Home Forums WWII CoC Bloody Bucket campaign (updated 14 02 21)

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  • #150883
    Tactical Painter
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    I’ve been wanting to give this intriguing campaign a try for some time, so I’m pleased to make it our first CoC campaign of the year. This is set in the Ardennes in the winter of 1944 with elements of the US 28th Division trying to hold an outpost line along Skyline Drive in the face of the German winter offensive.

    While the average CoC campaign follows a campaign ladder in a reasonably logical order this campaign allows for the Germans to infiltrate around the campaign ladder with the potential to strike at any of the maps and in any order they might choose. Excellent for fog of war and something that keeps the American player trying to second guess where trouble may be coming from next.

    To help readers that are not familiar with the campaign I’ve put together a post that helps explain how the campaign works and what the options are for both players. You can find that here https://thetacticalpainter.blogspot.com/2021/02/a-guide-to-following-bloody-bucket.html

    I’ve also produced a post about pulling together the various elements of terrain and the miniatures needed to run the campaign and you can find that here http://thetacticalpainter.blogspot.com/2021/02/getting-ready-for-bloody-bucket-campaign.html

    The Tactical Painter - painting miniature armies for battles on the table top.
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    #150934
    Tactical Painter
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    After a couple of turns with the Germans infiltrating around the American positions we hit turn 3 of the campaign with two assaults launched. The first is on Map 1 Skyline Drive and so we begin the fighting that will determine the outcome of the campaign. The full AAR is here: http://thetacticalpainter.blogspot.com/2021/02/bloody-bucket-turn-3-scenario-1-skyline.html

    The Tactical Painter - painting miniature armies for battles on the table top.
    http://www.thetacticalpainter.blogspot.com/

    #151230
    Tactical Painter
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    The Germans make their second attack of campaign turn 3. This time they fall on Holzthum Village at Map 3. Can this platoon of Volksgrenadiers have more success than the platoon that attacked Skyline Drive? Full AAR is here: https://thetacticalpainter.blogspot.com/2021/02/bloody-bucket-campaign-turn-3-scenario.html

    The Tactical Painter - painting miniature armies for battles on the table top.
    http://www.thetacticalpainter.blogspot.com/

    #151298
    Darkest Star Games
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    I always love these campaigns you do, just great stuff.  Rough times for the Germans, if they can get some armor you might have a very tough time of it yourself!

     

    Is there a rules that support has to stay at a location once it has been allocated, like minefields, the .30 and .50cals?  Or does each fight generate entirely new support?

    "I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."

    #151313
    Tactical Painter
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    I always love these campaigns you do, just great stuff. Rough times for the Germans, if they can get some armor you might have a very tough time of it yourself! Is there a rules that support has to stay at a location once it has been allocated, like minefields, the .30 and .50cals? Or does each fight generate entirely new support?

    Thanks. Yes the field defences supports are tied to each table so can’t move. Each platoon is under orders to stand and hold each table, they can be moved but there’s quite a risk that you will lose much of the platoon if you do (assumed they surrender). Supports like the MG teams can be moved at the start of each campaign turn (ie before you know which maps will be attacked), however only between maps that are adjacent or along one stretch of road. The Germans can interdict the roads, so there’s a risk. A 1 in 6 chance they are destroyed. 50% chance they are forced back and 30% chance they make it through. Risky!

    The Tactical Painter - painting miniature armies for battles on the table top.
    http://www.thetacticalpainter.blogspot.com/

    #151315
    Darkest Star Games
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    Ooo I like that!  This is a great campaign setup.

    "I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."

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