Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Adam's Breakthrough Assault Tournament AAR

Hello All

So at the weekend I played in my first FOW tournament Ben's Breakthrough Assault Tournament. I was quite nervous but I had a plan, having seen the number of infantry lists coming, I thought that I may be better off at times choosing to use the British Night Attack option. I tried it out against Winner Dave and it seemed to work well. I will apologise in advance as I seem to have lost my notes, also these are from my recollections, and may differ from what happened - remember the famous Babylon 5 quote 'truth is a three edged sword, my side, your side and the truth'.

Game 1 vs Matt Finch - CV Volksgrenadier

First mission was breakthrough, I elected to attack. He placed his Platoon with assault rifles ready to ,move to the objectives, his MG platoon on the edge of his deployment area on my short side, and his HMG's on the long side. He also deployed commandos to harass me. I deployed my artillery, mortars, 1 set of 6pdrs and 1 para platoon with frost near the MG platoon. With my spearhead move I advanced to within assault distance when coupled

with my turn 1 move. My assault succeeded and I wiped off the platoon turn one. With the mortars and 6pdrs hitting the HMG's, Frost went on a long march around. My reserves foiled my opponents commandos and deployed near the objectives. Despite hertzers and Sturmies appearing my paras managed to pincer the remaining infantry squad and claim the objectives.

Game 2 vs Dave Payne - Herman Goering Division

My second game was against the eventual winner, again I had a really enjoyable game against a nice opponent, though maybe I was an arse when things really didn’t seem to want to go my way! It was again infantry on infantry, this time against the HG dividsion, backed up by some tigers. Again I elected to attack, and learnt a thing or two about artillery, and also that my spotters need to eat more carrots. I genuinely thought’s I pulled off a win, but some bad dice rolls led to an assaulting platoon being pinned and despite trying to come up with some ne plan, I was outplayed in an enjoyable game.

Game 3 vs Robby - Grenadiers

My third game was against someone who it transpired lived about 5 minutes away, he was playing a grenadier list, and had a whopping 10 platoons! The terrain we played on was amazing, with a church dominating one quarter. I won the role to attack and elected to defend that quarter – though him mentioning having tanks with bunker buster did make me think twice about garrisoning it, and in the end only an artillery spotter decided to hide in the

highest point. It was a slow march by my Para’s across the table, whilst artillery rained down on my opposition, I gradually got closer to the objectives, before a platoon of StuG’s tried to take down my second para company, some bad dice rolls saw all of the StuG’s bailed or destroyed and with that the mission was mine.

So all in all three enjoyable games, against three lists I’ve never played before. It was odd being the attacker, as most of my opponents are mech or tank, and so I’m usually defending. However I think the |British Paras are good on the offense due to lots of smoke, an the dreaded artillery! I think if I was to have any thing to chance for Ben (related to the tournament, I have plenty about him in other regards) it was that we could have done with more time, as both my 2nd and 3rd games were rushed by the end (though my 1st game was the 1st to finish).

The other nice thing is that this has really rekindled my tournament bug. At my last 40K tournament, I was slightly disheartened as you played GK’s lots and they were just too good for my poor elder. But this was far more fun, the scenery made the games look epic (and thanks to everyone who brought scenery, it all looked great) but there were no blazing argument I heard and there was never any game which I saw which looked completely 1 sided, there always seemed a fighting chance. And I also finished 4th equal – not too bad I think for my first attempt.

Role on Brighton!

Thanks Adam.


  1. Nice to read the results, I know you've been looking forward to this for a while now.

  2. Yeah...big difference between 40k and FoW fact it's HUGE!
    Nice looking tables and armys in those photos.
    Thanks for sharing.

  3. Was a really great time - learnt a lot!