|Reconnaissance and lead Allied Command units attempt to gauge the terrain ahead|
What more could you ask for?
Well a few of the members were seeking to use a few more of the models and figures we had all accumulated in the past years when we were still playing Kampfgruppe Normandy, the wonderful rules from Warwick Kinrade which we all absolutely adored at the time.
Then the closing down of Warhammer Historical stuffed everything up.. Soon after Battle Group Kursk was published. However, though we all bought the rules, we certainly ventured into other rules and other periods.
Battle Group sat collecting dust on the shelves.
Until recently. Martin and Phil had been chatting for a while about getting the game moving again so that the actual Battle Groups we had painted up and modelled could be used again in full. Martin and I decided to be the first cabs off the rank and play a game at his place set in 1944 France.
|Great job by Martin setting up a very fine looking table|
|Wonderful Foreground buildings|
So we decided on a 500 points a side battle between US Airborne troops and German defenders. One of the great aspects of the Battle Group rules is the options to have support sections such as armour, engineers etc. to assist. It makes for a fun game with plenty of diverse looking models on the table.
|The first Airborne squad and supports makes its way through the farmyard|
|Whilst some German Recce vehicles make their way down the road. A Pak40 in tow looks to position.|
|A us 57mm AT gun under tow also arrives to offer allied fire support|
|Great job by Martin on the cobble stones|
|The German Anti-tank gun deploys right on one of the objective markers supported by some of the|
Fatherlands finest remaining troops!
|For a brief moment the M8 Greyhound thinks its done or. Two shots miss from the anti-tank gun. He won't |
offer a second chance again so soon into this particular engagement.
|Whilst the US troops continue their surge towards the orchard and its protective stone walls|
|The Airborne support 57mm sets up and takes a shot at a recently arrived German Marder. We may have mucked|
up the visibility rules by the way but it was the same for both sides.
|BANG! Success for the allies and disappointment for our German friends.|
|Another German squad arrives to give support and set up near the hedges|
|Whilst a Forward Observer team and squad arrives at their objective point.|
|The Pak40 turns to see if it can find some attractive targets.|
|Whilst another US Airborne squad arrives on the other side of the table to support...|
|...some Shermans looking for a fight...against weaker and tiny armoured German vehicles.|
|Certainly not against some Panzer IV's that's for sure.|
|US mortar fire manages to pin and suppress the German gun.|
|The Shermans advance fails to even scare the local cows!|
|However this M10 Wolverine may attract a few more panicked Teutonic stares.|
|German off-table artillery strikes land perilously close to the advancing allied armour but fail to |
deliver a knock out blow to any of the armoured assets.
|Scrambling MMG teams|
|As well as some troopers carrying Bazooka looking to deploy.|
|German Battle Group High Command looks on with a fair degree of trepidation|
|The Sherman's hold up and await some infantry support in case their may be some surprises lurking ahead|
|A shot from a Mk IV forces this crew to run for their lives|
It was at this stage where the allies luck really kicked in. Outgunned by the German armour, the allies attempted to close the distance between themselves and their deadly opponents. Martin, playing the Germans, was hopeless in his potting and observation attempts and failed on numerous occasions to get the correct dice to blow the Sherman's to kingdom come.
|With the Pak40 pinned and unable to fire, the road opens up for the speedy M8 Greyhound|
and Wolverine to take a match winning position.
|Lovely model from Artizan Designs|
|Beautiful scratch built garden from young Martin. Well done mate!|
|The German 222 goes up in flames and the end is nigh.|
|A German MG42 team try and stem the tide but it is too little too late.|
At this point the morale and will to resist from the German defenders fell away and the battle was won by the US Airborne troops. A great fun game and one which I am sure we will look to play again soon.
Thanks to Martin for hosting the game in fine style as always. So much of the terrain was either scratch built by him, including the roads, gardens, hedgerows etc. Great looking tables are always a joy to play on and this was as good as any.