Sunday, March 30, 2014

Battle Report: Chain of Command village attack

Dan and I got a sexy game of CoC in this weekend and we actually managed to take photos (mostly)

The settup was a Soviet assault on a German-held town, some time in late 44'.

For his Germans, Dan took an adjutant and a forward observer. Meanwhile, I in my usual tanky style decided on a duo of T-34s and a artillery barrage to disrupt his deployment.

The layout


After probing each other's lines the Soviets ended up with their jumpoff points concentrated in the forest and the farm in the east, while the Krauts were naturally to spawn in the town.

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Soviets deploying


Tanks rumble on
Rollout of the Soviet forces was suprisingly smooth. Within the first two turns I was able to get two squads and the two tanks down on the battlefield. Meanwhile the Germans kept most of their forces in reserve, only bringing on a single squad in the village, which stealthily moved into the main building facing out of the town.

Germans sneaking on


With some lucky rolling, Dan brought the turn to an end, meaning my artillery barrage abated with precisely 0 effect on the German's assembling. Another squad arrived and promptly opened up on the advancing Soviet squad in the south, killing a rifleman. The Soviet platoon commander arrived and began directing his men in the meantime.

The opening shots


The T-34s, however, were having none of this and rumbled forward, loosing a a volley of shells and killing a couple soldaten, as well as leaving the squad with a few points of shock. The germans withdrew. The Soviets attempted to call in their final squad, but with the LT in play, they had mysteriously gone absent. With an apparent lull in the battle, the southern-most squad began to push up the flank. Unfortunately, the withdrawn Germans had consolidated their forces, and now strengthened and emboldened by the arrival of their final squad and a forward observer, wheeled to intercept.

German platoon wheels south to meet the Soviet probe


As a gunline of Germans materialized out of the treeline in front of them, the Soviet squad faltered briefly before a blaze of fire cut into them. In an instant they lost two thirds of their squad, suffered a wounded NCO and retreated off the board. With such a rapid series of unfortunate events, the platoon morale wavered dangerously low (down from 8 to 5 in a single phase). To add injury to other injury, the FO began the procedure of calling in artillery right on the surviving Soviet front line. A German Panzershreck team also materialized and promptly began to slink behind the church, hidden from the barrels of the T-34s, awaiting opportunity.

The carnage begins


Rebuking German gains, the tanks spoke again and again, pounding the unfortunate krauts (I managed to get 4 subsequent turns in a row). At the same time, fearing the incoming artillery, the other squad sprinted to safety along with the officer, before adding their own report to the German carnage. Finally, the lost Soviet squad arrived in the farmstead, a little drunk, but none worse for wear.

T-34s punishing the Germans


Soviet infantry sprints north to avoid artillery


Under the relentless barrage, the German line began to falter and pull back heavily bloodied. The forward observer found himself the unfortunate recipient of a 85mm high explosive shell to the face. Sensing opportunity, the central Soviet squad pushed the advantage and charged forward, seizing a German spawn point and promptly ending the turn, pushing German morale down to a dangerous 2.

centre squad pours on the heat


Germans pull back in disarray


Centre squad seizes the objective


With resistance in disarray, the Soviets pressed further into the town, fixing bayonets and assaulting the Panzershreck team. Although the team defended admirably and managed to give the squad NCO a bloody nose, their death signaled the complete collapse of German morale. The town was abandoned and the Soviets rolled on towards Berlin.

The Shreck team's last stand

A really fun game where victory was always uncertain. Although I ended up rolling four consecutive turns late in the game, the early gameluck definitely went to Dan who experienced similar fortunes. The unfortunate probing team experienced what it was like to feel several-turn's worth of small arms fire, which caused them to break and run off the board. This played havoc with my morale, forcing me to be extremely cautious as the game progressed. Despite this chaos, there was always a sense in the game that we knew what was going on. The 'controlled mania' dynamic is what really sets this apart from my experience of FoF, wherein an engagement of this size could often leave you as a commander trying to keep track of everyone's activations/diminish levels/casualties etc.

I am looking forward to rolling out the system for Cold War and moderns.

5 comments:

  1. Interesting battle report. Still not sure how I feel about CoC. I really need to get in a game.

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  2. We have never found it difficult to keep track in FOF, a simple set of transparent counters, Blue for Pinned, Green for Overwatch, Yellow for Activation and Red for casualty. We just recently played a four platoon game and it went fast. In a single turn a minimal amount of counters were placed. I am interested to see how CoC works for WW2, as I think FoF is more a post-WW2 system.

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  3. Great report, really want to give this a go myself, but it looks like solo play at the moment. Who are the card buildings by they look good.

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    1. if you are ever around Melbourne, drop by!

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  4. Sort of contemplating a trip to Melbourne this year so who knows, thanks for the offer. Also, love your modern stuff are you developing your own modern additions to CoC? If so I would love to have a glance at them. I have dabbled with force on force and thought this was good but I really like CoC and you do seem to know your stuff. Thanks in advance, also if you are in southern NSW, moruya or Batemans Bay or Narooma on holidays drop me a note too as you would be welcome here as well. We have a nice club too. Cheers Chris

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