Leviathan game 2 Dust up vs Soviet Light Tank Company

2nd game was dust up and I was playing against Luke and his Soviet Light Tank Company.  At first I heard I was playing a Soviet army and was very excited about playing a themed opponent.  Then I saw Luke’s army and realised he had about as many tanks as I had infantry stands.

Umm have many rounds for the Lahti's do we have

Umm how many rounds for the Lahti’s do we have

I think all up there were 3 platoons of 10 T-26s, 5 AA trucks, 10 flame thrower tanks, a platoon of BT-7a’s and sporadic air support.

For my deployment, I deployed the 2 Jaakari platoons and both Anti-tank rifle platoons on the board.  I tried to stretch the deployment of the lahti’s as much as possible to cover the potential approaches of the tank hordes.  I wanted to keep my tank platoons in reserve to hopefully create a strong counter attack.  My deployment can be soon below, covering both objectives.

We've got this

We’ve got this

Luke deployed his 3 T-26 platoons.  They were deployed in a position to allow a platoon to attack from each flank and one platoon to stay back and defend the objectives.

Preparing to run over some Finns

Preparing to run over some Finns

The 1st few turns were rather uneventful. Luke was moving into attack position with 2 of his platoons waiting for his reserves to arrive and generally steering clear of the Lahti’s in the process

That's a lot of flamethrowers

That’s a lot of flamethrowers

 

Turn 3 saw the arrival of Luke’s flame thrower tanks on my right flank.  I only had 1 lahti covering this flank and it was too far away for my tank platoons to get to when they arrived from reserve, this could be troubling.

My turn 3 started well, I managed to get my air support on in a good position to attack the T-26 platoon, which were getting ready to attack one of the objectives.

Woohoo air support

Woo hoo air support

Now this air strike seemed like it was going to be fantastic opportunity to take out a lot of these T-26s.  I got 5 tanks under the template and flew away with only 1 tank bailed out 🙁

My turn 4 started really well, rolling 2 5’s for my reserves, getting both tank platoons on from reserve.

Can the cavalry save the day again?

Can the cavalry save the day again?

The Panssari Christie arrived in a good attacking position to one of the  T-26 platoons that were already contesting the objective.  Along with some support from 2 of my T-26s I was hoping to take out a significant number of tanks from this platoon.

time for some target practice

time for some target practice

 

My shooting from the tanks proved to be really successful, destroying 4 tanks and bailing out another 2.

 

Good shooting boys!

Good shooting boys!

Next turn I managed to finish this platoon off with more shooting from my tanks, however, lost quite a few from return fire.  My T-26 platoon has also engaged in a shooting match with Luke’s T-26 platoon that was holding his objective. Luke decided the time to attack had come and launched a assault into the teams defending the forward objective.  My counter attack involved 2 close defence teams and a boys anti tank rifle, so I was confident that I could see off the assault.  That confidence soon eroded.  I managed to keep hitting with everything but the close defence teams, to make things worse, Luke’s “conscript tanks” must have been Spetsnaz in disguise as he managed a lot of hits  Final result from the counter attack, 7 dead infantry stands, 1 destroyed tank and my forward objective in Luke’s control.

Assaulting a platoon of Russian tanks, bravery or stupidity?

close combat with a platoon of Russian tanks, bravery or stupidity?

I managed to keep going for a couple more turns feeding infantry stands to the objective and getting the remaining BT-7s in a contesting position

The Russkies are overrunning our objective

The Russkies are overrunning our objective

The flame thrower tanks reached my lines and made short work of all the infantry that were there

The flamethrower tanks did there job, not a Finn in sight

The flamethrower tanks did there job, not a Finn in sight

 

At this point I wasn’t able to get anything in a position to contest the forward objective and Luke won the game 5-2.

This was a really tough game and showed me that I really do need some more AT capability in my army.  I also learnt not to underrate Conscript troops as they sheer volume became really tough to deal with.  The other final take away, is do everything possible to stop flame tanks getting to your lines.  Once they reach your line, it pretty much ceases to exist.

Leviathan AAR Game 1 Hasty Attack

Game 1 vs Bryan with his French colonial infantry (hasty attack)

Bryan had a very nicely painted French army, that went on to win best painted.

Bryan’s list:

How to tackle front armour 6 tanks?

How to tackle front armour 6 tanks?

Both having infantry armies we rolled off to see who was the attacker, which Bryan won.

For deployment I combat attached my machine guns and deployed both Jaakari platoons on the board, along with the Lahti anti-tank rifles, leaving my tanks and Boys anti-tank rifle platoon in reserve. I kept a rifle platoon in immediate ambush to place on the objective that Bryan didn’t remove.

There's a Jaakari platoon hiding here somewhere

There’s a Jaakari platoon hiding here somewhere

Bryan deploy an infantry platoon, tanks and recce and kept the rest in reserve.

Hmm front armour 6 tanks, looks like someone is going to have to go in over the top

Hmm front armour 6 tanks, looks like someone is going to have to go in over the top

Bryan then removed the objective of the left side of the table, making the right side of the table the place for the action to happen.

I promptly deployed my immediate ambush around the remaining objective.

hahaha we were hiding here all along

hahaha we were hiding here all along

Bryan got rolling early on in the game.  He managed to have all of his reserves arrive by turn 3,

Rolling up the guns, time to call in that air support

Rolling up the guns, time to call in that air support

Bryan started by moving everything forward trying to put pressure on my right objective before my reserves arrived.

Bryan’s machine guns were all packing high explosives in the opening turns passing way too many 6+ firepower tests for my liking.  His recce unit managed to take out a few of my teams on the far right, including a heavy machine gun, creating a gap for him to get in behind my lines.

I spent the 1st couple turns moving my Jaakari platoon defending the central objective towards the middle of the board.

keep out of sight of that artillery boys

keep out of sight of that artillery boys

 

Air support arrives to help deal with the threat of Bryan's AT guns

Air support arrives to help deal with the threat of Bryan’s AT guns

I was getting very nervous after the 1st few turns with Bryan’s heavy tanks making their way to contest the objective completely unopposed by any of my ranged weapons.  My Lahti’s were apply to apply some pressure on his recce unit which were attempting to get behind my army, but didn’t have enough range to completely stop them, only managing to take out 1 of the armoured cars.  Further to this his infantry platoon was bearing down on my weakened flank and I still hadn’t had any reserves arrive.

Starting to feel the pressure

Starting to feel the pressure

Bryan managed to eventually get in behind my line and launch an assault

Uh oh!!!!!!

Uh oh!!!!!!

Unsurprisingly Bryan won that assault.  I passed my motivation test and pulled back.  This put Bryan in a very dominant position on the objective, with his heavy tanks also sitting on the objective.

Someone get the Molotav cocktails

Someone get the Molotav cocktails

My turn 5 and finally some reserves arrive, getting both Panssari platoons on the board.  However, i’m not of the woods yet they’re scattered reserves so I had to roll to see where they come on. Luckily for me the Panssari Christie platoon showed up right where I wanted them on the objective.

The cavalry has arrived!

The cavalry has arrived!

The T-26s however, didn’t read the map correctly and showed up on the wrong flank

"I told you we should have taken that right turn"

“I told you we should have taken that right turn”

At this point the Christie platoon became absolute heroes. They managed to take out the armoured cars, while the tank escorts unloaded their smgs into the infantry.  Also this turn I tried to launch an assault with the close defence teams from the lahti platoon onto the heavy tanks, unfortunately they got pushed back from defensive fire, lost a couple teams, failed their motivation (so much for fearless) and there went my 1st platoon.

Bryan tried to dig in his infantry on the objective in preparation for the extensive machine gun fire they were about to receive.  Luckily for me they ditched their shovels racing for the objective.

My turn 6 and the boys anti-tank team arrive and sneak on into a position to launch an assault from behind the heavy tanks.  The Christie platoon unloaded the machine guns on the infantry softening them up for the assault, then charged out.  The defensive fire from the rifles resulted in one bailed out tank (side armour 0 woohoo).  They managed to steam roll the infantry in the assault, and had the retreating infantry trapped.  The boys anti tank team successfully made it into assault with the tanks and managed to crack 2 of them open.  The remaining one retreating back to the safety of the French lines.

Give those guys a Mannerheim cross

Give those guys a Mannerheim cross

By this stage it was time up and I had managed to hold onto the objectives, resulting in a 5-2 to me.

I thoroughly enjoyed this game. It was a real tight affair to begin with and I thought Bryan had me at one stage.  Luckily for me, the Christie platoon arrived exactly where I needed it to as it really turned the tide of the game.

Leviathan 2014

This weekend I’ll be attending Leviathan for an Early War tournament using my recently completed Winter War Finns.  This will be my 1st Early War tournament, and having not played very much Early War at all, I’m really looking forward to see how it unfolds.

This is the list I’m going to be using for the tournament:

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I’ve had a grand total of 1 practice game with this list, so it’s going to be very interesting to see how it plays over the weekend.  I expect the rifle teams to be strong performers just given the size of the platoon as well as their Fearless Vet status.  The machine guns were great in the practice game and really held back my opponents attack.  However, the platoon i’m most looking forward to using is the Panssari Christie platoon with tank escorts.  They were the game changer in my practice game and I think they will provide great mobile fire support to my force, as well as a handy assault unit with the tank escorts.

I’ll write up an AAR at the end of the tournament and try to get several pictures of my games.

Cheers

 

Mitch

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