On March 16 we had our second circuit event of the season at Game Kastle in Santa Clara. Fourteen players came out for a four-round Mid-War escalation tournament with battles fought at 1000, 1200, 1400, and 1600 points. There were a lot of great armies this month, as usual, with lots of different nations represented. Germans, Italians, Hungarians and Romanians on the Axis side and Americans, Brits, New Zealanders and Soviets on the Allied. I brought my old Afrika Germans, Aufklärungs. I barely squeeked by with first place with Matt McCarthy taking second. Best Presentation went to William Lee's US 1st Armored.
|Nick's Rifles moving out to take the bridge. We both had to move quickly with the short round.
|My Panzer IV F1s arrived Round Two and threatened the back corner objective. Keeping close to the trees though with that killer P-40 lurking.
|Round Three saw my Armored Aufklärungs arrive as well, but Nick's P-40 was persistant. He killed a SdKfz 250 and both of its passengers (all kills from 5+ FP MGs).
|By Turn Four Nick's poor Rifles still could not dig in and took fire from everything I had in each turn. I made my assault with the panzers and had the infantry in position for a follow up if needed.
|Nick's reserve Stuarts finally decided to show up to the party on his turn but couldn't do enough damage. 5-2 for me!
|Damon's Shermans and 1iC Stuart sneaking up the main road. (there were supposed to be roads, honest)
|Damon's Recon infantry move through the orchard in the center. They would be removing GtG all game.
|Stuarts were aggressive on my right flank and forced the Marder ambush out early. Platoon stayed on the board, too.
|Panzer IVs arrived on Turn Two to assist the right objective, freeing the Marders to re-deploy to the left. Remaining Stuarts and Panzers would spend the rest of the game chasing each other.
|Left objective now threatened by Shermans, but the infantry holding the building were hanging in tough.
|Marders were able to work their way around to assist the left flank and time was called shortly after. 6-1 for me, but the short round definately was an enemy that Damon had to fight as well as my army.
|Turn Four saw Russ' Commandos on the far right get antsy and make a move towards my objective, but my reserves start to arrive and the Marders engaged them with MGs.
|My attack towards Matt's side of the board had stalled. His Veteran Panzer IV F2s supported by infantry, mortars, and Pak 38s held my halftracks and panzers at bay.