11 May 2021

WaC Campaign-Vendetta


Last wednesday, we returned to the Wild West. P-Y now had his massive saloon complex printed and painted, so we decided to play our next game in town again. I was expecting that we would fighting within this massive building so I equipped my posse with short range weapons aside from one character. We decided however it would be pretty tricky to do this over the internet, so no inside of the building. We diced and I ended up being the attacker. I secretly had to pick one of the Sheriff's Posse on whom I would focus my efforts. I went Elmer "Two Lives" Pratt, a Gunslinger. We went with a modified reputation reward, 4 for a Legend, 3 for a Gunslinger, 2 for a shootist and 1 for a Greenhorn.
I chose the right side of the above photo as my start point, you can see my 3 mobile deployment points (white dice). P-Y placed his fixed point on top of the saloon.

Mexican Banditos

Tuco-Legend-Outlaw-Adams Revolver, Winchester Carbine-Deadeye, Stealthy-Shoulder Stock, Spy Glass
Angel Eyes-Shootist-Ex-soldier-Wincester 1-1000, Colt 45-Rifleman
Le Français-Shootist-Merchant-Sawn-Off ShotgunColt 45-Slow, Ice Cold
3-Fingered Julio-Miner-Colt 45

Sherriff's Posse

Robert "the Savage"Cain-Legend-Ex-Outlaw-Adams Revolver x 2-Quick Draw, Ambidextrous- Shoulder Stock x 2, Spy Glass
Elmer "Two Lives Pratt-Gunslinger-Ex Outlaw-Winchester Carbine, Shotgun-Lucky-Telescopic Sight, Spyt Glass
Moses "the Viper" Rivera -Shootist-Buffalo Hunter-Winchester Carbine, Colt 45
Herman "the Mute" Elliot-Shootist-Ex-soldier-Colt 45, Sawn-off Shotgun-Tough, Deadeye

Mexicans: Henchman, 3 Mobile Deployment Points, 
Sheriff: Henchmen, Fixed Deployment Point

So our game started, P-Y almost immediatedly placed Elmer on top of the saloon on his fixed deployment point, he also brought on the rest of his characters in the first turn. I decided to hold off and for the first couple of turns held off deploying anyone aside from my Greenhorn. I had planned to use Angel Eyes to take out Elmer, that is why he had the Winchester 1in 1000 with it's extended range. This did not work out to plan as the only building where I would not be shooting up was the tallest building, 2nd from the left edge in the above photo. I planned to use Tuco as a backup, using my other 2 chartacter and the henchmen as distractions. With this in mind, I started to move 2 mobile points towards this building and the other towards the hotel. I do not believe I deployed my other 3 characters until the 3rd or 4th turn. I was eventually able to get Elmer on the roof and Tuco between the 2nd and 3rd buildings (the ones with the rail track behind them).  I was able to move Le Français to the balcony of the red bank. There was then quite a bit of firing back and forth certainly the civilians got overwhelmed. I believe one of them killed one of the Sheriff's henchmen. Tuco was able to get a critical on Elmer, thus he became quite weakened. 

By now no one was dead but the Sheriff's men were shot up while all the Mexicans were in good shape. P-Y could see the writing on the wall and withdrew. Two Mexican victories in a row with lots of reputation points all around, I did not get the 3 reps for killing Elmer but it worked out ok as now Angel Eyes is a Gunslinger! 

Now for some photos.

29 April 2021

Gembloux Gap-Palm Off at Perbais (1)

Last night, we played the first game in our CoC Gembloux Gap campaign. In this campaign I am playing the Germans, I thought it only reasonable that Pierre-Yves play the French. As an interesting aside, P-Y tells me his grandfather fought in actions close to this specific battle. I prefer Early War as there are less powerful AFV's which can really take over the game like the Panther in our Bloody Bucket campaign. I do not have a French force but the Belgians are similarly organized so I susbstituted them for the French.

Rather than typing out their force structure and available supports, I have taken a photo of my 20mm forces. The Germans are primarily AB while the French (Belgians) are from Early War Miniatures. Most of the vehicles are 3D Prints aside from what appear to be some EWM and PSC's. I recently got a resin printer some the FDM prints which are pretty rough will be replaced. 
Missing from the supports are additional infantry squads for each force as well as the MC Recon Squad for the Germans.

So on to our battle, I have copied the terrain map from the Scenario booklet. P-Y has wriiten an ap to apply more accurate measurements to the terrain in order to assist in laying out the terrain.
Here are some photos of the terrain, I set up before the game.

So at 1845h, I fired up Zoom to get the game started. I had posted some photos of the terrain on "The Drive to Minsk" discord channel, a couple of my Finnish gaming friends asked that I post the Zoom link to the game on discord, I had no expectation that they would show up as the game was starting at 0200h Helsinki time but before I knew both Janne and Eero were on line. It must have something to do with their long winter nights, as I could not stay up that late! P-Y soon joined us, and we played the Patrol Phase on another of his aps, unfortunately I forgot to take a screen shot of the action. But you will be able to see the JOP's in the following photos. 

Dice were rolled and the game started:

Germans (FM 8) (3 Shützen Regiment)
Schützen Platoon
Supports (10)
IG 18

French (FM 8) (110e Régiment d'Infanterie)
Infanterie Platoon
Supports (7)
2 entrenchments
60 mm Brandt Mortar Team
Escouade de Fusiliers Motocycliste

The Action

P-Y won the toss to start and on his first throw declined to place any troops, as is usual with a defender. I threw my dice, and for the first time in what I felt was a long time, the dice gods favoured me. In the ensueing phases I believe I got 4 double phases (we use the TT modifications for CoC, so no firing with the same unit consecutively). I immediately placed a squad north of the railroad tracks on overwatch, followed by Jean Claude in the tall house on my side of the terrain with my IG 18 on overwatch south of the aformentioned house. P-Y responded by placing his 5 man Escoude de Fusiliers in an entrenchment behind the garage. He followed with placing his Brandt Mortar Team out of LOS behind the house on the otherside of the road south of the garage. We exchanged fire over several phases, I added my 5cm Mortar Team just north of the IG team, adding one of my SL out LOS behind the house. I lost 3 of the men in my squad on the railroad tracks but was able to take out the Escoude de Fusiliers as well as their JL. By then I had added another squad next to the house where the majority of my troops were deployed and started to advance them across the southern wheat field. P-Y made one last heroic attempt to drop my FM by deploying a Groupe de Combat in the entrenchments vacated by the motocyclistes but no avail. My troops held, P-Y's FM was 4, while mine was still 8, he withdrew. I am hoping the following photos illustrate the placement of the troops and the action as previously described. This was a very quick game, maybe one of the shortest I have played taking about an hour. No great tactics on my behalf, but my dice were great and P-Y's were less good, so a German Victory.....on to table 2.
Brandt Mortar Team
Group de Combat entrenched
German position when the French retreated
Jean Claude in the top floor
German Squad

Butcher's Bill

Well... very little in this game, as we do not count men killed who belong to support teams.

3 men killed but negated by +4 FM difference
CO +1
MO +1

0 men killed in core force
CO -1
MO 0
Short Tempered

28 April 2021

WaC Campaign-Escorting the Gold, Game 4

We had our next game in our What a Cowboy campaign a week ago, we decided to play the Escort scenario. In this game, I would have prefered to play the defender (trying to stop the cargo from exiting the table) but I rolled high and ended up being the attacker. As discussed in my last post, I have quite a weaked posse and now the Sheriff has 2 shootists and 3 desparado cards to my posse with 2 greenhorns and 1 desperado card. We are playing the campaign as written although I have some suspicion that the progression as written causes the campaign to become quickly unbalanced. Maybe, I will be proven wrong!

As supports, I took a Henchman Group, Mobile Deployment point x 2 and some dynamite. I believe P-Y took a couple of Deployment Points as well as an Henchman Group. The text colour in the posse refers to the band colour on the figure.

Mexican Banditos

Tuco-Legend-Outlaw-Adams Revolver, Winchester Carbine-Deadeye, Stealthy-Shoulder Stock, Spy Glass, Telescopic Sight, Brass Knuckles
Angel Eyes-Shootist-Ex-soldier-Wincester Carbine, Sawn-off Shotgun-Rifleman
Le Français-Greenhorn-Merchant-Colt 45-Slow
3-Fingered Julio-Miner-Colt 45

Sherriff's Posse

Robert "the Savage"Cain-Legend-Ex-Outlaw-Adams Revolver x 2-Quick Draw, Ambidextrous- Shoulder Stock x 2
Elmer "Two Lives Pratt-Gunslinger-Ex Outlaw-Winchester Carbine, Shotgun-Lucky-Telescopic Sight
Moses "the Viper" Rivera -Shootist-Buffalo Hunter-Winchester Carbine, Colt 45
Herman "the Mute" Elliot-Shootist-Ex-soldier-Colt 45, Sawn-off Shotgun-Tough, Deadeye

I had a good look at the terrain, my starting point was the mine edge and decided that I would start my deployment on my right flank but with the plan to start the wagon from left flank as once it reached the field of cacti, it would be difficult to spot. I also planned to get my Angel Eyes or Tuco to jump on the wagon early on in order to gain the 2 rep points if they were on the wagon when and if I could get it off the table. We had some debate about who should be driving the wagon as it comes supplied with a driver. We did play it that an exchange could be made between the character and the driver if a move dice was burned. I felt this was quite a reasonable way to play this.

The first photo below shows my edge in the farground, but I should first comment on the terrain as P-Y really outdid himself with this one. Have a good look at the the closeups of the mine face.

Fortunately, my wagon card came up late in the first turn allowing me to deploy figures or mobile deployment points before it was revealed what my path to the opposite edge would be. I really had to be careful as any advance do to a victory would be diminished if I lost a figure.

I new that P-Y would deploy one of his characters on top of one of the peaks so it was also important to stay out of LOS or stay at long range. He indeed placed "Two Lives" Pratt on the central peak and deployed his Legend behind the same peak. He placed "The Viper" on my far right flank with "The Mute" being the only figure on my left flank. I sent my Henchman over to my left flank to keep Moses busy and deployed Julio next to the mine and when my Wagon card came up, I deployed in the same area. I used my mobile deployment points for my other cards to keep P-Y guessing. Moving them about in the forest and behind the shack.

I will not go into the details but many gun fights ensued and the dice gods were on my side in this game. I was fairly quickly able to drive off Herman and Elmer. I would of liked to have killed them but I I took what I could get. Unfortunately, my wagon driver was quite hopeles after the first 2 turns not throwing a "one" for 3 consecutive turns. Angel Eyes had to take over, this was relatively costly in action dice and at the smae time he was quite exposed slowly but surely permanently losing action dice. By now only P-Y's legend was left on the table, and started to swing the action to his right flank, I tried to use Tuco to distract him but I was a little clumsy with this and he ended up being shot up, but using a desperado card, I was able to eliminate his shock. 

Now the race was on, "The Savage" could still take out my wagon, although when turn end came up I was prety sure that he would lose the Skedadle Test, but my guys needed the reputation boost. My wagon driver card came up, he threw 3 ones, I galloped off the table.

So it was an important victory for the Mexicans, Tuco is now up to 10 reps, Angel Eyes has 8, Le Français has 5 so will be promoted to a shootist and Julio has 3 points. The Sheriff''s Posse gained 1 rep only and that went to Bob as he was the only character left standing.

Well tonight, we are going to switch eras transport ourselves to 1940 France.