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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

German Grenadiers vs British Infantry in the Bocage!

Jon and I got together for a game, and wanted to try out some of the new artillery rules for V3.  We also wanted to get back in the thick of the bocage.  While the game was fun, and the dice rolls were all tense- the action doesn't come across quite as well in the photos.  I started writing a traditional battle report, but lost interest in keeping track of each individual loss since really the battle was so static.  So here's a quick summary followed by a picture dump!

My List:

Jon's List:

As always, thanks to

 The mission we rolled was the new "Counter Attack".  As this mission meant I had to deploy using mobile reserves, I only had to put my Stugs in reserve.  The nature of the battle and the heavy terrain meant the Stugs had a slim chance of seeing any action!

I got to deploy everything else on the board- so we held the objective in my deployment zone with 105s, a unit of infantry, a unit of infantry with attached HMGs and Panzerschreck, Panzerwerfers, and Pak 40s.  The Pioneers were placed in ambush after utilizing their wagon to lay some wire.

A second platoon of infantry with HMGs were prepared to move laterally to my left to cover the "far" objective.  Jon began with everything on the board- most of his troops deployed just back from the edge of the Bocage so I couldn't see them.  His plan was to blow the crap out of me with artillery and planes and then sweep up!

As we predicted, the battle really didn't reach a conclusion.  In hindsight, we probably should've followed the advice of playing on a 4'x4' table, but I was afraid that would just be too crowded.  Our artillery traded shots with Jon's obviously coming out on top.  In the end he started sending in his infantry, but he still had a hard fight on his hands.  Though this was a defensive battle, we just called it FUBAR and decided we had a good game, and that was that.


jester_prince said...

Damn guys thats the nicest looking table layout i think ive ever seen from you guys! The pics look amazing!

Tyler said...

What did you think of the new artillery rules?

indierockclimber said...

@Jester- thank you sir!

@Tyler- ehhhhh. I mean, considering Jon sank what, like 700 points in it? It was okay. Once it started hitting it was nailing me pretty good, but he would've had a hard time taking the objectives with any kind of expediency.

SinSynn said...

No need to do the full batrep- nothing of interest ever really happens in Infantry/Arty duels.

Sexy table though...sure woulda looked better with some armor on it.

indierockclimber said...

You're right, but that's not to say the game wasn't fun. I think we both had a good time laughing about the ridiculous amounts of artillery, and scratching our heads over the complicated situation before us. BUT- it doesn't "print well".

Hank Swager said...

What are your thoughts on the new air rules. I played a US 3 ID against grenadiers on Saturday. I strafed with Warhawks and killed quite a few stands of infantry that was attempting to move into position.

indierockclimber said...

Definitely much better, but not over the top. His 'phoons definitely gave me heart burn!

WEBGriffin said...

In hindsight, any regrets for no AA?

Vertrucio said...

There weren't many, if any, new arty rules for Germans though. Rockets still fire just like rockets did, and German regular arty have no special rules.

But, at least the British player got to try them. The British have seriously good artillery now.

Lee said...

sorry to hijack the post(sweet btw)but is the forum down? i get "error powered by"


zsavk said...

the forum moved.

And great photos guys. It looked like alot of fun.

Itinerant said...

I agree with @Jester about the table. I just posted about tables and being inspired - this is one of your best.

SinSynn said...

@ Itinerant- I kinda like the table your son designed...Hot Wheel inspired FoW for the win!

Pretty sure the WWPD guys need like, a storage room for all their terrain, though!

indierockclimber said...

I keep telling my daughter if she doesn't behave, I'm gonna annex her room for more terrain storage.

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