The Road to Bremen Chain of Command campaign AAR Updated 06 05 18

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The Road to Bremen Chain of Command campaign AAR Updated 06 05 18

Post by TacticalPainter » Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:02 pm

The campaign has already started and I would have posted this to The Guild, had (sob, sob) it still been around.

This is an interesting and unusual take on the campaign concept that was published in the Too Fat Lardies Christmas Special 2017 (available as a downloadable pdf from their website). It is April 1945, the British are driving into Germany and the German units are not totally reliable. The German commander has two platoons of Heer, two of Falschimjager and one weak platoon of Volkssturm. Each of the four full platoons must be allocated in advance to defend a separate map, of the 8 maps to be defended. Two Kreigsmarine supermines are available for undefended boards and the Volkssturm can either defend another map or be broken down into squads and assigned to support the other maps. Prior to the British arrival at a particular map the defenders must roll on the 'Endkampf' table to see if they stand and fight, or opt to surrender. There's a great deal of uncertainty for both sides. With good luck the Germans may have all units stand and fight. With their own good fortune the British may find the way open and they can make good progress.

I chose to play the Germans because it presents the biggest challenge. You can follow the full AARs for Scenarios 1 and 2 here:
https://thetacticalpainter.blogspot.com ... and-2.html

And for Scenario 3 here:
https://thetacticalpainter.blogspot.com ... rio-3.html

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Re: The Road to Bremen Chain of Command campaign AAR

Post by mausmann » Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:10 pm

Thanx for posting..... 8-) Really like the terrain, has a classic feel to it that I like..... ;)
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Post by recon » Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:34 am

great table and cheers for posting interesting spin on things

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Post by NotbingOld » Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:32 am

Excellent report. Liked the terrain simple but effective. Thanks for taking the time to post.
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Post by ray » Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:54 am

Thanks for posting,your game looked great :)

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Post by Boroda » Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:57 am

What a fab' looking game 8-) 8-) 8-) 8-) 8-)

Thanks for sharing the links to the AARs. It is always interesting to read about other gamers battles
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Post by dead1 » Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:03 am

Love this campaign. Actually find the concept of choosing not to play or even not being able to play a scenario due to surrender fascinating.

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Re: The Road to Bremen Chain of Command campaign AAR

Post by Boroda » Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:37 am

I'm looking foward to further installments in this campaign.

Is the campaign system easily transferable? I'm thinking of different WW2 settings, or other rule sets, or even other historical periods? Any insight would be must appreciated. TIA.
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Re: The Road to Bremen Chain of Command campaign AAR

Post by TacticalPainter » Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:49 pm

Boroda wrote:
Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:37 am
Is the campaign system easily transferable? I'm thinking of different WW2 settings, or other rule sets, or even other historical periods? Any insight would be must appreciated. TIA.
I think it should be. It's designed for platoon level skirmish. Each campaign will give you the basic order of battle in terms of the platoons, you then have a support list, from which you can select historically available supports like AT guns, tanks, MG teams according to the scenario you are playing. The campaigns all include maps for each table you need to set up.

There is a campaign supplement called At the Sharp End, this shows you how to build your own campaign, but also has rules for how you track the platoons and their casualties through the campaign. You also have to consider the COs opinion - he will reward your aggression and ruthless pursuit of victory, against your Men's Opinion - they will punish you for high casualties and expensive victories (or defeats). Both of these will influence the level of support you get in subsequent games and the overall force morale. It demands you keep a good balance between aggression and conservation of life.

So far there are campaigns for the US in Normandy and the Ardennes; British paratroopers in Normandy; Germans in Kursk; British in France 1940 and many more to follow (a series of linked Stalingrad campaigns are in the works). The Too Fat Lardies also publish two downloadable magazines each year (a Summer and Christmas 'Special') and these also include campaigns (which is where the Road to Bremen campaign came from).

You can see what's available here:

https://toofatlardies.co.uk/product-cat ... f-command/

The TFL Specials are here:

https://toofatlardies.co.uk/product-category/specials/

If you are looking for other historical periods TFL also produce a campaign system for their black powder era rules Sharp Practice, the campaign supplement is called Dawns and Departures and is also available as a pdf from their website.
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Re: The Road to Bremen Chain of Command campaign AAR

Post by Ed mac » Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:29 pm

Really enjoyed reading that,great pictures :D

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