The annual Warheads Flames of War League began this week. At stake: bowls of schadenfreude and an engraved name on the Warheads league plaque.
This year the league is short, just four games. We’re playing two Fair Fight missions, Fighting Withdrawal, and the new mission Breakout. It’s a 1780 point Late War league. Players are restricted to one briefing for the duration of the league but can alter lists from week to week. NGFS is banned. Scoring works this way: 3 points for a win, 1 point for a loss. Small points (traditional FoW scoring) are tie breakers, with enemy platoons killed as 3rd tie breaker if needed. In addition, you get 1 bonus big point for using the same list for four weeks, and another generous big point if you are fully painted for the whole league. The lists and rules are on this thread: http://warheads.ie/index.php?topic=530.0
Nine Thursday night regulars reported for duty and names were drawn from a hat (actually, a Samsung phone) for pairings. The mission was Free-for-All.
Baz’s Tankovy and Floody’s 2ID landed together on table 1.
Padraic, the league kommissar, drew Grant. How would Grant’s Aufklarungsschwadron fair against 2ID? On table 3, John’s trained Panzer Kampfgruppe faced off against Ulick’s Canadian infantry.
Table 4 pitted Daniel’s Canadian Armoured Recce list of Sherman ninja tanks against Brendan’s Independent Tank Company. Brendan looked over his Stuart spam and concluded: Worst. Match. Ever.
This left yours truly with a bye. Sad face (Although the bye point win and the fact that Woody and I went for a few pints provided some consolation):
The games were of a high standard. Everyone save Grant is a tournament veteran. The armies were nicely painted too. Check out the detail on Floody’s staff team maps:
Padraic’s Sherman platoon took cover in a tree line while the infantry in the background dug in. Grant attacked aggressively, quickly lost several platoons and then Padraic cleaned up for a major win.
Daniel’s land mattresses were ready for action:
Brendan’s 11 platoon Stuart spam list suffered mightily at the hands of the Canuck ninja tanks and Daniel came away with a decisive victory.
The bloodiest game of the night was between John and Ulick. John’s FlaKs put some fear into Ulick’s two Sherman platoons. John’s jagdpanthers inflicted kills until a single Typhoon wiped out the unit. The guys traded a good few platoons before time was called and they limped away with a mutual loss.
Ulick’s two units of Shermans, backed up by fin and fur boys, lined up for battle:
Baz and Floody both played aggressively. A risky flanking action by T-34s put serious pressure on Floody.
Floody, however, was able to sneak a unit of Stuarts and recce jeeps onto one of Baz’s objective. Unfortunately for Floody, they ran into Baz’s commander who had paused for a brief looting pit stop. The lone matilda contested the objective and the game finished with a mutual loss.
It was a good night and the four games were enjoyable to watch. The table after Week 1:
1. Daniel, 3-6-6
2. Padraic, 3-6-6
3. Brian, 3-6-0 (bye)
4. Ulick, 1-3-5
5. John, 1-3-4
6. Baz, 1-3-3
7. Floody, 1-3-3
8. Brendan, 1-0-0
9. Grant, 1-0-0