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2013 Belgian Open AAR Thu, 28 November 2013 02:08
If it's November and it's raining it must be Belgium, Passchendale weather, and the Military Museum in Brussels is merely in Brussels, not in the part of Brussels it's listed on the map, so I miss that.

Anyway, enough of that

Last year's theme was the 18 days campaign in 1940

Where the recurring theme was being unable to kill off retreated wounded Germans because you had no artillery


This years theme:

War Movies

1st task on sign in is to guess which ones they will be; which is slightly simplified because you can assume that there will be a Pacific and a Russian one; and some options will not make good scenarios


I hope to be able to to do better than last year and get into the top half of the field this year


Day I

van Voort v Hydrommel

Saving Private Ryan

Or as it became for me, not killing Tom Hanks

One heroic leader with elite infantry and a tank that's way out on the flank and will take a long time to get in the action

v

One long range artillery, 3 machine guns at the top of bluffs, one artillery in a bunkjer on the 3rd line from the base, some infantry and a bunch of wire

This is the beach assault from the movie, yes that one, not the one in reality.

It's slightly better for the allies than it sounds as both artillery bunkers and one of the mg nests are also objectives.


All figures are medals / figures suriving

(One of the many pains through being the only person on the M44 World Circuit is that everyone counts figures differently - WBC and online counts kills, Belgium counts survivors, I think the French do the same)

van Voort AX 6 / 5

Hydrommel AL 4 / 8

Tom Hanks survived having his unit shot out from him 3 times and used a barrage to take my cliff top bunker but I got the victory

Rematch:

van Voort AL 2/12

Hyrdommel AX 6/11

Attacks on the flank at the start so the tank gets to do something

Tom Hanks gets killed with his first unit, and I get driven off the one objective I manage to take

Final Result:

Hyrdommel 3 pts 10/8 19/17

Next installment tomorrow
      
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Re:2013 Belgian Open AAR Fri, 29 November 2013 03:42
Day I Match II

van Voort v Mehdi

A Bridge Too Far

So far we appear to be riffing on the 2 hardest scenarios

First Omaha Beach, now Arnhem

This one looks a bit more balanced than Arnhem official, given that the Germans start with tanks on both sides of the river and the British have no guns

They do however have Hannibal Lecter with a PIAT, so maybe that will even out

van Voort AX 3 / 27
Mehdi AL 5 / 29

I wiped out the right very quickly but I had all right cards and was unable to do anything until I had brought my tanks all around the right and up the length of the board

Meanwhile Mehdi moved all his forces into the left of the board and played an Assault to get the two medals the turn before my tanks could have joined the fight

van Voort AL 2 / 24
Mehdi AX 5 / 41

Being outplayed 3:1 with TFHs is not a winning strategy

[Updated on: Fri, 29 November 2013 19:36]

      
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Re:2013 Belgian Open AAR Fri, 29 November 2013 10:18
Thank you for these reports.

van Voort wrote on Fri, 29 November 2013 03:42

Day II Match II



Did you play this scenario on day 2?
Maybe I should call in a referee, and have the results of these games barred from the score table. That would cost Mehdi his first place Rolling Eyes
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Re:2013 Belgian Open AAR Fri, 29 November 2013 13:43
Quit2 wrote on Fri, 29 November 2013 10:18

Thank you for these reports.

van Voort wrote on Fri, 29 November 2013 03:42

Day II Match II



Did you play this scenario on day 2?
Maybe I should call in a referee, and have the results of these games barred from the score table. That would cost Mehdi his first place Rolling Eyes
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I second that notion Grin
      
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Re:2013 Belgian Open AAR Fri, 29 November 2013 15:38
Quit2 écrit le Fri, 29 November 2013 10:18

Thank you for these reports.

van Voort wrote on Fri, 29 November 2013 03:42

Day II Match II



Did you play this scenario on day 2?
Maybe I should call in a referee, and have the results of these games barred from the score table. That would cost Mehdi his first place Rolling Eyes
Twisted Evil



Don't put our friend Van Voort under stress Laughing Laughing Laughing
      
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Re:2013 Belgian Open AAR Fri, 29 November 2013 19:37
Dietrich von Kleist wrote on Fri, 29 November 2013 12:43

Quit2 wrote on Fri, 29 November 2013 10:18

Thank you for these reports.

van Voort wrote on Fri, 29 November 2013 03:42

Day II Match II



Did you play this scenario on day 2?
Maybe I should call in a referee, and have the results of these games barred from the score table. That would cost Mehdi his first place Rolling Eyes
Twisted Evil



I second that notion Grin


Corrected

Now give us:

Hannibal Lecter with a PIAT
      
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Re:2013 Belgian Open AAR Sat, 30 November 2013 10:05
Day I Match III

The Thin Red Line

Well it was either going to be this or Sands of Iwo Jima because those are the only two Pacific options

After Omaha and Arnhem we move onto Mount Austen

Japanese units start with 2 machine guns in bunkers on a reverse slope and some camoflaged infantry. And a gun.

US are only infantry with one heroic leader


van Voort AX 2 / 10
Grim AL 5 / 27

This did not go well

I fell back in the middle ready for to attack when he crossed the open ground in front of the MGs with an centre assault I was holding

While he was setting up I was able to kill the leader with a fusilade

Unfortunatly he had an Infantry Assault and was able to take out my machine gun bunkers before I could fire back

van Voort AL 5 / 15
Grim AX 5/ 8

War of flags

I was able to infiltrate next to the artillery but lost a unit taking it out

Battle went back and forth with a lot of flags rolled but I was able to get the win with a barrage


++++++++++++++++++++

This has not been a good day

2 points from a possible 12


The Brigadier bar begins at 70th, where Albraney, Big Taz and myself all sit next to each other


      
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Re:2013 Belgian Open AAR Sun, 08 December 2013 13:34
No Hannibal Lecter with a PIAT?

You dissapoint me von Kleist
      
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Re:2013 Belgian Open AAR Sun, 08 December 2013 14:15
van Voort wrote on Sun, 08 December 2013 13:34

No Hannibal Lecter with a PIAT?

You dissapoint me von Kleist


Your wish is my command!

I'm glad there is someone who misses my work Smile

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Re:2013 Belgian Open AAR Sun, 08 December 2013 19:58
Dietrich you are scary!
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Re:2013 Belgian Open AAR Sun, 08 December 2013 21:27
Heheh
      
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Re:2013 Belgian Open AAR Sun, 08 December 2013 21:38
An SS Commander tried to take my bridge once.

I ate his liver, with some hard tack and nice compo tea

Nom, nom, nom, nom

+++++++++++++


Intermission

The official events of the day having concluded we move onto the optional events of the evening.

Of course I come to Belgium and they feed me pasta, for which Belgium is world famous of course.

I was expecting waffle and chips with chocolate and beer, perhaps they were trying to make the one Italian guy feel at home.


After dinner they did the maths and decided that the big match would be the British (and their gallant Belgian allies) against the nevarious Franco-Dutch axis of apathy.

In time honoured tradtion I took the place on the left and looked over my shoulder towards Dunkirk


This was a super sized game approximately 15 metres long with 24 players on each side

Players were allowed to place terrain as they wish and set up forces in a 3/3/4 formation.

However the return match would be played in the reverse formation

I noted that at least one of the Dutch contigent reverted to type by building canals in front of his positions.

Units could freely move between boards

Each player had 2 minutes only to resolve their turn, if not done by then, tough.


Match was to 110 medals, after which we swopped sides and moved one space up

Sadly the British and their Belgian auxilliaries were defeated in both matches 220 : 165

I believe this sets the record for the largest M44 match yet recorded

Day II later

[Updated on: Sun, 08 December 2013 21:38]

      
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Re:2013 Belgian Open AAR Thu, 12 December 2013 21:44
Ding Ding Round II

A pretty disatarous first day with only two points from a possible 12.

Placing is now utterly beyond me, , and in order to better my perfomance last year and break even or get into the top half of the table I will need to get 10 points from 12 today.

But I am good Company down the bottom, being up against Big Taz in the first match of the day:

Enemy at the Gates

Ok movie

Terrible affront to History

Well, yes I picked this one at the start too - it was either that or Cross of Iron, and while that is a much, much better film, it's also older


In this scenario we start reaching the limit of how complicated we can make these scenarios.


Soviets have depleted units in ruins in the city (which as per official rules but not online do not count for medals), reinforcments are crossing the Volga on landing craft, including Jude Law

Germans have a heavy artiller, some infantry and two machine guns. At this point I note that there have been 8 machine guns over 4 scenarios so far - well at least we are reflecting cinematic reality.

If Jude Law gets to the factory he gets replaced with a sniper but stays a hero - both sniper and hero count for medals

When he does though Ed Harris appears on the other side of the map, who is also an heroic sniper but not worth any medals

Is that clear yet?


van Voort AX 5 / 20
Big Taz AL 1 / 17

I play Finest Hour on the right and then Close Assault to clean up

Good setup for the second game


Second game gets off to a slow start with an Infantry Assault then 3 recons from me.

Lots of questions for the Refs regarding Infiltration and the Rules for Zaitsev appearing (is it "enters" or "finishes")

Question becomes moot as Jude Law retreats onto the factory

Zaitsev infiltrates to kill the heavy artiller with one shot and then retreats out of range of the infantry to plink away and kill Ed Harris

van Voort AL 5/16
Big Taz AX 3/ 5
      
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Re:2013 Belgian Open AAR Fri, 20 December 2013 20:44
So, it's not midday yet and I've already done twice as well as yesterday

So, to push on:


Kelly's Heroes

Have a little faith baby, it's a beautiful scenario

van Voort v Vercingetorix


So, there is a Tiger, in a city with some gold

There is also Donald Sutherland, in a Sherman with a piece of pipe, that uses the rules for Tigers

And some gold

Did I mention the Gold yet?


Any unit that leaves the city hex with one of gold pieces gets a medal, but only for as long as they have it.

Clear?

van Voort AX 6/19
Vercingetorix AL 3/10

Allies tanks on the left are killed, and two more infantry left hiding with one figure

Finally win by infiltrating to pick up some gold and pin a fullstrength infantry against the river and kill it

van Voort AL 1/13
Vercingetorix AX 6/24

TFH + AA = GG THNX
      
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Re:2013 Belgian Open AAR Fri, 10 January 2014 22:50
So, the final installment

PATTON

van Voort v O-Totoro

A desert battle, Axis player must play with an open hand, because your book has been read.

This is interesting

Match 1:

van Voort AL 5/14
O-Totoro AX 4/13

I started with all right cards, and could see that he had junk.

I was leading 4:2 after wiping out on the right, but had all left cards now and could not get the last kill before he got another 2 medlas

Match 2:

van Voort AX 5/18
O-Totoro AL 3/11

He came down from the ridge and fought my tanks in the open with his infantry, this did not work well for him

Allied tanks were ineffective for most of the game as he had bad cards


Final Position:

11 Points

47 Medals

194 kills


Not enough to get into the top half of the table

[Updated on: Fri, 10 January 2014 22:51]

      
    
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