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  • #169350
    Tactical Painter
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    After finishing the Bloody Bucket campaign for Chain of Command last year it was our intention to have a short break from CoC before returning with this campaign – Many Rivers to Cross from the Lard Magazine 2018. Dave, my regular opponent has a force of early war Germans and had added a Dutch platoon that he was keen to see in action and so we had decided that Holland 1940 would be our setting. Covid lockdowns then got in the way and threw our gaming schedule completely, but I’m pleased to say we got there in the end and the campaign started last week.

    The full AAR for the first game is on the blog and you can find it here http://thetacticalpainter.blogspot.com/2022/03/many-rivers-to-cross-scenario-1-village.html

    It wouldn’t be blitzkrieg without the obligatory Stuka (this one from Airfix, one of the lovely new tooling in 1/72):

    A Dutch Kazemat – this one a slightly embellished MDF one from Blotz:

    A diminutive Carden Loyd carrier is minute in 20mm, I’d hate to imagine how small a 10mm model would look like!

    The Tactical Painter - painting miniature armies for battles on the table top.
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    #169351
    Steve Johnson
    Participant

    Some lovely photos there and off to check your Blog now.

    #169638
    Tactical Painter
    Participant

    Not another AAR (yet) – we hope to play the next game later this week now that we’ve both got over Covid. This is just a background post on pulling together some of the terrain for this campaign. You can find it here https://thetacticalpainter.blogspot.com/2022/03/getting-ready-for-many-rivers-to-cross.html

    The Tactical Painter - painting miniature armies for battles on the table top.
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    #169692
    Stephen Holmes
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    Ah, Meneer De Gruyter. Vier kaarsen alstublieft.

    #170585
    Tactical Painter
    Participant

    So, a bit of an interruption to allow Dave and I to isolate and recover from our dose of Covid. Six members of the club all caught it on the same evening but I’m pleased to say everyone has now recovered.

    Finally we get back to the campaign and play out scenario 2: Farm & Forest with the Germans pushing on to the next map and trying to dislodge the Dutch defenders from a position constructed around a stout farm. The Germans are still without heavy weapons while they wait for the engineers to finish the bridge and so must push ahead relying on infantry alone. The full report is here http://thetacticalpainter.blogspot.com/2022/03/many-rivers-to-cross-scenario-2-farm.html

    The Tactical Painter - painting miniature armies for battles on the table top.
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    #170586
    willz
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    Thank you for a couple of excellent AAR’s with lots of wargaming eye candy.

    #170877
    Tactical Painter
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    Having won the previous scenario the Germans are electing to push on immediately to the next map with the force at hand for a blitzkrieg. It may buy extra time but it has to be done without additional support and without heavy weapons or armour. I think it’s a risk worth taking, it is May 1940 after all! The full AAR is here: http://thetacticalpainter.blogspot.com/2022/04/many-rivers-to-cross-scenario-3-farm.html

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    #170908
    Darkest Star Games
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    It’s interesting that though the blitz didn’t work the Dutch seem to be in more of a pickle, core troops-wise anyways.

    Keep ’em coming!

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

    #171975
    Tactical Painter
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    The Germans return to see if they can prevent the Dutch from blowing the culverts. In the scheme of the campaign that won’t delay the Germans if they succeed however it would deliver a welcome scenario victory and the chance to inflict further casualties on the enemy. As we saw in the last game it’s a very tough table to attack, can the Dutch hold the Germans off again? The full AAR is here http://thetacticalpainter.blogspot.com/2022/04/many-rivers-to-cross-scenario-4-farm.html

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    #171993
    Jon Goodwins
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    Fantastic AAR as always, and just goes to show what a great WWII game can be had without tanks!

    #171998
    kyoteblue
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    Great looking table and figures.

    #172008
    Darkest Star Games
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    Oh man that poor engineer squad, and with victory in sight too…

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

    #172278
    Tactical Painter
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    The German juggernaut rolls on and after a pause the armour has finally caught up with the infantry. Time to set the panzers loose….. The full AAR is here http://thetacticalpainter.blogspot.com/2022/05/many-rivers-to-cross-scenario-5-open.html

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    #172651
    Tactical Painter
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    So, the Germans are back again for another attempt to break through the Dutch lines and on to the final map of the campaign. The clock is ticking! Can the Germans do better this time? Full AAR is here http://thetacticalpainter.blogspot.com/2022/05/many-rivers-to-cross-scenario-6-open.html

    The Tactical Painter - painting miniature armies for battles on the table top.
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    #173848
    Tactical Painter
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    After their breakthrough the Germans reach the final map and the important road bridge. The Dutch engineers are delayed and have not started laying charges and so it’s up to the infantry to hold off the attack. The full AAR is here: https://thetacticalpainter.blogspot.com/2022/05/many-rivers-to-cross-scenario-7-river.html

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    #173876
    Darkest Star Games
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    Had to catchup a little.  Man, that one German officer had a really really bad day.  Well, make that 2 German officers…

    I was mighty impressed with that armored car dash, amazed that you pulled that off!

    Sounds like there’s still a chance for a German campaign win.  How many tanks do they have left?

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

    #175307
    Tactical Painter
    Participant

    After a break of a few weeks we’re back into the campaign. The Dutch have seized the initiative and try to stall the Germans by mounting a counterattack. A very interesting game and not what I was expecting. The full AAR is here https://thetacticalpainter.blogspot.com/2022/07/many-rivers-to-cross-scenario-8-open.html

    The Tactical Painter - painting miniature armies for battles on the table top.
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