Two Coins for the Ferryman HoB LM12 Chinese Civil War- (the most recent one..) A kind of river crossing in progress scenario. Chinese Communists already have a strong but small force on the objective side of the river, troops on the slow boat to.... you know where, and some support on the wrong side. The Nationalists have a lot of crap squads to retake the crossing point. At first, nothing went right as the Nationalists. The ChiComs repelled all attacks, and CHed the Nationalist Mortar. Finally the Dare Death Squads got through, won some melees, and the ChiComs were now in trouble. This was happening as the ChiCom reinforcements landed. They countered, but only retook one hex. Nationalist victory.
Iron Greeting BFP-140 Poland '39. Polish tank and infantry force must take 3 buildings from the Soviets. The Poles are driving French tanks, and the Soviets BTs. I went aggressively at the west end of the village before the Soviet tanks and reinforcements arrived. In spite of some slow developing melees, the original Soviet force was killed or driven off. The Sov reinforcements came on. I blocked the infantry at the edge of town, and won the tank battle as well. BUT, I left the farthest VC building unguarded. On the last turn, the LAST BT dove around my whole OB, surviving several shots in the process, and into building P7- claiming the victory. Gotta love ASL!
Played "Flanking Flamethrowers" [J104] at the behest of Dave Stephens who obviously did not see how favored the Germans were (now 57/28). It was the fastest blowout in years between us. The Russians probably need everything as far back as possible and dig in hoping the few speed bumps left on board 32 slow the Germans long enough to allow this. I moved everybody out of LOS entering and did not risk any tanks in or beyond the woods. My advance phase followed by the prep fire phase where two Russian squads broke started the avalanche. The main asset of the Russians, the 76L artillery piece, was the only unit of board 38 and missed its one chance to take out an AFV and then broke on an IF shot. Game over. I need to see if Xavier has any hints for the Russians.
The reputation far outweighs the quality of the scenario.
If this was printed nowadays in a Journal, we would all say it is cookie cutter late war......I do not particularly like the VC, nor the almost total lack of Fog of War, nor the silly stuff with the Goliaths.
I don't particularly like scenarios where the defender sets up very close/surrounded by the enemy, with almost no concealment counters or HIP assets......just not my idea of how infantry combat was like (too much a game, nothing much uncertain or a nasty surprise).
Geoff and I chose RPT85 Choiseul Few with me as the attacking Japanese against the Geoff's defending Para-Marines on interesting board 8a. This was an excellent scenario with the Japanese seeking to achieve 2 of 3 VCs: exit 10 CVP / eliminate 12 allied CVP / no GO American MMC in 2 of 3 stone multi-hex buildings. Making this even more interesting is the Japanese force attacking the Americans is "chased" by an American reinforcement group.
This scenario was a blast. Lots of interesting LOS on this crowded board. I made good, steady progress trying to not do anything too risky knowing I'd need every FP point I could get. I was able to steadily chip away at the defense gaining 11 CVP and almost certainly in line to exit the 10 CVP. In addition, I wrestled away one multi-hex building though was threatened. It seemed apparent that the Americans would be unlikely to stop the Japanese and a full withdrawal was ordered.
An wildly fun game. An excellent situation and design. Highly recommended. Now at 9-9 on ROAR. Thanks to Geoff for another very enjoyable game. Great t see the guys again this month.
You fell victim to the third-most-famous classic blunder--after getting involved in a land war in Asia and going against a Sicilian when death is on the line--always consult the rulebook when trying to control something with a vehicle in ASL.
Sometimes ASL is so flukey. I played FrF85 Junkers Junkyard winning because of one twist of fate. My friend played an excellent game as the Dutch but sometimes you can't overcome what fate offers. He quickly enveloped the overlay building by rolling snakes right out of the box to KIA one of my half squads. Moving the bulk of his force up forced me to skulk the other 1/2 squad back to the 9-1/5-4-8/MMG group in the rear building. I figured they'd hold for a turn or two or at least extract a pound of flesh along the way. The Dutch deftly moved a HMG behind a hedge to flank the building, rolled some sort of MC, and I promptly rolled two 12s in a row after the leader passed. The floodgates were open and I was on the ropes. I tried an ill advised FPF shot with another squad, rolled a 10, and lost him to FTR. If I lost the lone preassigned trench, I most likely would have succumbed to sheer numbers. Defending it was a squad and a MTR toting 1/2 squad. Here's where it got flukey - as if rolling two 12s in a row wasn't enough! The Dutch broke the 1/2 squad but the full squad survived. In the Dutch DFPh, my 1/2 squad, whom I kept in the trench, died by failing yet another MC. The full squad survived unscathed and picked up the now unpossesed MTR in the ensuing RPh. He then went on a serious rate tear with it as the Dutch came charging after him. Breaks and pins stopped the momentum and the rear area was secured. Had I not "lucked out" and lost that 1/2 squad, allowing the remaining squad to recover its now abandoned MTR, with two and 1/2 turns remaining, I have no doubt that the Dutch would have taken out the trench and streamed past it with enough force to probably break at least one of the two squads I had left next to the runway (I had one more that was far away from the battle due to constant routing earlier in the game). Fun for both sides but a bitter loss for the Dutch. No one outplayed each other, it just came down to one of those random things that makes ASL so exciting - and unpredictable. Recommended for either side but a little tough on the Dutch. Having to break almost all the Germans to win isn't that easy.