Monday, 10 October 2016

Team Yankee Iron Maiden Global Release - Sydney!

As you may have seen on the Team Yankee website, the Hall of Heroes Campbelltown was selected, at the last minute, to represent Australia in the Iron Maiden Global Release event Hall of Heroes write up this last weekend. In particular they said some very nice things about our participation game towards the end of the Q&A session - thanks guys!


A mini completion,80 points worth, was organised by Lachlan...


With the prize being the Iron Maiden demo army, which had been assembled and undercoated.


More on that below...


As usual I brought some books and items to theme it up a bit..my old navy combats to help with painting British DPM cam...which is ironic as most of mine are now ruined by being worn for painting!



As well as the usual Team Yankee suspects, including the contingent up from Canberra with their lovely models..



I don't know how Ken makes his Soviet armour look so interesting, but I'm very jealous!



The Canberra mob also do some very nice West Germans!









We had a fair few new faces drawn in by the event! Colin on the right is ex RAAF, but still an extremely nice guy, and given the though he's put into his West Germans, I reckon he'll be a force to be reckoned with on the NSW circuit...



But I'm not convinced that Rees is taking his Air Defence seriously enough...



As far as the Iron Maiden models themselves go, I think Battlefront have raised the bar yet further!





However, not likely to have a painted British army for quite some time, for our participation game Bryan and I stayed on our old stomping ground, pitting a Soviet T-72 force against a US force in the CENTAG AOR...As it was a demo game though we bumped the points up a bit to represent a good balance and example of All Arms....



We also didn't worry to much about picking a scenario or objectives, as we expected people to dip in and out of the game...



although as it happened most people stuck around as the game went on, with the action kind of naturally gravitating around the autobahn flyover...and Bryan, Lachlan and I having nothing to do but look up the odd rule...

Dave and Steve opened up for the US Armor aggressively enough... particularly for Team Yankee novices...


Giving the Soviet Mechanised force pause for thought - and an involuntary dismount!


However Phil, Richard and Mick, both playing for the second time that day, were nothing daunted as intrepid Soviet Liberators!



In particular Phil's dice rolling was eyewateringly effective - in 2 successive rolls of 3 dice he scored 6 x 6s! If they hadn't been my dice I would have been suspicious! But as it was the Soviets were able to trade blow for blow, gradually whittling down the small M1 platoons at about the same rate their T-72 companies were melting away...



The game went right down to the wire, with the surviving M1s having to be sent in to clear the Soviet Motor Rifles off the objective...


And the only units on table not needing regular morale checks were the respective artillery batteries!


So that the Soviets resorted to sending theirs in for some direct fire...good Soviet WW2 tactics from these FOW players!


And in the end, right down to the wire, the M1s had to withdraw from the assault...


So a great day's gaming, both competitive and introductory, a suitable way to celebrate a terrific release! If I'd have known our game was going to be profiled, I might have dressed up a little though! Still, as they say - been there, done that, got the T shirt!


10 comments:

  1. Great coverage. Feels like I was there.

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  2. Nice mate, I am struggling to resist.......

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  3. Another great post! Thanks for the report.

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  4. Great looking games, tables ad photos

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    1. Thanks Vinnie for the kind comments!

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  5. Was a fun day, added some new mates, and looking forward to next outing. We will be planning a TY day in Canberra before end of year. Ideal opportunity to try out your lists before Cancon.

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    1. And thanks so much to you and your Canberra mates for schlepping up again - it wouldn't have been the same without your mob! Looking forward to hearing about your TY day later this year...

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