My new gaming terrain boards are ready for play, gaming mates and I are vaccinated, and it's finally time for my first game of Chain of Command in over a year!
The playing space is only 4' x 4', while the TFL literature generally points to a 4' x 6' playing space as being preferred. But until I find the time and inclination to build two more boards to expand the playing space, we get to play on the smaller playing surface. We picked the 'Attack and Defend' scenario, as it plays across the width of the table, rather than lengthwise, with the hope that the patrol phase will still more or less work out.
I invited Gord and Craig to join. Both are veteran Chain of Command players, although neither had managed to play any CoC for over a year due to the pandemic. Somehow, as we organised our forces, they both ended up on the same side so that I, a novice at CoC, managed to face off against a pair of veterans. However they are both friendly and offered good advice through the game.
First up in the game was the patrol phase. For this scenario, the defenders (Gord and Craig as the German PanzerGrenadiers), get to line up 4 patrol markers at a point 18" from their base edge. This put them at the edge of the ravine - something I hadn't considered when assembling the terrain.
With their cover gone, the Canadian section on the left was shot up, and the Canadian force morale plummeted. That ended up being the end of the game.
Post-game analysis. Patrol phase went about as well as could be hoped. For game play, I once again fell into my frequent mistake of attacking everywhere rather than concentrating my forces.
I was distracted by the JOP in the valley, which was not the best choice as it is isolated. I could not move troops out of these woods due to all the open ground around. Had I focused on the JOP near the bridge, I could have brought my troops across the valley (rather than attack across the open top of the bridge). Also, once I lured the Germans to deploy on the table I could have kept hammering them with bombardment from the Sherman's 75 mm gun, while the infantry kept out of sight. If I keep getting hammered in every game, I may eventually learn!