|T-64BVs - 1/600 scale vehicles from Oddzial Osmy, available at Pico Armor|
|Vast echelon of elements in the Soviet 112th Guards Motor Rifle Regiment|
|Leopards waiting on a ridge - with the small figures, I used paper to mark elevations instead of hills - Curt put me on to this, and I really liked the effect|
The scenario was a favourite setting of mine - Cold-War-gone hot, with the Canadians in CENTAG's III Corps put into action to try and prevent a Soviet breakthrough on the road to Frankfurt. Byron, Brian H and Dave V all came out for the game.
For the table, I took advantage of the fact that Conscript Curt had just been in town and he had set up for a 3mm game of Napoleonics (more on that will be found shortly over at Analogue Hobbies I'm sure). He used paper to mark the contours of elevations and hills. If you would have told me about this beforehand, I would have found it odd, but I loved how it worked in practice with the very small scale figures - it reinforces the "proper" sense of abstraction for the game - you are a senior commander, not tactical, and helps you think at that level. I made a few small changes and bang, the table was ready - Curt had already done most of the work for me :)
|T-72s have overrun 2PPCLI on the first ridge line|
|The Royal Canadian Dragoons open fire|
In the face of this monstrous horde, Byron took charge of the Canadians. He had the 2nd Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (mechanized troops in M113 APCs), and the Royal Canadian Dragoons and their Leopard C1 tanks (bulked up with a fourth squadron - NATO would have got them there somehow as the crisis in Europe boiled up, I figure). NATO doctrine is flexible, so Byron peeled some elements from both units to create a small reserve task force in case things went pear-shaped. For support there was the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery and their 155mm SP guns, and the hope of air support from US A-10s and even some division level 203mm US guns...
|Initial deployments and plans - Byron has two layers of defence (blue areas) and a reserve off table, while the Soviets have plotted a vicious right hook...|
|You can see 2PPCLI is no longer in the game...|
|The Dragoons would take revenge for their comrades - those Russians on the ridge at the right were soon vaporized|
|Byron's challenge illustrated - if he could just get the Dragoons moving...|
|Visual recreation of Byron's order change rolls...Dragoons stay put|
|Su-25 Frogfoot pastes some Canadians in M113s|
|Suppressed Leopards courtesy of huge Warpac artillery barrages|
|Soviet Motor Rifle units sweep the forested ridge!|
Thanks to Byron, Brian and Dave for coming out to play, and doing a great job playing the command roles in character!