Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Poles vs Czech Panzers v.3 EW tournament AAR
Guest post by Anatoli from Anatoli's Game Room
My second game was against Patrik who arranged the entire tournament. He had a tiny tank army, which I knew would give me a hard time. The scenario was "Surrounded" and the table we were playing on was extremely ill suited for the force I had. I had to put railway lines across my own deployment and
I faced 1 platoon of PzII's and two platoons of 38(t) tanks backed up by air support and a couple of 88's.
The enemy could deploy 8" in on both short edges, I had a 24" wide deployment area across the middle of the table. Against 3 tank platoons I could muster up 1 platoon of tanks and 1 platoon of AT guns. The train I knew would be killed instantly, the terrain in my deployment was either obscuring line of sight to either flank or leaving the train in the open - inviting it to be insta-killed by 88's.
The "battle" was a one sided massacre. Enemy 88's started out by destroying 3 of my tanks. On my first turn I was out of range with any tanks or AT guns - the train arrived from the only flank where it could immediately help me out - and only managed to destroy a single Panzer II. The train was completely destroyed with little effort by the enemy the following turn and after that it was 4 more turns of me rolling an average 3 dice per turn to shoot at the enemy and then sitting out another German turn where my forces were beaten to death without being able to do anything about it.
One of the most boring and one sided games of FoW I had ever played - not blaming Patrik which is a nice guy and at least didn't gloat about how fun it was to annihilate my forces.
He said he was surprised by how bad the train was and agreed in every other assertion I had already made by this point having used the train in a handful of battles.
So not much of a game. And it was not really about bad dice rolls, since I scored pretty amazing amounts of hits with the little AT capable units I had left but Patrik saved them all. My army was simply outgunned and no match for that many armored platoons.
The only reason I kept playing was that I didn't want to be a bad sport and rob Patrik of a game. I actually asked him if he wanted me to surrender, but decided to keep playing hoping my force morale would break - not an easy task playing a Fearless army... Not much else I could write about this battle really.
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