Rational thought... wargames... oxymoron? Never mind.
On Saturday (yesterday), the usual suspects played a game of Disposable Heroes at the Hamilton Road Games Group. Andy and I took the British and Martin and Bear too the Germans in an early war, Battle of France scenario. We also tried an experiment and used the Advanced Squad Leader sequence of play with the Disposable Heroes mechanics. Originally I thought we might use Martin's French, but his schedule as a graduate student and teaching assistant at the University of Western Ontario proved too packed to allow him to finish some of the painting he deemed necessary. We did use one of his vehicles, though.
The German objective was to take a church building on the British side of the table. Both sides had about a full platoon with some support units (mortars, HMGs, Anti-tank rifles, sniper team, armour.)
The sequence of play when something like this:
- Preparatory fire by side A
- Defencive fire by side B
- Movement and moving fire by side A (movement beyond "sneaking" cuts your range and rate of fire in half)
- close combat
|The German armour moves up.|
|The British armour hung back a bit to stay out of the initial line of fire -|
Martin's Matilda -- quite a nice model
|Andy's first squads LMG team at the wall with the Boys AT rifle in the church bell tower.|
The stone walls and the church were heavy cover.
|Bear's one squad clusters around the back of a hill before advancing.|
|My squadies - all of 3rd squad with the Bren gun of 4th squad in the foreground.|
The wooded areas were medium cover.
|Bear's right-hand squad supports the tanks from the hedge line. (Light cover)|
|Andy's 3-inch mortar and the command section behind the church.|
|Bear sets out some of his troops.|
|Here you can see Bear's rather sparse terrain. The hill blocked line of sight, but the hedges were just light cover|
and things to shoot over.
|Andy's squadies come up to the line.|
|My 4th squad's Bren gunner after the rest of his section "disappeared."|
All the figures used were Andy's.
|What do you think of Andy's new measuring device? It also doubles as a phone in some situations.|
Or even an "OK" sign in Hawaii. ("Ain't no big t'ing, Bro'der!")
|Martin's force spend a good bit of time sliding throughthe forest which allowed them to get closer to|
Andy's position but kept them from firing and suppressing the British squads on that side of the road.
|The titans square off - the 38t takes aim at the Matilda|
|Bear's HMG team with an LMG team in front.|
The red bingo chip denotes that the team is pinned or suppressed.
|Martin's on rifle section uses the Pz. IV for cover as they advance.|
|The boys in Feldgrau take a moment to form up while still in cover.|
We'll have to see. I am glad that we didn't burden the table with multiple platoons and lots of support weapons. That would've bogged the game down 'way too much. A while back we discoverd that you can "break" the game by having too many units/activations.
|Late in the game (third or fourth turn!), Martin ran his tanks up to the wall at the church.|
Andy and I dropped mortar bombs on it and thought we had destroyed it, but...
|Andy's one Bren section hunkers down with mortar smoke in front of their position.|
|We thought we had destroyed the Pz. IV, but two closer readings of the rules proved us wrong.|
Next week is the Group's Christmas party with the Wings of War extravaganza including Die Rotte Baron and Snoopy. If you can't make it to London, ON., here are some cookies for you to taste... with your minds!