27 February, 2011

Germans vs Soviets: 1000pt MW Tag Team (Demo)

Soviets -Moto HQ w/ 1 company with 3 platoons, 1 company with 1 SMG platoon, sappers, 4 AT guns, 5 T-70s.
Germans - GepanzertepanzerGrens HQ, 2 platoons, 4 panzers, 2 pak 38s.

Deployment: Soviet horde company on the right soviet objective. AT guns on the left Soviet objective. Soviets deployed first and get first turn. German AT guns on their left objective. One platoon of GepanzertepanzerGrens in the middle. Scattered Reserves for both sides.

Turn 1: Soviets fail to dig in. German Pak38s move to the rock wall.

Turn 2: Soviets bring on 5 T-70s on the far right flank with Scattered Reserves and they come down off the escarpment and line up with the infantry. Sappers come on at the farm house by the left Soviet objective. Germans get Panzers right in front of the Soviet light tanks an bail 2 T-70s and kill one.

Bottom of 3: T-70s have just doubled it away from the Panzers. Panzers move to the creek and kill a Soviet infantry base. Reserve german HTs race down the dirt road on the Soviet left flank (top right).

Top of 4: Soviet battle line. Notice the T-70s on the left still running from the advancing Panzers. The T-70 commander gets bogged on the fence and remains there for the game.

Close up of Sappers' aggressive push forward into the forest - suprising the Germans?

Bottom of 4: German Half-tracks drive towards the ass-back end of town.

German armour continues to push forward and grind away at the Soviet conscripts. 3 more soviet bases fall.

Bottom of 5: German Half-Track reposition after disembarking troops into the town square. Getting ready for the advancing sappers.

Wall of German machine guns attempt to uproot the Soviets holding the right Soviet objective.

Top of 6: Soviets push towards the objective in the town.

Soviets AT guns move to engage a German HT on the right flank. Kill it and its passengers.

Bottom of 6: Germans crunch Soviets under tracks. Push them off the objective. On the left flank, German HTs reposition into the town square and hit the advancing sappers with MG fire (see below image).

Top of 7: Soviet Sappers keep pushing towards far left objective. AT guns reposition to hit the HTs in the open. German conscripts try to get the lost objective back. Do nothing. Will last at least one more turn but its too little too late.

Bottom of 7: Germans will claim right-most Soviet objective in a turn or two. Game, Set, Match.

AAR: We ran this as a Tag Team-style demo with 2 players aside. Each side with one new player. As such we didn't use a proper scenario. The Defending side didn't have an ambushing platoon which may have made a big difference. Being able to place the AT-guns after the reserve Panzers showed up could have changed things. But in the end the main downfalls for the Soviets were: having all their AT in one place and not being aggressive enough.

19 February, 2011

FoW, Battle for the Ukraine, 7500 points total... GameSummit 2011

Ok so this one is a doozy. 28 pics plus video, but then again we ended up getting 7500 pts for the Battle in the Ukraine. Sit back, grab a brew, and enjoy the fruits of months of painting in this huge battle.

Pregame shot, Russian players await the german push.. BTW, click pic for close up of Brett's 'Bitch please' face. Perhaps he just found out the official soap of the GameSummit WFB tourny is... NONE!!

Dug in Russians in the farmlands above and below..

.. while more Dug In infantry surround the urban objective. BA-10s can be seen as well.

Better pic of the BA-10s near the fountain in the town square

Sideboard... 8 T-34s and 5 KV-1s

More Red Army vehicles (SU-85 and SU-122 assault guns).. are there just too many targets for the '88s and Tigers?

Truck Motor guys (they have a real funny russian name) EDIT: Razvedki is what they are called.. I love that they hang off the fenders with their PPsh's, 1920's gangland style!

Chris' Maksim settles near the potted plants on the second floor of this house???

End of deployment pics, this is how the table looks from the Russian POV at start of game. Germans get first turn.

SS units advance up to the creek...

while in this shot you can see how close Mike's Panzers get to the russian lines after Stormtruppen moves.

View of the other Tiger covering the advance of the DAK troops up the open fields.. Not seen, Mike's '88s on a nearby hill, discouraging any armored presence in the field area..

BA-10s on fire in the town square.. they got hit by StuGs and Panzers.. lucky to only lose 3 to be honest.
Better shot of the Urban area, burning BA-10s, and Tristan explaining to kids why adults are lining up behind them all of a sudden! Reason? Beer Cantina open for business at 11am. Best table locations ever! Thanks Corey.

(above and below) Russians shoot and assault the German troops. Perhaps they went too far with Sturmtruppen? Tiger gets Bailed but not Wrecked.. Alex just has the devils own luck on keeping Tigers alive.

Gravy Train of Aufklarung vehicles threading their way up the road between PanzerIVs.. Mike play them aggressively.

Infatry still holding the wrecked T-34 objective from Tristan's timid Panzer units.. seemingly a single BA-10 scares them.. though after the BA-10, the dug in men are literally the only thing stopping the Panzers from taking the objective and winning, since the Red Army reserves all came in centre and farmland objectives..

Mike's '88s on the small hill.
Surveying the dead german armor and infantry..

This is all the Germans have left to send into the farm objective meatgrinder.. the Reds have a tonne of tanks to spare.

Tigers, Bailed, Bogged, but not out. Duane pulls the ole say "Anything but a one" as Chris rolls firepower test on top armor to shaft him.. way to Jinx it D!!

Tristans Panzers slowly move closer to the infantry. At this point I was running demos pretty much constantly, so check out the Vid for the ending. Also, lesson to everyone, stop filming if you go into the game, so you dont get a few minutes tacked on to the video.. sorry!

GameSummit 2011, Friday Feb 18th "UKRAINE NOT WEAK!"

Communist Party Official building!

Well, another GameSummit is upon us, all the hard work of painting 2 FoW armies and terrain and so on has paid off.. Here are some shots of the FoW demo table that I'll be running with my 8th army Brits vs 21.Panzers, and the HUGE Ukraine table for tomorrow's massive 3000 pt per side Soviets v Germans. Not pictured: Beer... Beer is available at the Steve Yzerman Sportsplex.. HUZZAH!

Video below has all sorts of other shots of the event on the quiet night before the main days (Sat and Sunday) and of my terrible selection of beer..

18 February, 2011

Game Summit Prep Work

I offered to help Corey out again with some prep work he needed done. Last event I helped with painting some boards. This time he asked me to paint up a Fortress of Redemption. Its a decent chunk of plastic. Lots of nice details. I had to cut a few corners as I only got the piece a week ago and had FoW models to paint up as well...I think it turned out OK.

17 February, 2011

Mid War Escalation League - update

I added a new page to track the league, and posted the basic rules for tier 1 and such. I have posted the armies people will be working on, and will put the lists up once I receive them all, so no one can peek!

Stay tuned for Game Summit coverage this weekend - lots of pics and vids to come from our Eastern Front Mega Game!


16 February, 2011

USSR Heavy KV-1S

Here are some newly finished KV-1S tanks supporting some infantry in there advance off my painting area.

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