Fighting withdrawal v Tom Leamy's FV Finns- snow (only 8" movement off road again)
Tom was running a nasty looking Finnish infantry force: Hero, 2x platoons, MGs, mortars, 105 artillery, 2x pak 40s + hero, more stolen T34/85s, 1x "borrowed" ISU152, 2x pak 40s. I was looking forward to this game as I've met Tom several times but don't think I've ever had the pleasure of giving him a game, with his force it wasn't going to be easy- Finns hate Soviets!
Once again I got to attack. At last there was some hills with a LoS for my SU 100s to go on overwatch. On turn 1 they bagged a 105 artilley piece at 39" range!
Turn 1- Tom ambushes my Zis 2 on my weaker right flnnk- I'd thrown my small motostrelk, SU76s and Zis 2s out there to force tom to at least defend the far objective- h ehad his assault platoon for hell dug in on it so there was no way I was seriously contemplating taking that one, Ijust wanted to stretch his defence as much as I could. What followed as one of the most woeful runs of dice rolling I've ever witnessed. The T34s killed one Zis 2 and his mortars claimed another.
MVPs: Vals and JS IIs
Much to my surprise I came 3rd behind Damian (Urdany) and Nick (Romanians) but there were 2 points separating about 10 of us so it was a very very tight comp and I really didn't expect to be anywere but the middle of the pack.
Post Comp changes?
Sukas: fun and when allowed to roam vs lighter stuff they did well but usually were 150 points not doing a lot, I enjoyed using them though. However, breakthrough gun armed SU 122s would have been a more useful option.
SU 100s: Not really effective, lots of bad going terrain + overloaded= sticking to roads a lot. Not many opportunities to put them on overwatch on the tables I played and used them too cautiously vs Bede- (probably to much experience with marders, not enough with FA 9 tank destroyers!). Most of the time I was wishing I had M10s of SU 85s instead.
JS 2s: Worked really well and would rather take 4 than the SU 100s in future and add tank riders too. Tom suggested KV 85s instead as assault monsters and they would be worth considering too.
Valentines: My most useful unit in 3 games. They can take the punishment vs lighter AT and have a reasonable gun, with snow on all tables they were no slower than any other tank and so I found them very, very handy and now swear by them.
A number of times I wished I had taken air support rather than the SU 100s too.
So what would I change?
Probably the SU 100s to get another JS 2 and possibly drop the SU 76s for some spetnez- that would allow for some M10s, SU 85s or air support with the change.
Another great weekend, well run as usual by Bede and I got to play vs players I don't usually get the opportunity to do so. Thanks for the lifts Alex, much appreciated. I am already looking forward to the 2013 comp! Now to think up an alternative force for Conquest in a fortnight- its Alaemin themed and I'm not sure I'm keen to run infantry again so soon.
Thanks for reading