A Croat Village, AAR.

As part of my continuing playtesting of my modern vehicle stats a week ago Monday I ran a small game for the usual guys set in the break up of Yugoslavia in the 1990s. Some may consider the war a controversial and distasteful subject for gaming, if any offence is taken I apologise.

I got the rather nice decal sheet from Bison which featured a selection of AFVs from the period a while back and have made a few up, so it was nice to get them on the table.

After a quick history lesson for Chris (he was only a toddler when the war occurred) whilst I set up the board we were ready to play. Chris and Brian played the attacking Serbs; Brian had control of 3 T54s and a T34/85, Chris had a platoon’s worth of infantry and a HMG to play with. The HMG was fixed in place for the duration of the game and was there to provide suppressing fire on to the edge of the village. Evan defended as the Croats with a mixed force consisting of 3 infantry groups, a Sagger ATGM team with T34/85 coming on as a reinforcement. Again all scenery and kit was from my collection.

The Croat village Evan had to defend. The left had edges of the 3 houses above the road were the ones that were covered by HMG fire.

The Croat village Evan had to defend. The left had edges of the 3 houses above the road were the ones that were covered by HMG fire.

The Serb entry edge. Note the HMG at the edge of the uppermost wood.

The Serb entry edge. Note the HMG at the edge of the uppermost wood.

General view of the game board.

General view of the game board.

The attacking Serbs.

The attacking Serbs.

The Croats. The guys in black with red berets are the HOS, a right wing militia, not UNIT from Doctor Who.

The Croats. The guys in black with red berets are the HOS, a right wing militia, not UNIT from Doctor Who.

Sagger team in position- controlling multiple missiles.

Sagger team in position- controlling multiple missiles.

HOS defend a house.

HOS defend a house.

Serb infantry push forward through the woods.

Serb infantry push forward through the woods.

The Serbs advance, the T54s go forward across the open ground whilst the T34 follows behind the infantry.

The Serbs advance, the T54s go forward across the open ground whilst the T34 follows behind the infantry.

The Serbs reach the edge of the village and engage with HOS and the Sagger team, killing or routing all of them.

The Serbs reach the edge of the village and engage with HOS and the Sagger team, killing or routing all of them.

The remnants of the HOS, try to stop Chris' Serbs getting a foot hold in the village.

The remnants of the HOS, try to stop Chris’ Serbs getting a foot hold in the village.

One of Evan's tank hunting teams waits in his second line of defence.

One of Evan’s tank hunting teams waits in his second line of defence.

Brian's T34 enters the village, just as the Croat's own armour is moving up.

Brian’s T34 enters the village, just as the Croat’s own armour is moving up.

Croat T34/85 moves up into position.

Croat T34/85 moves up into position.

Chris rather hastily moves his infantry forward to take ground, however massed infantry against the bow and coax of the T34/85 ended badly.

Chris rather hastily moves his infantry forward to take ground, however massed infantry against the bow and coax of the T34/85 ended badly.

At this point the Serb T34/85 took out a complete squad of Evan’s with HE fire. Though it may be old a T34 can still be effective. Evan’s only chance of the game to take it out with an RPG ended in failure when he missed. The T54s didn’t play much of a part in the game being understandably nervous to push forward with out infantry support. With all of his infantry either at half strength of below and no hope of pushing the Serbs out Evan conceded.

The game went fairly well. Infantry tank cooperation on the Serbs part proved it’s worth. Evan was badly let down by the Sagger ATGM, not that he even got to fire it. Given the ground scale of NUTS! we didn’t feel ATGMs have much of a place in a game. With long minimum ranges they don’t really fit on a standard 6 foot by 4 foot table. If position to fire in this game they would have had to be put under the bullets of the HMG and shot at the T54s as soon as they entered the table. With luck it would have taken one out but would have been destroyed by return fire by the other two. Remember the fate of the X7 from the previous Peenemunde game..?

One way round this which thought would be worth of playtesting would be to allow the defender to have a limited number of off table shots from a ATGM positioned further back. Something for a future game I feel. We also spent a considerable time of the evening brainstorming a house rule to allow the defender to set up some impromptu ambushes. More on this when the idea has been playtested.

Cheers,

Pete.

Advertisements

5 comments on “A Croat Village, AAR.

  1. Michael says:

    Tanks never attack right behind infantry units, afaik – gunshots may hurt soldiers. Usually, in mixed formations tanks go in 100 meters or more behind, or right in front of or in line with infantry.

    • Michael says:

      Forgot to add, your report is good, and you have at least one person who awaits for your playtesting results šŸ™‚

      • Pete S/ SP says:

        Thanks for your comments, can imagine a tank shell flying over your head at close range wouldn’t be pleasant. I can imagine the concussive effects alone would be considerable.

        Playtesting is going well you’ll be pleased to know. Got a photo report of a WW3 style Cold War game to put up and on Monday were are back in Chechnya.

        Cheers,

        Pete.

  2. tankguy1 says:

    Nice. Off table works. Just determine terrain off table element is in, distance from table and fields of fire. Off table unit can be HMG, gun, AFV, ATGM. You can use rules firing table and spotting table as if off table unit on table. TV tray even allows you to use models.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s