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  • #115451
    Abwehrschlacht
    Abwehrschlacht
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    On Sunday we played our first game of Chain of Command, we really enjoyed it and I am looking forward to playing it again soon. Check out the full AAR on my blog here:

    https://www.stormofsteelwargaming.com/2019/05/Chain-of-Command-AAR.html

    http://www.stormofsteelwargaming.com

    #115461
    fairoaks024
    fairoaks024
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    Nice report.

     

    since our club tried CoC, we haven’t gone back to any of our previous WW2 sets.

     

    really captures the feel of the ‘friction’ of combat. And the only rules ive ever played where ‘man of the match’ was a 2″ mortar team who only fired smoke for the whole game 😎

    #115474
    Rod Robertson
    Rod Robertson
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    Abwehrschlact:

    It’s a great set of rules, CoC is. TFL really did a great job in crafting them. Great fun to play and never the same game twice, even if you try to reproduce it.

    Nice minis and terrain in your game. A very interesting report too. Thanks for posting and I look forward to more CoC reports. Happy gaming.

    Cheers.

    Rod Robertson.

    #115495
    Abwehrschlacht
    Abwehrschlacht
    Participant

    Cheers guys, I’m glad you both enjoyed the report. CoC certainly feels a lot less clunky than some rules sets, it will definitely warrant a return.

    http://www.stormofsteelwargaming.com

    #115500

    Steve Johnson
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    I tried to like them, but found the games too similar for my liking. Each to their own though and I’m glad you like them.

    #115504
    Abwehrschlacht
    Abwehrschlacht
    Participant

    Fair enough as you say each to their own. Did you try to shake it up a bit with different OOBs?

    http://www.stormofsteelwargaming.com

    #115509

    Steve Johnson
    Participant

    We played NWE, Allies vs Germans. Invariably our games came down to the MG42 in a building dominating the game, using the standard scenarios in the book. Historically accurate one could say, but rather dull. Also we always felt that just platoon on platoon felt wrong, so maybe IABSM would have been better. In the end I carried on with BKCII and have recently bought Bolt Action II just for some fun, smaller scale actions to scratch that itch.

    #115543
    Lardy Rich
    Lardy Rich
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    Abwehrschlacht, great to hear you enjoyed your first game.  We are still having far too much fun with CoC six years on; we’ve just played a rather thrilling game recording for Lard TV today.

    With regards MG42s dominating, they are powerful bits of kit.  However, don’t forget smoke and suppressing fire that can negate their powers and allow you to out-manoeuvre them.

     

    Rich

     

    Playing the period, not the rules, since 2002

    #115552
    Iain Fuller
    Iain Fuller
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    I usually play Germans and as Rich says the MG42 can be easily countered by using smoke and manoeuvring round the threat or brassing it up with covering fire (you know, tactics). They can’t shoot everywhere at once. Also if all that fails a  judicious application of tank delivered HE usually does the trick.

    I’d also suggest trying out a Pint Sized Campaign, you’ll definitely see the light then.

     

     

    #115563
    Abwehrschlacht
    Abwehrschlacht
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    Swoon! The game designer has commented! In seriousness, Rich, they really work well and I like the modern feel of the game. What is the scope for using more than a single platoon? Also, I had another question, when you are allowed to pick something for support, does it only mean only ONE thing or any number of things in that particular list?

    http://www.stormofsteelwargaming.com

    #115565
    fairoaks024
    fairoaks024
    Participant

    I can answer your second question.

    the support level is how many points you can spend on those options.

     

    if you have 6 points, it can be any combination adding up to 6 , so for example one thing off the 6 point chart, or one off the 1 plus one of the 2 plus one off the 3.

    you can duplicate entries if you want, as long as you don’t go over your level.

    • This reply was modified 6 months, 2 weeks ago by fairoaks024 fairoaks024.
    #115568
    Abwehrschlacht
    Abwehrschlacht
    Participant

    ah thanks! That makes a hellalot more sense now! I had it that you chose only one item off the support level list.

    http://www.stormofsteelwargaming.com

    #115570

    Steve Johnson
    Participant

    Believe you me, we did use ‘tactics’ in the form of smoke etc, but still it didn’t ‘click’. Not sure why, but chatting with other friends (experienced gamers to a man), they felt the same.  However we all preferred Sharp Practice II.

    #115650
    Lardy Rich
    Lardy Rich
    Participant

    Abwehrschlacht, we play lots of games with multiple platoons using the free ro download Big Chain of Command notes.  You’ll find them here:

    https://toofatlardies.co.uk/blog/?p=3013

    Steve.  Good to know you enjoy SP.

    Rich

    Playing the period, not the rules, since 2002

    #116424
    Abwehrschlacht
    Abwehrschlacht
    Participant

    Sorry for the delay in replying, I’ve been on holiday! Thanks for the link Rich, I will check them out when we have a few smaller games under our belts.

    http://www.stormofsteelwargaming.com

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