Saturday, 15 October 2011

Mark's Second Crossfire Game...

...within the space of 24 hours!

Good evening,

Just finished up a second game of Crossfire, and a great game it was. 'Twas our second try at this scenario, but this time done more proper like. Still no engineers (though each of the German platoons and two of the three Kiwis had an anti-tank weapon), and I upped the squad numbers, but we did use the minefields (blimin minefields!) and the big gun!


One Infantry Company with...
  • 1 - CC (+2)

  • 1 - 3" Mortar

  • 1 - HMG

  • 1 - SMG squad

  • 3 - Regular Rifle Platoons, each with

    • 1 - PC (+1)

    • 3 - Rifle Squads

With the support of one Sherman.


One understrength Infantry Company with...

  • 1 - CC (+2)

  • 1 - 75mm Infantry Gun

  • 2 - HMGs

  • 3 - Veteran Rifle Platoons, two with

    • 1 - PC (+1)

    • 3 - Rifle Squads

    one with

    • 1 - PC (+1)

    • 2 - Rifle Squads

With the support of one Panzer IV-G

Here is the set up.

Mark opted to deploy his squads unseen.

Kiwi objectives - take the town, take out the gun.

And off we went. One of my first moves was into the forest across from the north west corner of the town. Straight into a mine field. Two pins...bother...

...and one outright destruction of a Platoon Commander!

My next movement draws reactive fire from the platoon in the building at the other edge of the town.

Fortunately, the newly revealed platoon (who was actually still in the building, but, well, you know...) proved themselves initially inept when taking on the platoon that I had sent to outflank the town.

And still my Company Commander and an entire squad languishes in the minefield!

Unfortunately for my flanking squad in the west, Mark pops out his Pz IV-G and promptly takes out one squad, just like that.

The centre platoon tries to edge their way out of the minefield, only to receive two suppressions and an additional pin!

So, the West is pretty full on, lets try our hand in the East, say I. I move the Sherman out onto the road with infantry support...

...which promptly gets cut down by a newly revealed HMG from the building at the north east of the town.

On my next initiative, I decide to take a pot shot with the Sherman...

...with some success!

I then brought up the Sherman so as to use it as cover from the HMG for an infantry squad, with ideas to take on that remaining German squad in the building.

Ahh, alas and alak, the Sherman inadvertently drives into the corner of the second minefield and gets pinned.

Worse than that, the jolly gun misses it's target and the great hulking, well, hulk goes no-fire, loosing me the initiative. Rats!

Mark keeps blasting away in the West, until he goes no fire with the entire squad (!), so I lay down smoke (first of the game) to mask the [now two] HMGs so's I can close assault the remaining squad in the building right ahead.

Would you believe it - the assault was a draw!

After more ineffective fire fights, the initiative passes once again to me, so I lay down smoke and pulled back the remaining squad (and PC) right across to the other flank (seeing shelter behind the tank) in preparation to reinforce the platoon in the town. Which had just successfully wiped out the squad and it's PC...

...which, next initiative, with the help of some well placed smoke, went on to successfully assault the [suppressed] HMG to the east of the town...

...but stopping short of running out into the line of fire of the waiting Panzer!

And still my centre platoon is stuck in the minefield!

Next initiative, Mark moves out his centre platoon with intent to do grievous bodily harm to my own HMG.

Which duely it does.

So, he brings forward the Panzer to support his next intended drubbing, this time of my centre platoon. Unfortunately for him, my Sherman was able to take a pot shot first!

With the back door now clear of big nasty Panzers, I dispatch a couple of squads to dispatch the gun.

Which duely, they do...

...and then assault the remaining German HMG.

In the meantime, the Sherman takes on a nearby Panzerfaust armed squad...

...and wins!

Next initiative, Mark moves the remains of his centre squad behind my own centre squad...

My next initiative I take out another German squad with the Sherman...

...and Mark conceeds.

And my centre squad never did get out of the mine field!


  1. Well played Nick. I see what you mean about minefields mate.

    Regards Paul

  2. Enjoyed reading your AARs, sounds like fun. I've got to get to work on mine now, had a game today, a rare event.
    I too need to make some cool explosion markers for my tanks.
    The free card buildings look good.

  3. Thanks boys,

    It was a lot of fun.

    Sarge, I look forward to your AAR!


  4. mmm, minefields, nice idea to introduce to game play. Cool post Nick

  5. Hi Al,

    Yep, they were a pain.

    In crossfire, a squad is hit on a dice roll of 5 or 6. (One hit, the squad is pinned, two hits (during the same attack) is a suppression, three hits (either all at once, or a suppress result on an already suppressed squad) and they're gone.

    A standard infantry squad rolls 3 die (minus one dice if the target is in terrain/cover).

    An HMG rolls 4, minus terrain modifiers.

    The blasted mine field rolls 4 per squad moving in it, regardless of the jolly terrain, and there's no chance of it receiving a no-fire result!

    I expect that CD has something to say about minefields?

    After all, isn't the DMZ on the 38th parallel nothing but a long, skinny minefield?


  6. Brilliant again! WW2 gaming at its best...

  7. Thanks Monty,

    I was lucky. One and a bit platoons with a tank took a town replete with two HMGs, two and a bit squads, a tank and a gun!

    Smoke and close assaults, eh?!


  8. An epic post sir!Looks like a good game all round, with some well painted figures.

    Cheers Rich.