Kent used his typical US Para force with 11 dice.
- 3x large squads (10-11 men with tough fighter)
- 57mm AT gun
- 3" mortar
- Grey Scout car
I took a much smaller panzer platoon supported by some Fallschrimjager (7 dice)
- 3x panzer IVs
- 1x 233 armoured car
- 2x 8 man squads (3x SMG, 1x LMG each)
- 1x 81mm mortar
Kent has been busy while I've been away, painting like a man possessed (as always) and using some of the funds generated to get some new terrain- a cigar box mat and some Sarissa buildings to add to his stuff, it looked, really, really good. His gaming/hobby room is fantastic too, a permanent work station and the now live streams his painting!
Set up: The table, Kent came on from the left, my guys from the right.
Tthe para squad passes a farmhouse.
On my right flank two panzers advance.
As do the US paras- they are not going to be intimidated by the panzers!
Result: A hard fought but very close 4-4 draw with the Germans tenuously holding on.
Lessons learned: Small, expensive forces like this need to be used carefully, especially vs large veteran, tough fighter paratrooper squads! I could have got a couple more points if only I could have finished off the last man in a couple of units but too many targets, not enough dice!
Early on it looked like my mobility would be able to make a difference, specially after my mortar destroyed the 57mm AT gun but in the end I had too many targets and Kent's aggressive use of his infantry squads meant I was unable to focus fire enough and finish off squads. As usual though it was an entertaining game.
I hope to get another game in before I head back to Kiribati.