Sunday, October 27, 2013

Battle report: Tangle in Tajikistan

Dan and I decided to dust off the old wardollies and have a throwdown yesterday, this was the result.

Scenario:

A 'lost' British scout element on a local engagement mission has been informed a Russian Spetsnaz unit is moving aggressively into their AO. Outgunned and with no desire to create a major international incident, the Brits have been ordered to withdraw back to their UN-designated lines. The Russians have other ideas, with the local commander wanting to teach the Brits a lesson in adhering to their allocated boundaries.

Mission: Brits must withdraw a certain amount of units off the board, Russians must stop them.

Units:

British: D8/D8
2 squads (one in Warrior, one in Bulldog)
Scimitar light tank
MMG team
Javelin Team

Russians: D8/D8
2 Squads (one in BTR-80A, one in BTR-90)
T-72BM

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Brits were set up in the middle of the board, while the Russians came on from the edge. The British were to move away from the Russians through the town and pull out eastwards.

Turn 1:

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With most of the British forces concealed behind buildings, the T-72 and one Russian fireteam went on to overwatch as the BTR's gunned their engines and charged forwards. The hidden javelin took aim at the BTR-80A, but was interrupted by both the tank and the fireteam, reducing them to a red paste-like substance. The MMG attempted to open up at the overwatching fireteam, but also found its actions anticipated by the tank, losing a man and falling back out of the building. Due to unforeseen circumstances, another Scimitar arrived at the scene, beleaguered and unsure what was going on. As their front line began to crumple, the hidden British units began a hasty withdrawal to the main exit point.

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Turn 2:

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With the collapse of the British crew weapons, there was little for the T-72 to do but rumble forward and attempt to engage the nearest Scimitar. The crew was not having any of it, however, and embraced the better part of valor and skittered off behind a nearby building. The newly-arrived second scimitar took a slightly more heroic tact and fired its 30mm cannon at the rumbling beast, actually managing to damage its drivetrain and slow it down. Despite this, the crew held fast, and the massive 125mm swiveled and took its inevitable tole on the tiny tank.

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Luckily, Dan rolled a 1 in the reaction check for this fight, producing a UAV that afforded him....absolutely no advantage!

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The Warrior hidden behind the first set of buildings dropped its riders, who scattered towards the exfil zone as the BTR-70 roared up and opened fire with its cannon and machineguns. The rounds cracked into the back of the British track, but were deflected. The Warrior responded in kind, but to similar effect.

Suddenly, a panicked call of "Gas, gas, gas" exploded over the British coms. As soldiers donned MOPP gear in the blistering central Asian heat their progress began noticeably affected.

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Turn 3:

The Russians continued to keep pressure on the withdrawing British. The BTR-90 rounded a corner and opened up on the Warrior to no effect and was immobilized in respond. The 90 dropped its combat load and the troops piled onto a the roof of a nearby building, opening up on the unsuspecting British forces taking cover behind the central hotel. The weight of fire was intense, causing an entire fireteam to fall, along with the remaining MG team. As the Bulldog revved its engine to make a final break for the exfil area, it was struck by a 'cost of the lowest bidder', causing the entire machine to lurch to a final halt, immobilized.

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Again the BTR-80 hit the rear of the warrior, this time smashing the vehicle's engine into non-functionality and causing the crew to bail out as their vehicle became increasingly perforated by 30mm shells. The BTR's squad who had taken up position inside the adjacent building took the opportunity to open up point-blank. With no defence dice there was little hope for the Warrior's stunned crew.

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At this point the Brits had lost more than the mission allowed for and so we called it. On the Russian side their were 0 casualties, with only a limping tank and an immobilized BTR resulting from British firepower.

4 comments:

  1. Not a good day out for the Brits. That T-72 looks really menacing.

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  2. Great battle report and some your Russians really do look gorgeous. Sounds like a fun game.

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  3. Fun game and a really great scenario idea. I think I figured out why the Brits failed miserably though :p The Russians had a clear advantage through a superior paint job ;)

    Still think my Brits need to travel across the world and give your Russians a good slap.

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  4. bring it awn :) I will introduce them to the BMP-T!

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