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Microbiggie13 Jun 2020 8:33 a.m. PST

This was another remote viewing game using I Aint Been Shoot Mum and my 6mm minis. It was divided into 2 sessions with 2 different players in each.The scenario was to depict the defense of Wulkow in eastern Germany on April 18, 1945 by elements of the 27th Fallschirmjager Rgt.A larger overview of the battle from Bob Mackenzie's excellent site: On the 16th of April 1945 the Soviet army unleashed its last offensive against the German Reich. The bridgeheads over the Oder River split asunder and spewed forth red infantry and armor which forged forward to take Berlin. Although by this late stage in the war the German army was on its knees, it had a strong defensive position on the Seelow heights and gave a good account of itself, selling each meter of the Reich dearly.Pressure began to mount and the German line broke. Soviet forces flowed either side of Seelow and pushed along Reichstrasse 1 into the country beyond. As the best German forces were deployed along the road, which was the direct route to Berlin progress was slow. However to the north of the road the Soviets had penetrated several km's further. This meant that the Germans around Reichstrasse 1 were on a salient. Guarding the North edge of the Salient was the village of Wulkow. The Soviets wished to take it and push to the south east to support their advance down the road to Berlin.The main assault fell to the 301st Rifle Division, supported by the 220th Tank brigade. Behind were the tank brigades of the 11th Tank Corps and 1st Mechanised Corps waiting to exploit the the breakthrough. I use Messenger and oddles of pics to run this game.
Link to flickr AAR link

western edge of Wulkow by Mark Luther, on Flickr

What the Russians kinda saw by Mark Luther, on Flickr

The attack comes across the fields by Mark Luther, on Flickr

First assualt beaten back by Mark Luther, on Flickr

IS2s going in by Mark Luther, on Flickr

And the schreck strikes by Mark Luther, on Flickr

Other panzerjagers looking for a target by Mark Luther, on Flickr


Mark 113 Jun 2020 11:11 a.m. PST

Another magnificent game, Mark.

The scenario is very well constructed. Lots of variety of kit, lots of stuff going on, but every unit, every weapon is a very credible addition for the time and place of the game.

The terrain looks great, and is very thoughtfully laid out. Realistic and challenging for the attackers. I love the walled yards of the houses, the industrial area outside of town, the long road with a line of trees along one side, the tire tracks in the dirt around the buildings … all of the details that give it such a tangible, realistic feel.

The units are beautiful. The IS2s look well-used. The Hetzers are very cool looking. The soldiers look great (2D wargaming you say? Never heard of them before. Will have to check 'em out. But I'm guessing the majority of the figures are Adler, no?).

And the pictures of course make it possible for me to see all of this to make my comments.

Really, you have it all going there. Hitting on all points. Great job, must have been a fun game, makes a great show.

Thanks for posting it!

(Mk 1 -- a different mark)

Microbiggie13 Jun 2020 11:31 a.m. PST

Most of the Russian infantry is Adler. The FJ are a mix of GHQ and H&R. Tanks are GHQ. The 2Dwargaming libe is very nice. I picked up their Russian Sailors and T34s and Panthers. Just as detailed as GHQ, but can be purchased individually.
I've started putting the dremel to buildings to make them look more war weary.
This was in response to a request for a late war game. The armor clash in the town made for some tense moments.

Mark 113 Jun 2020 12:03 p.m. PST

Presuming you mean 2D6 Wargaming? Looks interesting. I've never seen them before.

(aka: Mk 1)

Microbiggie13 Jun 2020 12:36 p.m. PST

Yes 2D6Wargaming it is. They are also doing Saxons and Vikings in 6mm.

Greg G113 Jun 2020 4:14 p.m. PST

Very nice, Mark and finally found where you hide the OOB for the games. Some very nice models and buildings on the table.Formed a bubble here in the UK with a fellow gamer and was able to play a Crossfire game today.

Microbiggie13 Jun 2020 4:22 p.m. PST

Great Greg. Another pair of gamers here are getting together for a game every few weeks. Most folks I associate with are still social distancing. And we are all merrily painting away. We have so many new toys ready now that we will have to game every weekend and add a few double headers.

Mark 113 Jun 2020 6:27 p.m. PST

And we are all merrily painting away. We have so many new toys ready now…

The same for me. That was part of the reason my thread on new stuff has managed to keep going -- lots of stuff getting painted these days.

You should treat us with a few pics of your new work. I mean, your miniatures are so well done, but seldom get the spotlight they deserve since your games are SO VERY well done.

(aka: Mk 1)

Fred Mills14 Jun 2020 5:27 a.m. PST

What a terrific-looking game and report. My 6mm efforts clearly have room to (vastly!) improve. Also, I did not know about 2D6, so many thanks for the reference.

Personal logo Legion 4 Supporting Member of TMP14 Jun 2020 8:13 a.m. PST

thumbs up All very nice ! 6mm is perfect for Company, Bn and Rgt/Bde gaming.

Greg G114 Jun 2020 8:52 a.m. PST

The Crossfire game I played yesterday, was 6mm on a 2 foot square board.

Marc33594 Supporting Member of TMP14 Jun 2020 12:19 p.m. PST

Please share with us the OOB :)

Very nice game. Kind of game you really wish you could have played in. Thanks for taking the time.

Microbiggie14 Jun 2020 6:30 p.m. PST

Hi Marc, For the IABSM company sized game the Russians had 2 companys of infantry. They were reduced to 3, 2 section platoons. They had a 3 team Mmg platoon and a FO for some medium mortars. The Heavy tank unit was 4 IS2s. There is also a pregame bombardment. The FJ defenders had 2 "bttn" that were more like 2 weak companies. They were each 2 plus or 2 sections with a HQ section. 2 PaK 40s with RSOs. 2 puppchens, 2 Mmg teams 2 pzsck teams. Each section had a pzfst. FOs for heavy mortars and 15cm bttys. But these had limited ammo/availability. All could be dug in. 4 Hetzers were late reinforcements. This information is in the flickr AAR btw

Marc33594 Supporting Member of TMP15 Jun 2020 4:14 a.m. PST

I appreciate the summary, thank you so much. Will go back over the AAR :)

Personal logo FlyXwire Supporting Member of TMP15 Jun 2020 5:30 a.m. PST

Mark, terrific scenario and battle candy!

Captain Pete24 Dec 2021 7:56 a.m. PST

Another excellent looking game!

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