Sunday, September 2, 2012

AAR September 2, 2012
Morningstar Games, Savannah GA

I went the opposite scale with this latest game of When the Navy Walked. The British Land cruisers were from the Dystopian Wars range by Spartan Games, the Walkers are old GW epic dreadnoughts, and the buildings were by Tamiya from their old 1/700 waterline range. The counters were from Junior General.  Command Stands were poker chips noted with the type of leader they represented. My aim was to show the flexibility of the system to use a variety of scales.

We played scenarios 1 and 2 from the basic rule book, When the Navy Walked. 

We used the Errata for initiative for movement.

Scenario modification: double forces.  We doubled the forces and added a C in C to both sides.
Orders of Battle (all are units from the basic rules)

1 C in C Major General Holtz
1 Sub C in C Colonel Johann Schultz
2 Rifle Battalions
2 Scout Destroyer Walkers (Operating Independently)

1 C in C Major General Winston II
1 Sub C in C Colonel John Churchill
2 Rifle Battalions
2 Littleton Class Land Cruisers

Scenario 1 A basic meeting engagement

Turn 1 saw march columns moving into position in an attempt to gain terrain and flanking advantage.  No firing in turn 1.

Turn 2 had and exchange of gunfire that saw some infantry casualties, but no damage to any machines or capital units.

Turn 3 both sides attempted to improve their positions while still exchanging relatively light fire.

Turn 4 The Prussian walkers engage the British Land Cruisers while the cruisers focused on continuing to chew up the Prussian infantry.  One British cruiser took heavy damage but stayed in the fight.

Turn 5 The Prussians continue to pound the damaged British cruiser wrecking it.  British counter fire damaged one Prussian walker.  Prussia for the Win!

Opening Moves

Opening Moves


Scenario 2  Defend the Supply Depot

This scenario has a great deal of replay value and frankly, I can’t wait to give it a go again. 

The British opted to deploy “Turtle” for set up until they could see how the Prussians would come in.

Turn 1 saw the Prussians march into their initial battle positions and form line of battle to bring maximum firepower to bear in an attempt to damage as many British units as possible.  First was exchanged on both sides and one British and one Prussian walker took damage as well as a battalion of Prussian infantry taking some damage.

Turn 2 the Prussians began their assault in earnest and damaged units and buildings including doing more damage to one of the British cruisers.

Turn 3 the Prussians move into the woods on their left flank within rifle range of the depot so as to reduce their casualties from the defending British infantry who are pouring out a solid fire.  They pour fire into the nearest building damaging it severely.   The British lose one cruiser and the other is on fire while one Prussian walker collapses in a pile of smoking metal and steam.  On the right flank, that Prussian Battalion is getting chewed on by both the land cruiser and the British who are in the buildings on that side of the depot.

Turn 4 the second British cruiser falls to concentrated rifle fire from the Prussian rifle infantry in the trees while the return fire from the British on that side causes only light casualties.  The Prussian walker on the left flank fires on the read most building and finished destroying it.  The British Rifle battalion on the Prussian right flank pushes the Prussian rifles away from the depot with heavy fire. A Prussian spy plants a bomb in the building on the right flank causing some damage.  The British persuade a company of Prussian infantry to surrender and the leave the field reducing that battalion to half strength.  The battalion passes its morale test and keeps the field.

Turn 5 the Prussian walker takes a building across the compound under fire while the British infantry nearest open fire on the walker damaging it.  Prussian rifle fire on the left flank causes casualties among the British holding out in their shot up building, but they hold firm.  On the Prussian right flank, that rifle battalion is reduced to a single company that refuses to break!   The colonel Churchill takes his command unit around to the left and finishes destroying the building on the Prussian left flank.

Turn 6 the remaining Prussian walker goes down but the British rifle battalion under the direction of General Winston on the left flank breaks under the pounding that they are taking from the Prussians under General Holtz.  The lone Prussian rifle company moves in and begins attempting to demolish the remaining British building, but their tools are not up to the task.  They are a victim of a wild grenade explosion and are finally rendered combat ineffective and cease to take any meaningful part in the fight.

 Turn 7 with General Winston’s force temporarily out of the fight, the Prussians go after the remaining building with rifle fire nearly destroying it.  The remaining British rifle battalion goes to column to bring itself across the back side of the compound and bring Colonel Schultz’s command under fire, but the woods keep them safe.  The Prussians attempt to charge in and finish the destruction of the remaining building with charges and grenades, but the burning British cruiser in the middle of the compound’s street causes the units to lose cohesion and in the confusion units have to pause to reorder themselves. 

End game, British win on casualties caused as the Prussians withdraw to their part of the South Africa province.  With the damage to the depot and the other units, it’s a hollow victory for sure.

Force on table at end of game

1 C in C Major General Holtz
1 Sub C in C Colonel Johann Schultz
3 rifle companies of one battalion

1 C in C Major General Winston II
1 Sub C in C Colonel John Churchill
1 complete rifle battalion
1 half strength rifle battalion
Pictures of the Carnage
The Objective

The Fighting Rages

End Game

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