by Eric Lauterbach
Yes you heard right, 3000 point game! Well its not that impressive once you see the point costs for what T-34s are in early war.
The main focus of the afternoon of fun was how can we get as many of Bob Everson's brand new T-26, T-28 and T-35s on the table and still have a reasonable game.
After tossing out two big handfuls of tanks (Bob still had more!) the point level was a little over 3000. So the point limit was going to be decided by the German toys I had.
I started by giving the Pz IIIs and PzIVs all the upgrades I could find and that added up real quick.
With this many points we wanted to get after it quick so settled on Free-For-All as the mission.
The base force for the Russians was a T-34 company of HQ T-34, T-34 company of two, T-26 company of 16 tanks, T-28 company of 8 tanks, and T-35 company. A truly massive horde of tanks. The German force was based on a Pz III company.
|German deployment with the captured T-34 and 2IC|
|T-35s guard the objective|
|The Soviet Tank horde|
|Turn one: Some dancing in the streets|
|T-34 drives with impunity; nobody can hurt him|
|Soviets move forward for sniping but they can't hit the broad side of a barn. (ed: Sniping? More like shooting wildly what that Hen and Chicks rule in effect)|
|German turn two|
|Germans picking off a few|
|Get one T-28 and bail another.|
|Oops!! Stormtrooper fail.|
|Soviet T-34 clocks a PZ III.|
|Germans advance on the far objective and long range shoot Soviet T-34s|
|Germans kill a Soviet T-34 that is good very good.|
|More T-26s are going down but they started with 16 so this is going to take awhile.|
|Russians keep pressing|
|The Soviets just gotta go for it you can't win a long range duel.|
|Soviet moving fire is not effective.|
|T-28s get some wheat field cover|
|Germans trying real hard to kill T-34s in the flank but it's not working.|
|Germans pound the T-28s|
|Failed stormtrooper again!!! (ed: Famous last words of many a German player)|
|Soviets press the attack on the PZ IIIs|
|Soviets go for it.|
|The T-28s can not hang with all the German firepower|
|German turn, time to finish these guys off.|
|Mr. PZ III survives the Soviet turn and decides to sit and shoot as there are too many to close to run. We get a bunch of them|
|38t group hitting the T-26s|
|The third failed stormtrooper with the PZ III not good... T-34s move in.|
|Soviet T-35s move in as well.|
|Well the PZ IIIs got pasted by T-34s and failed their morale check and ran things suddenly got real ugly.|
|Deadly Soviet T-34s heading for the objective.|
|Only hope now is to kill all the T-26s/ T-28s and T-35s.|
|T-26s are below half but make morale checks|
|T-35s deliver their broadside shots|
|PZIIs barely survive the T-35 broadside.|
|Soviets need to blast the 38ts off the objective to win.|
|Yikes! T-34s are mean!|
|HA! T-35s in their natural state.. The PZ IVs made short work of them.|
|Only one guy left.. and he fails his morale.|
|T-34s are making it real hard on the 38ts to hold the objective.|
|Side shots into the T-34s only bail.|
|Soviets get back in and move.|
|The German T-34 races to the objective.|
|Trying to tame these beasts call for desperate action from the CO|
|The CO does get the kill on the last of the T-34 company of two. Only the Soviet CO and one T-26 is left alive.|
|Objective taken as well.|
It was great fight!! We had good time with the swirling tank battle I really think you need a plan for the Soviet T-34 and KV tanks which you will see lots of.