First club meeting in 2014 saw us getting started with two games of Chain of Command staged by Jason and Nathan, who were very much involved in the play testing and development of these rules. For the rest of us, this was our first go at them and we were at the bottom of the learning curve, all be it , that we had all seen the marvellous video demonstrations staged by the Lardies on their You Tube presentations.
So the game I played was set on the Eastern Front 1941 with a German Infantry platoon vs a Soviet Rifle equivalent. Our German platoon was beefed up with an extra Rifle section and an MMG section, but no specific anti-armour capability. The Russians had a couple of T26 tanks and Flamethrower team.
|The East Front table looking from the German edge|
|All quiet on the Eastern Front|
|Germans set up in the Village|
|Soviet Flank Attack|
|Soviet Pinning force|
|Command Dice allocated|
|Hellfire Corner on the German left|
|Smoke and close assault armour|
|Oh no more tanks!|
|The pressure grows on the German position as casualties mount|
|Flame thrower attack|
|Out flanked and time to leave|
Chain of Command really lived up to expectations for me. I really liked the way they model this scale of action and the use of kills and shock to model casualties and morale as a joint result of combat. The ground scale works well for 20/28mm and is perfect for use with 15mm which is a big plus for me. When time permits, I will put together specific sets of figures to run my own games. If you haven't tried these rules yet but are thinking of doing so, give then a go, they really are very good.
Meanwhile on the Western Front.
I didn't play in the Normandy game, but gather the Yanks got beat. So here are a few pictures of Jason's collection of figures and terrain, which I think you'll agree look splendid.
|The MDF look really works for this period|
|Sherman and hedgerows tells you where this is|
|It takes a brave man to drive a Stuart down a boccage enclosed road|
|Mortars set up|
|The Yanks are in town|
|'Lost Germans' mark a Jump Off Position|