|Deep thoughts? Probably not.|
|JJ, the smiling GM|
Devon Wargames Group had a hand in two games on the day. JJ put on a Carnage & Glory Napoleonic game with Steve and Nathan taking the British and French respectively. I don't know how it happened, but the British lost in a very close fought game. It was in the balance right up to the last turn, when the French managed to do enough damage to drive the British back.
The other game was put on by Gus and myself. Initial plans had been to do an AWI game using Maurice, but we changed it two weeks before the show. As you can probably tell by my previous posts Chain of Command has been a big hit with us, so Chain of Command it was. Gus bought some extra buildings from 4Ground and we set up a game based on the attack on Carentan from the Band of Brothers series.
The US paras attacked (again), this time under Gus' command. He had 3 squads of 12 men, each with 1 LMG. They were supported by a 60mm mortar. The Fallschirmjagers also had 3 squads, each with 10 men and 2 LMGs. No mortar support and half the number of senior leaders gave the US a slight advantage, but the extra LMGs gave the Germans a slight edge in direct fire.
|Massed US troops|
|Mortar rounds land|
|US troops advance|
Just as the other 2 US squads gathered themselves to attack, the sneaky Germans used their CoC dice to end the turn, removing the smoke and reactivating their 2 wounded NCOs.
|First floor firepower|
The turn end marked the end of any effective fire from the allies. Previously their 30cals and Garands had been hitting with amazing accuracy and effect, but this had changed and now the MG42s and Mausers had the edge. As their numbers fell the US started losing NCOs, hit as they tried to rally their squads.
Due to Gus' ability to always roll a 6 on force morale loss rolls, the US advance stalled, then turned into a retreat. The Germans still held Carentan, but they had been hit hard.
|German NCO in the loft|
|Too many casualties now|
Ah well, we had fun anyway. The scenery looked pretty good and I do like the mdf buildings over resin ones. It is very handy to be able to put your troops on the correct floor.
Monday will be another full day of gaming. I have obviously been very good to get two days in one weekend, but I am not complaining. Nathan and Gus are coming over and we will try out the Italians and, possibly, some Russians.
Have fun and may your dice be better than Gus' were yesterday.