During the last quarter, WR has travelled to Games Empire (Pasadena CA) for several of Bruce’s 15mm Flames of War 1942 scenarios played over successive weekends. Bruce’s FOW Ver3.x group typically, like WR’s, play a themed scenario which recently has focused on the Eastern Front of 1942. Several gaming days featured large multi-table team force structured scenarios such as: Approach to Stalingrad, the outskirts of Stalingrad, in Stalingrad itself, and soon forthcoming the Soviet counterattack. Now the group has expanded their history period to Kursk 1943.
Several games photographed below. First the 1942 Stalingrad scenario with every building or ruins displayed on the tabletop. WR played the part of assaulting the large foreground building, which was heroically defended by Bruce. After many turns of close quarter action in and around the large building….. the Germans lost and were forced to regroup for another day.
Hey…. any seasoned FOW player needs a vacation. Tropical climate, warm sea breezes, friendly locals, river cruises at day or night. Welcome to Vietnam as you take your assigned seat for a quick tour.
Next scenario saw the Germans advancing on a Soviet training / military collection center in the Volga region and near Stalingrad. WR’s assigned task was to whip the new recruits into some military formations, hand out their rifles and ammunition, and prepare them to march on Stalingrad. Unfortunately, the Germans rudely interrupted the peaceful Soviets during their morning dress parade, sending the nice row of T-26 tanks into linear scrapyard, and causing the infantry in their new uniforms diving into local ditches or scattered buildings. This time around the Soviets held their ground, after loss, to secure a minor victory at the town but lost the scenario out on the open flanks.
So far score one Soviet win and one German win. The next scenario was a battle outside a built up town and nearby open Soviet countryside. Again WR returned to the German team with panzergrenadiers fighting inside the Soviet unnamed town. WR thinking….. crewed halftracks, armored cars, all inside a Soviet town crawling with lots of small A/T cannon, ATR teams, and the Soviet mob? Didn’t bode well as the scenario played out. Should have gone with the 2nd plan of tabletop strategy (post game thought. Set up on town edge then drive into the countryside, overwhelm the Soviets outside the town, and secure the scenario win, thus avoiding the Soviet foot infantry with their nasty A/T cannon hunker down in the building maze.
Soviet take the game score lead 2:1. Next weekend scenario in open country with mixed armor and infantry forces. Structured as a 4,000 point match up scenario. WR returns to the Soviet team opposite his son Daniel playing the Germans. Soviets on the offensive this time so they try their infiltration tactic with their scout platoon and a full infantry company. Total success and the surprised Germans soon have Soviets starting in the forward village buildings.
Later on the Soviet infantry erupted from the station and secured the nearby orchards. Germans are forced back and concede the sector for a Soviet win. Against Daniel panzergrenadiers, WR pressed the Germans, taking one then a second objective marker. Late arriving flanking German panzers reduce the lend-lease Valentine Tankovy company to smoking wrecks, then reclaiming one objective. Reduced to tattered ruin after two assaults on the battered panzergrenadiers, the Soviet infantry company cannot contest further German panzer advance into their rear so the Germans claim a contested victory for this sector. Score the game a tie overall, leaving the running total as 2 wins / 1 loss / 1 tie for a Soviet edge.
More fun with Flames of War (15mm or 20mm) is scheduled for August. If interested, contact WR directly via the information found under the “About the WR” menu pull down tab. Meanwhile the 1942 engagements continue heading toward the siege of Sevastopol and the Soviet counterattack.
Update: August FOW game “Soviet Counterattack to Kharkov August 1943” and post Kursk. In this scenario WR’s flanked the German front line with his T-34 companies but were massacred by arriving German reinforcement….. panthers and tigers no less.
P.S. Next up on WR blog should be the start of some Peninsular War discussion. Starting with the Portuguese revolt and the Battle of Evora 1808. This leads up to the battles of Rolica then Vimeiro, a featured historical 28mm napoleonic scenario game at the upcoming HMGS-PSW October regional convention.
Update 11/27/2018: Some photos of the 1943 Kursk action fought on Nov. 25, 2018 at Games Empire.
Nice looking games. Did you have any part of that vietnam game? Always womdered how fun that really is. Seems like a cool idea. Sorry i have been busy. Tomorrow will be my first desert battle. Never had nor seen one played. Will now. Lol
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No part of the Vietnam game other than playing a US platoon. Was fun. I have a collection of 20mm Vietnam miniatures ready to paint in storage and a lot of 29mm US vehicles for the era. A future project after I finish up more WWII 20mm. Good luck for the desert action.