Sunday, February 23, 2014

Flames of War: Day of Days Tourney Report

Hey Folks,

The 12th Day of Days was held this weekend in Timaru hosted by Craig and it was a great weekend :)

It was an Axis vs Allies team event with each player having 1100pts. Theme was the Normandy Breakout battles. I went with Andy and we took Kampfgruppe Luck from the veteran 21st Panzer Division.  Specifically we ran "Rommels Funnies" - a horde of converted Assault Guns built from captured French vehicles by the talented and resourcefull Alfred Becker
These are are all Front Armour 2 (read: wafer thin) which means we would often die if we got hit. We planned to just not get hit! The above is my now favourite SPG - the Buete StuH packing an awesome 105mm gun. These guys can bombard and have 32" range Breakthrough Guns so smash infantry good!

Andy had the StuG Batterie

Command StuG (PaK 40)
2 platoons of 2 StuG's (PaK 40's)
1 platoon of 4 StuH's (105mm) 
1 full battery of Lorraine Schepplers (150mm)

I ran the Motorised Panzergrenadiers

Major Hans Von Luck
Command 
2 platoons full Panzergreens in Trucks
1 platoon 4 PaK 40 Half Tracks
1 platoon 4 StuH's (105mm)
1 platoon full Motorised Scouts 

First game was against Mark (US Armoured Rifles) and Dave (US Armour) in a Hold the Line
KG Luck dug in and awaiting the onslaught 

Basically we were defending two fords and while the tanks got close I managed to hold them off long enough for Andys StuG's to arrive and start to snipe out the tanks. The far ford above was hotly contested with two armoured rifle platoons cut to ribbons in the shallow water by timely artillery barrages and massed machine gun fire. 10-2 win to Ze Germans! 

2nd Game was vs Martin (British Churchill Sqaudron) and Robert (Canadian Paras) in a modified Free for All. We ended up isolated from each other with my panzergrens facing the paras in a ruined village while Andy took on 14(!) Churchills with his StuG's on the outskirts. Oh and they bought a Heavy Cruiser for Naval Gunfire Support...
Schleppers don't like 12"Shells hitting them :(

Poor Andy got smashed by the Cruiser but managed to slow the Churchills down  long enough for my reserves to come to his aid, holding his flank. Meanwhile the village was a grind first with highlights being the Leeming like Paras jumping into buildings only to be Breakthrough Gunned to death. Over and over...
Neither side could get to an enemy objective so it was a 2-6 Draw

3rd game in the second day was vs Wellingtonians Mark (British Infantry) and Simon (British Armoured) in a No Retreat. We were attacking so went with a massed infantry assault supported by the two StuH batteries...which got caught in the open by a full battery of mortars...
Assault Guns lead the way!

With our attack on danger of stalling and down half our infantry we got lucky and managed to remount our StuH's. Breakthrough guns obliterated two platoons of infantry and we eventually steam rollered forward into the woods with the objective. 
Extreme Close Fire Support

Meanwhile our ranged AT SPG's took a toll on the British Armour and we ended up breaking both enemy companies in the same turn. Huzzah! 8-4 win to us 

Last game was vs our old foes  Pooch (Task Force A) and Adam (US Cavalry) in another (but not modified) Free for All. 

Totally forgot to take photos but it was one of those games we should have lost. The yanks were all up in our grill from the first turn and put heavy pressure on us. Some desperate defence and a lot of luck saw Andy broken but the Panzergreens carry the day. Highlight was capturing a whole platoon of Sherman's in a assualt (sorry Pooch!)

Speaking of Panzernackers I picked up
Most Assaults! Which I was stoked with :)  - and a box of Cromwells...I sense a Desert Rats army in my Future

Overall we were last place for Axis (conceded to many points with our glass cannons) but  think 6th overall. 

Thanks to Craig for the awesome weekend, everyone we played and to Andy especially for a great team mate to throw down some dice with! 

Cheers
Jason 

5 comments:

Craig C said...

I thought the weekend went realy, really well. I loved your guys army both for style and the painting which was amazing. Glad I didn't have to face the super stuhs!

Jason Holland said...

Can't claim the painting, that was Steve J mostly with his "I can't believe it's not airbrushed" paint jobs and Andy's touch ups. You've got me back into Flames. You make my wallet cry :)

Craig C said...

Ha, desert 41 next year- we are dscussing banning infantry companies and making it mech & armour forces only, maybe 600-750pt doubles day 1 (3 games) and 2 bigger games on Sunday.

So start planning...

Craig

bikewrench said...

Great weekend and fun battling with you guys and your wacky armor!
They look awesome but Andy's and your armies always do!

Jason Holland said...

Cheers Bro,

Loved yours and pooches list, super fast and brutal. Fun game and we totally pulled it out of our butts. Those Super StuHs have brown seats now!

Good game - lets do it more often :)