Kent and my practice for Southcon continued tonight. I decided to try something different and came up with a lend-lease tankovy to test out. Not sure how it would fare but it looked amusing- all equipment was provided by the brave workers in American and British tank factories:
Soviet Lend-LeaseTankovy- Conscript
- 1x Stuart 40
- 8x Stuarts 240
- 8x Shermans- 3x 50 cals 540
- 3x Churchills- FT (No H&C) 450
- 9x Razvedki (FT) 230
Kent ran the same FJ as last week:
- HQ with 2 stummels
- 2x full FJ platoons
- 2 HMGs (combat attached)
- 3x pak 38s
- 3x stugs
- Priority BF 109s
We rolled up a pincer, another of the new scenarios we hadn’t tried.
Deployment: FJ dig on behind the objectives, stugs in ambush. I throw the stuarts out wide and Shermans, Churchills and Razvedki on my right.
That worked...I think. Stugs lurk in the distance.
A lucky stummelwerfer strike pins the razvedki for two turns- this is evened out by Kent failing to roll reserves on turn 3 and 4.
Dale gets hold of the camera:)
In the last turn the Shermans passed a morale check from a BF 109 strike to deny Kent a point.
victory to the Soviets.
I really liked the lend lease tankovy. It is very moile with the Stuarts and packs more of a punch that the Soviet version I had also considered (T34s, KV 1s)- for a start T34s would never be able to duke it out with stugs at long range. Sure I got lucky but if you throw enough dice then 1s should appear!). Originally I took it as it didn't have enough Shermans for the 2x Sherman companies I wanted to try but the Churchills addd a bit of oomph to the list so I think I have setttled on the list for Southcon.
We both took away a few ideas for attacking and objective placement in this mission- not sure I
agree with the defendiing behind the objectives strategy as it meant if I pushed him back Kent would have to coutner attack and that is exactly what my razvedki and churchills wanted.
Afterwards we also discussed how to make Kent's FJ more effective defensively by using the stummels as an HQ platoon with the 2iC and not attaching the HMGs, or even making a small KG, to get 6 platoons for deployment as this would have meant that Kent would have been able to have both pak 38s and stugs on table.
A good game- I look forward to the next rematch.