The Great War Mini Tournament 2 - The Somme

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4 years 5 months ago #408 by mk20336
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Hi Guys,

I am vacations for next two weeks, but just after I come back I am going to schedule my semi final games and thave them played!

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4 years 4 months ago #431 by Mark McG
Mark McG replied the topic: The Great War Mini Tournament 2 - The Somme
German Semi-Final
011 - Somme (Mametz) - 1 July 1916
Log files are from VASSAL v.1

Game 1
British: plainscape 4 banners won, 22 figures lost
Germans: Mark McG 6 banners won, 18 figures lost

Britons ran out of time in this scenario, with 2 Recon banners claimed. British hammered the Germans with Machine Gun barrages, eliminating 2 German MG units. The remained formed a core around the village, and then rushed out to beat down a British flanking attack on the German Right.

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Game 2
British: Mark McG 6 banners won, 18 figures lost (incl. 5 rallied),
Germans: plainscape 1 banner won, 22 figures lost

British easied their way into the German trenches and battered the Germans with a parade of Bursts. 2 Trench raids worked the Brits into a position to exit 1 unit, which managed to exit with a single remaining figure. Otherwise it was a careful ranged assault from cover to limit losses, right until the end with a wild 1 figure each stand off with infantry and culminating in a chase through the trenches


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"Feed the troops on victory"- Gen. Sir John Monash
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4 years 4 months ago - 4 years 4 months ago #437 by mk20336
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Semi-Final
011 - Somme (Mametz) - 1 July 1916


Game 1
British: theimann 2 banners won, 22 figures lost
Germans: MichalK 6 banners won, 22 figures lost

British had pretty good NMS roll, but then not so good cards.
Relentless Allied attacks were repelled on right, left and in the center. One recon card also helped, and in previous to last round 0 Rush Rotation.
Good game, intense and interesting.
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4 years 3 months ago #444 by mk20336
mk20336 replied the topic: The Great War Mini Tournament 2 - The Somme
Semi-Final
011 - Somme (Mametz) - 1 July 1916


Game 2
British: MichalK 6 banners won, 17 figures lost
Germans: theimann 3 banners won, 20 figures lost

Before we managed to play the second game it took us some time... Finally, splitting our session in two, using Tom lunch time, we played second semifinal. The NMS was not very promising for me, but I started to make my way on different fronts. Main action was on British right / German left where after long and bloody fight I managed to completely annihilate that wing (it was 3-3 then). After that road to off board exit victory points was open and finally I managed to get 2 such - with one more MG taken in melee.

Big thanks to Tom for finding time during working day!
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4 years 3 months ago #445 by Mark McG
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So it's you and me in the fInal Michal.

How does Sunday look for you?

For the next MT, I thought something with Tanks!
I'm going to be away from home for a week, but I'll set it up in mid-July

"Feed the troops on victory"- Gen. Sir John Monash

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4 years 3 months ago - 4 years 3 months ago #446 by mk20336
mk20336 replied the topic: The Great War Mini Tournament 2 - The Somme

Mark McG wrote: So it's you and me in the fInal Michal.

How does Sunday look for you?

For the next MT, I thought something with Tanks!
I'm going to be away from home for a week, but I'll set it up in mid-July


Hi Mark,
indeed, we will be playing in finale! I will contact you directly and we will agree time - would be nice also to announce here should anybody be willing to join us as spectator during the game.

And definitely, next MT should be with Tanks - can't wait to see them in action!
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4 years 3 months ago #466 by mk20336
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For all interested, we will be playing with Mark today, Friday 15.07, at 2100 GMT (technically, it will be already Satruday morning at Mark's place).
Please be welcome to join us on Vassal.

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4 years 3 months ago #467 by Mark McG
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Final
012 - Somme (Mametz Wood) - 7-10 July 1916

Game 1
British: Mark McG 5 banners won, 32 figures lost
Germans: MichalK 7 banners won, 30 figures lost

An initially promising British card suffered to successive Combat Card espionage and Mata Hari cards, giving the Huns amble time to prepare their welcome. With no No Man's Land shelling, no shellholes, and 1 MG and 1 bomber, it was Infantry vs MGs and Bombers for the Brits, and and initially promising attack on the Right was repelled with losses. A hand full of Recons and Probes doesn't spell victory for the attacker, and really the Brits just plinked away with their mortars.

An opportunistic German attack on the British left was beaten back, with 2 dead German Bomber units, and it started to look competitive. However, tjhe race against time was being lost, with 2 Victory Medals for the Huns.

After a 2.5 hour struggle I finally succumbed to a 3 on a match card!
Tough game, as expected. The return match should be a a real cat & mouse affair.

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4 years 2 months ago - 4 years 2 months ago #489 by Mark McG
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Final
012 - Somme (Mametz Wood) - 7-10 July 1916
Game 2
British: MichalK 3 banners won, 21 figures lost
Germans: Mark McG 7 banners won, 23 figures lost

Initial British firepower was devastating, and after the first few turns I was was down 0-1, and had lost 10 figures to 1, not including the 3 recovered by the Physician.

However, time started to tell, 1 Medal to a Recon card, and the British launched their assault on the German Left. Here the response cards I had been hording came into play, and after a First Strike and a Butt & Bayonet, the British attack was in trouble. Eventually the valiant German MGs succumbed to British attacks, but took 3 British Infantry with them. Another Recon medal, and the German were 5-2 ahead. A Lone British probe in the centre met with disaster, being bombed out of the trees and destroyed in the open. (6-2)

So action turn to the German Right, which had been strengthened. Here British firepower was less effective, and a devastating Return Fire made 3 hits on 5 dice. The lone figure now became the object of all German attentions, with 3 on a match, and artillery barrage and another artillery attack all to no avail. Meanwhile the British Box Barrage rolled triples and destroyed a German mortar and crippled the MGs. (6-3)

Finally, the German bombers lobbed a grenade into the lone figures trench, and finished him off (7-3)
This gave me the final, 12-10

Another exciting game, to cap off a good tournament of interesting games. Thanks to you all.

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4 years 2 months ago - 4 years 2 months ago #490 by mk20336
mk20336 replied the topic: The Great War Mini Tournament 2 - The Somme
Congrats to Mark!

Again, very intense game in the finale - there were some minimal chances of British success, but German response cards were devastating (I had But Bayonet whole game, but never had chance to play it - the melee was always devastating for my units, wiping them out before response being possible).

All in all, the deeper you go into the TGW, the better scenarios are. Somme so far is my favorite ones, but I also glimpsed into Tanks expansion and there seems top be much more maneuver!

Anyhow, thank you all for participation in that MT, for good games and to you Mark for organizing it!
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