I played a Flames of War game with my son Tristan. This was unrelated to D-Day and was more to get Tristan re-acquainted with the rules and also his first full size battle at 1500pts.
And he did quite well. He played a US armoured company from the book Blood, Guts and Glory while I used a Panzergrenadier company. He managed to hold up one flank and push onto the objective on the other flank for the win.
The other FOW game I played was for the world wide D-Day campaign, Operation Overlord, being run by WWPD (What Would Patton Do).
Here I commanded a Grenadier company against a US airborne company commanded by Chet and Tristan in the Seize and Hold scenario. Having never played the scenario before I made a few tactical errors in set up. The game played quite long as the fighting bogged down over an objective around some bocage. After a few turns of some high attrition assaults the US were able to push the Germans away from the objective for the win.
Other games I played were a few games of Forbidden Island and a game of X-Wing. We managed to win the co-op game of Forbidden Island while I lost the X-Wing game to Shawn though the game was quite tight with only one ship left on the board at the end. Some rule errors were made during the game though and a rematch is in order!
A few pictures of the first FOW battle followed by a short battle report of the airborne landing.
|The US armoured company.|
|End of turn 1. The StuGs and Shermans at the top of the picture ended up trading shots all game without destroying a single vehicle.|
|From the POV of the US M10's on the ridge, 1 Panther goes up.|
|The P-47 harasses the Panthers in the town.|
|And another Panther gone.|
|The StuGs and Shermans still slugging it out.|
|Near the end, the P-47 has taken out the infantry on the objective and the US armoured platoon moves in for the win.|
|The US airborne forces using the full Easy Company rules.|
|The German Grenadier company.|
|The battlefield with Carentan on the right.|
|The US approach the town and take some fire, it is still dark. The red die is marking the platoon that fired giving away their position.|
|The US are nearing the objective in the bocage, no German reserves have come in yet.|
|The beginning of the contest for the objective. The Germans move out of the town to stop the paras from controlling the objective.|
|Finally my reserves are all in. The Tigers are trying to double time it to get into the fight before it is too late while the P-47 tries bombing them. My AA guns cover their advance.|
|More Germans are thrown in as the HMG platoon moves into position.|
|After fighting off numerous assaults from the airborne the Germans are getting too thin.|
|And finally they have had enough! The US wins a Major Victory.|