We traveled up with our good mates John and Warren again this year which always makes for a good road trip. So on the Friday night with Noodle Canteen takeaways we all headed over the Rimutaka Hill to Warrens house in Featherston, where upon we ate said dinner and had a laugh watching some Classic Top Gear dvd's, then woke up in the early hours of the morning and set off to Palmy.
We had 24 teams for Panzershrek this year which was great to see, made for a busy hall with 48 players. The tables all looked good, there was a few tables with train tracks already on them, so Andy and I spent some time looking over them (then come to notion that whoever set them up has never used trains before !!! )
So down to the actual games then,
GAME 1 - was against Team "Stop Gap" being Dale and Stu, in a Free for All mission.
We have played these two before at Panzershrek, this time they had a double German force with one taking the Machine-gun infantry company and the other was German Schutzen, needless to say there was a bucket load of HMG teams and 3 platoons of 2x Panzerjagers... ouch that is going to hurt the poor train ... and it did, our first turn the train puffed its way onto the scene, fired at some artillery/infantry killing a few and then got shot to bits with return Panzerjager fire. Our tanks got a few lucky shots in and killed two platoons of Pzjagers in return. and our bypass unit eventually arrived on the table in turn 4 or 5 but it arrived in the wrong corner and got hemmed in by the HMG teams in the wood. In the end it was a 3-3 draw as neither of us had enough left to push onto the objective's , still a good game to start with.
|The choo choo train - at least it gave cover to our advancing infantry !!|
GAME 2 - was against Team "Statler and Waldorf" being Steve Hill and Ben in a Hasty Attack mission. I always enjoy playing Steve, such a great player on the defense ! and a great sport as well. This year he was teamed up with a new player to the NZ wargaming scene, being Ben from South Africa - fresh of the boat having moved only 4 weeks before the tournament. Steve and Ben was running a Finnish tank and Finnish Infantry army - very nicely painted too. Now I would normally point out what was in the army but we only had eyes for one platoon stuck in a wood and that was the 13 stand Pioneer platoon , with a couple of T-26 tanks lurking in there as well ... apart from the barrage of artillery fire once in while we didn't see much of the rest of the army. all I can say is that a large platoon of pioneers holds up very well in a wood !!
We Pushed everything down that side and concentrated all firepower into the pioneer unit, once we pinned them and reduced them in size we sent in the tanks with some infantry support to flush them out, it was partly successful, and we were lucky with the delayed reserves being late but they kept passing motivations to stay in the fight and killed a number of tanks in the process, then our infantry got slowed down with artillery pinning, ultimately we ran out of time to push the advantage, but it was a very good fight and was fun watching Steve's/Bens great defensive tactics at work.
|Photo of the right flank, but we didnt head that way !|
|The Train fires barrages into any teams outside or on the edges of the wood, but apart from|
pinning them down isnt that effective.
|This was the main objective, the wood with a large pioneer unit within it, the trees are removed from photo to make it easier for deployment but it is a wood.|
|Assualt after assualt into the wood, but man they are a stubborn lot those Finns.|
This was the game of the tournament for me as we had a blast playing these two. A close game but even if we had time I think the reserves would of plugged the gaps needed to contest the objective so a very well deserved 6-1 victory to team Staler and Waldorf
GAME 3 - was against Team "Dont B. T. t. F. Stewie" being Tom and Alex in a Fighting Withdrawal mission. Another great game against these two as well, always a relaxed amusing game when playing Alex and Tom . We were defending in a withdrawal with a train track already on the table. We setup with a mix of tanks on both flanks and another in the middle with the train covering the right and AT guns on the left with another AT unit in ambush. Tom and Alex had a British tank army with a mix of Honeys, Crusaders and captured M13 Italian tanks and keeping with the the true British fashion the tanks all line up for the charge onto the objective (off to right side of wood in photo below)
|Shows initial setup with train track in the middle of the wood, all the Brits lined up and waiting for the train to arrive.|
They then sent the tanks into the wood to clean out the infantry, they did so but at a cost of few tanks. We then popped the AT ambush and few honeys went down, I think the train even managed to kill a few in this game which was good to see. The Italian tanks had a few bog down in the woods which slowed them down, but they and the Honeys managed to kill 2 platoons of tanks and an infantry platoon. I think we broke Toms army in the end so was a 4-3 victory to us.
GAME 4 - was against Team "Koch Block" being Daniel and Damien in a Pincer Mission. Now this game was to be one of the funniest, strangest and somewhat unluckiest game I have had in a long time...needless to say it was a real hoot. They had a double german glider army - with nothing but gliding pioneer Luftlandersturm units (2 each) , this force is always going to bring glory in the first turn of the game or die horribly if it all goes wrong on the landings. With Dan and Damo's laugh a minute style of play, the army suited them perfectly.
We setup a unit of infantry and a unit of tanks each in two forests covering each objective with another infantry blob to the side behind stone walls.
Turn zero, the gliders appeared and all landed well, with the exception of Daniels HQ and 2IC Glider who both died on the landing ! (who gives the bossman the rookie pilot, I ask you). Daniel launches an assault first against Andy's infantry but they failed their tank terror, his next unit got ready having passed his tank terror, but got beaten back by defensive fire - so looking well for us, so far so good.
Damo then launches his units into my infantry, passes his Tank terror and proceeds to kill 3 stands, I roll to counterattack and get back in the fight, I rolled a 1, Ok, Sir is close to hand, so I reroll and another 1 appears. I fall back as the result, but two tanks in the forest are caught in the 4" clean up zone, so I roll a few bog checks and rolled another couple of ones !!!! both die as a result. Shocking result there but was very funny as Damo yells SHAME ! as we put them in a dead pile.
Turn one starts and Daniels planes arrive and proceeds to bail and kill one of my tanks. This put them under half strength, they then proceeded to leg it off table as I failed my motivation again to keep them on the table (horrible horrible dice !! ) Damo then assualts his Glider unit into my infantry hiding in the woods, well all I can say is RINSE AND REPEAT here, I rolled another 1 to counter attack and then followed by a 2 with the CO team reroll (aaarrrgghhh so much for this fearless lark). More funny Shame remarks that I found amusing, but to make it worse still the infantry platoon is under half strength ! oh no not another one you say !! ..... well of course they break and run and that was that, as my company had been broken. all done and dusted.
We didnt even get to have a turn ! , and all over within 30 minutes, a classic game with much hilarity and joking. The look on Andy's face was priceless. 8 Motivation checks and not one of them being a fearless result .... the Shame !
Well this game didn't go at all so well for us, I think our setup let us down in the end with the tanks in the forest, well that and my abysmal shocking dice rolling , needless to say Andy wasn't too happy and banned me from rolling motivation checks in the next game.
The only downside was to wait 2 hours for the next game ....... with luck a local model shop owner appeared and I then proceeded to spend my monies and bought myself a T-34 tank for my Bolt Action Finnish force.
|Shows our setup, with infantry and our tanks setup to close together|
|Glider landings underway to completely surround us.|
|Daniels landings with CO/2IC glider in flames|
|Aftermath of Horrible dice rolls|
|Panzer III shooting up a Polish village|
|We get very lucky with our reserve rolls and kill the M13 tanks|
|The train goes up in flames thanks to the big AA truck sitting on the hill yonder.|
|Trying to push onto the objective|
|Thier reserves turn up to kill our tanks in the middle.|
Pts Team name and armies
24 First to Warsaw (2nd.). Soviet Inf/Sov Tankovy
23 Conquest 04 ( 3rd.). Mit Pz Komp/LePzKom.
22 Bro Geste. FreeFr. Inf/NZ Mech com.
21 Ravishing Red Rapsc. Sov Strelkovy X 2
19 Red Spot Special. Jap. Tank/Jap.Inf
19 Tripoli For Tea. Ital. Carri/Fr. Legion Inf
19 Da Mommas Boyz. Finn/Pz Kom
19 StopGap. German Pz Kom X 2
18 French Connection. Fr. Comp De Combat/Brit Inf Tank
17 Salt & Sand. US Pacific/ Brit Lt Tank
17 Hitler & Stalin's tour de Poland. Ger tank. Strelk/Sov (Rising Sun)
17 Premium Bananas. Finn Pan/German Le Pz
17 Team Koch Block. Luftlandsturm X 2
17 Statler & Waldorf. Fin Inf/Finn tank
16 Wounded Soldiers. Germ MG/ Germ Inf.
15 OK Who?. Germ Inf. X 2
14 Don’t B. T. t. F. Stewie. BAR/Stuart Com.
14 Train Mc Trainface. Polish Inf/Polish Tanks
13 Clocks Running.. Kradsch./Czech Pz.
12 Thund. From Downunder. Aus Div Cav/Aus Inf
12 The Beer Snobs (Best Sports). Germ. Schutzen Kom. X 2
11 Old Dogs. Gebirgsjager X 2
11 Spaghetti & Bratwurst. Le Pz/Comp. Carri