|One of the other battles raging at Mugu.|
Seriously, look at these pieces!
I started off the day (once Border Security finally let me across the border from Canada with my Soviets) with a game against Killian and his US list. We rolled up Point Defense, and I got to choose to be the attacker. As Killian is new and just starting his army we played at 1000 points. He put up a good defense, but my scout heavy Soviet list managed to overwhelm his defenders early. He had a large squad of Tough Fighting US Vets who managed to clear out a squad of SMG armed scouts, but my Flamethrower team in it's GAZ Jeep arrived to ruin their day, flaming them twice before they ran, then moving on to flame his Sherman twice before it's crew bailed out. The Flamethrower team managed to bring enough fuel to last all game and when the dust cleared, the Soviets held all 3 objectives.
My second game was against illustrious Bob (SeattleDV8 on the forums) and his Romanians. We rolled up Maximum Attrition and deployed our 1250 points armies. This was training day for my 1250 Soviet list I intend to take to the Wintercon tournament coming up so I was keen to test my mettle. Bob was smart and he had a tough, but balanced, list. He managed to knock out a few of my units early on which really put my agressive scout list on the backfoot quickly. I think by the end of turn 2, I had lost 5 of my 15 order dice. I tried to turn the tables by throwing my BA-10 and IS-2 straight at him while trying to conserve my battered infantry units. The BA-10 did manage to put a nice hole in the rear of his Panzer IV, but it wasn't enough. I didn't record the final score, but I think Bob beat me by a good 4-5 order dice.
So by now we'd ducked over to the establishment across the road for a few adult beverages and I was 1-1 in my battles against the Mugu crew. The time had come. The boss fight was about to begin. I was to throw dice against Mark Dawg and his Germans. We decided to play Heartbreak Ridge (mission by Old Man Morin) in a cityscape battlefield. My scouts deployed aggressively on one flank where Mark's objective was, while I left my sniper and inexperienced squad to protect mine.
|The table set up.|
|Mark's objective is just beyond the church as my scouts get into position.|
|My Flamethrower Team managed to hold my objective for the whole game, preventing Mark from getting too close.|
|The scouts move forward, backed up by the arriving IS-2.|
|Mark's German infantry move onto the other flank and in the middle.|
|The IS-2 diverts to the center objective.|
|As Mark's Panzer III moves onto the table.|
A squad of Germans killed one of my HMG jeeps, before being blown sky-high by the IS-2's deadly main gun. Mark brought on his Panzer III (the one of Cbax fame for listeners of Speak Easy) to help make a push for the middle objective. By now, most of my scouts on the right flank had been killed or reduced to 1 or 2 man squads and Mark's StuH 42 was still providing overwatch to his objective, so I decided to just focus on the middle objective. I redirected my BA-10 and IS-2 towards the middle, with both vehicles teaming up on the poor Panzer III. It did well to last as long as it did, but finally the fourth hit penetrated and blew up the German tank.
|The combined weight of the IS-2 and BA-10 takes down the Panzer III.|
|The scouts need to assault those Germans off the objective but fail their order test!|
|The battle ends with Mark holding the church and the crossroads, while I only hold the building on the far end.|