Christmas 2016 ‘Tanks’

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January 11, 2017 by Mel

Our Christmas gaming day tends to have a certain format……we all get together, we show off our Christmas goodies over a cuppa, have something to eat and then on with the main event…the games 🙂

As you will have seen from my Preparation post (Christmas 2016 – The Preparation), this year we took on 3 separate games. The first of which was ‘Tanks’ by GaleForce Nine. We actually stayed very close to the original game except we played in 28mm. We do like a random factor in our games and so everyone pulled a colour counter from the bag which dictated which tank they would be playing.

Tanks allocated were :-

  • Richard – Firefly
  • Josh (J) – Sherman
  • Regan (R) – Sherman
  • Lee (L) – Panzer IV
  • Me – Panzer IV
  • Jamie (J) – Stug.   Jamie (knowing well the restrictions with the Stug’s line of sight), negotiated a swap with me.

The scenario was a damaged Tiger tank in the centre of the table which needed either protecting or capturing depending on which side you were playing. The scene happened just outside of Villiers Bocage. Would the Germans be able to defend the position from the advancing Allies ?

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Turn 1

Careful advances were made by all vehicles. However, almost everyone had a target and so the first shots were fired.

  • Firefly fires at Stug – 4 hits but all saved
  • Panzer IV (L) fires at Firefly – not a single hit !!
  • Sherman (R) fires at Stug – 3 hits, all saved
  • Sherman (J) fires at Panzer IV (J) – 2 hits, all saved
  • Panzer IV (J) fires at Sherman (J) – 1 hit saved
  • No target available for the Stug

Turn 2

More advances made, everyone now keen to get near the Tiger and claim stakes.

  • Firefly fires at Panzer IV (J) – 4 hits, only 2 saved. One of the unsaved hits is critical.
  • Sherman (J) fires at Panzer IV (L) – 2 hits, all saved
  • Panzer IV (J) fires at Sherman (J) – 2 hits saved
  • Sherman (R) fires at Stug – 1 critical hit not saved (now not only do I not have a target but I also cannot move !!)
  • Panzer IV (L) fires at Sherman (J) – 1 hit saved.
  • Still no target for the Stug !!

The Stug manages to repair its tracks and can now move but the Panzer IV(J) remains with Critical damage. Jamie keeps very quiet about what that critical damage is…

Turn 3

Moves bring both sides closer to the objective.

  • Firefly fires at Panzer IV (J) – 4 hits, 1 saved
  • Sherman (R) fires at Stug – 2 unsaved hits, one was critical
  • Sherman (J) fires at Panzer IV (J) – 3 hits, only 1 saved. Unsaved hits were critical….Panzer IV (J) is destroyed.
  • Panzer IV (L) fires at Sherman (J) – 1 hit saved
  • Stug still has no target…. The fixed gun really makes it difficult to be able to target anything. Maybe different tactics are needed.

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Turn 4

Everyone moved more tactically now. Lee had parked his Panzer IV just behind the Tiger affording him both a claim to the prize and good cover. Jamie was able to bring his Panzer IV back at the start line.

  • Panzer IV (L) fires at Firefly – 2 hits, only 1 saved
  • Firefly returns fire on the Panzer IV (L) – 2 hits all saved
  • Sherman (J) fires a long shot at Panzer IV (J) – 4 hits, 2 cause damage plus another critical.
  • Panzer IV (J) returns fire on Sherman (J) – 2 hits, both saved
  • Stug finally has a target and fires on Firefly – 1 hit but saved
  • Sherman (R) fires at Stug – 3 hits, 2 of which are critical, none saved leaving a destroyed Stug.

Turn 5

Stug returns from the start line. Not much other movement.

  • Sherman (J) fires at Panzer IV (J) – 2 more hits leaving the Panzer IV (J) destroyed again !!! This is beginning to look like a grudge match 🙂
  • Sherman (R) fires at Stug – 2 hits saved
  • Panzer IV (J) fires at Firefly – 1 hit saved
  • Firefly fires at Panzer IV (L) – 4 hits, 2 saved but the 2 that get through are criticals
  • Panzer IV (L) fires at Sherman (J) – 2 critical hits, 1 saved
  • Stug gets in a shot at Sherman (R) – 2 hits, 1 saved

All make repairs where possible before the next turn

Turn 6

Jamie brings back his Panzer IV again, we were all sure who his target would be !!

  • Panzer IV (L) fires at Sherman (J), 2 hits, 1 saved but 1 critical gets through
  • Sherman (R) fires at Stug. 1 hit saved
  • Sherman (J) fires at Panzer IV (L) – 2 hits, both saved
  • Firefly fires at Stug – 3 hits, all saved
  • Panzer IV (J) fires at Sherman (J) – 1 hit saved
  • The Stug again has no target.

Lee manages to repair the critical damage to his Panzer IV.

Turn 7

Not much movement, only small tactical adjustments.

  • Sherman (J) fires at Panzer IV (J) – 3 hits, 1 saved but both that get through are critical.
  • Firefly fires at Panzer IV (L) – 2 hits, none saved
  • Sherman (R) fires at Stug – 1 hit saved
  • Panzer IV (J) fires at Sherman (J) – 2 hits saved
  • Panzer IV (L) fires at Sherman (J) – 2 hits which leaves it destroyed

Only one more turn left to grasp success…….

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Turn 8

Josh brings back the Sherman to make a finally attack.

  • Panzer IV (J) fires at Firefly – 4 hits, 2 are critical. None are saved and the Firefly is destroyed
  • Sherman (R) fires at Stug – 2 damage caused
  • Sherman (J) fires at Stug – 2 more hits (1 is critical)
  • Stug takes the final shot of the game against Sherman (R) – 2 hits causing 2 damage

And it is all over, the game is a draw. No-one could lay overall claim. The final points allocated were :-

  • Lee  4 points
  • Richard, Josh and Regan  all with 3 points
  • Mel  2 points
  • Jamie 1 point.

Everyone seemed to enjoy the game. At the end of the day we held a lucky dip for presents, each received a random ‘Tanks’ expansion.

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