Last night, Robin invited Andrew, Stan and me around for a lets-through-down-some-figures-and-have-fun Spearhead game. And a good time was indeed had by all.
I took my Germans, Stan Robin's Russians (so many T-34s...), with Andrew 'helping' me, and Robin assisting Stan.
My original plan was to concentrate my forces of the left of the table, essentially ignoring the right...
...my plan being to plan on my new Samsung Smart PC Tablet, using it's own camera...
Andy thought that my plan would take too long to implement, so had the bright idea of striking out to the right, where Stan would not be expecting it.
I had to admit, I liked the idea of doing something unexpected, and the valley did protect my flank up to the bridge, so, not thinking too much more about it I figured...why not?
So, away we went.
Nasty nasty T-34s lying in wait. Or reserve, as it happened. Why didn't I think to do that?!
And yet more were guarding the valley across from the bridge.
Robing taking photos for his own report of the evening's events!
Andy quickly took our first objective, the town nearest our base line...
...while I carried on up the valley towards the aforementioned bridge on my right...
...and Stan prepared to stop me.
Unfortunately...you remember that horde of T-34s that were in reserve in the centre? Well, Stan unleashed them, popping them up to the crest of the hill to fire across the valley...right into the flank of my poor Pz IVs.
They, and the a-fore mentioned other T-34s supported by an anti tank gun...
Double stink! (That's the new [Windows 8] tablet in the background, playing the most bellicose music I could find - Star Wars soundtracks!)
Meanwhile, on the other flank...
...not a lot happened. Robin slowly advanced his battalion, while Andy's sat tight.
Right, time for some payback, thought I. I unleashed the might 88 from the Tigers.
Oh, come on!
To add insult to injury, the remaining Pz IV (one fighting stand, plus unit commander) fail their moral test (fair enough!), and run for the hills!
Both Tigers survive flank shots and finally get over the bridge. One more turn, and I could turn them to face their opponents front on. In the meantime, lets have another crack at them.
Oh, come on!
Well, he won't be doing that again!
And then the other one gets suppressed.
Next turn, with the suppression lifted, I turn and prepare to fire again...
...but Stan's stationary vehicles get to shoot first.
At this point I change my plan...
...look over the field of battle...
...and concede the game.
Well played Stan, well played!