Focus: D-Day Airborne

The Weather clears and the orders are clear – the invasion begins! The early hours of June 6th 1944 – In the vanguard are the airborne, elite units sent ahead to drop behind enemy lines, secure key objectives and hold until relieved!

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Our Friend Brian over at TemplarsCrusade has been taking a look at the events starting with this thought provoking video:

Keep you eyes peeled as there’ll be more later this week!

New to Bolt Action?

If you’re new to Bolt Action then there can be nothing more thrilling than taking an elite unit into action. Elite’s can be a challenge to master in the game but they’ll look great and scare your opponent, and that’ll give you an edge!

Here are 2 brand new offers to get you on your way toward an elite brigade for D-Day battles!

US Airborne 1000pt D-Day Invasion

Dropped from their C-47 Dakotas high above the Normandy countryside, the US Airborne found themselves helplessly scattered and separated deep behind enemy lines amid the hedgerow country of Normandy. They had to carry all of the necessary equipment – prepared to drop into entirely surrounded pockets in order to achieve their objectives.

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Their heroic actions have immortalised their units – the likes of the 82nd ‘All American’ and the 101st ‘Screaming Eagles’ – whose exploits were captured in the Hanks/Spielberg series ‘Band of Brothers’ – fighting their way through the likes of Carentan, Foy, Bastogne, and right up to capturing the Eagle’s Nest at Berchtesgaden – deep in the heart of Germany.

H minus 6: The Pathfinders

Rules for Pathfinders can be found on Page 12 of Battleground Europe whilst the Veteran Airborne come from the Market Garden Selector on page 71 of Armies of The United States

The 1000 point army

US Airborne HQ 1st lt with 2 men 116pts
US Airborne Medic 30pts
US Airborne Squad A – 10 men NCO with SMG + 6 men (Rifles/Carbines), 2 SMGs 1 LMG. 202pts
US Airborne Squad B – 10 men As Squad A. 202pts
US Airborne Squad C – 5 men – Tank Hunters NCO with SMG + 1 Rifle/Carbine, 1 SMG, 1 LMG, all equipped with Anti-Tank Grenades. 114pts
Pathfinders Squad – 8 men NCO with SMG + 6 men (Rifles/Carbines), 1 SMG. 141pts
US Airborne Bazooka Team 78pts
US Airborne 60mm Light Mortar Team 52pts
US Airborne MMG Team 65pts

This 1000pt deal contains

  • x1 Blister of 4 men for the US Airborne HQ & Medic teams.
  • x3 Squad Boxes of 10 men for US Paratrooper Squads.
  • x1 Loose Figure of a US Airborne Pathfinder with M1 Garand Rifle.
  • x1 Loose Figure of a US Airborne Pathfinder with Signal Gun
  • x1 Loose Figure of a US Airborne Pathfinder with M1 Carbine.
  • x1 Loose Figures of the US Airborne Pathfinder with Thompson SMG.
  • x1 Blister of 4 men for the US Airborne Bazooka & 60mm Light Mortar teams.
  • x1 Blister of 3 men plus weapon for the US Airborne 30cal. MMG team firing.

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You can then add to this army with a nice selection of weapon teams and specialist jeep from the US airborne range:

 

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British Airborne 1000pt D-Day Invasion

Immortalised in such classic movies as ‘A Bridge too Far,’ the Red Devils of the British Airborne forces jumped deep behind enemy lines to secure crucial objectives to allow the Allied forces and their supplies to fight their way across occupied Europe, beating the Axis forces back to Germany.

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Famed for their actions including the taking of Pegasus Bridge and the fighting around Arnhem amongst many other incredible feats – the plucky Brits were armed with the likes of the Sten and Bren guns, the PIAT, and were backed-up by the trusty 6-pounder anti-tank gun, convoys of specially adapted Jeeps, and the Tetrarch air landing tank – all of which are available as part of the Bolt Action range.

H minus 5: Geronimo!

Rules and scenarios can be found from Page 12 to 23 of Battleground Europe whilst the Veteran Airborne come from the Market Garden Selector on page 83 of Armies of Great Britain.

The 1000 point army

British Airborne HQ 1st lt with 2 men 116pts
British Airborne Medic 30pts
British Airborne Section A – 10 men NCO with SMG + 5 men (Rifles), 3 SMGs, 1 LMG. 172pts
British Airborne Section B – 10 men As Section A. 172pts
British Airborne Section C – 10 men As Section A. 172pts
British Airborne Vikers HMG Team 65pts
British Airborne 2″ light Mortar Team 46pts
British Airborne 3″ Medium Mortar Team 65pts
British Airborne PIAT Anti-Tank Team 52pts
British Airborne Sniper Team 65pts
British Airborne Flamethrower Team 65pts

This 1000pt deal contains

  • x1 Blister of 4 men for the British Airborne HQ & Medic teams.
  • x3 Squad Boxes of 10 men for the British Airborne Sections.
  • x1 Blister of 3 men plus weapon for the British Airborne Vikers HMG Team.
  • x1 Blister of 4 men for the British Airborne PIAT & 2″ light Mortar Teams.
  • x1 Blister of 4 men for the British Airborne Sniper & Flamethrower Teams.
  • x1 Blister of 3 men plus weapon for the British Airborne 3″ Medium Mortar Team.

View in Store

You can then add to this army with a nice selection of weapon teams and a specialist jeep from the British Airborne range:

 

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Getting Started?

The great chaps over at Beasts of War examin an introductory game of Bolt Action with Warlords own Andrew ‘Ches’ Chesney:

And here’s the D-Day Firefight! Starter Set:

Find out more about this action packed battle set ‘here

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