Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Fire and Manouever

Things are starting to get back to normal at home, sort of, ish.

Ian and I decided to have a game of Chain of Command this week. This would give Ian a chance to use his Americans,  as most of the games that he has played so far have been using the French in early war scenarios.

We rolled for a random scenario and got the delaying action.  In this one the defender has to prevent the attackers from catching a jump off point t one end of the table, with the game being played lengthwise down the long edges.  We also rolled a die to see who would be the attacker, with the Germans making the assault. I also rolled the maximum 10 for support.

The view up the board from the German edge.
I opted to take a pre game barrage, a heavy machine gun, a 2nd Senior officer and a flamethrower team.  Ian opted for an adjutant and a spotter for an off table mortar battery.

The Germans got to kick of the action, with a single squad deployed in the centre to test the American defences. I hoped that the pre game barrage would prevent the Americans from deploying properly, giving me the chance to get up into the central buildings before they managed to get a defensive position set up.  This did not exactly go to plan as Ian's first set of activation dice came up with three sixes, ending the turn and also my pre game barrage.

The start of the German deployment

The view up the table
Ian deployed one squad into the centre and another in a field on my left flank, setting up some very effective firing lines.

I started to advance up my right, and also sent a squad of riflemen up the centre, with the HMG team providing cover.  In a flurry of 6's Ian managed to get three phases in a row, and made a mess of my right flank advance, and inflicted some shock on the rifle squad advancing up the centre.

My advance was going wrong and I had not even fired a shot yet!

The one ray of sunshine in all this was that Ian had called in a mortar barrage, ended the turn before it had landed and when he tried to call it in a second time they were unavailable as they were busy elsewhere.  That was going to make things a bit easier.

In an effort to even things up I deployed my HMG team in the centre where it would have a good line of fire to cover my right flank and also deployed another full squad on my left, catching the Americans in the open and causing some casualties.  After assessing the situation Ian opted to withdraw from his forward position and regroup in the fields behind the ruined buildings.

Americans go to ground

Germans push up the left, while the right flounders.

Americans caught napping.

Annoyingly he left 4 men hiding in a building in the middle of the table, and with no clear line of sight and them sitting on over watch I was unsure about how to root them out.  In the end after a few phases of moving and reshuffling on both sides I obtained a Chain of Command die and used it to deploy the flamethrower in an ambush and roasted the lot of them.

This opened up the table for the advance but alas we had run out of time.  I was late turning up and we had not played the game for a while, which made it slow going.  At the end it was still anyones game and could have easily gone either way. Both forces were relatively intact, and the Americans were in a decent position, but there was also enough cover to let the Germans advance to within close range.

End of game German positions.

End of game American positions
This was an interesting game and a very different experience to my usual games of Chain of Command.  Usually my games are decided by a steady stream of firepower, withe Germans ability to lay down lot of fire with they Machine Guns being the deciding factor.  This game had a lot of manoeuvring and we spent a lot  of time staring at the boards and trying to work out what to do.  On my part I was trying to work out how to get through the American positions and force them to withdraw, while Ian to his credit as soon as he saw his position was compromises he withdrew to stop his force form being outflanked and outgunned. 

A very enjoyable game and very different form our usual fare.  I really enjoyed all the moving for position that went on in this and it made for a very interesting game.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Turf War

So with the house move out of the way I finally managed to make a return to the club for a much needed break from unpacking boxes and decorating.  Luckily my return conincided with the inaugural game of the clubs Necromunda campaign.  We have decided to do this for a change of scenery from our usual Mordheim, and it has generated a lot of interest, with 12 players signing up.

We had six in attendance last night:

Me with my Cawdor
Rory with his redemptionists
Dave with his Goliath
Ken with his Cawdor
Andy with his squats (although I dont know what gang he was actually using)
John with his Eldar (there's alway one!)

We set up two tables and decided that it might be a little bit more even if we went for four players on the big table and 2 on the smaller table, as during our Mordheim games whenever there was an uneven number of players one usually just hung about on the sidelines and waited to pick off whatever was left of the other two warbands after they had finished fighting each other. 

We rolled off to see who would end up where and I ended up on the small table paired off against John's Eldar.  In Necromunda each warband has a rating, which reflects its size, level of equipment and experience.  The higher the score, the better your warband.  My warband rating for this game was 900, and thanks to all the special rules John's Eldar had a rating of over 1900.  I was not hopeful.

We started the game and there was not much to see as there was a lot of terrain. On the right we closed to short range and started to exchange shots, while on my left I set some gang members on Overwatch to hopefully stop Johns advance.  The Eldar quickly started to outgun me and if it wasnt for my Heavy armed with a Heavy Flamer and my Gang Leader armed with a Melta Gun I would not have inflicted any casualties on the Eldar at all.  In the end the best I managed to do to him was put one of the Guardians out of action, while forcing a bottle test due to the number of models that I had downed.  For my trouble I ended up with 5 gange members taken out of action, mostly thanks to a late game charge by the Eldar Warlock and some close combat guardians.  

All in all a disastrous start to the campaign, but not entirely unexpected considering what I was facing.  I managed to come away with some minor wounds and no loot as only your Gangers could gather any and they were all back at base nursing their wounds after being taken out by the rampaging Eldar.  The only bright side to this whole affair was that the massive difference in gang ratings meant that I gained a large amount of extra experience just for facing the Eldar and so gained a lot of advances.

On the other table Dave's Gloiath horde managed to emerge victorious, with numbers proving to be as effective as ever.

THis was my forst taste of Necromunda and it is hard to tell what to make of it as my game was so skewed by the presence of the Eldar.

Next game is in a month or so and hopefully it will be a bit more balanced!

Big Table, which I never got to use.

My gang trying to identify their strange looking opponents.

Dave's victorious Gloiaths.

Ken's Cawdor

Andy's squats

My gang take cover from he Eldar firepower.

Heavy Stubber takes aim (he never hit anything all game!)

On overwatch

Rory's redemptionists (all painted!!!)