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Microbiggie09 Feb 2019 8:59 a.m. PST

We played a East Front winter game using IABSM and my 6mm stuff last week.
This action takes place north of the Danube as a Kampfgruppe of the 20th Pz swings left to get behind the Soviet lines around Bucs. The Obitsky Canal was on the north edge of the table-the Soviet entry line.
The Germans (William) would enter along the south edge with 8) PzIVH/Js and Sdkfz 251s mounted Pz grd 2) 4 section companies, 2) Stummels 2) MMG teams and a FO for a couple of 82mm mortars I put a Blitzkrieg and Rapid Deployment card in for them and they had a+2 Tank ace. The only way to get across the canal was via 2 bridges.The table is flat and cut by several hedges. A farm off to the right is unoccupied. There are some defensive works facing east from the earlier actions in which the Russian forced the Axis defenders back.
The Russians (Randy and myself) had the remain of the 30th Guards Mech Brig of the 9th Mech Corps. 6) M4A2s (76mm), 2) Valentine IXs, and 6 sections of Guards infantry, 2) MMG teams and 3) ATR teams. There was a FO for a section of medium mortars. And 4) SU76s from the 697th Self propelled Art Rgt were also available.
We would start coming in as blinds on turn 2 from the north edge so we had to cross the canal. We also were low on AP ammo, so when a tank rolled doubles, we would only have one more turn of firing. The SUs had to roll doubles twice. This was to be unnecessary.
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Emchas across the canal and spotting Nazis by Mark Luther, on Flickr

Emchas across the canal and spotting Nazis by Mark Luther, on Flickr

Too many panzers by Mark Luther, on Flickr

Stummels by Mark Luther, on Flickr

Greandiers waiting for the M4s to go away by Mark Luther, on Flickr

Grenadiers dash across the bridge by Mark Luther, on Flickr

Marc33594 Supporting Member of TMP09 Feb 2019 10:24 a.m. PST

Great looking game. And thanks for stating the scale and rules up front in your post, I find that incredibly helpful.

TacticalPainter0109 Feb 2019 3:11 p.m. PST

Great looking table as always. I have had the IABSM rules for some time but I'm yet to play. My 20mm forces seem to be too large a scale and I really like the look of your 6mm so I'm tempted to try this scale. How do you base your infantry for IABSM, what does each stand represent?

Microbiggie09 Feb 2019 5:43 p.m. PST

I use pennies for the infantry. Each section/squad is on 2 pennies. Teams are on 1 penny. Big men and 2 men teams are on small bases by themselves.
Thanks for the comments.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP10 Feb 2019 11:47 a.m. PST

I like the look of the wide open spaces and frozen land.

Nice to see some sparse forces for a change, well spread out, after so many FOW and TY tread to tread images.

Steve Wilcox10 Feb 2019 11:58 a.m. PST

Looks great! Very atmospheric!

FlyXwire10 Feb 2019 2:57 p.m. PST

CLASSIC Micro-Scale game!

Microbiggie10 Feb 2019 5:15 p.m. PST

Thanks. IABSM is close to 1/300 in ground scale, so really great for doing realistic 'frontages' No ridiculous looking beetles mating syndrome armor lots.

TacticalPainter0110 Feb 2019 11:42 p.m. PST

I use pennies for the infantry. Each section/squad is on 2 pennies. Teams are on 1 penny. Big men and 2 men teams are on small bases by themselves.

Great thanks, that makes sense. I have to absolutely agree that it looks so much better than those over crowded tables you can see at tournaments with phalanxes of tanks moving across the table. No matter how well you've made the models or the terrain the whole effect is ruined once you line up all the tanks like that. You've set the bar high, but it's exactly where it needs to be, great work.

catavar11 Feb 2019 11:41 a.m. PST

I really like the snow effect on the table.

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