Welcome to my first after action report here. Hoping I can organize this in an easy-to-follow manner. Lately, my brother along with a few friends have been helping me play small scenarios over and over in order to gain familiarity with the ruleset. Many questions have risen, many questions have been answered by digging deep into the ruleset to understand nuances. Things as simple as rock walls being considered hard cover initially, and not understanding why it would, to now understanding that they should be soft cover! (Unless otherwise noted by scenario specific rules). I say this to say, many things are simple but easy to overlook and or misunderstand. This after-action report represented an extremely large tank battle that is not necessarily historically accurate but forced a lot of different situations on the players, validating an understanding of game mechanics.
The details of the scenario map:
The map is approximately 29" by 59". This was chosen due to the size of my workbench!
The maps is marked with blue tape to mark roads, and grey tape to mark an airfield.
Buildings are "true to size" buildings.
Small walls of rock are regular rock walls.
Taller, dark grey walls of rock are taller rock walls that block LOS.
The green walls of bush are considering hedgerows, blocking LOS unless directly against them.
Forests are marked with lines of felt/tree mix, with the interior being forest.
Sheets of fabric are used to mark fields, which are considered "soft ground" for the scenario.
The wonky looking square pieces around the airfield are pre-prepared hull down positions.
The marsh looking pieces, are, marshes.
Details of the scenario:
The German military has an airfield at the opening of the valley. This airfield has been deemed an important strategic hold by the British, sparking a need a severely damage it and it's supplies, or take it over. The current scenario is a surprise British attack on said airfield. The German's have a small defensive force stationed at the airfield, but luckily reconnaissance alerted the German army about an imminent British attack. This reconnaissance led to a German reinforcement company being sent for support.
As it stands, 2 platoons of German tanks are started within the airfield. The remaining force is driving in along the map edge with the road leading to the airfield. The British main force is pressing in from the bottom of the ridge line, with one platoon having pushed on a long flank to come in at the other corner of the scenario map (before scenario start of course).
The Germans are operating with a total point value of 2742.75, with 19 total tanks and 2 armored cars.
The British are operating with a total point value of 3,308.44, with 24 total tanks and 2 armored cars.
The specifics of these lists can be seen in the below photos.
Forgive the massive photos. I am not sure how to format the post to allow for 2 photos to be placed next to each other!
Enjoy. My goal to post a separate post for every turn, if not for every phase. Some phases consisted of a lot of action.