In the first round I was matched up against Derrick and his Gurkha Rifle Company and I'd be attacking him in Hold the Line on a pretty barren desert table.
|My second FJ platoon would try to make a deversionary attack on the mosque but receive a hail of fire from the 2 Pounders, pinning them for what would be a decisive turn.
|My main attack would fail miserably, the Nebelwerfers would miss the smoke barrage, and 7 out of eight shots of defensive fire would not only prevent the assault but kill six stands...
|With no chance at the forward objective my second platoon would assault the mosque, killing the 25 Pounder command teams, staff team, and one gun and contest the objective. The 25 Pounders would break and run.
|Unfortunately, the turn my fearless troops wouldn't unpin gave Derrick's reserves the tuen they needed to move in and contest. My FJ platoon would be destroyed leaving only a handful of Marders to make the fight for the objective.
In the second round I would play Ryan, a pretty new player who was running the US Task Force Alpha list. I knew it could be pretty tough to face but also knew it was hard to run. The mission would be Hasty Attack and I would be defending.
|I deployed both of my FJ platoons, my Nebelwerers, and the Marder IIs but Ryan's aircraft knocked two of them out before my first turn! He started with a six-strong battery of M7 Priests, Pioneers, and a Hellcat Platoon on the board.
|My Marder IIIs arrived pretty early on and kept his Pioneers from moving forward for a bit.
|Ryan's artillery would knock one out and the others would fall back since the second Hellcat Platoon was approaching.
|Ryan made his push on the other side, which initially was lightly defended. I was able to shift my two remaining Marder IIs to engage the Armored Recon and Hellcat Security Section.
I would win this round 5-2, losing the Marder IIIs to a combination of Hellcats, artillery, and the 2iC's M8 armored car, but I had two platoons (2cm FlaK and LG40s) down to their command team and making a few Sole Survior checks.
My final match was against Vince and his Schwere Panzerkompanie in a Free For All.
The Marders were a total let-down, and my Fearless troops were pretty disappointing all day. A platoon of StuGs instead of the Marders would've made a world of difference. I still wound up in third place due to soft scores and took home $10 in store credit and had fun in all three games. Thanks to all three of my opponents!