My force was:
2x ,Rifle 2x Panzerschreck
3x R/MG platoons + P/K (7 teams),
3x 75mm 40M guns
3 Panther A
3x Zrinyi II
3x Nebelwerfers (CT)
Sporadic Stuka Ju87D
Having seen the army lists there was one force I didn't want to face in the Hasty Assault round 1, Bob's Chaffees, so guess what I got to fight :)
- 2x Chaffees
- 5x Chaffees
- 5x Chaffees
- M8, 2x Jeeps
- M8, 2x Jeeps
- 2x M8 Scott HMC
- 4x M36 90mm GMC Jacksons
I'm defending on the left, panthers in the woods, infantry covering the objectives.
A real nail-biter that went to the wire- I needed to kill a jeep and either a Scott the last Jackson to break his force when he finished off the last panther and finally broke my company.
The most amusing unit? Bobs recon platoon. The paks and Zyrini's took care of his other Chaffee platoon only to be cleaned up (along with the nebs and a few infantry stands) by 2x recce jeeps that passed every save they had to make (or I missed with the Zyrinis). They zoomed round my table edge killing one and then bailing 2 Zyrinis over two turns then ran riot! Alas as it turned out afterwards we'd make a slight mistake and the paks killing the greyhound had killed the commander so they should actually have been halted with no commander but hey, these guys ere so badass they had mission tactics. A very enjoyable, if stressful (for me game as I struggle to avoid losing 6-1). The jeeps changed the game somewhat and it could have gone 4-3 the other way had they not shot me to pieces but hey, the game was fun, it was an honest mistake and made for a very amusing few turns. Well played Bob.
So, I didn't want to face US light tanks on Hasty Assault, I also did not want to face Bede Bailey (who typically ranks 1 or 2 in NZ) and his Shermans in a free for all, so guess what... Oh and I drew the same table!
Bede's US Shermans (CV)
- CinC M4, 2iC M4 (105)
- 2x M4, 2x M4A1 (76)
- 3x M4, 1x M4A1 (76)
- 3x M4A3 (105)
- 3x M4 81mm MMC
- 1x M8, + 2x jeeps
- 4x M36 90mm GMC Jacksons (CT)
My plans? Try not get rolled over too quickly and get some points if i could!
Luckily though the sherman died, the Nimrods died trying to get the recon unit but in the end the Zyrinis managed to finish the jeeps off (breakthrough gun) and I almost also got the 105 shermans and ended up on the far objective but not quite soon enough- a 4-3 to Bede.
To tell the truth I was damn glad to walk away with 3 points, as for most of the game I was starring down the barrel of 6-1 hiding. I got a couple of moments of luck but really was on the back foot from turn 1. Those Jacksons and their recon units really make panthers cautious and can easily react to whatever shenanigans I tried to do. Bede played really well as expected) and as unlucky to drop a couple of points really, but hey I'll take them.
Game 3: No Retreat vs Damien & his Finns.
Damien was running 12x CV Finnish platoons! Yikes. Luckily I got to defend. I also drew the ame table for 3 in a row but someone kindly sapped.
- 2x command SMG
- 9x Infantry +Kapteeni Lauri Tourni
- 7x Infantry + 4x Maxim HMGs (combat attached)
- 2x Maxim HMGs
- 3x M35 81mm mortars
- 2x Lahti Anti-tank Rifle
- 2x Pak50 PstK/38
- 9x pioneer rifles (RV)
- 2x PaK75 PstK/40, Corporal Toivo Ilomaki Special Character
- 3x T-34/85
- 2x Anti II SP AA
- 4x 122mm H/38 Howitzers
Damien's force is really scary. He almost got the forward objective and I only just drove him back. In he end I managed to break his company- no mean feat to kill 6 platoons but eventually got there. Again it as a tough but fun game that could have easily gone the other way so I was happy to get a win off him. Not sure how I'd have fared the other way round and I'd have had to attack, not very well probably. I also liked the fact each of his infantry platoons were combat monsters but geared to very, very different roles very cool.
So end of day 1 10 pts which was close to several other players as there were lots of very tight games.
Russell then let us know our match ups on day 2, Rob Torrence and his SU 122 company in a Breakthrough. Oh joy! Everything is FA 8 or 9 including the KV 8 flame tanks- this was not going to be good.