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Thursday, January 6, 2011

FoW AAR. 2nd SS Panzergrenadiers vs Motorstrelkovy in Counter Attack

Wow! What a ridiculous game. Tom and I rolled for our forces randomly, and rolled for our mission randomly. We came up with 2nd SS Trucked Panzergrenadiers vs Soviet Motorstrelkovy in Counter Attack.

Admittedly, I made some major mistakes both before and during the battle, and was severely punished for them! On the other hand, the battle was really cool looking and felt very "realistic".

2nd SS Panzergrenadiers
HQ + 2 fausts
Panzergrenadiers + Faust (deployed)
Panzergrenadiers + Faust (ambush)
Panzergrenadiers + Faust (reserve)
2x SS Tigers (reserve)
3x SS StuGs (reserve)
6 Barbed Wire, 6 Trenches, 2 HMG Nests

Soviet Motorstrelkovy
HQ + Battalion Kom.
1 Full str Motostrelkovy
1 Motorstrelkovy w/ 1 platoon (reserve)
9 T-34s + Dedov
3 IS-2
4 SU-85s
Spetznaz w/ 2 teams + German halftracks

Check out the board and force introduction.

The mission is Counter Attack- a mission neither Tom and I have ever played. Let me just say his infiltration was AMAZINGLY EFFECTIVE. Check it out!

Deployment. Tom's Soviets start on the left and traveling clockwise: IS-2s, Big Motorstrelkovy & Spetz, T-34s, SU-85s. And I have 1 SS Panzergrenadier platoon holding it down!

Hold the line for the fatherland!


Top of turn one… after the infiltration. Gulp!

Bumper to bumper, shoulder to shoulder!

Here they come!

The Soviet Kommisar thrice had to shoot his own men to keep them moving.

The Germans fight back bravely.

So many bodies! The soviets almost break, but the Kommisar keeps them in it.

The 2nd Panzergrenadier platoon ambushes.

Top of Turn 2.

The Soviets have cracked the outer line.

And now the tanks exploit the breakthrough.

The infantry fight back valiantly, but fall to the T-34s.

One infantry stand remains…

And then fails it's sole survivor check. The Germans are left with nothing on the board!

Wow. 6-1 to Tom at the bottom of turn 2!

Clearly I made a LOT of mistakes. #1- the list isn't a great build, but I did put it in my random list of lists so it stands. #2- my god! That infiltration! #3- I could've put at least 1 armor unit on the board. #4- Why did I spring my pathetic ambush?? Tom couldn't win till turn 4, giving me time for some reserves. Still, it was an awesome game!

Tom's Thoughts:

Steven's Thoughts:


jmezz382 said...

Great god .... so many Russians and not enough men. At least you didn't have to shoot your men to make them advance.

Scary Biscuits said...

No Brummies? I'm disappointed! :P

What happened to the video?

indierockclimber said...

Man, run brummbars once and the guy acts like you kicked his dog :P

Videos fixed. Thanks for the heads up!

Scary Biscuits said...

I'm on a mission to shame the Brummbar back into its historical role. ;)

Seriously though, you guys have me really wanting to put together my own gaming garage!

indierockclimber said...

haha yeah, I admit- the brummbar rarely gets used historically. There's been a million suggestions on how to fix them, but I think they just need a good ol' fashioned points increase frankly.

I love my game room. It isn't much- just a spare bedroom, but it was a big factor in buying our new house. Every man needs a cave.

Hein said...

That was 1 Fast Bloody Game :)

JMHahn said...

We have a termed locally coined "Russian Ridiculous" that is used quite often when facing off against 20+ stands of Russian foot sloggers approaching your defensive line. The same applies to hordes of T-70s.

Having played mostly against Russians at this point, I feel your pain on this one. I've been in the same shoes, on the same scenario recently.

Duncan said...

Is this the Counter-Attack mission from the FOW website?

If you had delayed the ambush wouldn't the Soviets been able to spread out enough that you would have had nowhere to ambush from?

indierockclimber said...

Yes it is. As for his the ambush- potentially. But I would've had until Turn 4 to try to grab back the objective. You're right though, it would've been tough. Still it probably would've kept in the fight longer at least :)

indierockclimber said...

"his the ambush?" I no likey English.

Duncan said...

Did you have any choice in the fortifications you took or was that dictated by the list?

indierockclimber said...

dictated by list- it was all pre-decided on my "list of lists" to randomly select an army :)

Duncan said...

Given how close the objectives are to the attackers start line you almost want to defend from behind the forward objective -- though looking at how far forward he got on his infiltration it might not have made any difference.

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