|Heavy firepower, but not a lot of it.|
Whether it is just that time of year (football season in a college town, War Eagle), or waning interest, we haven't played any Flames of War in the shop for a few months. However when the updates to Red Bear came out I got, the arch rival, Robert out for a game of FOW.
He put together a good ole' fashion Soviet tank horde and I just ran my standard Panzergrenadier list from Nuts... poor decision on my part. Things have changed again, and what worked against Soviet lists in the past don't have the same effect.
My list was Confident Veteran Panzergrenadiers with 2 Panzergren platoons, 3 PaK40's, 6 152mm Howtizers, 3 Panzer IV/70 A, 2 Panzer IV/70 V for around 1750pts. Its a list build for tank busting, and it can put out a reasonable amount of high AT shots to take out those pesky 4 or 5 tank platoons.
|Worn and dirty late war grenadiers.|
|These all should be Soviet 15.2cm KH433(r) , but I'm not going to buy two boxes of Soviet heavy arty to get the guns.|
|2iC holding trying to get the secret paper out of the wrecked Messerschmidt.|
|Panzers IV/70 A's watching the center.|
|The big guns hold the right flank.|
|The spotter gets a bad feeling.|
|BA-64's on the move.|
|The ground begins to shake as the horde arrives.|
|SU-100's in overwatch.|
|The Pak's come out of immediate ambush to take on the T-34's.|
|Watching the left flank.|
|Rob rolled for reserves the first turn, and here come the Stuarts.|
|A less than stellar turn of shooting saw only one T-34 burn.|
|You're going to need to do better than that.|
|The Panzer IV/70's go after the doubling T34's.|
|The T-34's come around the right flank.|
|But the pinned 15.2's open up over open sights and kill three.|
|Far fewer T-34's burn than I would like.|
Turn three and Robert gets his final company from reserve and doubles up the Stuarts and T-34's towards my left objective, knowing that I can't kill both platoons. His T-34's on the right move up to assault the artillery, and the BA-64's move up boldly to shoot up the Pak's. I get no reserves and shift my Panzer IV/70's to the left. He then pins the artillery and Pak's but doesn't kill any guns from either. My shooting kills three T-34's from the new platoon and the pinned artillery manages to kill three T-34's on the right.
|There just aren't enough Germans to go around.|
|Defend the guns to the last!|
|Burning tanks in from the the artillery positions.|
I lose a Pak40 on the right to the T-34's and another to the Stuarts, on 4 MG shots through the back of the woods, one Stuart kill the Pak. The rest of the Stuarts MG the 2iC on the objective and take him out. My shooting is incredibly bad and the Pak's and Panzer IV/70's only kill 2 T-34's, the Pak's command team kills a BA-64 with his panzerfaust. The assault against the artillery on the left is annihilated by defensive fire, as both 15.2's hit and the CiC hits with his panzerfaust, only the battalion commander and one T-34's survive. The last T-34 on the right runs.
|That's all for the left flank.|
|The Panzer IV/70 V's come on the right.|
|Those don't all look like Stuarts.|
|And that's that.|
In summary I just didn't have enough shots to kill all the Soviet tanks, and they maneuvered all around my static units while the SU-100's overwatched. Really bad dice rolls to hit hurt me as did not getting reserves until turn 5 or 6, and my Pak40's never unpinned after the third turn, but none of those thing lost me the game. Robert maneuvered very well and massed for his attack on the right until I just couldn't fight it off no matter how good my shooting could have been. I've been fighting American and British forces for too long and had forgotten how to deal with masses of tanks and heavy tank destroyers. I think its time to get the Hetzers back out...