Copyright © 2021, Paul Scrivens-Smith

Copyright © 2021, Paul Scrivens-Smith

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Saturday, 9 October 2021

Seven Days to the River Rhine

Thursday evening at the club I gave Daz a game of Seven Days to the River Rhine as he had wanted to give the rules a try for some time.


I set up the table as shown in the image above, although the "under the cloth" hills are a bid obscured so I put a couple of the coniferous trees on each crest to make them stand out more in the photos.


As it was Daz's first game and I've been struggling to finish a game on a club night I reduced the points values to 500 points per side.

Soviets:
  • Three T-64B
  • Three Infantry in BMP-1
  • Three Infantry in BTR-60
  • One AGS-17 in BTR-60
  • Two BRDM-2
FDR: 
  • Three Leopard 1A1
  • Three Infantry in M113G
  • One Milan in M113G
  • Three Infantry
  • One Milan
  • One M113 PanzerMoerser
  • Two Luchs


Daz elected to take the Bundeswehr and soon found out that the Leopard 1A1 is not that good in a firefight with a T-64B


The Soviets did not have it all their way though and were soon down a T-64B of their own as well as one of the BMP-1 being toasted!


After last weeks game, at least I had remembered to put the objectives on this time and a BRDM-2 was rushed into the industrial area to secure one while the German Luchs held one of the others.


My commander sifted two times during the game as my command tank fell victim twice!


A close range firefight developed around the other objective, the Soviets lost two infantry teams in this engagement, but at the end of the game neither side was in the ascendancy here.



By the end of the game, neither side was close to breaking, the FDR having lost their three Leopard 1A1 and a Luchs while the Soviets lost two T-64B, a BMP-1 and two Infantry teams.

A solid draw, I think Daz enjoyed it and I think that 500pts is probably a better sized game for a club night.

24 comments:

  1. Great looking game. Still need to give these rules a try out

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    1. Thanks Neil.
      I am really enjoying them.
      You likely have more than enough stuff to get you going.

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  2. Lovely looking terrain and armies!

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  3. Was a cracking game really enjoyed it 👍

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    1. Cheers Daz, let me know when you are ready to go again

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  4. Nice table and nice sized game. The smaller game for an end of evening result is definitely the way to go.

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    1. Thanks Norm. We can likely get back to 600pts as we get more familiar.

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  5. A great looking game with beautiful terrain and models Paul and I agree with Norm - I think that is another reason the newer generations of wargamers are so enamoured of the likes of Bolt Action or Pikemans Lament etc - small scale, manageable sized forces and a game that can play to a conclusion in 2-3 hours....

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    1. Thanks.
      I think for a club night being able to get a result in the time is better than putting all the toys on the table

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  6. Nice photos and it sounds like a really good game.

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  7. Great looking game. Sometimes a small game, especially one that leaves players desiring more, is a good thing.

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  8. Looks great, superb table and minis...

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  9. Great stuff, just the right size for an evening. Looking forward to playing with these rules in the new year, just a small matter of me getting Dave's vehicles sprayed up.

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  10. A lovely looking stuff Paul…
    It shows that a small game with small toys can be as much fun as a grand affair.

    All the best. Aly

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  11. Lovely looking game and sounds fun!
    Best Iain

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  12. Lovely stuff Paul! Love when you post some Cold War!

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