypt this morning and entered the tomb. Two hours later there was no sign of him and his exploratory party. I instructed Kapitan Funf to assemble a small squad to investigate – they have entered the tomb. Soon after a lone trooper emerged with severe burns. Before he died de stated that Kapitan Funf and his squad had been wiped out…his last words were…Vernichten, Vernichten, Vernichten


Attention: Colonel Herzog
Since the last encrypted message from Colonel Werden we have heard no news from the excavation camp. You are to proceed with all speed to the camp, assess the issue and make the necessary steps to ensure the contents of the tomb do NOT fall into enemy hands



The Nazi forces (seven squads of infantry would enter middle right)

To the South lay the combined forces assembled by British Intelligence (3 squads of Sikh infantry and four squads of friendly Bedouins). Steve was given this briefing

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British Intelligence Briefing
Recent radio chatter in Cairo has picked up a series of messages from a German exaction dig in the valley of the kings to none other than Heinrich Himmler in Germany.

These messages were encrypted but our boffins have done their best to decipher them..

Herr Himmler
I am delighted to ……..the dig in ……….is proceeding as ………. informed ……… team that ………….. to open the doors to the ………………... It appears ……………………..untouched………….. years. I believe ………….. discovery…
Morale …………………….team……………………. only dampened by this dreaded……………….

Herr Himmler
At the request of Professor Benoit ……………………………………..and testing equipment …………….tomb entrance. ………………………….results suggest a high level…………………………….. interference …………….. We will proceed with caution.

Herr Himmler
Grave ………… Professor Benoit ……………………..broke the seal…………..this morning and………………………... Two hours ………………………..no sign of him………………………………..  instructed Kapitan…………………………… investigate…………… Soon after…………………a …….trooper…………….severe burns. …………………………………………………..last words ………….Vernichten, Vernichten, Vernichten

Captain Rogers

An assault force has been assemble just outside the valley of the kings –your mission to investigate what has happened and to take steps on ensuring that Nazis do not leave the area with anything important.

The British forces would enter from the Oasis



The British forces advance into the desert....



Meanwhilst the Germans enter the table - both sides heading for the dig



Inevitably this mad rush forward ended in tears as a firefight erupted between the opposing forces in the tight canyons


Lead by the Bedouin horse the British surged forward



The Afrika Korps set up a defensive screen....




and quickly establisghed firing positions in the scattered ruins around the temple


At this point something strange happened - the pillars around the temple started to glow - each turn another started to glow - eventually forming an electrical web over the structure.

Local diggers ran from the crypt entrance waving a heiroglyphic covered cloth...

This they handed to the Afrika Korps commander - look carefully !! You can see a tardis and a dalek...clues for what was about to happen....






Despite the strange lightshow above the temple the firefight continued between the forces - Arab horse charghed into a unit of Nazis - a very effective charge - the very first I have witnessed in Bolt Action


By now the temple was bathed in blue light and emerging from the entrance were some strange pepperpot shapes....


Each turn more units more forth. It became obvious to Mark and Steve that there own firefight was no longer important - they had to defeat a common foe...


We used the Dalek rules for Bolt Action published here

https://boltactiontimelord.wordpress.com/tag/daleks/

The only major modification being small arms gaineds a +1 penetration at very close range (ie under 6")




At this point a strange blue box appeared and a man claiming to be called the Doctor arrived - he quickly explained to the British commander that the only way to stop this invasion was to switch off the grid - each pylon had a switch at its base (found on a 9+). The Doctor could automatically find these.

I suspect if the Doctor had tried to talk to the Nazis he might have been shot ! True to form they had tried to shoot the local diggers only to be beaten by the Daleks

 



The next hour saw a furious and bloody firefight around the temple as each turn more daleks arrived. Casualties on both sides were extremely high but the combined forces of humanity were switching down the pylons slowly


The Afrika Korps soon realised that a long range exchange of fire was not working against their armoured opponents - subtlety was thrown out the window and everything descended into a point blank firefight.


More daleks arrived - ( i have nearly 90 of these magazine toys)

Links to build here

http://shedwars.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/something-very-different-from-shed28mm.html



By now things were getting desparate - the humans were riunning out of troops and the Dalek grid was still operational


With a sustained charge the Bedouins, Sikhs and Germans pushed forward. Sacrificing their lives to switch off the pylons  - success !




A few rounds later the Dalek menace had been halted - only three Sikh soldiers remained

What fun !!

Tune in soon for another Shed report


30 comments:

  1. This is just so very wrong. Wrong in so many ways that I love it. I am sure the players did as well. The boards and the figures look good. I am gripped!

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  2. Superb! Erm can Daleks move on sand?

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  3. Loved it. Brilliant fun, great batrep!

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  4. Brilliant. Love the scenario and love the terrain

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  5. Your friends are very lucky to have such impressive and imaginative games laid on for them! Great stuff!

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  6. Wonderful! What a great game and fine looking board!

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  7. Great stuff! Love the board look.

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  8. What an insanely fun scenario! Oh how I love random event games where things go totally sideways! Well done!

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  9. Bonkers but brilliant at the same time!

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  10. Good Heavens! Insane, but excellent!

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  11. Reminds me when we had large plastic bugs descend into a medieval battle. At least your players ganged up against the Daleks, not like the hard-headed iron hats did in our game.

    Looks like a great battle with fun all around.

    Jim

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  12. What's not to love? Fantastic game.

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  13. Looks fantastic...shame I missed it.

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  14. Looks fantastic...shame I missed it.

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  15. Absolutely brilliant! Would like to share on FB if you don't mind

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  16. Brilliant stuff very impressive😀

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  17. the DAK should have embraced dalek love and taken over the world ...

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  18. I thoroughly dislike Dr Who, and I still thought it was a great game, and a great idea.

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  19. Brilliant stuff, Eric. As a fair few of those within my blogging circle are currently gaming Doctor Who, I have made them aware of this post. One response was "Daleks? In Bolt Action? Woohoo!", so I'm guessing he was quite impressed.

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  20. Now all we need is Sutekh manipulating events from inside his Pyramid on Mars, and the homage is complete!

    Really nice work, Eric, on every level!

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  21. Fantastic looking game. Afrika Korps v's Darleks... Makes sense to me. I once did a large scale King Kong v's Rocketeer's.

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  22. I love this type of game, and yours is a particularly spectacular example. Many years ago I introduced a pseudo-Godzilla into a Napoleonic naval battle.

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