Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Desperate measures Batrep!

So I had my first game of Flames of War with my good buddy Duncan since we got back from Afghanistan and man oh man have I missed this game.

He had picked up Desperate Measures and we were both excited to create some Eastern Front lists. He's a die hard Soviet Player and I'm a die hard Eastern Front German dude, so it only made sense to throw down with the latest lists in our favorite theater.

Duncan brought a Red Army MotoStrelkovy list.


  Confident    Trained   Motostrelkovy Batalon (Red Army)
Motor Rifle Battalion
Soviet Late-War
Mechanised Company
PlatoonQtyUnitPoints
Headquarters
Motostrelkovy Batalon HQ (Red Army)  p.13
2
1
Cmd Rifle team
Komissar team
40
Combat Companies
Motostrelkovy Company (Red Army)  p.13
1
12
2
2
Cmd SMG team
SMG team
Panzerfaust SMG team
Maksim HMG team
310
Motostrelkovy Company (Red Army)  p.13
1
6
1
2
Cmd SMG team
SMG team
Panzerfaust SMG team
Maksim HMG team
190
Motorised Anti-tank Company (Red Army)  p.15
1
4
4
Cmd Rifle team
57mm ZIS-2 gun
Truck
150
Weapons Companies
Tankovy Company (Red Army)  p.9
4
4
T-34 obr 1942 with Cupola
T-34/85 obr 1944
430
Support Companies
Medium Assault Gun Company (Red Army)  p.21
5SU-100390
Transporter Platoon (Red Army)  p.27
7Truck10
Tank Destruction Company (Red Army)  p.26
1
4
4
1
Cmd Rifle team
45mm obr 1942 gun
Truck
PTRD anti-tank rifle
90
Company Points:1610
Duncan had hand written his list out and after when we were doing our debrief and Easyarmying up the lists we found he had been 40pts short.

And I ran a Panzer list.
 Confident  Trained Panzer Kampfgruppe (Trained)German Late-War
PlatoonQtyUnitPoints
Headquarters
Panzer Kampfgruppe HQ (Trained)  p.69
1Panzer IV J70
Combat Platoons
Panzer Platoon (Trained)  p.70
4
4
Panzer IV J
Assault Rifle Tank Escort
330
Panzer Platoon (Trained)  p.70
4
4
Panzer IV J
Assault Rifle Tank Escort
330
Panzer Platoon (Trained)  p.70
3Panther G430
Weapons Platoons
Panzer Anti-aircraft Gun Platoon (Trained)  p.71
2Wirbelwind (Quad 2cm)90
Support Platoons
Heavy Panzersp√§h Platoon (Trained)  p.85
1
1
Sd Kfz 234/1 (2cm)
Sd Kfz 234/4 (PaK40)
95
Armoured Rocket Launcher Battery (Trained)  p.90
1
2
1
3
Cmd SMG team
Kubelwagen
Observer Rifle team
Panzerwerfer 42
125
Oberst Hans-Ulrich Rudel  p.95
5Hans-Ulrich Rudel in Ju 87G Stuka175
Company Points:1645

This was our field of battle. It was pretty light with terrain for us normally, but this was our first game in a while, we'll do better next time.

A small town held up on the outskirts of a farming ville in the rolling hills.

Duncan rolled Dust up and winning the roll to attack he chose the upper right corner as you see it and I set up in the lower left.

 
Quick shot of my force, still WIP, the Ostwinds are standing in for Wirblewinds. 

 
Duncan's deployment bellow. He set up his Zis-2s covering the open ground with his Infantry and SU-100s ready behind the hill to strike. 

I set up in the shadow of the hill with my PzIVs, my PzWerfers sat back ready to support and my Panthers (first time I'm really using panthers so that was fun) stationed themselves covering my Obj in wait for the reserves.


Duncan won the roll to go first and surged over the hill with his SU-100s. My favorite thing ever was his trucks being called up and in true Soviet fashion his troops carried the transports quickly forward towards the fascists.
 
End of Soviet turn 1.


My Panzers repositioned but still stayed behind the hill and the Panthers actually backed up behind the forest to hide from the 100s and still lay in wait. The Panzerwerfers roared out and scored not only a kill, but bailed an SU-100 as well! Love the rockets. Then in swooped Rudel for the first time (today he's flying a Henschel) and he killed another cat killer and bailed a second.

 
Things were looking dire for the tank hunters but they passed their morale check and fought on. One of them remounted and the two remaining big guns pushed forward along with the Infantry. Again with no targets in line of sight they ended their turn marching toward Berlin.

 
My Panzers repositioning to knife fight with the Cat Killers, or you could call it hiding, either way.
Rudel doesn't come in but amazingly the Panzerwerfers kill a Zis and bag another Cat killer (the bailed one) they pass their morale test and continue on.

End of Turn 3.

 
Me hiding. 

I didn't get a pic of it but Duncans turn sees him pushing forward again without any targets. He received his other Infantry Pl which starts moving through the orchard toward the objective.

I start my turn with Rudel makes another appearance, swooping in on the backside of the SUs. Lunging forward with my panzers, one of them able to take a side armour shot on a SU-100 and the rest of the PzIVs mount the hill to at least act as a distraction while they shoot at point blank on the Tank hunters. The Panthers come out from behind the forest and line up some shots for the first time in the game. The Panzerwerfers roar to life starting the shooting phase smoking the guns on the hill, they scare the crap out of me and my trained panzers and this will at least mitigate their sting.


With everyone surrounding the SU-100s they go up in a blaze of glory With Rudel ending the last bailed vehicle.  My Panthers manage to reposition but nothing else does.

Again we forgot to photo the field in Duncan's turn. He received T-34s which swung around and with 85s blazing shot up a PzIV on the hill, destroying the COs vehicle but lucky for me the warrior lived on taking command of a local vehicle. The Infantry in the orchard pushed forward as did the Zis' in an attempt to take out a PzIVs destroying another.

In my turn I get both the Wirblewinds and my Panzers and seeing a gap in his rear armour with Duncan having pushed forward with his Zis' I drive behind his gunshields and MG them up, and destroying the pl. 

The Panthers engaged and killed a T-34/85, bailing another. 
 

The Panzerwerfers Dropped an Infantry stand while Rudel killed and bailed another tank. He was really wracking it up.


The Panzers assaulted into the position and took up a protective stance around the objective and thats kinda where we called it.

 




The Infantry was just out of reach of the objective and facing 4 PzIVs and 2 Wirblewinds to have to assault through.



6-1 to the Germans but both lists showed a lot more promise than you see here, they both are contenders and we're gearing up for another slug fest tomorrow.

I really love this game and playing it again has reinvigorated me, I'm chomping at the bit to play again and I just can't wait. (especially for MW lol, I don't even like LW! haha)


Until next time.