Sunday, June 9, 2013

D-Day Preparations in 15mm

Me, my son and a few friends are hoping to log in a few games for the worldwide D-Day campaign being hosted by the WWPD (What Would Patton Do) podcast and supported by Battlefront Miniatures. There has been a delay getting the operation under way due some supply issues with Battlefront getting the new D-Day books to market. So the while campaign kick-off won't take place till the end of June this actually works out well for us as it gives us time to get miniatures and terrain ready as well as getting in a few practice games as we haven't played a lot of Flames of War lately.

I have been building some defenses as well as getting my German and US forces ready. My son is going to use the US though they will be more for the inland battles and not the beach assault as they are an armoured unit.

I am also going to see if I can get a game board built for the beach as well. I only need to build a 4 foot by 2 foot section just for the beach which can then fit up against my existing terrain.

So to get some Flames of War practice in I took command of some German forces fighting on the Eastern Front. Eric came over and we managed to get in 2 battles both were very lopsided with 1 win for each of us.

In the first game I tried a fortified company to get used to the fortification rules but this proved to be a very poor choice against the wall of armour that was heading my way and Eric was able to blow through one flank and capture his objective while taking very few loses.

In the second game I switched up my forces for an armoured panzergrenadier force supported by Panthers and Stugs and was able to destroy his advancing columns with the armour before sending in the panzer grenadiers to capture the objective. Both games played quite smoothly though and were fun to play.

Besides that I played a game of Runewars with Tristan which I lost and two games of StarWars LCG which I won.  

My foam bunker under construction.

Painted. I cut off the bottom to lower the profile a little. It looked a little high before.

My homemade trench lines.

The reverse side.

With defenders behind the works.

Some Germans based...

and primed.

My US force, some basing still needs to be done.

The Armour, a mix of Battlefront Miniatures and Plastic Soldier Company.

My M7 Priests.

My P-47.

The infantry.

The Eastern Front!

End of turn 1. The German infantry stayed in there defensive positions while the Stugs moved up to take onthe Soviet armour.

The Soviet armoured thrust on the flank.

My Stugs are burning and the Soviets have overrun my position capturing the objective.

Game 2. The German have abandoned the fixed defensive positions for Panzer Grenadiers and Panthers.

The armour clash on the flank.

The KV's giving a base of fire.

A T-34 column brought to a halt by the Panthers.

The KV's exchange fire with the Panthers...and not fairing well.

Once the T-34's on the right were taken care of the Panzer Grenadiers push through to the objective.

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