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Wednesday 30 June 2021
Saturday 26 June 2021
Next weekend I've signed up to play in a Warhammer Ancient Battles event over at Mansfield Wargames Club. Nearly all of my figures are in a container somewhere in transit, but, I did have my venerable Chinese in storage here in the UK.
I had attempted, unsuccessfully, to sell the lot before I moved, but ended up only selling a few bits and bobs so would need a replenishment draft. Consequently, I made a swift order to the chaps at First Corps.
Friday 25 June 2021
Saturday 19 June 2021
Capitalist Dogs Vanquished!
Tired of the constant provocation, today our brave and glorious forces crossed the German border and penetrated deep into the NATO lines.
The British dogs moved their armoured reserves to counter our deep penetration, but their vaunted new tanks were brushed aside.
Today Martin and I played our first game of Seven Days to the River Rhine, I laid out some terrain yesterday and Martin bought along some very nice extra pieces, so we had pylons, fields and an industrial unit to also fight over.
We would play the Meeting Engagement and randomised that we would be corner to corner across the diagonal.
The BAOR forces commanded by Martin consisted: three Challengers, four Infantry sections in FV432, one Milan team in Spartan, two FV438 Swingfire, one FV432M, two Scorpion. Martin drew these Tactical Advantage cards:
My Soviets were four T-64B, six Infantry sections in BTR-60PB, one Saxhorn team in BTR-60PB, two BRDM-2, one BRDM Spandrel, one ZSU24 Shilka. I had the following Tactical Advantages:
First blood went to the Saxhorn team, the British pushed a Scorpion into some woods and attempted to call in Precision Guided Munitions on the Soviet tanks but this was countered by a Soviet Intelligence Coup, then the Saxhorn successfully activated for a third time and destroyed the British light tank.
By now we were both bringing on our reserves, a Motor Rifle platoon was rushed up the table and deployed in support of the Soviet tanks.
There were reports of a mushroom cloud in the distance, but they were wrong, it was blueberry muffins and coffee for our desert, thanks Victoria!
The Milan team were deadly and took out the newly arrived T-64B that had come on with the reserves.
Having already dealt with two of the three Challengers it was quite unsettling when Martin played another Tactical Advantage and whistled up another of the armoured beasts that advanced up the table and easily dealt with the BRDM Spandrel. It was now two Challengers against two T-64 and I was not so keen on those odds.
There was a large ridge across much of the deep table, and the British were massing a strong force behind it. I pushed up one of my infantry sections along the road, and on their third consecutive action they blasted away at the second Swingfire, failing to penetrate it, they had a fourth activation and plugged it dead!
The next turn this infantry section took out the final Scorpion with their RPG-18, and when some British infantry moved to counter them, they fell back into the industrial unit.
One of the remaining Challengers (the one forced to retire by the Spandrel earlier), with the new British commander on board, crested the large ridge and started a one-sided duel with my command tank, hitting it twice but failing to penetrate. A battle group moral test saw my commander remove all the counters and then a deadly return fire destroyed the Challenger. With the loss so far of three Challengers, two Swingfire, two Scorpions and their commander the end of turn roll saw the British retreat from the field.
The Soviets had lost two T-64B, a BRDM2 and a BRDM Spandrel.
Martin had some terrible dice both for activations, reactions and armour penetration. The Saxhorn team, probably my man of the match, had been targeted constantly by the FV432M and although they were by the end of the game on a 3+ to be hit had still never suffered a hit!
These chaps had deployed in their BTR-60's at the start of the game, and never been activated over the six turns, just contributing their chits to the greater good!