Last weekend Adam ran a Firestrom Caen campaign weekend at Entoyment, set over the Friday night and Saturday. This was Adam's first ever event to fulfill one of his New Years Resolutions.
I decided to run my Churchill's for the weekend having just painted them up. My list was simple, Two platoons of Churchill's with upgraded front armour, Stuarts for recce, three Crocs as I also wanted to see what they did in action and finally three CT carriers to give me five platoons. I figured I would get away with this as I would have Firestrom troops to get me up to six platoons.
I figured the list would be good against Panzer IV/StuG lists and Infantry, unfortunately I didn't face a single infantry list, I only saw one infantry platoon over the whole weekend...
Round 3 - Epson
I arrived Saturday morning to see and I was interested to see how the first two had gone, it turned out not too well... Gold and Juno beaches had made no progress, from sword beach the British had managed to get to the outskirts of Caen and the Airbourne landing was still holding on.
I killed Winners AA, Panzer IV's and reduced his StuGs to one tanks. But the five Panthers started to make an impact on the game and Winner ended up breaking me. 4-3 to the Axis.
|Double bailed on but Winner passed the motivation test to keep him in the game.|
Round 4 - Charnwood
The round after lunch was operation Charnwood, after the third rounds wins and loses we decided to try and set ourselves up for round five. They allies attacked towards Villers Bocage, the Caen-Falaise Road and attempted to relieve the surround forces in Caen. We again got eight games but this time it was a six to split to the Allies.
After this I managed to pin down his platoons and broke Mike army, I did lose my Stuarts and so it ended up 5-2 to me.
The rest of the round was a mixed bag for the Allies. We took two places to attack Viller's Bocage from and Cagny to attack the Falaise Road from but we lost are foot hold in Caen.
Round 5 - Goodwood
It really was everything to play for going into this round, a couple of good attacks and defends and the Germans would be cut off and the victory would go to the allies (admittedly without Caen...). But the Allies had no room for mistakes, one bad attack in a critical area and it would be all over.
I was leading the charge to Falaise against Carl. I got Typhoons and 5.5 Artillery to help me with this task. We rolled up Dust Up and I put one platoon of Churchills, Carriers and the 5.5 Artillery on the table. I faced two platoons of Panzer IV's and platoon of firestorm German Field Support (the one you roll randomly for).
Carl played aggressively as he always does I and sat back in a wheat field picking off his tanks and smoking the survivors with my CS Churchills. The Carriers advanced and then fell back quickly before they got over ran by Panzers. I killed most of the Panzers when my Crocs turned up and killed all the infantry on the objective pinning them and stopping them from moving to contest the objective. The artillery pinned Carls artillery which also failed to unpin and that was the game, 6-1 to me.
Result and Closing Thoughts
Unfortunately for the Allies, despite taking the Caen-Falaise Road most of the other attacks failed and the Germans even captured Sword Beach (although they were cut off in doing so). The end result was about 420VPs to the Germans and 250VPs to the Allies (They could be a little off). The Germans had stopped the British cold and it would be done to the US to take Normandy.
I do think the 1250pts for are games made the Firestorm troops (particularly the Panther, Tigers and 5.5 artillery) too powerful. It's hard to have all the counters you need to take these powerful units and still have a balanced list. 1500pts/1650pts I think would have worked better. But you only learn by doing and learning is half the battle.
Adam did well for his first event. There are a few things I would have done differently and Adam did chance a few things for the better as the tournaments went on for the better. I think if he did this again next year he'd run a great event. We are thinking about running St. Lo next year to complete the D-Day Firestorms.
|Yes that one 2IC faust team did all that!|