To fit the board to the scenario we had to play the long way which required some very minor adjustments to zone lines and identifying lines of retreat but that was soon sorted as were some rules making allowance for the big Hexon hills and the scenario terrain directions. We ended up agreeing that all of the slopes and 1st level hill hexes were hills and blocked LOS if not adjacent. The steep slopes were identified as steep, thus counting as 2 hexes when (moving which gave me much grief later). The flat plateau hexes were rules 2nd level and able to see or shoot over lower level hills. We used the new majority victory condition rules which meant that if one side had more units on the objective than the enemy at the START of their turn, then they got a Victory marker but had to surrender it if they failed to maintain control. The hill was an objective for both sides as was the farthest town for each side. (that is no bonus for holding the near town except to deny it to the enemy).
As far as I can remember we each had 5 tank platoons (that's what I'm calling each unit anyway), 3 1/2 track plattons, a mobile artillery battery, and 6 infantry platoons with each company having a bazooka, MG and mortar split amongst the infantry platoons. We decided to let the 1/2 tracks carry an infantry unit each with 1 order been enough to move the loaded 1/2 track but if they unloaded, an order was needed for each of the 2 units.
I began with a combined arms force moving to secure the near village. Then, for reasons I can no longer remember, I pushed 2 tank platoons forward, unsupported, to seize the objective. Ron responded with a blindingly fast armoured counter attack which seemed to come out of nowhere and left 2 burning Shermans and his Tiger sitting on the hill.
Its hard to see but the near hexes are 3 levels higher than the ground far away.
Tiger, Tiger burning bright
My artillery and bazooka teams were at hand to support my tanks, and I began to make use of the Resupply rule to bring my damaged infantry up to scratch. (I just wish I'd though to resupply some of my tanks!) It was time to counter attack
C'mon you Dog faces, do you want to live forever?
When the dust cleared, both sides's armour had been effectively destroyed. Victory stood 6:5 for Ron with the hill open and 8 VP needed to win. My infantry began to climb the steep slopes of the hill with orders to entrench as soon as they could grab 2 or 3 hexes of hilltop. Ron's troops however, were moving up the road
and were there ahead of me. My artillery stopped him from consolidating but every time I got a platoon on top fierce rocket, mortar and MG fire would drive them back down. As my losses mounted, I made one final push.
As my troops closed in for an assault they were surprised by an ambush and wiped out. Where the hell had the airforce been anyway? Time to pull back and regroup.
I hate to admit it about a commercial product, but this had been one damned exciting, ding-dong game with a good feel to it despite (or more likely because of) the simplicity and game structure. 4 hours flew by in the twinkling of an eye and there are stories to remember. The game reminds me a bit of those TV shows where they have veterans telling their stories while they show an animated clip showing what happened. Anyway, time now to catch up on house and garden chores and paint some figures.