Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Panzerschreck 2016 Report Part 2

After a good night of board gaming and general banter we were ready for the final days gaming. First up was the army parade which ill put in another post. Our first game was up vs some good friends of ours.

Game 4
Mission - Pincer
Team - FCUK (French Connection U.K
Players - Damien Tyson and Andrew Shepard
Armies - British tanks and French tanks.

We were defending in this battle. So we started with my whole half of the army on with AT guns in ambush.

The French heavies start chipping away at my men.

I spring my ambush in turn 3 but all I manage is to bail a few tanks.

My T-28's charge in to contest the objective while the Char B tanks chew through my infantry. Warren's Panzer 2's come on to flank the H35's

In the end we kill one H35 for the loss of most of our force and the game.
There wasn't much we could do but hold on and hope I could assault the tanks with enough men to surround them and kill them that way. But it wasn't to be a 6-1 loss well done Shep and Damo.

Game 5
Mission - Dust up
Team - Clocks running times awasting
Players - Ken Camel and Greg Lockton
Armies -German 35-T tanks and German Recce.

Ken and Greg's setup.

Our setup My T-28's, an infantry platoon and the panzer 1's where in reserve.
Greg and Ken's plan of attack was very aggressive and shots would be fired on mass from turn one.

We luckily only had a couple of tanks bailed so with some quick remounting we opened fire.
Our lines appear to be holding Warren scores a few kills and a few bails.

Mean while on turn 3 my T-28's cam on machine gunned most of the recce platoon to death. Then made a B-line for the objective which at the moment was undefended.

Ken's first platoon of reserves arrive and head for our objective. But with a little motivation from my commissar assault and kill a tank and drive the other off.

Ken's and Greg's forceful march is starting to cost them Warren is starting to rack up quite a few kills. With the loss of only one platoon.

After my T-28's dispatch of the Panzerjager 1's that came back to defend we catch the objective without too much trouble.
 We were surprised by the speed and aggressiveness that Ken and Greg used but had they broke through we would of been in trouble. But it wasn't to be for them we took the game 5-2.
Warren and I felt we did much better this year just going for points not wins to keep the points ticking over. We only failed to score a extra point in one game. All our opponents were great and we had a lot of fun. We were quite happy with our mid table result we look forward to next year.

Pts    Team name and armies

25     BB Guns (1st.). French Recon/Brit Inf.
24     First to Warsaw (2nd.). Soviet Inf/Sov Tankovy
23     Conquest 04 ( 3rd.). Mit Pz Komp/LePzKom.
22     Bro Geste. FreeFr. Inf/NZ Mech com.
21     Ravishing Red Rapsc. Sov Strelkovy X 2
19     Red Spot Special. Jap. Tank/Jap.Inf
19     Tripoli For Tea. Ital. Carri/Fr. Legion Inf
19     Da Mommas Boyz. Finn/Pz Kom
19     StopGap. German Pz Kom X 2
18     French Connection. Fr. Comp De Combat/Brit Inf Tank
17     Salt & Sand. US Pacific/ Brit Lt Tank
17     Hitler & Stalin's tour de Poland. Ger tank. Strelk/Sov (Rising Sun)
17     Premium Bananas. Finn Pan/German Le Pz
17    Team Koch Block. Luftlandsturm X 2
17    Statler & Waldorf. Fin Inf/Finn tank
16    Wounded Soldiers. Germ MG/ Germ Inf.
15    OK Who?. Germ Inf. X 2
14    Don’t B. T. t. F. Stewie. BAR/Stuart Com.
14    Train Mc Trainface. Polish Inf/Polish Tanks
13    Clocks Running.. Kradsch./Czech Pz.
12    Thund. From Downunder. Aus Div Cav/Aus Inf
12    The Beer Snobs (Best Sports). Germ. Schutzen Kom. X 2
11    Old Dogs. Gebirgsjager X 2
11    Spaghetti & Bratwurst. Le Pz/Comp. Carri

Monday, 1 August 2016

Panzerschreck 2016 Report Part 1

Its a few weeks late but here it is my take on the annual weekend in Palmerston North that is Panzerschreck. There would be 5 games all at 2000pts aside on an 8''x4'' table. Warren and myself were running a German/Soviet team this year so should be fun.

Game 1 
Mission - Free for all
Team - Slater and Waldorf
Players - Steve Hill and Mike Clement
Armies - Finish Tanks and Infantry.

Our Left flank My infantry and all our Panzer 2's

Our right flank with my second lot of infantry my T-28's and Panzer 1's

So far so good a couple of stands of Steve's pioneers fall.

Oh dear Mike's T-26's and Steve's artillery make quite the impact on my tanks.
Warren's flank is slow going. This would be the high water mark of his push.

A massed Panzer 1 push assaulting Steve's pioneer's kill all but a few of them.

The last action of the game my infantry make a final push and finishing off the pioneers.

The Finns proved hard lot to move from their trenches but we managed a point for the first game. So the game went to Steve and Mike 5-2.

Game 2
Mission - Hasty attack
Team - Spaghetti and Bratwurst
Players - Wayne Turner and Victor Pesch
Armies - German tanks and Italian tanks.

The two company command tanks and 2 105mm AA trucks where all that where on this objective so that's where our push would be.

As we were the attackers we go to roll for reserves first and in the first two turns we got 2 on.

After Warren had dispatched the AA trucks and the Italian Command all that stood in our way was the German command and 2 other panzer 3's. They would prove hard to kill.

My T-28's lend fire support to Warren to try and help dispatch of the Panzer 3's. And my infantry draw ever closer.

My 45mm At guns keep the Italian tanks from linking up with their German counterparts. All because of the scattered deployment.

My infantry finish off the the Panzer 3 platoon after shooting a few of my own men of course.

My second infantry platoon moves to cut off any reserves that try to link up with their C.O who was holding the objective.

In the end I couldn't kill the German C.O so couldn't get the objective.
The game ended in a 4-3 win to Victor and Wayne. It was a game that could of gone anyway just about every turn. The lack of high end AT was staring to become apparent which was to be a problem in a later game with french heavies.

Game 3
Mission - Fighting Withdrawal
Team - Old Dogs
Players - Peter Thompson and John
Armies - 2x German Recce  

As we where attacking we put our entire force on one flank and went for it. My T-28's would cover our flank from a pincer movement.

The German Recce forces were spread thin.

Turn two we had our entire force nearing the objective with a unit killed already.

Peter's motorcycle recon move as fast as it can to help their forces.

With most of this side clear Warren mopped up the last of the infantry on the objective.

My blocking maneuver held back the other half of their forces.

Warren had claimed the objective by the time my infantry even got close.
I felt it was always going to be a hard ask for their recce force to fend off this massed attack. But they tried very well to hold us back. The game was ours 6-1.

With a good days gaming behind us we looked forward to day 2.