Dave had suggested Crossfire but he had also mentioned he wanted to try out SabreSquadron so we played a small introductory game featuring a West German TA infantry platoon in Fuchs wheeled APCs with 2 Leopard IA3s fighting against a platoon of Soviet T-80s and BMP-2s. Not exactly even odds but the Germans were defending and had some decent terrain.
This game reminded me of all the reasons I LOVE SabreSquadron! With all of the fuss over Team Yankee, which is a very fun game in its own right, I think SabreSquadron is just incredibly well thought out and delivers a very satisfying company level game.
|Leo I's (Dave) move into position along the Soviet infantry attack route.|
I'm counting on the thick hide of the T-80 to stand up to that fire!
|Fuchs with their infantry laden payload of HEER troops and Milans.|
|prowling T-80s looking for prey.|
|Stone farmhouse. I have to have it!|
|Leo I at the farmhouse mixing it up with dismounted infantry and BMPs.|
|Dead BMPs but the infantry are still advancing. The platoon morale holds.|
|Leo I rallies from "neutralized" to "suppressed" - the crew is shaking off the effects of the RPG hit and getting back into the fight!|
|Ivan captures the stone outbuilding and is about the assault the farmhouse for the Company Commander.|
|T-80s on the scene!|
|Waiting for the showdown|
|Infantry in their Fuchs carriers getting ready to defend their homeland!|
So while this game crawled, it's funny how quickly I picked the concepts back up after a short amount of time and was able to teach them to Dave pretty fast. We will be playing SabreSquadron again with more forces and gadgets on the table! Mission Accomplished!