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2017 - Number 38


The Players Start Deploying

Mega Game:
Villers-Bretonneaux, 1918

Our mega game for August was our first go at the Flames of War variant for WW1, called Flames of War Great War (FOWGW for short). Since I wanted to include some tanks on both sides, I based the scenario on the action around Villers-Bretonneaux in 1918, which saw the first tank on tank fighting in the war.

The goal was more to give players a chance to try out their 15mm Great War collections, so I tweaked things so Greg could try out his new French infantry as well. And since FOWGW has not been formally converted to version 4 of the FOW rules, I did a quick and dirty conversion and made up v4 cards for each of the players.

Gary Moves His German Force Up

Cody's Germans Occupy a Wooded Area

The rules worked quite well, and the players quickly got to grips with each other. The German left managed to quickly push back Mark's British defenders, although as his armor arrived things see-sawed back and forth a bit. In the end the German firepower was too much for the British, aided considerably by Mark's dice, or rather his inability to roll higher than a 3 on almost all occasions. His Mark IV Female did manage to see off a mass of German infantry trying to assault it, quite heroically in fact.

On the other flank the action was more balanced. The French scored an early success with their only AT gun taking out one German A7V, but the German forces advanced steadily and soon were holding an objective, and contesting another one, leaving that flank as a hard fought draw.

The Tanks Mix It Up Almost Immediately

Mark's Mk IV Female Holds a Field

In the end it was an overall German victory, with heavy casualties on both sides - rather close to the historical result. The version 4 rules worked quite well, speeding up the play as they do in WW2 and streamlining out a lot of superfluous detail.

I will post some additional shots of the action next time.

The French Pin Down Some German Support Units

French 37mm AT Gun Strikes

Germans and French Mix It Up in the Village

German Support Units Rally Under Fire

German Infantry Secures an Objective

Good View of the Allied Right

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