Round One was Free-For-All vs. Robert Kelly and a Canadian Sherman tank company.
|Robert deployed all of his Shermans on the right side and his 25 Pounder battery on the left. I deployed a Grenadier platoon on each of my Objectives, the Nebs and Scouts in the center and StuHs to the left, Marder IIIs to the right.|
|The Grenadiers were successful in their assault of the artillery battery and Robert's HQ tanks weren't able to reach the Objective in time to contest it.|
Round Two was vs. Byron Sinor, a very tough opponent that won the Late War Nationals earlier in the year. He was running a US Stuart tank company. The mission was Cauldron.
A 4-3 win for me, but just barely. A few more turns and it would have been reversed.
|Byron moves aggressively with his Stuarts and Recon at the church, backed up my General Harmon.|
|After a viscious series of assaults in and out of the church the Grenadiers are able to hold the Objective through turn six.|
|At the end of the alloted time we had played nine or ten turns. I had lost one Grenadier platoon, my Marders and the Scouts, but I still contested the Objective. Byron had lost a Stuart platoon and an ARP.|
Round Three saw me matched up agaist Ed Forbes and a giant Soviet tankovy in Fighting Withdrawl.
Almost! Just too much Soviet steel to fight back. The number of tanks they can throw on the board can be rediculous at times, especially when you combine Conscript pricing for light armor. 31 tanks, AA and IL-2s for less than 1500 points. 2-5 loss to end my first day, Ed looking good in the standings!
|I deployed on the three Objectives and Ed deployed 31(!) tanks on the right. This was going to be rough.|
|Ed charged all of his armor at my poor Grenadiers.|
|The Marders were forced to ambush in the face of all of that Lend-Lease steel. Four kills, four Bails, Fearless platoons don't run. The return fire would be deadly.|
|The game was decided by 1/16". If I was able to get just a little closer I could have contested the Objective long enough to pull it. A little luck may have even given me a victory, but it wasn't to be.|
My first round of the second day saw yet another armored company, this time another Soviet tankovy. Tim Grimmett ran his pretty similar to Ed, but with T-34s instead of M3s and some recon instead of a second Stuart platoon. The mission would be Hasty Attack.
I'm glad we got to play a few more rounds. Tim was a really good guy and we ended up having a fun game. A 6-1 victory puts me back in a good spot.
|One of the StuHs was nailed early by the Sturmoviks but the survivor was able to hold back the Soviet reserves with the assistance of long-range Marder fire.|
Round Five puts me up against Alex Constantino and a Panzer company. Five rounds, five tank armies. The mission was Hold the Line.
|I deployed my large Grenadier platoon and put the StuHs and Marders in ambush. The panzers load up on the left, protected by 2cm flak halftracks.|
My last round of the event finally saw something other than tanks, a Strelkovy infantry company run by Dick Hurchanik. The mission was Dust Up.
Man, what a blast! Historicon is the biggest event of the year and I'm glad I was able to go again this year. Ended up at 34 out of 83, better than last year, that's for sure. I had a shot to place even higher, but the slow draw at the end cost me a spot in the top twenty. Some crazy games and several tons of tanks were the theme of the weekend, but at least I got to shoot some infantry with breakthrough guns at the end. Planning on next year, unless it's Early War. Congrats to Ron Wismer and his Finns for winning both the Doubles event and the Nationals, a huge accomplishment. Dennis Campbell was awarded Best Presentation, an award overdue from last year, for his awesome DAK army.