As it's snowing outside why not put on a jungle game I thought... 2000 points and all the toys for the Far East... Playout using Bolt Action.
The mission was a simple one, the Japanese had to take the ridge line and village beyond, receiving 1 point for each unit near the ridge and 2 points over the ridge. Meanwhile the Marines scored 2 points for each enemy unit wiped out.
In a cagey opening the Japs sent infantry forwards but were greeted by MMG fire from the temple and Mortar fire from the ridge. With a 50% of the US Forces in and around the ridge, it was difficult for the attackers to know what to expect.
More and more enemy flooded the table. A squad of Marines made a nuisance of themselves in the wooden hut, whilst few in number they attracted the fire from many of the attackers, with Infantry, MMG's and Snipers pinning them on the dirt floor.
The remaining Marine stood to and started to move out of the village to defend the ridge including a Stuart light tank to counter the Japanese armour which was making it's presence felt on the temple defenders.
The defenders in the temple poured fire into the advancing Japanese, catching them in the open however the supporting fire of the attackers forced them 'down'.
The Marines fell and the Japs cleared the temple.
The Japanese FOO called down the artillery to plaster the defenders rushing to plug the gap.
With the Japs pushing an increasing number of units into the ridge zone and racking up points the defenders launched a counter attack, but was it too late in the day?
Bursting from cover the flame thrower hoped to send the attackers packing, but with a easy roll the attackers went and missed and were shot down.
Banzai....... urged on by their Officer the Japanese charged the tank and with bayonet and grenade were able to immobilise it.
With the loss of the Stuart and Flame thrower coupled with the the attackers having too many units in the ridge zone and the yanks had lost too many defenders to mount a serious counter attack, victory went to the Japanese.
A well balanced affair with the game seesawing between the attackers and defenders for the majority of the day. Nice to get all of the models on the table. The temple was able to hold out until the infantry went in.... Snipers were an annoyance for both sides even if the they did not score a kill, they were pinning units at crucial moments.
Next up finally back to the Middle East, I am running out of excuses to complete the Vichy Forces....