Fez-man here, excited to join the Breakthrough Assault team. I've been playing Flames of War tournaments for just over a year, but have been a hobbyist for many more, working for Games Workshop for a few years, and I'm also Chairman of the Guildford Games Club.
For my first post, I'll be looking at the recent Breakthrough Assault One Dayer - Mid War, that I attended with my British Infantry Tank Company.
First, a quick look at the Venue, LvlUp Gaming in Bournemouth.
|Not the largest selection, but at least its a start!|
|Fridge full of cold drinks and chocolate!|
|Nice selection of ranges|
The main playing area is in the basement, which although it did heat up, and a bit cramped at times, was pleasant enough.
|Experimented with different washes, settled on good old sepia!|
The list its self was fuelled by one simple idea - to have a swarm of Matildas that weren't soviet for once!
I apologise in advance for the lack of photo's, I tried to use my phone to create a time lapse, but it just killed the battery and left me waiting for it to charge again..
Game one - Fighting Withdrawal against Toby with his German Grenadier Company
This one has no pictures, as my camera died and deleted them all :(
Not much to say about this, other than driving Matildas into dug in-88's, infantry guns, nebs, AT guns and Brumbars isn't my idea of fun. Oh, and don't forget the cannon-armed stukas.
Long story short, I lost 1-6. Sometimes you get those games where they've got scissors, and you find your army is just so much paper to them!
Lessons learnt - don't attack piecemeal, if you're going to press a flank, press it with everything you have.
Game two - Winner Dave and his Soviet heavy tanks, dust up
Not much to say about this game, other than I'm sure Dave would have won if he wasn't half asleep!
The only things in my list that can scratch his KV-1's were my sporadic Hurricane and 25 pounders. Thats it. Not a lot of hope really. Luckily for me, Dave got fixated by the amount of Matildas I put into reserve, allowing me to run my reccie carriers and a platoon of tanks towards the objective that was only defended by his armoured cars. By the time he realised I could threaten his objective, his KV-1's were too slow to get back and stop me catching it. My heart was in my mouth when his reserve Matildas turned up and shot at mine in the rear armour, by my saves kept everything on the board to get the 6-1 win.
|So many BIG Tanks|
|My artie and infantry holed up on the objectives - still took 3 turns to dig in!|
The hill rules can be mis-interpreted depending on who you play with, bases on models and scenery should be ignored for true line of sight, Dave and I can have a pointed friendly debate over rules and the entire room think its an argument, and I was using second edition fighter interception rules!
Game Three - Cauldron - Dave Palmer - Hungarians
I played Dave at the last one Breakthrough Assault one dayer-late war tournament, we seem fated to meet at game three. This time he was defending with his Hungarian infantry, however I got extremely lucky with my random placement, and managed to have my 25 pounders at the back of the board, and the three platoons of Matildas on the right flank in cover, ready to roll up the flank.
|Shhh! We're hiding...|
|So many stands of infantry...|
|Panzer Vor - I mean, forward for king and country boys!|
|Nimrods, apparently have tree magnets.|
Then his armoured cars and panzer IV's turned up, and slowly tore my 25s apart, along with the platoon of Matildas I dispatched to try and rescue them, meaning that when I finally captured the objective it was a 4-3.
Lessons learnt: Don't delay, if you need to push, push! Also, wipe out the easy target while its easy!
Despite the distance for me to drive, I find the one dayers great fun, and not as draining as the weekend affairs. As people aren't investing two days into it, a bad game doesn't put people in foul mood, meaning that the atmosphere is upbeat throughout the day.
As I can't make both days at warfare, my next comp is most likely going to be Breakthrough Assault III, with an 'early-late war'. I'm thinking of taking the more competitive 29th Infantry division, and I hope to see you there!
Thanks for reading,