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!
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!
November 13, 2015 at 15:19
I really need to look around on the internet a little more this weekend. So far I have found very few reports from Crisis.
November 13, 2015 at 13:41
Fantastic! Where’d you get the sandbags from?
November 13, 2015 at 15:20
The sandbags (with the exception of two which are from the Warlord Pegasus Bridge set) are from Stronghold Terrain:
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November 13, 2015 at 23:05
November 13, 2015 at 23:10
You are welcome!
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!
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!
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.
Michael aka WR
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!
November 13, 2015 at 20:02
What a fantastic looking game and the punters really got it going too
November 13, 2015 at 23:13
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!
November 13, 2015 at 22:18
Great stuff as always,
November 13, 2015 at 23:14
Thanks Brian… I am humbled as always!
November 16, 2015 at 10:21
Excellent work, Burkhard. You brought a really great table.
November 16, 2015 at 12:49
Thank you, Stefan!
November 16, 2015 at 22:00
What an awesome looking game – congrats!
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!
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).
von Peter himself
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!
November 18, 2015 at 07:51
Wonderful looking game! Quite inspirational.