On the previous posting I posted the pictures of the Williamsburg Muster. I had a blast ... minus the allergies that attacked me. Steve and I carpooled up and meet fellow WWPD'ers Dirty Jon and Luke. 20 players I believe made the trip so we had a great mix of troops to play against.
I played Steve in Game 1, Mad Dog Tom (another fellow gamer) in Game 2 and finished off against Otto in Game 3. Since it has been a couple of days I can't remember specific forces but I will give a brief run down and what I learned from my losses (which was all three games lol)
For the tournament I brought an HQ (with 2 bazookas extra), 2 Rifle Platoons, 1 Weapons platoon (LMGs and 60mm Mortars), 81mm Mortar Platoon, Combat Engineer platoon (3 extra bazookas), 5 Shermans and a M-10 Platoon.
Steve and I were taking the field in Game 1. There was bocage and buildings through out the board. Steve was running Germans, which consisted of mechanized troops, Panzer IVs, Nebs, 2 Tigers and 3 Pumas. I was running the Big Red 1 infantry. Long story short ... Steve zipped up the middle with his transports and was able to swing behind my forces. One platoon evaporated under a hail of machine gun fire. My engineers were pinned and slowly chewed up by Tiger machine guns. Reserves never showed and eventually I had nothing that could contest. Steve's game 6-1.
- I learned that I shouldn't have left the Shermans off the table. They would have been a great cover for the infantry. I had brought out mortars thinking I was gonna smoke for troop movement but failed to grasp that my troops wouldn't need it it we got flanked first. Which happened .... and I learned a great lesson
- Again, transports blazing with machine guns caused havoc against my infantry. The engineers did hold their own against the tide and took 3 transport teams with them. I had placed the Shermans on the other side of the board to flank the nebs and a tank killing platoon he had. Instead I was bailing out and bog checking at the same time I was "dancing" in and out of TD fire. Tom shared some good info and tips (just as Steve had) and we got another game since the time allowed it. Thanks Tom !
- I should have taken out those rockets. But I swung the armor elements to support the infantry which was moving to protect an objective that was not covered. The mission had 3 objectives placed and I had deployed around a middle objective which then was removed. So I had to act fast moving to protect. It was the first time I played against Russians with that killing power. The last time I faced Russians they were a lend lease Sherman company ... hats off to Otto he stayed in there and it came down to the wire.
Keep the paint flowing and the dice rolling .....
Joe ... aka Mezz