"German column of Mark IIIs and IVs counter attacked by Russian reserves - T-34s, T-70s and KVs. We can use "platoon style" Bolt Action. Can also modify to treat each base of infantry as one "guy", so an activation for a whole platoon can cover all of the infantry, and all of the tanks. We can bodge the crump-related penalties a bit to get things more free-flowing...I can't recall which of the numerous Panzer division was involved, but we could have the drive toward Ponyri in the north, which stalled out close to the town. The worn down, but still powerful, German column can run into a counter attack by Russian reserves."
And brilliant! I have to say, that it's not enough to be jealous of Greg's fine brushwork; the man also knows how to design a wargames scenario. While my games are fairly often one-sided affairs, Greg's are pretty much always well-balanced and tense games to the very end. This one was very nearly that way, too - and that this one wasn't was no fault of the scenario...
- First Pin on the platoon gives a -1 to Orders
- After that it's -1 per two Pins (e.g. three Pins = -2; 6 Pins = -3)
- Pins still subtract from the roll to hit when shooting, but they get divided among all vehicles in the platoon (e.g. three vehicle platoon with 4 Pins - two shoot at -1 and one shoots at -2)
- Successful Rally action removes Pins as normal but all vehicles but one may take an Advance or Fire action.
blue on blue...
Unfortunately for the fascist vipers, that was about it for the breakout. The spearhead of MkIVs blunted against the Russian reinforcements (T-70s, KV-1s and T-34s) and the massive own goal airstrike put paid to any possibility of holding the centre.
I think we've determined that in the Bolt Action rules, the likelihood of demolishing your own side with an airstrike is just too great (1 in 6 times the plane shows up!!!) We'll likely institute a house rule that when "own goal" is indicated, a further die is rolled and on a 2+, the plane is merely shot down, never to return. If this die roll comes up "Scottish", then Hell is unleashed on your own unsuspecting troops. Makes it no less tragic an occurrence but a little rarer at least.
It was a great game nonetheless and a cool scenario. Thanks to Greg for rolling out his gorgeous toys and setting up the game!