Theatrical Steve was in the chair and decided to run a Cold War goes Hot game in 20mm scale using a variant of Rapid Fire. Now I've given the origonal of rules a proper kicking in the past so maybe I was just a tad dimayed.
As it turned out my fears were almost groundless. Such issues as I had were quite minor.
Forces involved were West Germans-(FDR) with Leopards and other assorted tasty hardware- including Marders and suchlike stiuff. Panzer Grenadiers with all sorts of clever tools hanging off them - Well Nice. Not to say Tasty ... and the East Germans of the DDR with all sorts of Russian Kit with which I'm more familiar. T- 72 T55 BMP 120mm mortars off table 122 mm Artillery Hind Helicopters etc etc.
Needless to say I took the West Germans....
Our objective was to hold a rossroads vital to the East German advance- a full report of the action is on Tantobie Internet Tattler where there are some fine pics of Steve collection
I'll not repeat the Comminist Propaganda but suffice it to say I was on the whole pretty well impressed by the way the game ran. Steve did a good job even though Andrew Von Tekkmiester commanding the DDR forces was uncannily jammy - until the last couple of turns- flying a Sagger down a narrow alley up one of my Leaopard 2s was just beyond belief at one point I was doen to 2 operational Leopards out of 6 and it looked a distinct possibility that the Freedom loving peoples of the FDR would join the Workers Paradise of the DDR with all those big butch lady shot- putters to keep 'em in line.
However the sheer terror of this proposition got the panzer Grenadiers into action - pinching out the enmemy infantry lodgement and shooting up the DDR tanks with Milan Missiles.
It was still looking distinctly iffy though until the DDR artillery spotter failed twice to establish comms with his off table 122 mm guns- which had he managed this would have sorted out my infantry good and proper. However he didn't so we were able to hold on to the objective by the skin of our fore as it were and sort of gain the day- sort of ....
|The DDR approaches... Hordes of 'em ..|
|and Approaches .....|
|meanwhile the Good Guys sneak about in the hedgrows....|
|still sneaking ....|
Normally for this kind of game we use Combined Arms- which is, so I thought- a higher level of command - basic manovre units being companies of- say 3 or 4 tanks or IFVs . This game felt a lot more down and dirty with units representing squads or platoons- or so I surmised from the look of the thing. It transpired however that each Marder with its 7 figure singly based squad represented a COMPANY. Now don't get me wrong but I'm afraid an infanrty company operates very differently from a single squad and had different tasks and assets. This was a failure of the rules - though not as it happend the game. We both(players) thought that the game played much more low -level that the "command detactment" you get with Combined Arms was not there. However having said that, as a lower lever smaller action game it worked well very much "bottom up" rather than the "sort of Top Down" you get with Combined Arms.
I definitely fancy another bash and this lower level will suit my 15mmAfrican collection .....which will need beefing up a bit
Now both Andrew and Steve are more knowledgeable on modern stuff than I so they did have a tendency to speak fluent acronymic of which I understood just over half. I even attempted to put an ATGW up his FOO in his BDRM but as was typical of this day didn't get the dice roll needed.
Mind you the fine Ale and Food more than made up for any dice malfunctions- it always does - Jean Once again our Thanks.
As it happens we had another prospective member visit our group- . Now Paul is into re-enactment and is a member of several groups but freely admists to being a newbie at this wargaming lark- his only experience being several games of Bolt Action at another local "gaming group" who actually may be the complete anitheseis of the TWATS- but I may be doing them a disservice. However from Pauls conversation it did deem that Bolt Action was the only vaguely historical game they semm to play- all the rest being SCI-FANT and the accent being very much on "the gamin' innit" Their website(which I did check out) being all X-wing Warhammer and 40k and other knowledge -free dice rolling contests with lots of Shazam Kapow and very tournament heavy- so not our style at all.
Now Paul -despite being a tyro wanted more historical stuff in his games and is busy building Waterloo period Napoleonic British in 15mm with French to follow.
So it is of intrest to see how different ours and Pauls and indeed many bloggers views are from the those of the WSS survey. It's pretty obvios that - according to the survey competive head to head plastic is in vogue currently - though I'm still unsure how 40k X-wing etc is "wargaming"- gaming certainly- miniatures gaming very probably wargaming ?? not sure as there have not so far been any wars involving X-wing fighters or Space Marines.... so the most popular periods don't actually exist .... what does that say about a good half of our ..."bretheren?"