We played the first Caen scenario from the rule book book, but as only my Western Desert troops were available we made the following modifications:
1/ To represent the effect of dust and heat haze there would be no good spotting or shooting over 9". Troops over 9" and in cover could only ever be hit on a poor chance.
2/ As the terrain was more western desert than the fields of Normandy and we were using my Indians we put the Allied Rally card in the deck to give the Allied forces a better chance to rally and move across the open.
The terrain was set up with several large hills and areas of rough ground. The DAK were to be defending a walled village.
Myself and Mark played the DAK, James played the Indians, Phil asked to join in so assisted James.
We deployed no troops in the village that we were to defend, but placed the first platoon with the company commander on a blind behind that village, the MG sections on a blind on the left flank, one section from the second platoon in a piece of rough ground front and left of the village, one section from the second platoon in a piece of rough ground front and right of the village. The remaining section from the second platoon and the big guy were deployed in front of the village.
The initial British stonk did quite well. The Germans lost one man dead and three shock in the blind behind the village, the other two hits on that blind were fortunately 'no effect' the section in the rough to the right were on six shock.
The game progressed quite well, as it was our first game we were having to refer to the rules a lot. The Indian suffered though because one blind of theirs was revealed as a dummy and another one on the German left was revealed as an infantry platoon. At this point a lot of the DAK revealed themselves and shot at the revealed platoon. This mean that in the deck the Germans had nearly all their cards, whereas the Indians had only one Platoon, one Big Guy and their Blinds card.
We went through about three tea breaks without seeing the Allied Blinds card, so the revealed Indian platoon got shot up quite badly.
The Allied blinds did eventually get turned over, but by that time they had been reduced quite severely.
In a final action of bravado, one India Platoon bayonet charged the DAK holding the rough ground to the left of the village, but were then cut down in a terrible crossfire, it would all be over and the village would not be held by the Indians.
All in all, a great game that we will definitely be playing again.
Here are some images from the game, all the figures and terrain are from my collection and were painted by me.
|James finds out that Phil will be assisting him|
|Initial DAK deployment|
|DAK troops occupy the village|
|The revealed Indian platoon is cut up by the terrible MG34 fire|
|The Indian advance on the right is finally revealed, but is stuck on the hill|
|The central Indian platoon launches it's bayonet charge for a piece of rough ground|
|Troops defending the village prepare to pour enfilading fire into the Indian attack|