The theme as the winterwar on the eastern front- snow tabless, Soviets and Romanians vs the Germans and their allies. Apparently most companies were armoured but it turned out I faced mainly infantry forces- which meant I did a lot of attacking!
Game 1: Breakthough vs John H (KG Bake)
john as uanble to lay the cops and as one player had pulled out at the last minute Bede handed him a KG Bake force and told him to smash the Soviet invaders. He ran Bake + 3 panthers, 2x tigers, 3x panzerwerfers, pioneers, AA.
We got a pretty heavily terrained board and I set up my typical defend one quarter defence, with Zis 2s covering the objectives. John advanced cautiously with his panthers and there was little early action- except for my repeated bogging of SU 100s on a wood- oops. turn 3 however as the panthers edged their way towards an important crossroads a company of Valentines roared out of the snow behind the panthers and knocked out 2, including Bake who took over another tank, and bailed 2 others. The panthers stayed but only one remounted the following turn. bake again had his tank shot out fomr udner hhim and commandeered the last pantherbefore gettinnhg it stuck entering a wood as he hunted down the Valentines. johns reserves (tigers and pionners) arrived and i spent a couple of turns shooting all the infantry while John took out 2 JS 2s ith the tigers. The sukas meanwhile had come aon board and were hunting the panzerwerfers, they had them pinned in a corner and about to be volelyfired when one of the Suka commadners spotted the bogged out Bake about 30" away and showing his rear so drove up a hill and knocked him out needing a 6 hit hit! The other three SU 76s (which now counted as moving shot up the 'werfers)- 6-1 to the motosrelk.
A force John had not used before but it was always going to be tricky dealing with the combination of lots of infantry and high end AT. It was a panther heavy force I had in mind when designing this force and it managed to keep them at bay quite nicely
MVP: The Valentines!
Bede's panthers- he really sets the painting standard!
And now for something completely different- Andrew Stanton's Armoured train.