Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Brief report - MW 1500 Gepanzerte Panzergrenadiers vs Rota Razvedki

SoSpill vs Xelee - 1st V3 game

Gepanzerte Panzergrenadiers - Eastern Front

HQ - CiC + 2iC knacker SMG 2x251/1c                                          80
Gepanzerte panzergrenadier platoon with knacker and 4 251/1c        235
Gepanzerte panzergrenadier platoon with knacker and 4 251/1c        235
3 Pak 40                                                                                       220
2 Stug f/8                                                                                      340
3 Nebelwerfers                                                                               115
2 3.7cm AA halftracks with armour upgrades                                   125
Limited Stuka G                                                                            135

Rota Radzveki - Eastern Front

HQ - CiC + 2iC + komissar + 3 DShK AA MG on truck                 95
9 team rota platoon with 5 captured 251                                       205
7 team rota platoon with 4 captured 251                                       160
7 T-34/76 + 3 T-34/56                                                                 635
4 SU-122                                                                                    245
Sporadic Shturmovik                                                                    145

Hold the line - Panzergrenadiers attacking. Defenders have two platoons on the board - both in ambush!

Turn 1 setup. We played the creek as bogging but the fords cross country terrain for a quicker game. The infantry were placed out of their tracks after the photo. Pak 40s on a skill check hill. Nebelwerfers at the back with 3.7cm AA watching out for Shturmoviks. The other panzergrenadier platoon was placed in their halftracks at the top of the photo. They were on the road just to the left of the photo below.

 Turn 1 - The half tracks move up onto the ford. The Paks all make their skill checks and move to the edge of the cliff overlooking the objective. The stugs and infantry move forward to the ford. The only shooting in the german turn was firing smoke at the 2iC as everything else was in ambush.  

The ambushes - 7 T-34/76s shoot at the Pak 40s and 3 T-34/57s Stugs. 2 Pak 40s destroyed. 1 Stug destroyed and 1 bailed but morale save made. 

The large Rota platoon ambushes. The flame thrower shoots hoping to vaporise the panzergrenadier platoon. 
1, 2, 2, 6. 1 halftrack destroyed, 1 infantry team destroyed.*

Turn 2 - German counterattack. No more photos. 
Shoot and assault the rota platoon. Brought below half strength and failed motivation. No losses to the panzergrenadier platoon!
The panzergrenadier platoon assaults the 2iC. 
The T-34 platoons fared somewhat better. 1 stug, 1 pak 40, 1 neb barrage and potentially 3 planes with 6 tanks under a template. End result - 3 bailed tanks. 0 destroyed. The planes were all shot down.

Turn 2 - Russians. Destroyed the stug. Pak 40 survived as the tanks moved to cover both objectives and shot up the panzergrenadier platoons near the forward objective. 2 teams lost.

Turn 3 - Panzergrenadiers drive down road, shoot and destroy the 3 AA DShKtrucks. and stormtrooper out to contest the rear objective. The Pak 40 destroys a T-34. The nebs also get a T-34. Air arrives but is intercepted.

Turns 3 - Russians - No reserves. T 34 platoon has to contest both objectives. T-34/57s shoot and destroy the Pak 40. T-34/76s shoot and assault the panzergrenadiers on the rear objective. Two teams destroyed and the panzergrenadiers break off. 1 T-34 gets stuck in a building where it remains for the rest of the game.

Turns 4-7 The T-34s get whittled down by nebs, air and infantry assaults under smoked cover. The panzergrenadier platoon contesting the rear objective gets wiped out by the rota platoon reserve on turn 5. However, the T-34s now reduced to 2 tanks are contesting the forward objective. The panzergrenadiers assault them and destroy them. The only rota halftrack near enough to contest was bailed by an airstrike and didn't remount*. The rota didn't manage to destroy the panzergrenadiers with shooting so it was a 4-3 victory to the germans.

*While writing this I noticed the same mistake was made twice. When a transport team is bailed or destroyed in the shooting step, the platoon must make an immediate morale save or the transports are sent to the rear. If the panzergrenadiers had failed their save they could have jumped out of the halftracks and moved back 4 inches. This would have given them 11 dice defensive fire as opposed to 12 with the halftracks (using the AA MGs as well). The second instance of this occuring was more important as the rota may have been able to bring the halftrack foward close enough to move and contest the objective. They may not have been able to however as there were teams overwatching the rota so the 16" limit to bringing transports forward may have applied. Xelee might have the relevant photo.

Overall this was a very enjoyable game. The list choices were affected by the transport, air and AA rules. AA seems to be almost essential and 3.7cm armoured AA is great (3 shturmoviks arrived once but were all shot down).


  1. Having read the bailed out transport rules again... Armoured transports automatically remount after artillery and air attacks. It is only direct shooting that forces a morale test!

  2. A 50/50 to be dismounted in the front of my troops would have been 'helpful'. Still, I was thinking that if I do use the Rota for an OPFOR, I should just run them like a proper Rota - M3 Scout Cars with 50cals. That would have been pretty sweet as an ambush vs your HTs!

    Cheers for the fun game.

  3. Halftracks against 50 cals is not good.

    The smoke rules for AA are good for those with smoke. Against AA smoke acts like a mobile 2" tall forest. If the AA is in the smoke it can't fire AA. If the smoke is between the plane and the AA it can fire as long as it can draw line of sight to the plane.

    Once wind direction is known I think people will start placing their AA to avoid multiple AA weapons being under a smoke template.

  4. Pity I would need to buy 8-9 M3 models @ BF prices... Maybe YOU should make the non-German force lol

    That's pretty interesting, about the smoke. Lots of little changes in the game.