Monday, 23 March 2015

Pre Natcon warm up game

On Saturday afternoon My good friend Mark was kind enough to invite me around for a 1550pts Flames of war game. It was a last chance to get a practice game in before we both went up to Auckland on Easter weekend for Natcon. Both Mark and myself were both using Soviets out of the Barbarossa book I would be using a Motostrelkovy Batalon and Mark would be using a Tankovy Batalon with a mix of T-60's, T-34's and a KV-2.
We rolled for a random mission and it was fighting withdrawal and as i was an infantry company and Mark was tanks i would be defending. I was looking forward to this as my army i didn't think is well equipped to deal with large numbers of tanks so this would be a good test.

The Setup my forces on the left Mark's on the Right

The left flank My Artillery kv1 and an infantry platoon held this side with the HMG and mortar platoon in the middle of the table. They would be holding 2 of the objectives.

The right flank the second infantry platoon, AA guns and the Katyusha battery would be holding the 3rd objective.

The T-60's and AA trucks charge forward while my troops await their fate.

Same thing in this flank T-60's the Kv2 and unarmed sappers move to position.

In my first turn in reply i decide that is far enough for the T-60's spring my 45mm AT guns from ambush. But sadly only killing 2 and bailing 1 with 6 shots hitting on 2+ I expected more.

Mark's next turn he continued the charge His kv-2 hitting and killing one of my artillery guns. Yes that's right a conscript ROF1 hen and chicks tank hit something on the move wow. Mark's T-60s wiped out the AT guns leaving just the platoon command who would be eventually killed.

Mark's Katyusha made a mess of mine killing 3 of the 4 trucks which is only fair. After all my
Katyusha's killed his AA trucks the turn before.

The unarmed sappers decide to let the Kv-2 clear the way before stepping out in the open for their assault.

Mark's T-60s charge up the hill into the first assault of the game killing 3 stands of men. The T-34's kill both the 37mm AA guns getting rid of any decant defensive fire for the troops.

My troops wern't in the mood for a counter charge their foxholes where nice and warm. My Katyusha platoon or what was left of it was the first to be pulled off the line.

After the Kv-2 failed to make any impression on the troops in front of him the unarmed sappers went for it managing to kill one stand. My artillery guns killed another T-60 and bailed 2 more.

With the unarmed sappers in the open after the assault 3 of my Maksin HMG's open up on them dealing a lethal blow. The artillery guns killed 1 more T-60 forcing them to flee. This flank was staring to look secure the other flank how ever....

This wasn't looking so good with no AT asset in the area my Kv-1 was racing to try and save the day but being a slow tank I left this a turn or two too late and my men where paying for it but holding on. JUST. My mortars where the next to come off the line.

I was slowly being whittled down only just passing some motivation tests although I might of shot a few men n the process.

With this flank falling apart for Mark he just charged strait for the objective with his Kv-2. So I swarmed it in an attempt to kill it in assault. This turn the HMG's where pulled off with no infantry left on table their work was done.

Turn six my men had just fled but i was able to withdraw the first objective and the Kv-1 was on hand to hold back the tanks from moving onto the center objective killing 2 T-60's in the process.

After 2 assaults with the Kv-2 i was able to make him break off but as i had him surrounded it meant his death. Mark's company commander arrived on the scene just a turn too late to help.

With too many tanks for the Kv-1 to stop they stated getting through but at this point we had got to the start of turn 8 which is the end of the game so no more could be done.

Well it ended up being a very hard fought 4-3 win to my Soviets. I'm glad I could face a typical early war tank army as I feel I lack the amount of AT assets needed for early war but with this army you have some tanks or guns but not both. I feel that i should be ok vs an Infantry army given my amount of infantry, HMG's and template weapons. Well next stop Auckland for Natcon thanks for reading.


  1. Nice report John. A close game, but your weight of numbers seemed to do the job for you! Good luck for NatCon. Looking forward to hearing how you get on :-)

    1. Thanks Paul yes it was a close game but i managed to hold on by my finger tips. I will have a lot of battle reports to do after Natcon.

  2. Good report there John, was good to get the game in against a mass infantry army. I think I left it one turn too late to get the vital assualts in, and run out of time ... always the problem with fighting withdrawal mission - the timing if attacking.

    1. yea in that mission i think you just need to pick one objective and throw everything at it very quickly I think. But i suppose it changes depending what army and the terrain you are facing.