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Our game at Crisis 2015: Battle of Berlin

13 Nov
Our game at Crisis 2015: Battle of Berlin

So, after keeping you all excited for days now, here are the game shots from our Battlegroup: Fall of the Reich  demogame at Crisis this year.

To be honest, it is hard to make a coherent game report out of the game, due to all the chatting with people, explaining the mechanics, answering where the vehicles and models came from and so on. But I will at least try for a very short synopsis:

The Germans were a mixed Battlegroup formed around a nucleus of a Volkssturm platoon, beefed up, by a squad of Hitlerjugend tank hunters, a squad of SS Panzergrenadiere in a halftrack, some Wehrmacht Pioniere, a SS sniper team, a Pantherturm, 8.8cm Pak “Scheunentor”, a Borgward Wanze, a Panther and a Tiger II (Commander).

The Russians had a Platoon of rifles, with Maxim, Ratsch-Boom AT-gun and AT-gun team, an artillery spotter team for their onboard mortars and heavy artillery, a squad of Assault Pioneers, one of Scouts, three T34/85, two JS-II tanks and a lone T-34/76 (Commander).

Julian and I started the game in quite classic fashion. The Germans waiting for the Russians to run into the traps they had laid and the Russian tanks trading were shots with the Tiger and Pantherturm at long-range, while waiting for the infantry to catch up and protect them from the pesky Panzerfäuste.

During this time not much happened. Much like the Demo last year, both of us managed to alternate at rolling bad so we did not take out much with our long-range shots. (The funniest exchange was between the Pantherturm and JS-II who had problems spotting each other and one of the JS finally did and hit, he got a snake eyes for the penetration roll [he would have needed a three on two D6] only to roll a twelve the next round.) The most impressive exchange was the Russian sniper and one of the SS snipers killing each other, which left the lone German sniper to kill one the artillery spotters, pinning the other. When the Russina infantry command was also pinned, this effectively rendered the Russian mortars and Artillery useless (especially since the the participation gamers would continuously forget to unpin them). We also found out that a fanatic squad of Hitlerjugend can well take out a squad of Soviet elite scouts at short-range with their SMGs and a little help from the Panzergrenadiere. And that even with our gods eye view of the battlefield, it is easy to drive a T34 around a corner only to find the road blocked with Czech Hedgehogs and becoming a prime target for a PaK as a result.

Obviously things really picked up once the first participants came and played along, driving their tanks and infantry on without regard for losses. At that time tanks started blowing up all around the table and infantry perished left and right. This was also the first time I saw man-pack flamethrowers in use in the game and boy are they deadly assaulting buildings, especially on a squad sporting a fair amount of SMGs! All in all we had a cracking day and I hope the players had one, too. I will leave you with the pictures!

Der Russe kommt!

Der Russe kommt!

Hitlerjugend tankhunter squad besides destroyed Tiger I

Hitlerjugend tankhunter squad besides destroyed Tiger I

Pantherturm and Volkssturm MG-08 team in the front, Tiger II in the rear

Pantherturm and Volkssturm MG-08 team in the front, Tiger II in the rear

AT-gun position with the Volkssturm command looking on

AT-gun position with the Volkssturm command looking on

SS sniper in one of the tall buildings

SS sniper in one of the tall buildings

The Panterturm again

The Panterturm again

LMG position

LMG position

JS-II advancing

JS-II advancing

T-34s advancing

T-34s advancing

Hiding behind the rubble

Hiding behind the rubble

Hitlerjugend about to take out the Soviet scouts

Hitlerjugend about to take out the Soviet scouts

Russian Pioniere about to assault

Russian Pioniere about to assault

Enemy at the doors

Enemy at the doors

Volkssturm advancing

Volkssturm advancing

The 8.8cm PaK

The 8.8cm PaK

T34-85 taken out by the PaK

T34-85 taken out by the PaK

The end of the Pantherturm

The end of the Pantherturm

Tiger II waiting behind the barricades

Tiger II waiting behind the barricades

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22 responses to “Our game at Crisis 2015: Battle of Berlin

  1. Darrell Hindley

    November 13, 2015 at 12:48

    I’ve seen quite a few pics of this lovely game via the net thus far and these don’t disappoint!

    Marvelous stuff!

    Darrell.

     
    • Burkhard

      November 13, 2015 at 15:19

      Thanks Darrell!

      I really need to look around on the internet a little more this weekend. So far I have found very few reports from Crisis.

       
  2. imperialrebelork

    November 13, 2015 at 13:41

    Fantastic! Where’d you get the sandbags from?

     
  3. kevinjrh

    November 13, 2015 at 14:24

    It all looks amazing! But I really love the detail of the bathtub on the top floor of the one ruined building!

     
    • Burkhard

      November 13, 2015 at 15:21

      Thank you Kevin!

      I know a good many people liked those little thing, too and I am very happy, if that feeling carried over via the pictures!

       
  4. Wargamerabbit

    November 13, 2015 at 17:41

    Excellent work and display Burkhard. Lots of fun and grim action for the miniatures and their handlers. Always a gem to look at and read the storyboard.

    Rabbit approved!!

    Michael aka WR

     
    • Burkhard

      November 13, 2015 at 23:11

      Thank you, Michael! I know how much effort you put into your own games, so it means a lot!

       
  5. aslfan

    November 13, 2015 at 20:02

    What a fantastic looking game and the punters really got it going too

    Ian

     
    • Burkhard

      November 13, 2015 at 23:13

      THX Ian!

      I have to say, I always enjoy that moment during the show when the first people are done shopping and come to play. It always gives the game a whole new spin!

       
  6. Brian Cottrell

    November 13, 2015 at 22:18

    Great stuff as always,
    Brian

     
    • Burkhard

      November 13, 2015 at 23:14

      Thanks Brian… I am humbled as always!

       
  7. Stefan

    November 16, 2015 at 10:21

    Excellent work, Burkhard. You brought a really great table.

     
    • Burkhard

      November 16, 2015 at 12:49

      Thank you, Stefan!

       
  8. Paul O'Grady

    November 16, 2015 at 22:00

    What an awesome looking game – congrats!

     
    • Burkhard

      November 17, 2015 at 10:48

      Thanks a lot!

      Except for a SciFi test game on the table the previous Wednesday, this was the first real outing for the table and I was quite impressed myself how it all came together!

       
  9. von Peter himself

    November 17, 2015 at 03:45

    A most excellent game Burkhard. All the hard work was well and truly worth it.

    I salute you and you co conspirators(s).

    Salute
    von Peter himself

     
    • Burkhard

      November 17, 2015 at 10:49

      Thank you vP, really happy and proud with the results as well. Will pass the comment on to the others!

       
  10. Jason

    November 18, 2015 at 07:51

    Wonderful looking game! Quite inspirational.

     

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