I've been wanting to play Ponyri Station for a long time and what a better way to play Ponyri than using "big battalions" as part of the Rapid Fire rules? Unfortunately for me, I'll have to improvise on some of the weapons values as I only have the 1942 Soviet and German tank / infantry OOBs as well as the Normandy OOB. Maybe I'll be able to find some of the vehicles from that collection? Anyone have any thoughts? I don't have it here with me but I need SU-122, the Ferdinand, and the Stuh as well.
Anyways the scenario I'm looking at is from Mr Bob Mackenzie's Command Decision scenarios specifically Ponyri Smaller - which is the fight for Hill 253 which occurred as a pre-cursor to the Ponyri assault.
|Picture courtesy of Bob Mackenzie's Wargame Scenarios Page.
I put in an order with Game Models for 3 x Ferdinands so I'll be able to showcase them in the battle. If not,I'll have to use Tigers as proxies... Imagine if I would have ordered Battlefront how much that would cost me???
Anyways the assault on Hill 253 featured 2 German infantry Battalions with attached StuGs, some artillery, and the PanzerJaeger Abt with the Ferdinands. Real textbook stuff here. The Germans have their nebelwerfers and tube artillery support. The Soviets have a ton of mortars, and some SP 122mm artillery on call behind the main position.
I think this scenario will be tough for the Soviets to win as they're outnumbered 2:1 until they can be reinforced which is on or about turn 8 with a full rifle battalion and tank brigade. Yes, a brigade of tanks!
No idea when I'll be able to actually play this scenario but it looks like alot of fun. From what I remember of the few Rapid Fire games I've played are that it offers a quick and clean combat resolution. Some of the concepts are a little strange as they are a significant departure from other rules sets but once you're used to them, they play just fine.
I've also been taking another hard look at Blitzkrieg Commander once again. I purchased the second edition and would like to have a go at playing it and seeing what the differences are.
Happy New Year everyone! I hope everyone has an enjoyable and safe New Years (some of you reading this may already be in 2015!). See you next year.