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PiersBrand19 Mar 2017 6:08 p.m. PST

Well my DAK embarked on our Battlegroup Tobruk campaign to take Tobruk at the weekend, and managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory!

Despite my troops all arriving early and looming forward, the British just refused to give in!

It started with my forward infantry elements getting a mauling from their British opposite number, then an ineffective long range tank duel which kept me static long enough that a carrier section started to threaten my flanks… the single Panzer IV arrived and broke down, and my Forward HQ drove their Kubelwagen over a land mine! Despite my 251 and its cargo of MG teams once again proving to be about the only effective unit, my Panzer IIIs once more managed to miss every target and it was left to some Panzer IIs and a truck mounted flak gun to try and do the job…

Everything that could go wrong, did go wrong and what looked to be an easy outing to swatt some British out of the way, ended with my DAK legging it away with their tails between their legs!

Personal logo Weasel Supporting Member of TMP19 Mar 2017 6:40 p.m. PST

Looks fantastic, nice job!

Dwindling Gravitas Inactive Member20 Mar 2017 4:12 a.m. PST

All looks a bit amateurish if you ask me …

… but that's just my envy speaking … Amazing stuff! :-)

PiersBrand20 Mar 2017 4:44 a.m. PST

Driving over the mine was certainly amateur hour! ;)

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP20 Mar 2017 5:18 a.m. PST

Great minis and terrain! Sounds like the game took into account the many unexpected things war throws your way

Dwindling Gravitas Inactive Member20 Mar 2017 6:07 a.m. PST

Any more pics?
I especially like that you don't base your vehicles. I know it's a bit of a contentious point here, but it really makes your stuff look that bit more realistic (IMO only!)

deephorse20 Mar 2017 6:20 a.m. PST

Piers generally does base his vehicles. Look back through some of his previous posts.

Dwindling Gravitas Inactive Member20 Mar 2017 6:26 a.m. PST

Oh well. Just goes to prove nobody's perfect … ,-)

PiersBrand20 Mar 2017 6:48 a.m. PST

I don't base my desert stuff at the moment as I don't know what terrain our Salute demo game is on…

But I do base other stuff for reasons I cant be arsed typing out again! :)

Suffice to say… Im happy with basing vehicles so there! ;)

Besides… who wants to be perfect anyway…

Glad you like it chaps, after feeling fairly ambivalent towards the Desert War as a gaming genre, I have been fully sucked in by it and converted! I suspect my DAK will continue to grow…

Dwindling Gravitas Inactive Member20 Mar 2017 7:54 a.m. PST

My basing comments really were intended to be very tongue-in-cheek :-)

I think your desert table looks so fantastic because it's not flat.

When I was a nipper, I had the very special privilege of visiting Charles Grant's place quite a few times. I never played with him, but he did let me stare in slack-jawed amazement at his gear many a time;.

I remember once he had his ginormous sand table set up for the desert war (can't remember which battle/campaign specifically) with countless 8th army and DAK units all ready to roll, and I recall it was a very flat expanse he had at that time (obviously intentionally).

Yours looks much more "interesting"

PiersBrand20 Mar 2017 11:32 a.m. PST

Grants sand table was impressive.

It's hard to get that effect with mats. You want lots of rolling dunes and hills to hide behind… as Bleeped text all else available!

And I know it was tongue in cheek… So was my response good chap! :)

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