|Fascists! Surrender or be annihilated!!|
Unfortunately, I had to leave this morning in a rush the game sometime after the start, as I was called and informed that a very close friend's mother unexpectedly passed away in the early hours of Monday. This battle report includes my initial photos and another batch taken by the other players, as well as the information emailed by the contenders.
|Carlista Jump-Off Point|
In a guided visit last week to Ciudad Universitaria, we discovered that the topography in 1936 was totally different to now: instead the familar flat campus that we are familiar with, at the time of the conflict it was crossed by a steep ravine and the site of the Medicine Faculty was at a much higher level than the limits of the Nationalists positions.
|Nationalists Jump-Off Point|
Once concluded the patrol phase, the Nationalists jump-off positions were placed at the foot of the slope leading to the buildings. The attack started almost immediately, with the three platoons deploying their first infantry sections and a wide array of high-caliber support weapons, from mortars...
... to artillery...
...and heavy machine guns!
According to the Republican sources, after I left the game the Nationalist attack lacked any tactical finesse and the players only wanted to reach as soos as possible the buildings to engage into hand-to-hand melee to benefit from their superior combat skills.
As an image is worth 1,000 words, you only have to see this Nationalists player (the main commander, incidentally)... how eager to put all his models on the table!!!
The mad dash across open terrain resulted in a terrible blood bash, as the Republicans machine guns firing from the heavily fortified positions in the buildings wiped out the first ranks of legionarios and Moros... death collect a good harvest this morning.
But in spite of the the rain of bullets and shrapnel, the Legionarios reached the main building of the Medecine Faculty... albeit severely weakened in men and moral... the melee resulted in a total rout of the attackers.
...but already severely weakened in men and moral, the melee resulted in a total rout of the attackers...
|Atacar es vencer camaradas!!!|
Victory for the Republic!! Madrid, the tomb of fascism!!!
Victory for the Republic!!
Madrid, the tomb of fascism!!!
And with this game, the Bloody November campaign concludes. It has been a very hectic and intense two months of play but extremely enjoyable nonetheless. Both Chain of Command and the campaign rules At the Sharp End have proved to be extremely well designed, flexible and versatile. As I have already commented in previous posts, playing campaigns requires a totally different approach to that of the casual or standalone game; my guess is that in the future, it looks like we will be only playing small mini-campaigns or large and well researched campaigns, but hardly any more standalone scenarios.
Special mention to Rolf Grein and Jim Hale, co-authors of the the Chain of Command España lists: a wonderful addition to play this specific period, catching the main features of each of the forces involved. The detailed crafted support lists offer all types of options to adpat our armies to each of the diferent scenarios played. Our warmest congratulations for such a fine piece of work.
Note finally that the full Bloody November campaign will be published in the TooFatLardies Christmas Special 2014 issue, to be released by the end of this week. Any comments, suggestions or questions, be free to send to my contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Next stop... El Jarama??