|The board - three villages, two held by US forces.|
This was my first time to field M3 Lees, which I dug in hull down just beyond the town in the centre.
|The US position - Lees, Stuarts, Greyhound ACs, M2 & M3 halftracks and infantry with mortars and bazookas.|
|The Stuarts back up the Lees' position.|
My collection included M5 Stuarts which we declared to be M3s for the day.
|M8 Greyhound armoured cars at a distance...|
|... and up close. From Martin's collection.|
|Mortars and their halftrack - from my collection.|
Figures by Quality Castings. halftrack by Old Glory
|M3 White Scout Cars and Jeep|
More Old Glory originally painted for Canadian and Russian use.
|In the town|
|Battle taxis await the word to withdraw.|
|Martin's infantry, vehicle and buildings.|
|Bear's Pz.IVs advance.|
the D4 indicates the phase of the turn in which this unit may fire.
|The Pz.IIIs advance on the other side of the hill.|
|German infantry in the village.|
|In a later turn, Bear brings up his undamaged tanks to take on the M3s.|
|The other Panzers round the hill.|
"Ha! Those rules are no hindrance to my tanks!"
|Infantry in trucks wait their turn on the back side of the hill.|
They are supported by a Pz.III, a Pz.III½ (III hull/IV turret), and a Sturmgeshutz.
In all honesty, I found the rules "clunky", with 8 pages of charts and variables that you had to access for just about every shot. I agree with Kevin who felt this game allows for more realistic results in armoured combat. I just felt that it could become an exercise in calculation, accounting, and hair-splitting since a long check-list might be needed to adjudicate every turn. Realistic, no doubt. Playable? I have reservations. I studied business and economics in university and economics is not called "the Dismal Science" without reason. Ultimately, in my dotage, I think I prefer simpler, quicker games. As always, it was worth a try. The vehicles looked good!
|The defencive line outside the middle village.|
|Bear's Pz.IVs advance past the first village.|
|My M3 Scout Cars and a Jeep.|
The nearest scout car has an illegible Cyrillic slogan painted on the side.
|The Pz.IIIs and some Pz.IVs do the end around.|
|The M3 Lees from Martin's collection and infantry from mine.|
The beads show the condition of the tank - yellow means the crew bailed, black - the tank is on fire,
purple - I don't remember.
By the end of the game, all four M3s were in flames.
|Infantry from my collection - from Quality Castings|
Originally they were based for Command Decision so I glued them to a cardboard sabot base.
The Gaming Group's Birthday Bash, including Big Stompy Robots in Quebec City.