The Great War Mini Tournament 5 - French

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The Great War Mini Tournament #5 - French Army

 

Players

# TGW.net ID Timezone (GMT)
1 gcallarigw withdrawn
2 Mark McG GMT +10
3 Viridovilas GMT +1
4 mk20336 GMT +2
5 EZPickins GMT -8
6 Pickelhaube GMT +1
7 theimann  
8 gotigerssc GMT -4
9 mirkobruner GMT 0

The draw (and this is a little lengthy)

Scenario GERMAN Medals Figures Lost FRENCH Medals Figures Lost
241 - Verdun (Bois Des Caures) - 21-22 February 1916       Mark McG    
Mark McG     Viridovilas    
Viridovilas     mk20336    
mk20336     EZPickins    
EZPickins     Pickelhaube    
Pickelhaube     theimann    
theimann     gotigerssc    
gotigerssc     mirkobruner    
mirkobruner          
242 - Verdun (Beaumont) - 22 February 1916       Viridovilas    
Mark McG     mk20336    
Viridovilas 6 24 EZPickins 3 22
mk20336     Pickelhaube    
EZPickins     theimann    
Pickelhaube     gotigerssc    
theimann     mirkobruner    
gotigerssc          
mirkobruner     Mark McG    
243 - Verdun (Samogneux) - 24 February 1916       mk20336    
Mark McG     EZPickins    
Viridovilas     Pickelhaube    
mk20336     theimann    
EZPickins     gotigerssc    
Pickelhaube     mirkobruner    
theimann          
gotigerssc 6 30 Mark McG 7 30
mirkobruner     Viridovilas    
244 - Verdun (Fort Douamont) - 25 February 1916       EZPickins    
Mark McG     Pickelhaube    
Viridovilas     theimann    
mk20336 4 24 gotigerssc 6 12
EZPickins     mirkobruner    
Pickelhaube          
theimann     Mark McG    
gotigerssc     Viridovilas    
mirkobruner 1 28 mk20336 6 9
245 - Verdun (Across the Meuse) - 6-9 March 1916       Pickelhaube    
Mark McG     theimann    
Viridovilas     gotigerssc    
mk20336     mirkobruner    
EZPickins          
Pickelhaube     Mark McG    
theimann     Viridovilas    
gotigerssc 4 30 mk20336 7 21
mirkobruner     EZPickins    
246 - Verdun (Le Mort Homme) - 13-20 March 1916       theimann    
Mark McG 6 19 gotigerssc 5 24
Viridovilas     mirkobruner    
mk20336          
EZPickins     Mark McG    
Pickelhaube     Viridovilas    
theimann     mk20336    
gotigerssc     EZPickins    
mirkobruner     Pickelhaube    
247 - Verdun (Fort Vaux) - 7-8 March 1916       gotigerssc    
Mark McG 7 25 mirkobruner 6 29
Viridovilas          
mk20336     Mark McG    
EZPickins 4 36 Viridovilas 7 31
Pickelhaube     mk20336    
theimann     EZPickins    
gotigerssc     Pickelhaube    
mirkobruner     theimann    
248 - Verdun (Malancourt) - 20-22 March 1916       mirkobruner    
Mark McG          
Viridovilas     Mark McG    
mk20336     Viridovilas    
EZPickins     mk20336    
Pickelhaube     EZPickins    
theimann     Pickelhaube    
gotigerssc     theimann    
mirkobruner     gotigerssc    

 

Please record results in the discussion below recording Scenario, Players and Side, Medals and Figures lost per player.

e.g.

Scen 245

Pickelhaube (German) - 7 medals, 15 figures lost

Mark McG (French) - 3 medals, 33 figures lost

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gotigerssc replied the topic: #967 22 hours 54 minutes ago
Scenario 243 - Verdun (Samogneux) 24 February 1916
EZPickins(German) 3 medals, 28 figures lost
gotigerssc(French) 7 medals, 17 figures lost

The dice were a bit one-sided for the French in this one but it was tense fight throughout. A Lost Messenger played against his Whistles and Bugles helped turn the tide early in the game as that would have likely led to me being swamped on my left. Despite that he was still able to push through and fighting never stopped in the town. Momentum swung both ways there for a while but the dice always bailed me out. Final turn I used my last 6 HQ tokens to play Direct from HQ along with Over the Top. Allowed my elite infantry to sneak past the woods and take out a 1 figure unit. The remaining three units attacked a full strength German flame thrower for the win. Had good luck picking off special personnel and also got 1 medal from a recon card.
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EZPickins replied the topic: #966 2 days 10 hours ago
Scenario 244 - Verdun (Fort Douamont) 25 February 1916
EZPickins(German) 6 medals, 14 figures lost
mirkobruner(French) 4 medals, 27 figures lost

The Germans got a bunch of right flank cards from the start so that's where the action began. The French got an early lead by playing a pair of recon cards. Then the Germans got to there trench line and with superior luck took out three infantry. They gained another VP with a recon and used Rush and Rotation to pull back to defend the fort. Midgame saw the Germans just trying to move troops up to assault these new positions. When they finally did it was the same story as luck again was in their favor and soon there were two more dead units for the loss of one.
Mirko hung in there the best he could but had a terrible run of luck versus a great run on my side. He was a pleasure to play.
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Mark McG replied the topic: #965 3 days 4 hours ago
Scenario 247 - Verdun (Fort Vaux) - 7-8 March 1916

mirkobruner (French) 6 medals, 29 figures lost
Mark McG (Germans) 7 medals, 25 figures lost

Germans started with the hand the French would have wanted, 2 Recon cards, and an Artillery Bombardment.
Luckily the dice were with me in this game, and not with Mirko, and the Combat cards were helpful, especially the Short Supply of an MG out of a Fortified position on the Left. Also the worst Big Show roll I've seen (and I've seen shockers), 3 Blasts and a HQ.

Still, it was a close struggle, and whilst the Germans managed to eradicate the French on the Right and take the town of Vaux, giving them a 5-2 lead, any attempt on the Fort was met with card starvation to follow through and the French gradually closed until we were at 6-6. The final blow was playing a Recon Left (which now was safe) to roll 2d looking for a blast.. I got aBlast and won.

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mk20336 replied the topic: #964 5 days 3 hours ago
Scen 244 - Verdun (Fort Douamont) - 25 February 1916

mk20336 (French) 6 medals, 9 figures lost
mirkobruner (Germans) 1 medals, 28 figures lost

Another, very hard attack scenario for Germans - still, Mirko did his best to overrun my defenses. I had quite good cards for only 4 of them. And the rolls were nice. My marksmen showed enormous accuracy but the special personnel was dying in scores.

Many thanks to Mirko - it was his first game on Vassal!

PS. We had terrible problems with server, couple of times disconnected. Thus log file in pieces.

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mk20336 replied the topic: #955 1 week 19 hours ago
Scen 245 - Verdun (Across the Meuse) - 6-9 March 1916

mk20336 (French) 7 medals, 21 figures lost
gotigerssc (Germans) 4 medals, 30 figures lost

Very hard scenario for Germans - still, Justin managed to take quickly one of my fortified positions. The key to French success was a Rush and Rotation card, allowing me to man the woods. Also, the true hero of the evening seemed to be a mortar - with proper cards that is really devastating tool.

Thanks to Justin for the play - that was challenging game :)

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Viridovilas replied the topic: #954 1 week 5 days ago
Scen 242 - Verdun (Beaumont) - 22 February 1916

EzPickins (French) - 3 medals, 22 figures lost
Viridovilas (German) - 6 medals, 24 figures lost

Both players drew weird hands of cards. The German had only section cards, with the exception of one Replacements, one Direct from HQ and one Artillery Bombard. Such combination greatly slowed down its infantry advance towards enemy lines. On the other hand, the French didn’t see any Recon card, failing to put pressure on the German. The latter proved decisive, since the army of Guillaume II inexorably took the Poilu strong points one by one, relying on its overwhelming number superiority.


Scen 247 - Verdun (Fort Vaux) - 22 February 1916

EzPickins (German) - 4 medals, 36 figures lost
Viridovilas (French) - 7 medals, 31 figures lost

German started strong wiping out the MG defending the fortified redoubt on the French right flank and battering down the detachment placed inside Village Vaux. The Poilu than regrouped around the Fort Vaux stronghold taking advantage of their superior fire power. Notwithstanding a brave advance on their right flank, the German didn’t manage to break trough the French lines. As always, it was also a matter of the right rolls at the right moment!

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Mark McG replied the topic: #953 1 week 6 days ago
I should mention that Gabriele has withdrawn from the tournament, but on consideration, it seemed better to me to continue along the Round Robin path than try and reset the tournament.

That means there is a vacant spot is anyone knows someone interested!
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Mark McG replied the topic: #952 1 week 6 days ago
Scen 246 - Verdun (Le Mort Homme) - 13-20 March 1916

Mark McG (German) 6 medals, 19 figures lost
gotigerssc (French) 5 medal, 24 figures lost

Germans were pushing the French around pretty well in this one with some good dice, but ran out of useful cards. Was looking like a 6-2 walkover, but the French struck back and Germans were struggling for a win at the end. Good German dice at the beginning probably determined this one, but the German cards were very ordinary (like 4 Probes), so swings and roundabouts.

Another close game..

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Viridovilas replied the topic: #951 1 week 6 days ago
As far as it regards the Special Personnel, I would rather go with the historical limitations. Even because two players that have already fought a battle has behaved in this way... (in any case it's fair if we adopt all the same rule, in order to keep things equal for all)
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Mark McG replied the topic: #950 2 weeks 13 hours ago
Scen 243 - Verdun (Samogneux) - 24 February 1916

gotigerssc (German) - 6 medals, 30 figures lost
Mark McG (French) - 7 medals, 30 figures lost

French squeezed out a ill deserved win on the basis of some lucky dice in the end game. A desperate fight for the village throughout the game, the French pushing back the first thrust, but Germans stealing in on the 2nd attack.
Doesn't get tighter than this.

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gotigerssc replied the topic: #949 2 weeks 1 day ago
244 - Verdun (Fort Douamont)

mk20336 (German) - 4 medals, 24 figures lost

gotigerssc (French) - 6 medals, 12 figures lost

Germans started with a push on my left flank but were repulsed thanks to a well timed Replacements card that brought two units back to full strength. They then proceeded to assault the fort on my right flank. However, a Rush and Rotation card brought reinforcements from my left to assist in the defense.

Although the fort was partially captured, the French were able to prevent a full takeover and only lost two of the five hexes. Another turn would have lost the third but the unit with the officer was able to finish off two weakened German units for the win. One of my medals was from a Recon card. My first Vassal tournament game with the Great War (played Memoir quite a bit with Vassal and elsewhere) and was really lucky to have the right cards and rolls at just the right times. Big thanks to Michal for being patient and helping me along

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Mark McG replied the topic: #948 2 weeks 2 days ago
Looking over the Historical deployment chart, there seems to be no exclusions and few limits for the Germans in terms of Special Personnel

The French exclusions are Bombers, Flamethrowers and MG Heavy Wpn.

These are given as "broad and general guidelines" in the rules. The one I think is historically valid is precluding the French use of Flamethrowers, since I can't see they used them at all in Verdun. So as a compromise, no restrictions EXCEPT the French cannot chose a Flame thrower.
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mk20336 replied the topic: #947 2 weeks 2 days ago
Hi,
just a question regarding Special Personnel - do we use "suggested historical deployment" or we are free to choose whatever we like? (second option seems faster and more fun :) )

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