Monday, March 23, 2015

First game of 2015. FoW Early War

March sees me play my very first game of 2015. For throwing off the rules rust we went for 1500 points of Early War. German Panzers vs French Panhards and friends. Free for All mission.
A very enjoyable game with those tense moments that could see it swing either way. The club had a Magic Card game event happening and it was rather full and busy. Great to catch up with some fellow gamers I haven't seen in a while after just basically really getting into my painting over the duration of the Painting Challenge.
Enjoy the glory of blurred smartypants phone photos!
At other end my Panzer III platoon and 6 Rads cross craters to head off Motorcycle troops.

Panzer II platoon moves around Church to help force back the Motorcycle troops.

It worked but French infantry make a foothold in a building.

They failed to motivate after orders to assault tanks a few times (despite denying the defensive fire due to within 4")

Panhards look very nice!

As do the fully tracked friends they have.

In the woods some Panhards close in on an Objective. Panzer III 1iC and 2iC with some Panzer II friends rush to intercept.
It got all kinds of crazy in these woods. Panhards are no more but the French Heavys have arrived!

Only two 6 Rads stay on this table end to defend against French Infantry that building hopped to within sight of  an Objective!

Nice French Artillery. Direct fire Anti Tank = kick ass! Bombard on tanks...not so much.

Game end! Germans capture Dirt road exit! French forced to disengage and regroup.

Germans lost the Platoon of Panzer III. Stuka ground attack contributed nothing.


  1. Plaing Early War is something very special and different to the "normal" Late War battles, most FoW players tend to play. Looks like you had a lot of fun! :-)

  2. Fantastic game Brendon, both to look at and to follow. Swirling EW tank battles are lots of fun. EW in general is great fun actually.

  3. Thanks fellas for the comments. EW is a lot of fun. Totally agree. My Panzer force is tricky to play. It's both tough and fragile at the same time. Veteran makes them harder to hit but the low armour makes them go BOOM if they get hit often. Veteran increase the point cost so you get fewer than Trained forces.
    I think though EW makes for good often long games at 1500 points and this may be too many points for those competitive players restricted to a 2.5hour tourney game. We would struggle to complete a game in that time I think. It's all those high FP tests to pass. 4+ and 5+ rather than later 3+.

  4. Yep, I note that the 2014/15 North American tournament points for EW are set at 1390

  5. Nice photos by the way

  6. Thanks Khakiduck (Grant). That 1390 points limit makes sense but it's only 10 points shy of a nice round 1400. Go figure?

  7. I'm so jealous: the game looks absolutely smashing!

    What's with the off-centre roundels on the French dice? - it did strange things to my tired eyes...

  8. I must admit Admiral Drax that I did not notice that. They look like cartoon crazy eyes. :) cheers