For a second year, my friend Aaron and I hosted a Bolt Action Kursk game at Adepticon. This year’s battle was armor only – not historically accurate, but a necessary change to run a large scale battle planned for 8 players. The table was 12×5 with two large hills, a village on one end, and plenty of wrecks/smoke breaking up line of sight. The teams each had objectives to achieve – both sides needed to inflict casualties on the other and also achieve a movement goal. The Soviets needed to place four tanks into the German deployment zone. The Germans needed to move two tanks onto an objective on one of the hills.
The Soviet players elected to mass their tanks in the central section of the table. While the Germans stayed put behind the smoke. For several turns, the longer range of the German guns picked off tank after tank. It was starting to look like an easy German victory when the Soviets crossed into the German zone and scored their movement objective. Suddenly, the Soviet team was ahead on points. After a brief panic, the Germans rushed to claim their hill & continued to pound the Soviet tanks. Final score was 16 to 10 in favor of the Germans.
Set up for the battle: 20 Soviet tanks face off against 12 German tanks
Burning Soviet tanks fill the fields
Aaron created lite smoke columns using tea lights. Awesome effect.
In the end, nearly all of the Soviet tanks were destroyed.
Panzers in the Smoke Mission brief and tank list