The last of my 15mm Desert Pocket Armies is finished (or as finished as any wargaming project is likely to be). This lot are the Italians, essential for any North Africa game, and I suspect I'll end up using them in Russia, despite the tropical uniforms.
Friday 8 December 2023
Thursday 7 December 2023
Although in popular culture DAK was apparently entirely armed with 88mm AT guns, a significant proportion of the panzerjaeger were actually lowly 37mm Pak 36, certainly in 1941. They were increasingly replaced by heavier guns in 1942, but were more than adequate against the early British Vickers Lights and various models of cruiser.
Tuesday 5 December 2023
Although the postcard game on Mortain was OK, I didn't feel inclined to play it again. It was an interesting scenario though and I translated it into my One Hour WW2 variant. I'm working on some changes and will be doing a few test games - the main things are changes to assault, more formal rules on obstacles and logistics and tidying up the combat resolution a bit.
The Mortain scenario doesn't have any obstacles, but hopefully there will be some assaulting going on.
I rejigged the OBs a bit, for this game the elements represent RCTs, Combat Commands and Kampfgruppen, so 2-3 battalions each.
30th Div became 3 x Heavy Infantry, one with AT guns and 1D6 of offtable artillery support and 1D6 of air support, each with six missions.
3rd Armored became 3 x Tanks - modelling armour heavy combat teams.
17th SS had 1 x 'tank' (The KG centered on the Stug Bn) and 2 x leg infantry
2nd SS had 2 x Heavy Tanks (Tigers and Panthers) representing the armoured elements and 102nd SS Tiger Bn, plus 2 x leg infantry. I figured all the infantry in halftracks would be accompanying the tanks, while the chaps in trucks would be walking.
Saturday 2 December 2023
I wanted to get some of my new 15mm desert stuff into action, but having very cleverly not yet painted any Italians, I was a little stuck! However Scenario 12 in 'Benghazi Handicap' has a nice 8th Army/DAK tank battle featuring Crusaders and Stuarts, so that fits the bill.
I could have done it with NBC, but I've had a few ideas around One Hour WW2, so I converted the scenario for that instead. This battle took place at the end of Operation Crusader as the Axis retreated westwards once more.