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  • #20262
    piers brand
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    Myself and Warwick gave the new Poles their baptism of fire a couple of weeks ago, in another playtest for the Battlegroup Blitzkrieg book. This was a meeting engagement with the Germans advancing up the road and the Poles heading down the road to stop them. A sudden thunderstorm grounded aircraft and Warwick lost the Timed Stuka Attack he had bought, not a good start…

    It began with just recce troops on the table, the Germans going first rushed forward, the Sdkfz 222 spitting cannon shells at the littke TKS Tankette, only to see the rounds ping off to everyone surprise. In the return of fire the Germans didnt fair so well, the 222 crew took several hits from the TKS, and though none penetrated the armour, the crew bailed out and fled! The Polish Wz34 armoured car also opened fire and cut down more recce troops. With the table almost clear of Germans, the Poles made a dash for objectives and secured three out of four before the German main force began to arrive.

    The Poles once more gained an advantage as a lucky roll saw the table flooded with Polish troops and Tankettes. As the Germans arrived piecemeal the Poles took up residency in the village and the treeline, as guns and other support arrived. From here it became too much of a hard nut for the Germans to crack.

    Try as they might, they couldnt force a breakthrough. The Panzer IIs tried to rush the road, loosing one tank to a mine strike before taking an age to finally knock out the recce tankette. But in return the remaining two Panzer IIs were both knocked out in one round of shooting by another Polish TKS in what was a series of sixes on the dice. A Polish ace in the making. The German infantry tried to attack the village but rifle and MG fire saw them off and the German infantry that tried to outflank the Poles by going through the woods ran into a Polish unit on ambush and were badly mauled, so badly that the unit retired from the battlefield. The Panzer Is stayed well back from the houses as the 75mm gun and the 37mm AT gun were both taking pot shots at them. Even the German artillery failed to give them an edge and it managed very little (though the Poles managed to mortar one of their own tankettes).

    In the end the German battle rating broke, having taken 13 points from the loss of the Panzer IIs alone and the need to keep unpinning the units. A Polish victory for their first time in action!

    The book is due out at Salute in April.

    #20291
    Rod Robertson
    Participant

    Piers:

    I really like the ground-level shots in your posting. The Polish tanks and armoured cars look great as does the German kit. As always, your terrain and figures inspire me to paint and build when the wind goes out of my sails (albeit at a skill level far below yours). Thanks for keeping the embers of military modelling and gaming alive and well. Too many cliches and metaphors being used by me, so I’d better stop but your work is really special and a treat to see!

    Cheers and good gaming.

    Rod Robertson.

    #20293
    Norm S
    Participant

    +1 to all of that. The modelling aspect really does hit a nostalgic nerve with me and  wants me to be doing 20mm again.

    Thank you Piers, a good narrative as always.

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    #20294
    Steve Johnson
    Participant

    Great looking game and nice to see the Polish get a win.

    #20311
    War Panda
    Participant

    Beautiful and brilliant as always Mr Piers Brand. Every time I see your AAR’s I want to get back immediately to modelling and painting and wargaming. You are one of the true great wargaming  inspirations. I was hoping to get in touch while I’m in Ireland but I’m running out of time here…

    “The great Gaels of Ireland are the men that God made mad,
    For all their wars are merry, and all their songs are sad.”

    #20320
    kyoteblue
    Participant

    Very cool !! 20mm or 28mm ????

    #20323
    Ivan Sorensen
    Participant

    Love to see the Polish take the field (and hold it, in this case!)

    Nordic Weasel Games
    https://www.wargamevault.com/browse/pub/5701/Nordic-Weasel-Games?src=browse5701

    #20333
    piers brand
    Participant

    Thanks guys.

     

    War Panda, if ye get free time, let me know. Always welcome for game matey.

    #20388
    War Panda
    Participant

    Thanks Piers 🙂 My time here just literally flew by though. Too many people too spread out in every possible corner of the place 🙂 I’m just been down in Waterford and now heading towards Cork…leaving his Friday. Next time I’ll prioritize my time more wisely 🙂

    “The great Gaels of Ireland are the men that God made mad,
    For all their wars are merry, and all their songs are sad.”

    #20397
    piers brand
    Participant

    Arse, ye shoulda popped up to Kildare first!

    Next time ye are here, let me know. We shall put on something special for ye… 😉

    #20406
    War Panda
    Participant

    Thanks Piers that sounds like a plan worth putting into action 🙂

    “The great Gaels of Ireland are the men that God made mad,
    For all their wars are merry, and all their songs are sad.”

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