The great Hungarian plain...September 1944 and the Red army steamroller is approaching Budapest. Otherwise known as my mate Ben's gaming room. We decided to play a 1500pt game using a mix of armoured and infantry platoons. We played the 'Tank War' scenario and rolled up 6 objectives, which we took turns placing around the table on what looked like suitably strategic terrain pieces.
This was my Rohamágyús Üteg, or Hungarian Assault Gun battery. The core being a mix of Zrinyi Assault Howitzers and Hetzer tank hunters. The Zrinyi is a unique looking vehicle, a Hungarian design based off the Turan tank hull and incorporating a 105mm (medium) howitzer. It was the first game for my vehicles from the Mad Bob Miniatures Kickstarter, after finally painting them all.
More Soviet guns arrive in the form of a Katyusha and SU-76.
Hungarian Assault Pioneers with a flamethrower run up the right flank toward the farmstead.
It's turn 6 and both the Hungarians and Soviets have 3 objectives each. But the Hungarians are barely holding onto the central objective as the SU-152 bears down on the inexperienced Hungarian militia.
We run out of time as it was Sunday afternoon and the wives are calling us for dinner, ignorant that the Hungarian front hangs in the balance! The game is a draw, but one more turn and these poor militia would have most certainly not been able to hold off the tide of Red Army armour that's almost on top of them. It was a bloody battle and the HE was wiping out anything without 3 inches of steel armour. The game was in the balance up until the Soviets devastating round of fire knocked out several Hungarian units by rolling those 6's to hit. Meanwhile the Hungarian assault guns really failed to do much, no more sitting back and using indirect fire next battle!