Posts Tagged ‘tanks’

Operation Winter Storm – NUTS! Hell Hath No Fury After Action Report

February 6, 2015

The scenario set-up: a 28mm game set in Operation Winter Storm (December 1942) using the new NUTS! Hell Hath No Fury tank campaign system.

This was a co-op game pitting German players commanding up to a platoon of tanks of the 11th Panzer Regt. against the Soviet Non-Player Enemy forces, basically a dice and paper driven “AI” that allows players to game co-o and solo-play games.

The German players used good armor tactics, moving on bounding overwatch, trying to keep formations in supporting positions and making good use of their scout car to spot enemy PEFs. The manner in which Soviet PEFs were resolved and moved according to the NPE/PEF charts gave the feel of a hasty Soviet counter attack trying to stem the German advance.

The “high water” mark came with the intense tank duel in the village, where the higher REPs of the German players gave them just enough edge to get the first shots off, and some lucky rolls saw more Soviet tanks brew up than German tanks.

“T-34 Spotted, 300 meters, fire! Hit, oh noes, it bounced off the front glacis! Reload! Incoming, KACHANK! Is everyone OK? Loader? UP! Gunner, FIRE! Hit, engage next target!”

The Panzer IV and Scout car were recovered and put back into the fight, but the Marder was a wreck. Leutnant Michaels of the medium Panzer platoon did exceedingly well, adding five “kill rings” to his tank.

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On the Workbench: хэви-метал! (1/48th scale KV-1 tanks)

January 21, 2015

More heavy metal for my”28mm” WW2 armor wargaming collection – a platoon of KV-1 heavy tanks. These are two different 1/48th scale model kits I got cheap on eBay. One is an old Bandai kit, the other is a newer Tamiya kit. The Tamiya kit has lots o great detail, despite the finicky tank tread bits the hull is of die-case metal and makes it feel more survivable as a game figure. I tend to mix my armor scales, with most of my heavy tanks in 1/48th scale and my Medium/Lights in 1/50th and 1/56th/. I’ve found it all looks OK as long as the same kind of tanks are kept to the same scale — so don’t mix 1/48th scale and 1/56th scale Shermans, doesn’t look good!

Let’s see how that platoon of Panzer IIIs I finished earlier fare against these beasts!

 

1/48th scale KV-1 tanks ready for service.