Thursday, August 2, 2012

Dust Warfare 250AP Axis vs Axis

Just came back from a long holiday over in Jordan so was itching to play a game of Dust. Our usual Monday group seem to have chilled a little so I had to squeeze some time out of one of the regulars instead on Wednesday. 

Abdullah fielded his Germans this time and man it was a nail biting game. I'll let the pics do most of the talking. 

Used this list yesterday. I am planning to use this list until I am familiar with it's ins and outs.
Faction: Axis ( 250 / 250 )
--- Sturmgrenadiere Platoon (189)
Upgrade: Improved Command (5)
Command Section: Kommandotrupp (25)
1st Section: Heavy Flak Grenadiers (26)
2nd Section: Battle Grenadiers [Upgrade] (20)
3rd Section: Battle Grenadiers [Upgrade] (20)
4th Section: Laser Grenadiers (21)
Support: MPW II-B "Ludwig" (40)
Support: LPW I-A "Heinrich" (20)
Support: Sniper Grenadier Team (12)
--- Blutkreuz Platoon (61)
Upgrade: Improved Command (5)
Command Section: Sturmpioniere (25)
1st Section: Axis Zombies (19)
Support: Sniper Grenadier

Abdullah used 2 platoons. First containing mainly the Strumpionere units. 2 Battle Grenadiers, 1 Recon Grenadier, Sniper, Ludwig, Heinrich and the Command unit. 2nd Platoon had 3 units of apes. He used Markus as his HQ supported by two units of Gorillas.

My plan was to snipe away his unit of apes so I chose to deploy using the refused flank method, forcing him to walk the field so I can get more shooting in.

Deployment. I hid my Zombies behind the containers to counter his units

While the rest hunkered up left field

2nd Platoon hid behind this broken tower.

Abdullah moves up mid field quickly. I manage to take out one Ape

I then realise that I would be better off shifting my Zombies further back closer to the support units of my Sturmpionere Platoon

While Abdullah moves up

My sniper on my left then took out his spotter

And in return Abdullah took out the sniper unit in his 1st Unit Phase

Feeling lucky after taking both my snipers out, Abdullah advances his Battle Grenadiers

The sniper roost was toast!

Still trying recover, I regrouped all my units in the crater

After managing to take out majority of his Battle Grenadiers using both the Flak and my Battle Grenadiers, I started my advance

During my 3rd Command Phase I advance them up into terrain to start earning me more KP. 

While his apes were advancing really quickly

So in previous turns I hid in the crater, hopefully drawing him into the 12" zone

In my 3rd Unit Phase I launched my Zombies to attempt to kill off his Apes

And failed me they did. After Zombie melee, 1 Ape remains alive from the first unit. Wow they are tough. So I moved up my HQ unit to try to zap the remaining Ape

So I advanced from my left flank to support the Zombies

And zapped him they did. In hindsight, with that much firepower, I should have targetted the ape unit with Markus

It was really bloody at this stage. We both had taken tremendous losses

Markus goes to work with his 18" march and assault. He went for my Laser Grenadiers instead. 

And managed to wipe not only the Laser Grenadiers but the HQ unit and the last 3 zombies. Youch

The amount of death! 

In the last turn, Abdullah hid his Apes behind the crumbling tower while I had to move up to get as many guns into his lines as possible. 

I advanced my Command Sturmpionere unit up and unleashed all their shots into the Battle Grenadiers in the open. I needed that last KP to draw otherwise I lose.

And the Ludwig seals the game for me by taking the last shot! Killed the last two and it was a draw
This is the closest game I've played so far. Either Abdullah knows this army better, suits his playstyle better otherwise the Germans are just a stronger list with longer ranges and more tactical options. 

Gotta get more games in to find out. 

I am hoping to get a 150AP game next week either with Abdullah, Jyue or Nigel who is a new player. 

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