Sunday, 29 May 2016

Flames of War: Market Garden Tournament - Part Two

Today was Tournament Day for Flames of War at Phoenix Games in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Twelve players came to the city to compete for bragging rights and prizes. I did not place well in this tournament, but I walked away with a Door Prize and a Prize for the army voted as best painted.
As my readers may know from my previous posts, I am a huge fan of Reaper and RAFM miniatures. I add their figures to whatever collections I can. I am sure that these two unique objective markers are what helped me win the prize for best painted army as voted by the players. The Demon being summoned on the left is a Night Gaunt by RAFM and the Blood Pool Fountain with Dead Russian Soldiers around it is a Fountan of Chaos by Reaper Miniatures.
Above is another view of my Demon being summoned by a German commander. It always gets a few looks while the armies are on parade. Below is a picture of my list for the tournament. Although it did not perform well, I am more than happy that people enjoyed my work. Thanks for the votes guys.

My list was as follows...
Confident  Trained Grenadierkompanie (.59)German Late-War
PlatoonQtyUnitPoints
Headquarters
Grenadierkompanie HQ (59.) p.39
2
1
2
Cmd SMG team
Panzerschreck team
8cm GW34 mortar
Combat Platoons
Grenadier Platoon (59.) p.39
1
6
1
Cmd Panzerfaust SMG team
Rifle/MG team
Panzerschreck team
Grenadier Platoon (59.) p.39
1
6
1
Cmd Panzerfaust SMG team
Rifle/MG team
Panzerschreck team
Weapons Platoons
Grenadier Machine-gun Platoon (59.) p.40
1
4
Cmd SMG team
MG42 HMG
Regimental Support
Grenadier Infantry Gun Platoon (59.) p.41
1
1
2
Cmd SMG team
Observer Rifle team
7.5cm leIG18 gun
Grenadier Anti-tank Gun Platoon (59.) p.41
1
3
Cmd SMG team
7.5cm PaK40 gun
Grenadier Scout Platoon (59.) p.41
1
2
Cmd Panzerfaust SMG team
Rifle team
Support Platoons
Schwere Panzerj√§ger Platoon Confident  Veteran   p.35
3StuG G
Divisional Anti-tank Gun Platoon (59.) p.42
1
1
3
3
Cmd SMG team
Kfz 15 field car
7.5cm PaK40 gun
3-ton truck
Grenadier Artillery Battery (59.) p.43
1
1
1
2
4
4
Cmd SMG team
Staff team
Horse-drawn wagon
Observer Rifle team
10.5cm leFH18 howitzer
Horse-drawn limber
Heavy Anti-aircraft Gun Platoon Reluctant  Trained Allied Platoon  p.140
1
1
2
2
Cmd SMG team
Trench Line
8.8cm FlaK36 (Static) gun
Gun Pit
Company Points:1420

It was fun to squeeze 10 platoons into a 1420 point game, but next time, I will take fewer units.  It was a lot to set up for each match. My first opponent was Phil. Below is a picture of his army.
I lost this game big due to bad deployment and my opponent being clever enough to wrap around the side and attack my flank when I deployed fully anticipating a frontal assault. I also made major mistakes in double-timing teams to his objectives (only to get blasted to pieces), and in using soft-topped transports in range of his guns.
I voted Phil for the tournament's best painted army. His army looks fantastic and I love that he used a display board. I am told that he took the detail to such a level that he even painted their eyes. Being 15mm, I never investigated to see if that claim was true, but his army looks great!

Below is a picture of someone else's army. I don't know whose this was, but I like it. I considered voting it as my favourite painted army.
My second game was against an extremely friendly fellow named Kevin. He was very enjoyable to play against and a great opponent in that he helped teach you play the game better as you played. Despite being friendly, he went for blood. Kevin's list contained 8 Panthers.
The only thing that I had of threat to these monsters' front armour were my 88s. Kevin decided to leave the 88s' side of the table alone and concentrated his efforts where he had little to fear.   

My Infantry, PaK40s, 105s and Stugs were only mere speed bumps to Kevin's forces while my 88s did nearly nothing. Kevin was able to earn a 6-1 victory off of me.


My final game went a lot better. We both had German Grenadier Companies. His were Veterans and mine were Trained, but I was able to score a 3-1 draw on this game.

I learned from my first game and did not repeat the mistake of putting my transports in harms way. They got off the table before the enemy's long range weapons fired.
I rushed forward with StuGs and Infantry for the objective, but my opponent was able to defend it and grind the game to a stalemate. Still, a 3-1 draw is a much better result than the two 6-1 loses that I suffered earlier. If time was not limited, I might have even squeezed out a 6-1 victory. :)

Overall, I had a great day at the tournament. It is always fun to get painted models onto the table and Flames of War is one of the many games that I thouroghly enjoy. Special thanks goes out to the Owner of Phoenix Games, Bill Kocher, and the Tournament Organizer, Brenden Brown. I had a great time and your efforts are appreciated.



3 comments:

  1. Nice report, thanks for sharing. Anybody from the Canadian ETC team participated?

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  2. I don't know if anyone from the Canadian ETC team was there. I am actually unfamiliar with who and what the ETC team are.

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  3. Thanks Jacob, that mysterious army is mine and it is a Canadian list. It was a great tourney.
    Craig

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