Two weeks before Attack-X I still had 17 models to paint to complete the company. After some feverish painting, I managed to finish the company at midnight the night before the tournament. I spent the last day finishing up the Nebelwerfer platoon commander and a tank commander that had broken off of a Panzer IV. I'll have a post showcasing the finished Nebelwerfer platoon up in the future. I was really pleased to finish all of the models. I also built a small display board for the company.
My first game was against Glen’s Strelkovy in Dust-Up. Glen is one of the four local players in our area. I’ve lost to his nasty Strelkovy list three or four times before. In our previous games I had always lost while trying to assault his enormous Strelkovy blob with attached 1iC, Kommissar, flamethrowers, and pioneers with the SU-100s and T-34-85 flame tanks terrorizing my tanks. In this game we both hung back. I managed to catch and destroy all of his reserves with a Panzer IV platoon. His Sturmovik missed my tanks for all 15 turns. He destroyed my Nebs as they came on from reserve and the rest of my reserves hid from his big guns. I couldn’t assault with the 14 tanks overwatching the blob platoon and the game finished with a 3-2 tie (I had 3 points).
In my second game I played against Amin and his Hungarian tank company. I used to play with and against Amin when I lived in Vancouver and was looking forward to the opportunity to play against his beautifully painted Hungarians. I was attacking in Surrounded. Amin had a platoon of Zryinis, infantry, Nimrod AA tanks, little recce tanks, a Panther 1iC, and two platoons of four Panthers. I think he had all of the Hungarian Panthers in existence. I attacked with all of my Panzer IVs and the Aufklarungs platoon towards the most open objective across a ford. Unfortunately because of the ford the mortars were able to stop me from crossing due to having to stay 2” from infantry. On the other side my Panzer IV/70s tried to get to the back of the Panthers. Unfortunately one bogged on turn 1 and didn’t unbog until turn 8. I destroyed the Nimrod’s on turn 1. My 1iC destroyed and Panther and a Panzer IV/70 destroyed another Panther. The game finished when I lost my Panzer IV platoons, Pumas, and Nebelwerfers and my 1iC had been destroyed by a Panther. My Aufklarungs platoon had the chance to assault the Panthers from the side with the full platoon but failed tank terror on two consecutive turns. It was a fun game on a tough board. The final result was a 3-4 loss.
|The infantry chased down my nebs for the company break win. My Panzer IV/70 unbogged on the last turn to pop the Panther and get me another point.|
For the third game I played against Bojan (aka Zim) from Vancouver. Zim was playing a German training company with French tanks from Atlantik Wall with 12 or 13 platoons. I aggressively moved the bulk of my company towards the far objective. Unfortunately Zim got 4 reserves in the first 3 turns and surrounded and annihilated my company. Sadly I ended up losing the game 6-1 as the only platoon I destroyed did not count for victory points due to having more than 9 platoons. I also forgot to take any pictures.
On day two I played against Rick’s Soviet motorized infantry with some T-34-85s and T-34-76a, SU-100s, heavy mortars, and T-70s. I was attacking (always attack tanks). I played cat and mouse for the first few turns in an attempt to whittle down the mixed T-34 platoon. My Pumas came on from reserve and jumped on the chance to take out a SU-100 from the side. Sadly they missed. They survived 4 turns before being destroyed by the SU-100s but managed to tie them up for the game. The T-70s came in from reserve and destroyed two Panzer IVs! I destroyed them in return fire. I also destroyed most of a motorized infantry platoon that came in from reserve. On the last turn I assaulted near the objective with two Panzer IV platoons, company command, and my Panzergrenadiers. I destroyed all but two stands of the infantry but my Panzergrenadiers were thrown back from the defensive fire from two T-34s and so I wasn’t able to capture the objective. The game was lots of fun but I ended up with a 3-4 loss. Rick extremely kindly gave me an extra set of Panzer Lehr tokens and dice as well.
|This is how Pumas were historically used, right? Come in on the flank to harass heavy tanks...?|
|Last turn everyone assaulted. I should have done this a little earlier.|
My final game was against Bradford’s fortified German Grenadiers with his awesome winter armoured train. I hadn’t played against an armoured train before. Bradford and I had tied in points at the last tournament and he was in the top few players at this tournament (game match-ups in this tournament were pretty random I think). His train came through the middle of the table on turn four. I spent the previous turns setting up my Panzer IVs and Panzergrenadiers around the train tracks. I lost a few Panzer IVs to the initial train bombardments and then managed to destroy the train in the next turn. I got lucky as Bradford had not realized my infantry had Panzerfaust and they managed to destroy a car. The infantry were largely destroyed when they bailed out of the train and were finished off with machine gun fire the next turn. The rest of the game was my Panzer IVs avoiding Pak40s while trying to get the bulk of my force onto the flank fortified objective. Sadly my tanks were destroyed by Panzerfausts in assault and my Panzergrenadiers were thrown back by defensive fire. The game finished in a 3-2 tie as both of us were too spent to capture an objective.
-I destroyed a train (by rolling a lot of 5s and 6s)
-great prize support
-all of the Flames of War players were very friendly and I felt that we had a high quality of competition
-I think all of the Flames of War models were painted
-I was fortunate to win Best Painted among a group of great models
-I lost every game :-S
-Our Kelowna group went 1 win, 9 losses, and 5 ties over the tournament :-S
-a Panzer IV/70 staying bogged for 7 turns
-a Panzer IV with protected ammo not remounting for 7 turns
It may be a while before I get to another tournament as winter sets in and work gets busier. You can follow my gaming and painting updates on twitter (@RustAndTheCity). I'll have some posts up in the next few weeks with my completed Nebelwerfers, Panzer IVs, a heap of planes, and some Jagdtigers. Thanks for visiting.