I hadn't played Battlegroup since Dennis came across from Launceston for a game at my place, many months ago.
It should be no surprise therefore that we didn't actually get to finish the game even though we muddled for hours- which included a leisurely lunch break. After several cups of tea, slices of ersatz spam, some old toby, and munching on jubes, we had each drawn four chits, or was it five? Anyway I got the bad end of the chit stick and drew five more points than James - we were still a long way from reaching our battle rating break points, but we had run out of puff and could play no further.
We both took a few photos, unfortunately without a tripod I took a lot of blurry ones. James took some photos which he may stick up on his blog in time. After a while I stopped taking photos, I was too flummoxed by my dodgy dice rolls to give much thought to it. We both blew some stuff up - James had a freakish mortar bombardment go way off his intended target and happen to cause direct hits on my carrier and 2" mortar team - bye bye. He had this other freaky dice roll where he managed to roll two ones and immobilise a Churchill, my Churchill gunner returned the favour and blew him up. I managed to pin a few things, sometimes on multiple occasions, but my battery of 4.2" mortars performed poorly, even with a handy pre-registered target.
Here's a few pics for your perusal, I had the British & James had Germans:
|Carrier scout on the move|
|Telegraph pole marked an objective and was just next to my pre-registered target.|
|Mortar crews are there to remind me that I have an off table battery|
|Sniper and spotter take an objective|
|Churchill on the move|
|Infantry section and two inch mortar support (they are doomed)|
|Crew of the scout carrier acting as mortar spotters.|
|Churchill as infantry support tank|
|Sneaky sniper team|
|These Germans spent most of their game pinned behind a wall|
|German MG teams deployed for ambush|
|This Puma spent quite a while pinned before finally moving off|
|The Hanomags that transported the Germans quickly into position|
|Note vintage Kubel diecast|
|This Churchill got the freaky double one and was immobilised - still, it blew up|
the halftrack that shot at it.