Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Clobbered by Canadians at Carpiquet

This was a game run by Martin using his 15mm toys and the Memoir '44 game system.  The scenario saw a scratch force of Germans trying to stem the Canadian advance north of Carpiquet in 1944.  All photos taken from the German side of the table.   John commanded the Canadians.  The photo above shows the opening positions on right flank, with the left below.

The game opened well, with a long range shot from one of my Panthers (I think of them as companies) hitting this Sherman.
Sadly there were many more Shermans.  Many, many more...  They soon did away with my garrison in the village.
My Panthers looked rather menacing atop the ridgeline - but were magnets for Canadian AT shells.
A price was extracted however.
On the left, my Panzer IV dealt with a stray Sherman.
Another photo of the smouldering Sherman.  This was the high point of the game for me.
A lucky long range PIAT shot did away with the Panzer, and I was hampered by cards which mostly activated units in the (empty) centre sector.  It made a change from the dice being against me...
The end is nigh.  The Germans' last chance perishes.  What a rotten game!

11 comments:

Paul said...

You cannot win them all Tim. Nice report however.

Good to see the Canuck's give 'er eh?

Stephen Beat said...

That looked very good! Those little pieces that indicated 'hits' were well done. I can't believe a PIAT managed to hit anything! :) Ho ho...

Tim Gow said...

Paul
It certainly felt like a Canadian walkover. Clearly Panzer Meyer had the day off. Or an off day.

Tim Gow said...

Stephen Beat
The blast markers were by Litko (http://www.litko.net/categories/Tokens-%26-Markers/Blast-Burn-Smoke/) and were provided (at great expense) by John. It looks as if the man-portable AT weapon may have a future...

afilter said...

Nice idea, I have often thought about using Minis for M44 and Battlecry. I was at a CON and saw battlecry done using 54mm minis on a huge table with terrain.

Thanks for sharing.

Tim Gow said...

afilter
That must have been something to see! Do you have any photos?

Ross Mac rmacfa@gmail.com said...

Oh Dear, Carpiquet-bagged by Canadians.

I think there are some pictures of some 54mm Battlecry games in the photo albums on the Littlewars yahoo group. I'll see if I can find them.

Tim Gow said...

Ross Mac
Just lucky cards Ross...

afilter said...

Tim,

Here is a link to one:

http://i441.photobucket.com/albums/qq132/adfilter/Little%20Wars%202011/DSCN3248.jpg

Aaron

Tim Gow said...

afilter
Thanks for the link - most impressive!

Martin Rapier said...

As these are company-ish sized elements (based on the historical OBs, roughly a brigade on each side) then I suspect the 'PIAT' was actually a section of 6pdrs. Still a lucky shot to finish the Panzer IV company off at long range (one dice needing a 'tank' symbol).

Still working on some tweaks to make Mem 44 as flavoursome as CnC Napoleonics and Ancients but without bolting skirmish detail onto a grand tactical game which the Mem 44 supplements tend to do.