Saturday, 25 April 2015

Part Five - Chase or Trap?

 Having interpreted their 'stand or die' orders in the light of the current fluid situation (ie, up the creek) Herr Dryer's kampf group falls back by company onto what they hope will be a stronger line...
They leap frog each other. Basic fire and manoeuvre stuff...
"Zui! keep up or we leave you to Ivan!"
 ...until they reach the higher ground flanking the town.
 The valley is swarming...
 Mortars and Nebelwerfers, tanks and MG's have a target rich environment...
 ...but there is never enough to cover all the bases
 Russian casualties are horrendous...but that's what these recce columns are all about. Trade casualties for speed, distance is knowledge.
 The chase is on over the fields...
 ...but the Germans have it covered by 81mm mortars.
 If the Russians suspected it doesn't show. They just keep on.
 It looks like they are trying to cork a sieve rather than a bottle..
 Meanwhile, smoke is laid across the road to cover movement...
 ...but it is only partially successful.
 The bombardment doesn't let up...
 Panthers attampt to move onto the Russian armours flank...
 ...breaking cover...
 Alan C brought some reinforcements along and, on the principle of more equals merrier, they rolled as to where the would come on...Nice roll, Alan.
 Move spotted. Kate answers.
 Typically appalling response to movement.
 Huzzah's from the valley floor.
 Nobody wants to be left behind.
 RF makes it clear that approaching occupied positions is a risky business.
 Not a healthy place to park

 Mixed rounds.
"Guys, where's the instruction manual?"
 Somebody threw a high die!
"Don't look at me. I ain't got it."

 Panthers drive for cover.
 Assault pioneers move to the flank

 The crossing's in sight!
 Flame-thrower's pour flame (literally) on the enemy armour
 Russians button up.
 A volley of 75mm AP shot crack over the field.
 SU 100's prepare a reply...
 Birds eye of the action.
"Er, don't open the door"

"Knock, knock!"

"Maybe if we keep going we won't be shot by our own side"
Through it all the infantry keeps going...

Have the Russians run out of steam?
Are the Germans going to blunt the charge?
Will I tut and raise my eye brows at the next desperate election promise?

Tune in next time to be underwhelmed!


  1. Grand stuff, Simon. Especially liking the piccies of the Panthers...

    1. Thanks, Paul. Panthers are, to my mind, the best looking of all the German armour.

  2. A truly epic battle and in 20mm no less! Looking forward to the next installments and I have to agree with Caliban - the Panthers are top-notch!

    1. I think the next episode will be the decider, Steven. The supply line is pretty long and, to be even vaguely realistic, the Russians are going to have to resupply and reorganise pretty soon. Thanks for following the game though.

  3. Outstanding! Real eye candy and exciting. Excellent!

    1. Thanks, Paul, that's very encouraging. I thought about putting in some effects at first, perhaps smoke and tracers but then it would be a comic strip. So, I decided on playing the game as we want to and just taking snaps as we go. All the markers just help us remember where we're up to and what is going on.

  4. Excellent! A magnificent looking game. Those explosions really add to the story telling. Great stuff!

  5. Thanks, Nick. It's aesthetically pleasing and it help us keep track of who's firing.

  6. You should place this on YouTube. Great as always!!