No Retreat vs Bede "Otto Carius" Bailey
I had stuffed up my score at the end of game 2 (sorry Bede) adding my sniper kill to my score rather than my battle points so got to play Bede (I blame it on being addled/ not thinking straight trying to squeeze a result out of the previous game). Personally I'd have rather not faced the top ranked player in NZ at this stage, but that's just me!
Being mechanised I attacked. Bede was running Otto Carius & has tiger platoon , 2x pioneer platoons, AA half tracks, 4x pak 40s and 3x nebs. The table had a river in the centre so Bede used that as a cornerstone of his defence.
Turn 1: I advance towards the river and Bede moves forward to engage the SU76s with Carius and company. He had told me earlier on the day that if we fought he would kill my SU 76s on principle!
Fortunately he managed to fail 3 firepower tests and only knocked out 1! In my head I'd been singing to myself my latest ditty. "Otto, Otto, who the Fuck is Otto?" Now I'd had a lesson in what a combat beast Otto was- he ignores cover and GtG and rerolles misses. Yikes! There goes the two things I try to rely on with Soviets (range and cover) when tangling with German armour.
In the final turn I managed to kill the Nebelwerfer commander and so force a morale test which Bede failed so only just managed to avoid a 1-6 hiding.
I think this game showed my lack of playtesting with my force- Bede thought I would run straight over him but as it turned out I suffered from Otto awe and failed to commit my heavy tanks and AT guns together. My front armour should have been enough to engage in a gun dual with the tigers with a good chance of success but while his paks remained uncommitted I was worried about surviving 8x pak shots as well as 7 tiger shots (most of which ignored terrain and rerolled misses) so was guilty of being too timid.
A lesson learned me thinks. Bede played a good defence, as I expected, and I was very lucky to come away with anything. Afterwards I kicked myself for forgetting to snipe at his paks too! I wish I had some airpower in this one to keep the tigers moving.
MVP? The SU 76s for not dying! Take that Otto!
Good game Bede a real lesson on how to run an elastic defence. Bede took my force out piecemeal by using range and the tigers skill. Very well played.
Yay for Carius! Post event I wish I had manned up and taken Carius in a Tiger Company rather than as support for Pioneers. I only took him for fun, and I suspect I would have had more fun with pure tanks. Far more difficult to play (and score wins with) but more fun. Think of all the Tiger Aces!!ReplyDelete
I enjoyed the game Craig and look forward to our next one. It's 2-2 on the results front so the next one is a biggy :)
I'd better bring my A game next time then Bede, I've suffered two major reversals in a row.ReplyDelete
3 tigers was enough thank you very much and was probably the better build.
After writing my review/report I am tempted to go to the masters with a post comp tweaked motostrelk force to see how it goes (I should remain in the running for a South Island place under he affirmative action clause thanks to the comp:) Will have to think on it- just been looking at the current rankings and lots of players I would enjoy playing there.
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Yeah - I had a look through as well about a week ago and thought the same thing. I've got some US Tanks on the painting table, but am thinking about the Pioneers as well as a counter to the USTDs should anybody choose to run them. Or perhaps a Wiking Panzer force? One of those three I'd say. Would be awesome to see you there!Delete