Friday, 18 March 2016

Stalingrad - The Barrikady: Part Five

Air superiority allows the ground troops the 'flying artillery' that has proved so successful through to this point, for the German Army, during the 2WW. The subtle way the Rapid Fire! rule system works makes infantry the glass slipper wearers (frostbite no surprise then) and armour and air power the two ugly sisters. No single technical arm has an automatic right destroy the PBI.
The Stukas can only wail into kestrel-like action should the ground observers be able to direct them...
...and if the rupert with the radio is on the move, yer stuffed. Consolidating their hard fought for gains Cinders (because the Germans reduced everything they attacked to those) suddenly spots a clear and present danger.
 ...in hard cover...
 ...hull down...
 ...taking aim...
 Firing!
 Despite the hard covet the 76.2 gun hits home hard
 ...and again
 Weapons clearly unable to deal with threat. Too far off for 'heroic (stupid) action'.
 Last two Russians in this part of the complex surrender to the enemy and his tender mercies
 Something is keeping that T34 in place. Patriotism? Valour? Fear? A cracking bonus scheme?
 The katyushas keep up the harassing fire. There must be an observer close by.
 There is a fair amount of space inside and a lane for traffic through the original buildings - now rubble
 The infantry stick close to their supporting armour. Units get mixed up easily in the close terrain.
 The prisoners keep being pushed along to the rear
 One Bn HQ finds a nice cozy wall to kip against
 Smoke covers the armour up to the next junction. Nerves a jangle for the next ambush by some hidden ATG
 A Stug trundles up the road from the workshop. The Light Aid Detachment having done some running repairs
 IG's will need to get forward soon
 The follow up Regiment is hard on the heels of the forward troops...
 Support Coy moving...
Though everyone is cautious because of the screaming of 'little kate'.

Next time: Is there enough stuff to finish the job?

11 comments:

  1. Spectacular and impressive pictures, looks great!

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    1. Thanks Phil. Thinks I'm running out of Germans. Probably time for another reinforcement or the game will run out of steam.

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  2. Superb stuff again.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

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    1. Thanks Pete. We were discussing what will happen when the snow arrives. It'll certainly look different.

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    1. Thanks Rodger. Kraken man is working on Romanians for the next stage as we speak.

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  4. Great looking game and the photos really do justice to the figures and write up.

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  5. 1/72 plastic...the one true scale. Thanks Sun, we're having a ball and we're glad it shows.

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  6. This all looks very good indeed, well done. I particularly like your photos from the aircraft viewpoint. I revived my Stalingrad in 12mm last November though haven't blogged it yet. I'm still using Rapid Fire but have halved all the ranges. We allowed the stukas limited initiative to spot their own targets within pre-specified general map areas.
    Chris
    http://notjustoldschool.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Sounds good. I'll investigate. It will be interesting to note how these changes effect the game dynamic.

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  7. This all looks very good indeed, well done. I particularly like your photos from the aircraft viewpoint. I revived my Stalingrad in 12mm last November though haven't blogged it yet. I'm still using Rapid Fire but have halved all the ranges. We allowed the stukas limited initiative to spot their own targets within pre-specified general map areas.
    Chris
    http://notjustoldschool.blogspot.co.uk/

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