EXERT FROM APPENDIX 1 from Don Featherstone's Battles With Model Soldiers
(The book that got me started.)

"Nothing in these pages is a dictate, no word says you must or you shall do it this way. On the contrary, the book sets out from the very beginning to stimulate the reader to think for himself, and to use what he has read merely as a foundation for efforts and ideas which reflect his own temperament and character. Only in this way will he obtain maximum satisfaction from the hobby of battling with model soldiers."

-Don Featherstone 1918 - 2013

Thursday, June 21, 2012

St Marie de Sawmill

Back to Dubbiya Dubbiya Two again today and Memoir 44 Winter War. Ron nicely let me have the Yanks again for our play through of Chance Encounter aka: Sawmill Village.  The beginning was eerily familiar. There I was struggling to move my boys up the road, trying to keep my tank/infantry Combat Team together but the tanks got a little ahead. (The scenario says no deployment until enemy is spotted). Suddenly the quiet little French village ahead of us erupted in Panzers and my lead tank platoons were hit hard. Somehow, I'm not sure how, they survived and fought back.
Sgt Star in his Able company Sherman earning the Medal of Honor.

These 3 turns sort of set the pace for the game. Ron's dice were as cold as mine were hot. The Sherman above, despite having 2 hits, managed 5 tank hits on 6 dice, and a couple more the next turn. The other tank and a bazooka team helped finish off the lead tanks and a long shot from a bazooka caught the last as it took out the hero. Ron's men had seized the objective village so the score was 4:3 at this point in my favour.   


Phase 2 saw the American infantry trying to take the town back from the German Panzer Grenadiers who had seized it. I drove them out of one house but got thrown back by a counter attack. We both resupplied and then with 4 shots, I got 4 hits and followed up with a close assault which took out the 1/2 track, Game over.

It was a good game and felt anything but easy but it didn't seesaw as much as the previous game due to my lucky dice. I figure the boys had their dander up after the last fight.

After a break for lunch, we decided toi check out Ron's shiny new C&C  Ancients. The result was a resounding , "ennh, ok I guess  but not great". We will try again at some point, I suspect we might have a harder time lifting this game out of its context and a prolonged series of head on pitched battles doesn't appeal to either of us.


1 comment:

  1. Ross Mac,

    Your battle reports of your recent Memoir '44 games has made me aware of the later additions to the original rules, and I intend to re-visit them for possible use for my own WW2 wargames as an alternative to revising my MOMBAT rules.

    All the best,

    Bob

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