|Dave's fire team are the first 4 figures I am the tail end Charlie.|
Anyway we were playing the Recon Patrol scenario from the rule book but with one very slight (major) change. The Taliban could decide where to place the ambush. They selected a stretch of quite exposed road. Dave my (my ally and squad leader for this game) set his figures up first leaving my fire team in a slightly more exposed position. As we were a patrol being in buildings or behind walls was not really a viable option. But we hugged the walls and low enclosure walls as much as we were able given the limitations of the terrain.
Our new mission is to rescue him.
The lightly wounded (only a scratch) man by the door spends several turns crawling to a comrade, who is covering with a "Minimi". A quick first aid checkreveals he is just battered and bruised and groggy but otherwise OK to fight on.
Dave continues to flank. No doubt arguing that killing the enemy will allow for an easier rescue. And if he succeeds it will.
Covering I send one man out to offer medical assistance. I try to avoid the lines of fire the enemy are using.
Against the far building you can just see an enemy "Dicker"
Dave, remember Dave who went flanking! has manoeuvred into position behind the Taliban who are firing at my wounded guys and manages to kill them all.
Conclusion: A much more closely balanced game than with my nephew. Due to the errors made I by my reading of the rules we should call it a draw. Personally I think it is a marginal Taliban victory but the media would claim a major Taliban victory! Only 2 wounded Taliban survived but we had 3 wounded British. Most importantly we all learnt the rules and the guys could remember the chances of hitting and the cover deductions and bonuses. If we were to play the game a few more times I think we would have it down pat and not need to have me semi continuously look things up. Everyone says they will happily play the game again so to my mind that is a win for all concerned.
Final thoughts. I would like to try the rules in a couple of different settings not just modern Afghanistan. I can see them working as early as the Vietnam conflict and the Arab Israeli wars and that be a little less contentious.
Thanks for reading today. Have a good day from Foggy Kent.
All the best Clint