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Friday 17 December 2021

Solo In The Snow

 So I set to on my last solo outing of 2021, lets hope I do not have to start the new year with one, yes I am looking at you Boris.

The game would be a German attack on a forward British position to clear the way for the main attack, the game would last until one side exceeded their Battle Rating or at 00.30 hours whichever came first.

Captioned photos of the action follow below,

A British Vickers MG keep watch down the road.
Steiners's foot patrol advance through the copse to probe the British right flank.
The German StugIII advances in the centre with an infantry squad in support.
It soon comes under British mortar fire.
The British Cromwell comes up in support.
The Germans counter with a PzIV.
After a lengthy duel the Cromwell comes off worse, however the PzIVs ammunition is almost exhausted in the process.
The Germans attempt a flanking move on the British left but are intercepted by British reinforcements and destroyed.
The Stug moves up in support of the PzIV although the Stug itself is low on ammunition, expending it on destroying the Vickers team.
The German mortar support is less than satisfactory.
The British Sherman moves up.
Table overview.
The Sherman engages the PzIV without much success.
However it forces the PzIv to respond with similar results, it does exhaust its ammunition though.
The problem when I roll for both sides is things rarely get hit so 00.30 soon arrived, time to assess the situation.
The British had lost the Cromwell and the Vickers team, with a reserve section still to come up and only having lost a third of its Battle Rating was still in pretty good shape.
The Germans had only lost a full squad and a Panzerschrek team, however the PzIv was out of ammo the Stug had one round of fire left and four infantry units were pinned, their Battle Rating only had a third remaining.
It was evident that the Germans were not really in a position to carry on with its remit so I decided it would withdraw.

I think the mat really looks the part and I think from the photos most will concur.

Next Tuesday it will be over to GHQ again when Don Baldini will once again fight for control of Howardsville.



  1. Lovely subtle effects from the mat. My fave shot is the mortar team, the animation and camo uniform is very compelling.

    1. That mortar team is one of Mr. Hicks best pieces by far and the mat is so subtle you can't see that there is a ridge under it🙂

  2. Yep. Your terrain is fab as are your models and action. Nice!

  3. You did quite well there standing in for me! The mat really looks the dog's sphericals there, showing off your super collection to great effect. Let's hope Boristhebarsteward heeds your warning, though I'm far from optimistic myself.

    1. But didn't you say you wanted to be Germans next time🙂
      As for Boris I think we ought make the most of Tuesday game🙁

  4. What a cracking looking game there Phil! Sadly I fear we may be heading towards more restrictions given the advice from health professionals to prevent the hospitals from being swamped. So we'll just have to KBO!

    1. Thank you Steve. I think your fears are well founded, my son says that the Auto Sport show at the NEC in January has already been cancelled!

  5. Splendid stuff indeed Phil…
    The winter mat looks great… suitability bleak…. Definitely on my list of things to get.

    All the best. Aly

    1. Thank you Aly. I can certainly recommend adding one to your list🙂

  6. A splendid looking game! The winter mat is very effective indeed.

    1. Thank you Matt. My third Geek Villain mat that doesn't disappoint.

  7. Great looking game,excellent matt, I fear another lockdown is on the cards,your last solo game of 2020,a Freudian slip?
    Best Iain

    1. Thank you Iain, last FtF game with Dave is planned for Tuesday, hopefully it will be able to go ahead, unless the scaremongers get their way before then. No game planned for 28th at the moment.

  8. Fantastic painting on the Empress figures, you have really done them justice. The terrain and vehicles match the figure standard as well, a wonderful collection.