Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Smoke Stains the Sky

Chris and I have been playing a fair bit of John Tiller's Campaign Series PBEM the last week or so, and it has been a lot of fun!

The battlefield for the scenario Tanker's Holiday. My tank battalion moves up from the south toward the objectives and Gotha.

Some initial combat involving recon forces. The red and blue lines are range rings.
Tanks start to brew up as Chris and I begin to grab objectives and our forces trade fire.
In the scenario Red Steel at Fedorovka I move a company of Tigers to secure a bridge and overwatch and objective while a second company of PzKfw IV aufs H act as advance guard for the battalion HQ. South of Fedorovka.
Overview of the Fedorovka battlefield. Hexes are 250m.
German Panthers and PzKfw IVs clash with Soviet T-34s and assault guns to the northeast of Fedorovka as Chris unleashes a substantial attack on the village.
I can't recommend this game highly enough. It's very playable, has a massive number of scenarios available and an editor, and it tactically very deep. I've avoided online play of most games for years due to some of the "personalities" you can run into, but Chris and a few others I've started playing with are excellent, courteous opponents. Playing against another person really adds to the fun! PBEM is also really convenient as it allows us to carry out moves as we each have time. Very enjoyable.