Christmas break, with Chain of Command

In amongst doing all that painting and building I also found time over the Christmas break to have two games of Chain of Command. I didn’t take that many photos, and those I took weren’t that wonderful, but here goes…

Chip brought along his newly painted Valiant Miniatures US Infantry platoon for a game against my Germans.

The table for the first game

The table for the first game

Chip's 29th Infantry GIs - big fellas from Valiant Miniatures

Chip’s 29th Infantry GIs – big fellas from Valiant Miniatures

Chip tried a flanking manoeuvre, which was stymied when he rolled a random event, so my third gruppe arrived just in time to block his way.

The 3rd German gruppe arrived just in time to thwart a US flanking manouevre. You can jsut see a long line of thwarted Americans across the field.

The 3rd German gruppe arrived just in time to thwart a US flanking manouevre. You can just see a long line of thwarted Americans across the field.

We ended up with three squads each facing off against each other playing along the length of the table, so there were no flanks any more. Although I briefly looked to be gaining the upper hand in the centre, the Americans’ firepower and numbers (and generalship) were beginning to tell.

We also put on a game for Mark and Michael, just as another play-through for Michael, and to introduce the game for Mark. The Germans had a couple of LMGs in bunkers, and a roving squad, while the British had a platoon.

The table for the second game. The British have been busy making smoke with their 2" mortar

The table for the second game. The British have been busy making smoke with their 2″ mortar

The Germans were a little overpowered, but the British were looking like they could put together a successful attack when we managed to roll an end of turn at the right time, removing all their smoke. The British continued their attack without the smoke, but ended up having a section broken.

The crucial encounter between the point British section and the roving German gruppe

The crucial encounter between the point British section and the roving German gruppe

So that was an interesting lesson – if the turn ends then you have to go through all the steps again before you continue with your plan.

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