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    Ochoin
    Ochoin
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    My pal Dan hosted his most ambitious WW1 game so far. Dan was a wargaming newbie to our group & wanted to do something on his own. He decided the Great War & in about 9 months, has produced this.

    I was inclined to avoid WW1 but these rules make it very playable. I am rather chuffed at my role in mentoring Dan into his first wargaming project but to be honest, it’s otherwise all his own work. Talk is cheap but painting & modelling take commitment.He’s using ‘Great War Spearhead’ from advice I got here.

     

    I was the German commander. I had to hold the trenches (Hindenberg Lines) & the bridge. At Turn 5, my counter-attack arrived at the bridge. The rules make you dice every turn for every tank to see if it’s broken down. In previous games, the tanks were usually left behind because of this. Damien, the British commander, did not really suffer from this, throwing consistently good dice.My big hope was to shell his two prong attack into mud & blood but he, cunning chap, masked his advance with smoke. He took the first objective, destroyed my counter-attack (advancing through open ground!!!) and failed (just) to crack the Hindenberg Line, giving him a Minor Victory.

    The rules do have a lot to them that we’ll add on as time progresses. Poison gas & aircraft come next.

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    donald

     

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    greg954
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    Just curious why your pal chose Cambrai?

    I went over to France to commemorate the 90th anniversary many years ago. Having an affiliation towards The Royal Tank Regiment. On the last day we met Philippe Gorcynski a historian on the battle of Cambrai. It was when he and his team had just recovered D51 Deborah. Which was knock out by the Germans then buried and unearthed by Philippe all those decades later. A fascinating story.

    Although I don’t do WW1 as a genre. I wouldn’t hesitate to have a game. If I did, I think I would play with the battle of Cambrai and Deborah at the back of my mind.

    #112759
    Abwehrschlacht
    Abwehrschlacht
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    That’s a pretty impressive set up for a newbie! Looks like a great game! I was involved with a team of archaeologists who excavated the hunting lodge in Bourlon Woods that was used as a HQ during Cambrai. We also found remains of two of the tanks that were knocked out there as well. It was filmed for a Canadian TV show called Finding the Fallen. Some of the episodes are on Youtube.

    http://www.stormofsteelwargaming.com

    #112760
    Abwehrschlacht
    Abwehrschlacht
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    I can’t find the full episode, but here’s the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRgfdGMse8Y

    http://www.stormofsteelwargaming.com

    #112767
    Ochoin
    Ochoin
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    I can’t find the full episode, but here’s the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRgfdGMse8Y

    Thanks for that.

    He chose Cambrai for the tanks and as a fairly open battlefield that was not too damaged by previous fighting.

    I think there’s a scenario in the rule book.

    One of the interesting things about the game is the number of casualties. In trenches, you have a reasonable chance of survival but if caught in the open, large numbers just “melt away”. One of my few triumphs was shooting up some cavalry he was bringing up for the hoped for breakthrough.

    My pal has painted quite a few figures but as “wargaming megalomania” grips him & he paints more, we’ll be able to deploy waves of troops. I think then, games will have to be strictly worked out in terms of a finite number of game turns.

     

    donald

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