No Retreat vs Bede "Otto Carius" Bailey
I had stuffed up my score at the end of game 2 (sorry Bede) adding my sniper kill to my score rather than my battle points so got to play Bede (I blame it on being addled/ not thinking straight trying to squeeze a result out of the previous game). Personally I'd have rather not faced the top ranked player in NZ at this stage, but that's just me!
Being mechanised I attacked. Bede was running Otto Carius & has tiger platoon , 2x pioneer platoons, AA half tracks, 4x pak 40s and 3x nebs. The table had a river in the centre so Bede used that as a cornerstone of his defence.
Turn 1: I advance towards the river and Bede moves forward to engage the SU76s with Carius and company. He had told me earlier on the day that if we fought he would kill my SU 76s on principle!
Fortunately he managed to fail 3 firepower tests and only knocked out 1! In my head I'd been singing to myself my latest ditty. "Otto, Otto, who the Fuck is Otto?" Now I'd had a lesson in what a combat beast Otto was- he ignores cover and GtG and rerolles misses. Yikes! There goes the two things I try to rely on with Soviets (range and cover) when tangling with German armour.
In the final turn I managed to kill the Nebelwerfer commander and so force a morale test which Bede failed so only just managed to avoid a 1-6 hiding.
I think this game showed my lack of playtesting with my force- Bede thought I would run straight over him but as it turned out I suffered from Otto awe and failed to commit my heavy tanks and AT guns together. My front armour should have been enough to engage in a gun dual with the tigers with a good chance of success but while his paks remained uncommitted I was worried about surviving 8x pak shots as well as 7 tiger shots (most of which ignored terrain and rerolled misses) so was guilty of being too timid.
A lesson learned me thinks. Bede played a good defence, as I expected, and I was very lucky to come away with anything. Afterwards I kicked myself for forgetting to snipe at his paks too! I wish I had some airpower in this one to keep the tigers moving.
MVP? The SU 76s for not dying! Take that Otto!
Good game Bede a real lesson on how to run an elastic defence. Bede took my force out piecemeal by using range and the tigers skill. Very well played.