|Looking toward the German entry point. The two Tiger tanks were there for size and perspective purposes.|
|Looking toward the US lines. The blue sheet was held up to hid the "Institutional Yellow" of the library walls and to provide some atmospheric feel to the pics.|
|The German-infested forest. I wanted to see how the pines looked in a snow-covered table. These were "after Christmas/Boxing Day" purchases a few years ago. I needed trees and these were on sale at Canadian Tire.|
|The captured Jeep enters the field.|
|My squad advances further into the woods.|
I don't know about you, but to me, this board feels COLD!
|The BAR and the corporal open up in the German point troops.|
|One down. For WWII, I've made up casualty chits, printed from the Junior General paper soldier site.|
It allows you to remove casualty figures while keeping some sort of visual of the casualties.
|"Here they come, Sarge!" One of Bear's sections advances into the woods from what we called "the parking lot."|
|"The Parking Lot"|
The blue yarn string denotes the actual edge of the woods. It helps us know who is and who isn't in cover and just what areas are woods.
|The Tiger advances with the storm just behind.|
|Intimidating, to say the least.|
|Wonder of wonders! After exchanging fire for one or two turns, my Sherman with the 76mm gun blew a track off the Tiger! It was immobilised but still dangerous, as I found out later in the game.|
As Bear and I exchanged fire in the woods, I lost men; his shooting was better than mine. So I fell back slowly until the remnants of the squad broke and ran. Bear moved up almost two squads to the edge of the woods by the time of curfew, but the never engaged my dug in infantry. (We gave foxholes a "medium cover" factor, but that turned out to be too little. On the other side of the road, I lost ¾ of a section and a bazooka team to the German HMG despite the foxholes.)
|GI's dug in at the edge of the woods.|
|Another view of the foxholes. Andy said this reminded him of scenes from "Band of Brothers."|
|Derek had a squad crossing the heavy field. I knew they were there but couldn't target them. So my troops waited.|
|The US HMG dug in in the corner weapons pit.|
|On the other side of the road, GIs dug in waiting for Derek's advance.|
|Bear's squads advance past the bodies of the American troops who slowed them down.|
|I've been painting for Bear and we agreed that the German troops I'd paint for him would carry the cuff bands of the Grossdeutschland division. They're there if you look close, but I'm not up to painting the lettering on the cuff title.|
|Late in the game, I turned the .50 cal from the Sherman 75 on Derek's troops disembarking from the trucks.|
I did some damage, but you should've seen those guys move!
|My command section which did some fancy commanding and only moved up when Bear's squads approached.|
A combat officer's first rule: "If you fire it, you've got to clean it."
|My M3 halftrack prepared to add it's pintle mounted .30 cal to the defensive line in the woods.|
This is an old resin-cast model I picked up at Historicon a long time ago. The green bingo chip means the unit has been activated this turn.
|The Tiger's victim. This is the guy that took out the Tiger's track and a few turns later paid the price with a nasty hull hit that brewed up the tank and took out 4 of the 5 crew.|
|GIs dug in at the edge of the crop field. The foxholes look decent and are a geographic feature of the board, meaning if a figure leaves the hole, another can get in. We just have to up grade them a bit.|
|Derek's recon section, who look vaguely Fallshirmjäger-ish.|
|My two Shermans with the 76 hull down in the ruins and the 75 residing in the field.|
|Traffic Jam! With the Tiger immobilised, the following vehicles had to turn off to drop their troops. |
Here an Opel Blitz gets awfully close to the Tiger.
|Germans in the trenches. 20mm figures by Revell.|
|Canadians in the trenches. More 20mm by Revell or Airfix.|
|Canadians searching for the enemy and for Enfields.|
Next week, we hope to do American Civil War in 15mm using Warlord Games' Black Powder rules. I've been itching to try this and Bear dearly loves the period. (When playing it, he changes his name to Beauregard. Two guesses which side he prefers; first guess doesn't count.) In December, it'll be time for our annual Christmas Party and Flying Circus which means hot chocolate and marshmallows, Snoopy and the Red Baron, and Santa flying a supply mission. This year, we add an Italian bomber!