The missions went well, a few grumbles about Soviets getting “Night attack” and on turn 2 of some of the first round games I was thinking oh, oh. This looks like it will be over very quickly but on all those games (including Dale and mine) we held on and all had hard fought and close games that led to defenders victories, even though the defenders were feeding teams to contest for most of the games. The extra objectives made for tactically interesting game as there were options for attackers and hard decisions to be made by defenders so I think overall they worked well.
I a was a bit surprised that the attackers struggled in many missions but I think the lighter tanks & new AT rules made it difficult to crack AT defences. In fact I've never seen so many Zis 3s fielded in one comp.
Dale and I ended up winning, a bit embarrassing really as I was organising it but in my defence I only joined with Daleinski when we lost a couple of players. Our lists were:
6th Panzer, 6. Reconnaissance Battalion,
Aka Dalinski’s Gepanzerte Aufsklarung Platoon
- HQ (2x Sdkfz 250), 1x P/K 80
- 6x MG teams (4x Sdkfz 250), 1x SMG P/K 235
- 4x MG teams (3x Sdkfz 250), 1x SMG P/K 165
- 1x 223, 2x 222 Armoured Cars 110
- 3x Stug F/8 510
My Mittere Panzer Kompanie,
C Company, 11th Panzer Regiment, 6th Panzer Division
2x MK III Late J 210
2x MkIV F2, 2x MkIII Late J 500
2x MkIV F2, 1x MkIV F1 390
No AT guns, no artillery to speak off (Dale usually takes some mortars but not this time), no AA. It was only game 2 I remembered my single panzer IV F1 could fire bombardments- not that it ever destroyed anything.
The forces were pretty fragile and we were under a lot of pressure a lot of the time but managed to come away with 3 good wins and also were on the end of a crushing defeat to Poochie and Nick- ambushing T34s soon led to a massacre and we lost EVERY model on the table! Our dice rolling didn’t help our cause, it went from bad to worse to damn right embarrassing but it was a very clinical and well deserved win to Poochie and Nick in that one. In the last round Dale and I were the only Axis team to win and so managed to snatch first place.
The Saturday night BBQ at my place went well, a few extras ending crashing at my place and we rounded things up about 3am so there were a few very tired and hung over gamers in the morning
Jamie MacDonald and Peter Black 36
Nick Garden & Chris Pooch 33
Lionel Graves & Bob Pearce 30
Mark & Simon Taylor 27
Kent Galpin & Martin Wilkinson 23
Adam Smith & Andy Tucker 19
Dale Franklin & Craig Courtis 38
Noel Black & Stephen Falconer 32
Jeff Larilottz & Josh Graves 30
Dave Dreaver & Cal Manson 26
Keith Hewitt & Estella Jones 25
Nathan Maynard & Robert Higgins 9
I am already looking forward to next years comp.
Wins per round
Round 1- No Retreat- Soviet attack in the blizzard, 5 German wins
Round 2- Encounter- 4 German wins (also 1 timed out loss/loss)
Round 3- Pincer- Germans attack- 4 Soviet wins
Round 4- Surrounded (final breakthrough to relieve Stalingrad) 5 Soviet wins
Not sure of it as the new rules for guns etc but the defenders won many of the battles but overall there were 12 German vs 11 Soviets.
A few pictures: