Steven Whitesell returns from Cold Wars to run a Hail of Fire game of his own. KV-1's vs PaK-40's!
I’m back from my first Cold Wars! I ran a pair of Hail Of Fire events and had a blast. For the first time ever, I ran HoF as a multiplayer game, British armor and American infantry attacking a German held Village. I stretched my terrain collection as far as I could and made a pretty respectable 4x12’ French countryside, if I do say so myself!
The first game ended up being little more than a teaser for the next one, with a couple folks stopping by to say hi and telling me they were looking forward to playing the second game the following morning, and a pair of fine gentlemen eager to slam together toy soldiers there and then. And slam them they did! The Allied player attempted to drive two platoons of Shermans across a flat open field toward a forest, and was eagerly welcomed with a full unit of Pak-40 AT guns. The paks decimated and broke both platoons in a couple volleys and the Allies never recovered.
The second day brought 6 players and a rousing 3v3 match! This being my very first attempt at multiplayer HoF, we had to figure out two or three things on the fly, but everyone was excited to give it a go and seemed to really enjoy themselves! Ultimately the game couldn’t escape the players on the Southern flank where one of our Allied players, Joe, couldn’t roll higher than a “1” to save his life, and David, the German player opposite him, couldn’t roll lower than a “6” even if he wanted. David’s rolling (and sure, maybe some sound tactical insight too, perhaps) laid waste to Cromwell tanks and Allied troops, and even started to spill over to his other opponent’s forces as well. It was a decisive German victory to be sure.
There were several lessons learned and I look forward to my next opportunity to host a further refined multiplayer match of HoF (Williamsburg Muster, anyone??)! Enjoy the pictures! (Thanks to Steve Whitesell and Brooklyn Wargaming for the couple awesome shots I stole.)