Author Topic: OST Vol. 2 Phantom Division expansion scenario  (Read 1862 times)

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Reply #15 on: November 29, 2020, 10:28:35 PM
Turn 1

US initiative
US impulse points - 15, rolling 4D6-1
German impulse points - 18, now rolling 4D6+1

With the initiative again, the remaining Sherman advances to point blank range of one of the objective buildings, hoping to clear it of enemy troops so the US troops can advance and deny the German victory conditions. Alas, the Germans in the building are armed with a panzerfaust and cause the Sherman to break, but not destroyed! The half assault squad leaves the burning wreck of the halftrack behind and charges a second objective building, only to be cut down just short of it.
Elsewhere the Americans advance, heedless of the heavy German fire cutting down their numbers, trying to get to the objectives before time runs out. A lone engineer squad makes it all the way into the northern objective and starts a melee with what turns out to be a German pioneer squad. In close in fighting the US engineering squad gets broken but not before eliminating the Germans!
However, a broken or shaken squad cannot claim occupation of a victory hex, so with their last impulse the US tries to rally the engineers but only manages to reduce the broken state to a shaken one. He Germans still control the hex and therefore all three of the building they need for victory.
 
Now, normally scenarios end at the end of turn 1... except there is a die roll made at this time to see if the game continues for one more turn. Each side rolls 1D6 and if the total is 7 or greater then there will be one more turn.
The Germans roll 5 and the US roll 2. One more turn!

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Reply #16 on: November 29, 2020, 10:29:33 PM
Turn 0

US initiative
US impulse points - 17, rolling 4D6-2
German impulse points - 16, now rolling 4D6+1

At the start of each turn there is a free rally phase, in which each shaken or broken unit on the map gets a free roll to see if it can rally. The engineering unit in the objective hex rolls and makes it so it becomes good order... giving control of the hex to the Americans! Now, it's the Germans who are desperate to get back into that hex and regain control.

Since the Americans have the initiative they start with the engineer squad shooting at the adjacent German rifle squad, and miss. The Germans shoot back and eliminate the Americans. But the rifle squad has used all it's actions for the turn in doing so. Now the Americans start rushing unit forward to occupy that space and the Germans do the same.
It very bloody. Final casualty count is US: 34 German: 12.

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Reply #17 on: November 29, 2020, 10:30:17 PM
But the Germans never regain control of the hex and therefore they do not have full control of all of the 3 objective buildings.

Americans win. But at a very heavy cost.

Carnage at the end.

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Reply #18 on: November 30, 2020, 06:32:04 AM
Interesting.

Looking at the screenies, it just reminds me so much of LnL, especially the orientation of vehicle counters.

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Reply #19 on: November 30, 2020, 06:47:29 AM
Yeah, but it does play differently. The vehicles are oriented to the corners of the counters but they point at hex sides rather than hexspines.

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Reply #20 on: May 05, 2021, 05:33:31 PM
I set this up tonight to try out after first re-reading your AAR, Vance. I tried a slightly different approach by setting up the Germans quite a way forwards to try and inflict as many casualties as possible before the turn 7 US reinforcements arrive, and also to hold more ground.

Only got to do the first 2 turns after which the casualty figures were 8 US and 6 Germans. On the first turn, a luck shot from a Stug III knocked out an M18, and another shot disabled the main gun of the other M18.

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Reply #21 on: August 27, 2021, 03:57:04 PM
Not sure how I missed your entry here Bob, sorry about that.

That was a bloody first 2 turns! Did you play it out any further?

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Reply #22 on: August 27, 2021, 04:08:43 PM
Yep, I did a couple more turns.

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Reply #23 on: August 27, 2021, 04:20:59 PM
How’d it turn out?

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Reply #24 on: August 27, 2021, 04:30:09 PM
As far as I recall, it was a complete disaster for the Germans, who lost the StuGs early in the game, but it was partially due to my faulty deployment, being quite new to the game I made a few errors. I really need to go back to this and try it again. I'm just working my way through the scenario's in Airborne at present and then I have Ghost Front to explore  ;D

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Reply #25 on: August 27, 2021, 04:37:09 PM
Oh! You got yer hands on both expansion! Airborne is really good. I was less impressed with Ghost Front, but then I not a fan of The Bulge.

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Reply #26 on: August 27, 2021, 04:56:54 PM
 :) :bigthumb:

They were a much appreciated, and totally unexpected, gift.

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Reply #27 on: August 27, 2021, 05:08:51 PM
Even better.  :bigthumb:

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Reply #28 on: August 27, 2021, 05:23:52 PM
I was going to point you to Normsmith's excellent campaign rules on BGG, but I note you have already seen them.

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Reply #29 on: August 27, 2021, 05:39:32 PM
I was going to point you to Normsmith's excellent campaign rules on BGG, but I note you have already seen them.
Yep, and tried them out. They work well. I just need my attention span to be longer and stop getting new stuff to try….  :whistle:

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