Friday, 8 November 2013

WHAT SHOULD I DO FOR NZ WARGAMING NATIONAL CONVENTION ? AND SOME CHANGES TO ARMY'S WITH REVISED RED BEAR RELEASE


In New Zealand we have a National wargaming convention held over Easter each year, which is shared around the country with the North Island's Hamilton, Central Wellington and Chirstchurch in the South Island each having a turn. I have been to every one so far since year 2000, so 13 years worth all up, and is slowly becoming a tradition at Easter for me !

The sad rumor is, that the organiser for the Flames of War tournament at next year's NATCON is only going to put two periods on offer, with those being Mid War and Late War only , so very annoyed there is no Early war ! , especially since there was no early war at Nationals last year and also now that Valleycon has changed its format this February to Late War as well. So yet again my Vichy French EW force has been put on hold for a while.  With the new Early War books that have been released I thought there might of been an increase in popularity but maybe not the case in the South Island perhaps. Early War is still my personnel favorite period I have to say (also is Andrews favorite as well)

So with this sad news, what do I run at Natcon next year ? ? 


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Also heard that they may be running a Saga tournament at Nationals so I may very well go to this in the end if they indeed go ahead with it, apart from encouraging me to paint my rather large Anglo-Saxon force it does sound interesting and is something different, which is always good to do now and again. I have only played the game twice so far (with proxies) so will no doubt have to have a few more practice games before long, but going a new system to a new tournament is a very good way to learn the rules and on how to use your own army, as your multiple opponents will teach you more than any practice game's with mates will - so in that respect it would be worth it I think.

If there is no Saga tournament on offer, then I am more than likely to take a Late War army, and will probably take use of the recent changes in the revised Red Bear book and either go my Light Assault Gun SU-76M army or the KV-1e Guards Heavy tank army that I have yet to finish.

Both armies have had some significant changes made to them, lowering their points a fair bit for the SU-76M and adding extra Weapons and Support options for the Heavy tank army, which is a welcome change for me. The KV-1e army which I posted back in September would have the following changes.

KV-1e with mine rollers
Existing army I had worked out had been:
HQ - KV-1e tank
Combat - KV-1e x 3 with two having a mine roller
Combat - KV-1e x 3 with two having a mine roller
Combat - KV-1e x 3 with two having a mine roller
Combat - KV-1s x 3
Support - Submachine-gun Company - 22x SMG teams
Support - Artillery Battalion - With 8x ZIS 3 guns and 4x 122mm obr 1938 guns
Add Observer team and PTRD anti-tank rifle

And now with the New Red Bear changes, it has :
HQ - KV-1e tank
Combat - KV-1e x 3 with a mine roller
Combat - KV-1e x 3 with a mine roller
Combat - KV-1e x 3 with a mine roller
Combat - KV-1s x 3
Weapons - Assault Gun Recon platoon - With 9x R/MG recon teams
Weapons - Assault Gun Sapper Company - 6x Pioneer rifle teams
Support - Anti-Aircraft Company - With 4x 37mm obr 1939 guns
Support Artillery Battalion - With 8x ZIS 3 guns and 4x 122mm obr 1938 guns
Add Observer team

So for the loss of the Submachine-gun company and AT rifle team, I have picked up another platoon in the form of some vital Air protection, also some recon infantry unit and a small but useful Pioneer platoon - so 8 platoons in total, not bad at all.


My SU-76M model 
Or should I do the SU-76M army perhaps? It has had some significant price reductions made in Katyusha's, Churchuills and SU-76M, so army picks up 10 platoons in total being ..

HQ -  T-70 obr 1943 tank
Combat - Assault Gun platoon with 4x SU-76M
Combat - Assault Gun platoon with 4x SU-76M
Combat - Assault Gun platoon with 4x SU-76M
Weapons - Assault Gun Recon platoon - With 9x R/MG recon teams
Weapons - Assault Gun Sapper Company - 6x Pioneer rifle teams
Support - Gvardeyskiy Tyazhelyy Tankovy Company with 4x Mark IV (Churchill's)
Support - Flame Tank Company with 10x OT-34
Support - Tank Destruction Company with 4x 57mm ZIS 2 guns with PTRD anti-tank rifle
Support - Strelkovy Company with 15x R/MG teams with one platoon upgraded to SMG's
Support - Guards Rocket Mortar Battalion -  4x BM-13-16 Katyusha's with extra crew
               with 2x DShK AA trucks

Army has a bit of everything now, with a large Recon unit, Heavy tanks, AA, Pioneers, Rockets, AT 11, Flame tanks and a bucket load of assault gun dice all volley firing. The Infantry are needed to protect the SU-76 as they don't have any MG dice to speak of, so rather vulnerable to infantry assaults.

Another option would be to drop the Flame tanks and put in some PT-34 mine roller tanks (just cause they look cool .....  so army would be something like this :
HQ -  T-70 obr 1943 tank
Combat - Assault Gun platoon with 4x SU-76M
Combat - Assault Gun platoon with 4x SU-76M
Combat - Assault Gun platoon with 4x SU-76M
Weapons - Assault Gun Recon platoon - With 9x R/MG recon teams
Weapons - Assault Gun Sapper Company - 6x Pioneer rifle teams
Support - Gvardeyskiy Tyazhelyy Tankovy Company with 4x Mark IV (Churchill's)
Support - Mine Roller Tank Company with 10x PT-34
Support - Tank Destruction Company with 4x 57mm ZIS 2 guns with PTRD anti-tank rifle
Support - Strelkovy Company with 7x R/MG teams upgraded to SMG's
Support - Guards Rocket Mortar Battalion -  4x BM-13-16 Katyusha's with extra crew

So I would loose one platoon of the Strelkovy and the DShK AA trucks
Think I prefer the first option, but have never used the Mine Roller unit and would be good chance to try them out I guess, and I do like the model

But I guess its still early days yet, so plenty of time to decide and work on.

3 comments:

  1. That first SU-76 army looks nasty. If I was defending with infantry against that I would probably just raise the white flag and go for a long walk before the next game!

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  2. You think its that bad ?, still easy to come away with 4-3 win/loss, if you concentrate on platoons - as most of the them are on the small side - I think it would be a matter of the opposition to pick on the most threatening platoons first (flamethrower tanks) and not to panic, Andrew has won against this army most times I have used it against him - but then again he was using using his standard German/Romanian large army as well :-)

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  3. I think its more of a Paper, Rock, Scissors case myself. Some army's are going to find it hard while others not so much, definitely not a tournament winner army as I expect to loose platoons very easily.

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