I partnered Ian as the Russians. Harvey took the defending Germans. The terrain was unpainted polystyrene tiles with some bespoke bits and pieces. It looked very effective.
|The German defensive position.|
Ian was first on the table with the ski troops.
Ian also had some Aerosans, just visible at the top of the photo.
Ian moved up to the hedge line and then launched his men forward. Alas due to a bit of a misunderstanding and some bad luck Ian got a bit close and was shot up comprehensively. No matter, I was on my way with a perfectly executed para-drop.
This was followed by my glider-born AFV. Again, perfectly landed.
I can only just begin to tell you how inconvenient this is in PBI. Especially if you then fail to replace him in the next move. And the move after (until Phil remembered that he had decided that platoon commander replacement automatically succeeds on the second attempt). I then followed up Phil's good work with some rubbish AP rolls that meant I was unable to move from the drop zone. Very frustrating.
The rest of the game featured Ian trying to flank the position with his Aerosans, which was mildly successful. With the Germans in cover and having two nasty looking quads as well as some armour it was a difficult position to crack, even without the problems we'd had.
However in creating his impregnable position Harvey had been forced to leave two of the objectives outside his perimeter, so we occupied those fairly easily and won the game.
Great fun, nice toys, but the PBI system which requires a die roll for EVERYTHING is sometimes very annoying. A couple of bad rolls can ruin and evening's gaming and I think Phil's idea of something automatically succeeding the second time you try it has a lot of merit.
In the post game chat Phil pointed out that the odds of the disaster I encountered were very low and that if you're playing several games in an afternoon/evening as PBIers seem to do then you write it off to experience and get on with the next game.
Hopefully we'll see them all back for a second go in the near future.