|Mean looking T-72s pour across the Inner German Border, churning their way towards the Rhine!|
|town of "Amburg" in the middle. Still setting up.|
|M1s in their Battle Positions|
Ivan had a 10 tank T-72 company, with a 6 BMP-2 company, 3 2S1 SP Howitzers, a flight of 2 MI24 Hind gunships, and 2 SU-25 Frogfoots! Incredible value for the points!
|And of course the ZSUs...Cannot forget those|
|BMPs move through a German field on their way towards the objective|
|First blood! An American M1 scores a hit on a BMP. Actually MOST of my BMPs had hits on them. I got lucky though as Ken didn't pass the FP tests for the others! Whew! Bailed.|
|T-72s taking fire!|
|meanwhile the dismounted crew from the destroyed BMP moves into cover!|
|Another is pinned!|
|Frogfoots inbound! This turn they would kill 2 M1s!|
|Hinds also inbound.|
|Meanwhile the FIST moves up to the treeline|
|A Frogfoot on a "routine pass" trying to kill some juicy M901s gets SHOT DOWN BY THE M60 LMG on the ITOW!|
|His comrade would be joining him soon. Most of the air kills were by on-board AA machine guns.|
|Ken bogs the Company Commander's M1 in the woods attempting another counter attack and he decided the single M1 contesting the objective would probably have been killed the following turn.|
|GIs assaulting the objective! Nice MERDC!|
|T-72 in the woods|
|ITVs with nice MERDC!|
|Soviet artillery gun tubes went cold. The crews are brewing tea.|
|US Artillery gun tubes also silent. The guys are swapping snacks out of their MREs...|
|bogged company commander tank!|
|Ivan on the objective|
|A near run thing|
Ken and I both needed a refresher on the rules and I think this game was it. I think I need to read up a little on the rules especially now that the "Leopard" and "Iron Maiden" supplements and minis are out! sign me up for the German collection!!!
This was a great game and never once lacked for any excitement or variety. Say what you want about Team Yankee but in a single 4 hour game, we played with all of the combined arms toys in the arsenal ranging from M-16s and SAWs to tank cannon, machine guns (yes you actually USE your on board MGs!), Air to Ground missiles, ATGM, and auto cannon. So I think the game definitely serves its purpose.
I still really, really like the Battlegroup series best, but I do not think they can deliver this fast of a game (a Soviet battalion and a NATO company match fought to conclusion in 4 hours) with crashing aircraft, careening missiles, choppers, tanks, troops, and APC/IFVs all tear-assing around the battlefield. Mission accomplished.