It’s funny who you get to play in big tournaments. I’ve been to several events and have never played Ryan before (who was famous/infamous for running Otto’s Tiger 1e’s very successfully). Top bloke and I’m glad to finally get a game in with him. As it was, my round three draw was Dust Up and I’d be taking on Ryan’s new focus – Bridge by Bridge SS (KG Arnheim), looking something like this:
HQ with schrek
85. Grenadiers with schrek
SS Heavy with 2 MG42s
2 Königstigers (for a whopping 690 points!)
2 SS PaK40’s
Sporadic FW 190F
Ouch – from the get-go I knew this list would be trouble for my light tanks. I started with the guns, infantry and one Chaffee platoon on the table, with me recon, TD’s and the other M24s coming on from reserve. Ryan left his StuHs, Aufklärungs and MG42s in reserve. Fortunately for my, the KTs only rolled clever hands. Unfortunately for me, with Pak40s, schreks and KTs blocking the way, I was unlikely to hit Ryan’s objectives early on.
Lucky for me the KTs bagged ‘clever hands’. Relief!
Not much happens in turn one. Lots of hiding on my part – Ryan moves the KTs out aggressively..
At the end of turn two, killing one KT (and not dying in return) is the grand sum of our efforts thus far. Ryan starts turn three by bringing the StuHs on, right opposite objective held by the US Infantry…
Ryan really blew the game open here – although I kept the platoon alive (one tank was hiding, I forgot to move it!, and it passed the platoon check).
To my right I had the Cav Recon, M10s and Chaffees desperately trying to clear the grenadiers – but I couldn’t get into assault range or bag the Panzerschrek. I did manage to kill the PaK40s, giving me a second platoon, and a 4-3 loss.
This turned out to be one of the most enjoyable games of the tournament. Ryan stated later that he probably should have assaulted with the StuHs, with their skirts and (relatively) better armour; can’t say I disagree, although I probably wouldn’t have assaulted at all, and just let those breakthrough guns do the talking! It was a great game to play – Ryan’s dice did most of the damage, either failing to save Chaffee shots, or bogging on the assaults – it certainly provided us with plenty of entertainment!