Saturday Fenyan and I played ASL News 50 The Grain of Sand. It’s DASL so of course it is a good scenario. We both live DASL (as most in SoCal do) and neither of us had played it. Early war French vs Krauts with some quirkiness built in. German recon unit (light armor and little infantry) attack a green French company minus supported by a pair of big 75L AA guns (no AP). It is bocage country and the Germans have to control a road. The word control is key as before any unit can move or shoot they must be in control. It’s automatic if you are with or adjacent to a leader or a dummy stack. Otherwise you have to roll less than 5 on a dr. French subtract 2 and the Germans straight up so it’s an adventure. My Germans started poorly losing a h/t and a 9-2 hiding behind a roadblock. 75L HE vs one AF is pretty powerful. Fen’s green French were acquitting themselves quite well in the early going. Germans finally got on track and got through the roadblock and killed the AA gun crew in CC (after it had killed multiple AFVs and broken many MMCs). Conducting a fighting withdrawal with green French in bocage and across a stream is a tall task. That allowed me to get to the back gun who had remarkable ROF but eventually succumbed for me to pull out a last turn victory. Pretty cool scenario with interesting SSRs so a good bit of replay ability but I wouldn’t play it for kidneys.
Blocking the stairwells is certainly critical. If he had put someone on the first level instead, I wouldn't have had time to run around collecting locations upstairs and I likely would have lost. The trick is to have enough units to clog the stairwells till the last turn. That is presumably why the Americans are given scaling ability, but that seems tough to use...Sf14 The Cost if Postage
Not sure how you could do that when kindling is N/A by SSR1, and disallowed in CG VP Position Locations in general (SF9).Sf14 The Cost if Postage - Had a similar result. There is just too much Ami firepower in my opinion.
The only Jpn chance is to block the two stairwells with sleezy kindling and make the Amis kill you on the now isolated first level with their firepower.
I see you have been reading my personal Tactics Manual! Seriously though, it seems like that faux pas was negligible compared to the high-odds fate your other 3 AFV suffered that turn. Seems like a good scenario, you just suffered the Turn 3 From Hell.I overplayed one of my tanks like an idiot...
The roadblock position surprised me. I thought the best place for it was on the road through the forested hill. Another tactic that I had used against me is putting about ten squads and the commissar in the large hill forest. This took many turns to clear out. By the time I was seriously into the village, I could see I would not have enough turns left to meet the VC.Completed Hazmo5 Blood of the Lambs against Rich Domovic.
Michael, I agree about the roadblock. I was quite surprised the board 50 forest road was open. The approaches for the AFV are time consuming for the German. I planned to do a clearance attempt should it be on that road, but was unnecessary. Yes, if the Germans are stalled early, it will definitely be a challenge.The roadblock position surprised me. I thought the best place for it was on the road through the forested hill. Another tactic that I had used against me is putting about ten squads and the commissar in the large hill forest. This took many turns to clear out. By the time I was seriously into the village, I could see I would not have enough turns left to meet the VC.