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Saturday, January 22, 2011

British Paratroopers vs German Panzergrenadiers in Seize & Hold (Bocage and LOTS of pics)


  • HQ + 2 8cm Mortars + 1 Panzerfaust
  • 3x Panzergrenadier Platoons
  • HMG Platoon
  • 5x Panzer IV H
  • 2x Stug G
  • Nebelwerfer Battery
  • Armored SPAA

  • HQ + 2 PIATS + Frost
  • 2x Paratrooper Platoons
  • Assault Platoon
  • Glider Pilot Platoon
  • 6pdr AT Gun Platoon
  • 17pdr AT GUn Platoon
  • 75mm Pack Howitzer Battery + Corps Artillery Support
  • Mortar Battery


Jon and Pete had an absolutely viscious battle today in the bocage. The game went on so long that I don't really feel like doing a full AAR. But, in the spirit of completeness I will post the pictures and let them do all the talking. The mission was Seize and Hold.

Here's the battle summary: Jon's reserves arrived in the absolute worst position despite having his pathfinder in the bottom right, only one of his eight platoons arrived down there! In the end Jon's mortar platoon got ripped up by Pete's Stugs. Jon also lost a para platoon and the 17 pounders in a combined assault by 2 panzergrenadier platoons. Pete lost his nebelwerfers, a panzergrenadier platoon, his SPAA, and a handful of Panzer IVs. In the end, time was called after several hours of brutal combat as the two duked it out on the central objective.

In hindsight, having them play a big bocage battle on a 6x4 board with infantry companies was probably not the best idea. What follows is every single picture taken of the game because I don't feel like going through it and writing my thoughts. It was exhausting enough to watch :)





Rhinexing said...

Looks like a fun table to play on!
Loved the pics... keep 'em coming!

shadowking said...

Awesome, superb table and mins. inspiring and my list of to buy and get gets bigger....


jmezz382 said...

Brutal fight .... nice pics .... I like the pre and post dawn effects on the pictures !

Todd R said...

what colors do you use for your truck canvas/tops? I've been trying various colors and haven't settled on one yet and you have a pic of two of them in the pic named, "BocageAAR36".

Again, another great report.

In your video AARs I like the interviews with the players. Sometimes they'll reference things on the board, perhaps you could show that on camera while they're talking about it.

Keep 'em coming.

indierockclimber said...

Thanks Todd! I'm not sure what colors are used- those are Pete's models. Pete?

I agree on the videos- I do try to reference the table- the problem with this one was that the table was already half cleared :)

Pete said...

Uhm, German Gray and Stone Gray mixed about 90/10. Then highlight with more Stone Gray mixed in.

At least, I think that's what I did!

Izimu said...

Great battle report. Loved the pre-dawn photo effect. My only gripe is "Dirty" Jon looked nothing like a homeless guy as I had been led to believe by the podcasts! :)

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