Also - I took the pictures with my wife's new Canon Rebel DSLR camera so while some of the pictures are plain goofy, some of them turned out really, really nice! (kind of makes a hobby within a hobby - historical miniature photography!)
Anyways onto the action. This scenario was posted by me a few days ago and I had originally planned on playing a Rapid Fire game but decided instead on playing a larger Battlegroup: Kursk game to see how it handles larger forces. Well, larger for my games anyways. The Germans are throwing an Infantry Battalion at Hill 235 next to Ponyri in an attempt to seize that key terrain. In support are a platoon of Tigers and their Panzer III escorts, as well as the 656th PanzerJaeger Abteilung. No fancy SS troops here - all Wehrmacht this time.
The Soviets start with an infantry company (-) on the board and have an additional company which will start coming on around turn 9. Additionally, we'll see how Armor defends because all the Soviets have on their left flank are a platoon of T-34s to hold out against a German infantry company.
On or about turn 9 they will get a company of T-34s and a platoon of T-70s which will enter almost at Hill 235. It's going to be a brutal slug-fest considering 235 is close to their entry point on the map!!!
Technically this is only a "Company" level game in BGK so I roll 3 dice per turn for orders.
|War-weary Landsers trudge up to the front line!|
|Really liking this new camera!|
|Tiger escorts! Their first battle on my table.|
|Soviets behind their defenses.|
|Germans roll low for units entering the table so naturally the armor goes first. The Tigers are supposed to be Ferdinands but I couldn't wait!|
|Big cats on the prowl.|
|Lower left what remains of an AT gun burns and you can see the burning SU on the right. Meanwhile the German Armor inches closer to hill 235. THey would eventually all use their double move order to race up to the summit.|
|Cool picture. If i was better with doctoring up photos, I'd add some neat background. My crappy wood panel basement will have to do.|
|A German mortar sets up behind the cover of a Stug while German infantry move into the woods.|
Next turn is Soviet Turn 4. More tanks showing up on the Soviet left flank and more infantry enroute to the "First of May" collective. Should be an interesting fight. The Soviets will try an stop the German infantry attack before it even gets close to the objective. The squads are merely speed bumps.