I was asked by Steve, a new chap at the club, to have a go at a Chain of Command game after he had watched mine and Des’ game the other week. Another member at the club, Paul, was also keen to have a go so I agreed to umpire a game between the two of them. We used Steve’s lovely 28mm kit and I just knocked up a couple of forces from what he had, which resulted in Paul having a basic German Heer platoon with a Sdffz 250 and 4 man scout team and Steve taking a British Rifle platoon (using his Para figures) with a Vickers Gun in support. I decided on a quick scenario, basically a patrol type scenario of find the enemy and engage/highest morale at the end wins, and we got to it.
After a very cautiously (and well) played patrol phase the JOP’s were nice and evenly positioned with neither player having a really great advantage over the other which was nice and both rolled up 8 for morale. After a bold opening move by Paul of deploying his armour first Steve countered by bringing on the Vickers to try and drive it off. It failed to do that but it did temporarily stop the halftrack but then drew the attention of a couple of squads and the MG from the halftrack in retribution which caused it to ‘relocate’ rearwards after a couple of phases of fire. Pretty soon all of the sections were deployed and the chaps began to grasp the activation rules quickly. The game did end up as a series of firefights, actually quite common in ‘first goes’, in which Paul gained the upper hand and caused Steve’s morale to drop lower than his by the end of the game. If the guy’s had a bit more t6ime and were more familiar with the rules there would have been a bit more maneuverer I think, Paul did try and get his half track into the game more by the end but was wary of PIAT action so wasn’t too gung-ho with it.
The important thing was that they both enjoyed the rules and had a good time, I’m giving Paul a game next week and Steve is also keen to have another go soon too. Here’s the few photo’s I took, I’m gutted I didn’t take any more as Steve’s kit is really nice but I was busy with the umpiring.