As usual, I gave the new player the Moroccan Regulares as they seem to be more forgiving and I took the role of the Republican Militia.
Boosted with: El Hombre (1), Adjutant (1), LMG (1), Flag (2), 10 Milicianos (2), Dinamiteros (2), Highly Motivated Milicianos (3), Army Officer (1), Molotov Cocktails (1)
I threw Force Morale 11 while Martin had a Force Morale of 9, a good start for the usually troubled Militia.
We then played out the Patrol Phase which ended as shown in the aerial photograph, Republican jump-off points shown in red, Nationalist in blue.
Martin rolled an 8 for Force Support and purchased, Fusileros-Granaderos team (2), Panzer I (3), Adjutant (1), Preparatory Bombardment (2). With my 4 points I purchased Bilbao Armoured Car (2), two lots of Entrenchments (1ea.).
|Panzers to the fore|
Martin soon deployed a Pelotone of Regulares in the walled house, leaving the Sergento to direct the LMG while the Sergento Primero set off with the two rifle teams at speed towards my right flank. The Nationalist preparatory bombardment was very effective, combined with a couple of retained initiatives Martin had a Escuadras of Regulares within 4" of the jump-off point on my right flank while I had only managed to get my Bilbao armoured car on the table.
|Regulares take cover|
The Panzer I steamed down my left flank and was soon contesting the jump-off point on that flank, while another Pelotone of Regulares were advancing up the middle. I deployed a large squad of Milicianos behind the barricades but concentrated machine-gun fire soon had them breaking to the rear. By now I was down to Force Morale 7 and had not touched that of the Regulares.
|Jump-off is over run|
Martin had reduced me to Force Morale 0 while remaining at a creditable Force Morale 5 of his own. He had lost two teams and a killed Sergento while his Teniente had been wounded. I was left with two Milicianos and the Bilbao, first thing on the table and the last remaining Republican!
|Bilbao in action|
All the figures are from my own collection and painted by myself. The terrain is all mine, a series of scratch built buildings and roads plus other bits commercially available.
|That Bilbao again|
|Man (and woman) the barricades|
|Another jump-off is about to fall|
|Last stand of the Republicans|