FLAMES OF WAR
2,000 pt MW Team Tourney
Eclipse Games, Rolla MO
Great time at the Rolla tourney yesterday! Our game club had 3 of the 6 teams present. Mike and I set up a desert table as we were playing a DAK Panzer Kompanie and Afrika Schutzen Kompanie, and of course, we never got close to the desert table hahaha
Round 1 we are fighting Blue vs. Blue in BLIND DOMINATION on a nice table our bud Tony set up vs. a team of winter themed German Spah and Pioniers from Novakistan. I immediately blow our sportsmanship points by using my artillery to smoke their advancing Ferdinand, doing an impressive imitation of an armored train, then punching his top armor with a bomb from a Luftaffe Stuka. Of course, much hooting and hollering and gesticulating and hilarity ensured. The Novakistanis were kind to enough to indulge our Orky behavior. :)
Both teams are basically in a big furball in the middle fighting it out for Domination Points while trying to not get one of our armies destroyed. We lose a platoon of Panzers to AT and Infantry Gun fire and their Pioniers and a captured KV 1 tank push against a 2 Pt Domination Objective with only my Recce to contest it. Acckk!
So... we go defensive in the middle. I holler "HILFE MICH!", and my team mate Mike sends another Panzer platoon over to machine gun the bejeezus out of the Pioniers and they break. On the far flank, one of my Schutzen platoons manages to wipe out a AT Gun platoon in assault and cause a 2 point flip on Dominations points, giving us the 5-2 win as time runs out. Fun game!
Round 2 COUNTERATTACK and we face up with our club buddies Rich and Mike using US Armored Rifles and British Motor Company. We decide to take a friendly picture before the game.
Then we try to kill each others' armies! Mike and I are attacking so we ignore the objective in No Man's Land that will easily be reinforced before Turn 6 by Rich's mobile elements coming in from Delayed Reserve, and go for the throat with a power assault by tanks around the right and a push forward by the Infantry. Mike and Rich, I realized when I saw this that those two PaK 38 guns WERE with the platoon that later got destroyed instead of the platoon on their right. They should have been picked up before later killing one of our Vickers MG teams. ACK! My bad, brothers.
We continue to get good service from the Luftwaffe as we use bombs and direct fire from Mk IV F2's to take out the Churchill platoon. The Germans are laying fire all along the defenders line and causing massive enemy casualties.
Losing one Schutzen platoon in assault due to some nice work by the Allies defensive fire and then counterattack, the remaining Germans finish off the enemy with artillery, infantry, and tank fire before the enemy's reserves, not beginning to arrive until Turn 3, can interdict. 5-2 Win for the DAK team!
Round 3 SURROUNDED we defend facing Will and Ian's KV 1 and Moto Raz Battalions. They go heavy tank on one flank and Raz and Recce on the other. We dig in with our AT guns and Artillery in direct fire support mode. There's very little cover in the center of the field so the Panzers take whatever cover is available, and the enemy attacks.
Luftwaffe gets some again! Our Stuka driver did a nice job all day long. He nails two KVs, 2 Valentines ,and chops up Will's Moto Raz on their main attack flank. I enjoy my moral victory and am surprised a photobombing Will wasn't giving me Rabbit Ears.. or something worse.. hahah
The enemy's main attack, or at least the Battalion Commander's KV and the one remaining in the company jumped by the Stuka, pushes around the heavily defended objective and begins to go for our other flank where our Panzers, Recce, and Schutzen are chopping up the Moto Raz and Recce. Valentines and Raz keep pressure on the defended objective to try to keep them from flexing to help the other side. Mike loses a Panzer platoon to the flanking KVs and fire from the other KVs pushing into the center.
Ian pushes his other KV company towards the less defended objective, Mike's Panzers close in to help in case of emergencies but the enemy has left his flank exposed to AT and Artillery fire from the other objective! It blows away the attacking KV 1 Company.
The enemy present the universal signal of "Damn you we give up!" and it's another 5-2 win for the DAK team. Wooohooo! We win Top Team for the day.
A great day with great friends.. enjoyed everyone's company very much! See you all at TANKER TREAT in October. :)