Monday, February 22, 2016

1700 Mid-War at A.I.

There was an event last weekend at Active Imagination up in Albuquerque so two friends from El Paso picked me up and we made the long drive north.  There were a total of eight players, and it was 1700 points, Mid-War.  I only learned about it a few days before and had to get someone to cover my work shift, but I threw together my list and was eager to get a few games in.  I ran Panzergrenadiers out of Eastern Front.

In the first of two rounds I was matched up against Hayden and his CT Luftwaffe Feldkompanie.  He is a pretty new player and hasn't painted any of his troops yet, he also had to proxy a platoon of Stuer Emils and a Dicker Max.  The mission was Free For All.

Hayden had much of his force, including the Super-heavies, on my left side.  I decided to hold on that side while pushing forward on the other.
On his weaker side he had a Feldplatoon, some HMGs, and an 8.8cm FlaK gun, but I was able to avoild the FlaK and hit the HMGs with Nebelwerfers and MG shots from my T-34 while it wasn't Dug In.  Once they were gone I had an open lane to advance on the objective.
Meanwhile, Hayden had pushed forward three platoons of infantry, supported by the Stuer Emils and Dicker Max, on the other side.  My Marder IIIs got a bit lucky and took out the heavies, leaving Hayden's infantry without any support vs. my StuGs and Panzergrenadiers.
I eventually assaulted the objective with the T-34 and Panzergrenadiers, taking the win.
I managed a quick 6-1 win vs. the Luftwaffe troops and was matched up against Hayden's brother Blake and his Panzergrenadiers in Counterattack  He had Panthers and Panzer IIIs in support.

We rolled to see who would attack and it would be Blake.  I decided to hold this corner, with a platoon of Panzergrenadiers ready to move to the open objective.  Marder IIIs would be in Ambush, while the StuGs and T-34 were in Reserve.  Blake would send all of his armor in a flanking maneuver towards the open objective, while all of his infantry would attack my troops Dug In near the pond.
My Stukas would claim an eary victory, knocking out a Panther and a Panzer III on my first turn.
Blake would push his armored halftracks forward to harrass my infantry, but my Marders were able to knock them out from Ambush before helping to push back and destroy one of Blake's infantry platoons.  The next five rounds would see the troops on either side of the pond unable to really do any damage to the other.
My other Panzergrenadier platoon Double Moved and hustled over to the open objective.  They were able to arrive before Blake's panzers arrived.
The Panzer IIIs would get to the objective on about turn four and would Assault into my troops, who would fail their check to counter.  I fall back, but still have time before the objective goes live.
My StuGs and T-34 would finally arrive, but one would be destroyed by the lone Panther.  They found themselves behind the Panzer IIIs.
My Marder IIIs would reposition to fire on the Panther's rear, knocking it out.
A battle around the objective ensues on turn six, but Blake's Panzer IIIs would find themselves surrounded and destroyed.
I would get a second 6-1 win, but this game was much closer.  If my tanks had arrived any earlier they would have been in front of all of Blake's armor, and even a single Panther will give StuGs and a single T-34 a bad time.  Having them not arrive until turn four-five worked out well.

I ended up in a tie for most victory points with Eric, Hayden and Blake's father.  After secondary points I would also get third over-all, good enough for about $23 in store credit, which I used towards some winter gun crew for my newest project.  Thanks to Keith for hosting, to both of my opponents for good games, and to Alex for driving four-plus hours each way!


  1. Hun vs Hun... Does no-one in your area play allies? :P

    Some good games mate. Congrats on making the podium!

    1. Not many, especially Mid-War. Of the eight players, six were German! There was a Hungarian and a single Allied player, a Soviet.
      And thanks!

    2. So sad.

      Winter gun crew? 15mm? 28mm? c'mon man! Details!

    3. German Anti-tank special order guys in winter gear, going to try to convert some to Nebelwerfer crew for my Kublacon list. I'll have something up later this week with the whole project detailed.

  2. Great result and well done.

    Btw I like the grey edges to your German bases - makes a nice change from the earth/brown colour.


    1. Thanks for the kind words! I like to use either a Panzer Grey for Heer troops or Luftwaffe Blue-grey for Luftwaffe troops. I use the same color for the helmets, so the base edges compliment well, I think.