Monday, September 1, 2014

Crossfire Intantry Stouch, Somewhere In Italy

Good evening,

Last Friday night Mark D came round for our usual Friday night games session. Usually board games, sometimes Paranoia or Star Wars (West End Games, 1st Edition) RPG. As Andrew was not feeling well, and Matt, well, since Andrew couldn't make it...anyway, I had previous mentioned to Mark that I wanted some Crossfire practice, so...

Since my laptop/Tablet PC was flat, I allocated the forces by memory. No vehicles. Couldn't remember their stats.

The Germans had one full company plus one understrength (by one platoon and mortar). The Kiwis had two full companies including a sub machine gun squad for each. One 3" mortar, one 2". The idea was that we were nominally playing mid 1944 in Italy, so the Germans were defending.

Mark chose the Germans, and I let him set up in what I was expecting to be forward defensive positions just south of the road (I think I need better roads). Instead he chose to set up in the rear, south, east and west of the pond.

(We considered the contoured rises/small hills to have ridges and judged line of sight accordingly.)

The Kiwis set up on the northern table edge.









As I was attacking, I took the first initiative. I threw down some smoke and made a fairly general advance, with a strong thrust on my western flank.


Although, because of Mark's initial deployment towards the rear, my left flank was able to advance a fair distance too.


These chaps are actually ensconced in the building.


However, when I got to the hedges by the road, Mark was able to pin part of my advance on the left.


We swapped initiative (I failed to supress anything during a group fire on this flank), so Mark tried moving north. Up until my centre was able to supress one poor squad caught in the open.


So it was back to me! That's one of the things I like about Crossfire - you're always involved in the game.

Anyway, my 2" mortar lays more smoke, and I roll in...


...right in, since those two German squads to the East had gone "no fire"...


One down...


...two down...


...and onto the isolated Company Commander...



...and there goes number three. Hang on!

The smoke lifts (to reveal a supressed German squad...must have happened before the assault...)


...and I occupy the building in the centre. Opposite a platoon of German infantry with an HMG.


I also sneak my 3" mortar F/O into an adjacent building who promptly gets pinned by some observant Germans.


Never mind, I press an assault against the aforementioned supressed squad on the eastern flank.




Hang on, that's not supposed to happen!

Now it was Mark's turn to drop smoke so he could move more troops into the centre.


My next initiative...



...and I finally deal to that CC. I follow up...



...and deal to that suppressed squad. Right, onto the pinned HMG.



Oh, come on! He was already down -2 for being a crewed weapon!

Mark pins two of my centre squads...


...so I in turn pin his HMG.


During my next initiative I land smoke, and roll forward on the western flank. And my camera's flash gives out.


Next initiative, smoke disappears, and my HMG pours in the fire.



One gone...


...two gone, and in pile the boys.



One gone...



...two gone...



...and there goes the third.

It was at this point that Mark conceded the game.




(Bring out your dead!)


On post game analysis, Mark realised that he had set up his bods way too far back. I was expecting him to occupy the buildings across the middle...that's why he had a squad and mortar less, after all...

Still, we both enjoyed the game and he is keen for a rematch.

Sweet!

Nick

17 comments:

  1. I have recently rekindled my interest in Crossfire. I am trying to make nice temporary bases that I can slot my already based soldiers into, so I don't have to re-base, or get a whole new army.

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    1. Hi James. Yeah, it's pretty cool. I think the basing system could be fairly flexible. My bases are a little bigger than standard, and there are adaptions that allow playing with single based figs, so I imagine that something in between would be fine, so long as both opposing armies are based along the same lines.

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  2. Great to see you getting your WW2 stuff into action.

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    1. Cheers John. Funnily enough my WW2 stuff all started out as a simple Crossfire side project before getting sucked in to the ever expanding needs of Spearhead! :-)

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  3. Sounds fun. Congrats on the X-Wing tourney win! Sorry about your mom.

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    1. Thanks John. Thanks for the condolences.

      Nick

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  4. I must do some more Crossfire - your posts are rekindling my interesting in this ruleset. Great looking figures. Houses are good too.

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    1. Excellent! It is a pretty cool set of rules. The houses are all PDFs sourced free off the 'net.

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  5. Hi, where did you find the Buildings & Ruins?
    Thanks
    Roby

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    1. Hi Roby,

      The smaller, skinnier (and more complete) paper buildings in the background are 15mm samples from Paper Terrain. These are cool. You get an damaged building with an undamaged shell that fits neatly on top. Great idea. I printed the PDF @ 150% for 20mm.

      The bigger ones were from Dave Graffam models from The Wargame Vault.

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  6. Great game, nice kit too. I've ummd n ahrrrd myself over the paper terrain stuff, how well would it fit with plastic buildings?

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    1. Good question - I tend to find it looks better if you stick to all the same type, unless they are meant to represent different things (e.g. paper terrain house is a +1, but the plastic building represent brick buildings and give a +2 to defence kind of thing). Here are some buildings I was doing (half complete - got distracted and yet to get back to them) http://onesidedminiaturewargamingdiscourse.blogspot.com.au/2013/12/paper-terrain-european-village-number-2.html and http://onesidedminiaturewargamingdiscourse.blogspot.com.au/2013/12/paper-terrain-european-village-number-2_9.html

      The only issue I have is that the walls are too thin. If money is not a problem there are some great building for gamers out there.

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    2. Hi Mark(?), yes, they do look thin. But Al, they're much cheaper than plastic - of which I have none for that very reason. These were free, the others are not!

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  7. Excellently Photoed and Reported- very entertaining Mark..do like Your Figures and terrain- I can recall owning and painting up ESCI 1/72nd Brits and Germans - they are great figures to work with.
    If you have time - I'd be pleased if You joined my Blog. Regards. KEV.

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    1. Thanks Kev. Yes, I've had a look at your blog, looks cool. I've had a quick look at Stargrunt, and it does look interesting. Even got some Denizen 25mm metals that would be suitable! I'll be interested to see how it plays.

      Nick

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  8. Sorry Nick - named You 'Mark' in previous comment. Disregard. You may like my Ruined Buildings - simular process can easily be adapted for 1/7nd...please see my Blog. Regards. KEV.

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    1. No worries! Did some sci fi terrain myself a long time ago. They were posted on my original Geocities site (now copied over in part to Reocities), however the photos are now lost to the ether!

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