Scenario - Raise The Flag
The objective of the battle was to use the vehicle's weight to drive over three
designated targets and (flip) raise the flag.
100 mission points are awarded for each flag raised and
500 points if all 3 flags simultaneously display the same team colours.
The teams were organized as follows:
- Red Team
Neil Rochford (Leopard)
- Blue Team
Pete Arundel (Locust), Phil Guy (Hetzer)
by Neil Rochford
The battle started with the Leopard making a quick dash to the centre of the
battle field, as the two blue team tanks formed a classic pincer movement.
The Leopard and Locust fired a few long range shots to no avail and moved in closer.
While the Locust fired shots that hit the Leopard but failed to burst any paint,
the Leopard raised a red flag. The Hetzer sat near the far flag ready to shoot the
Leopard. Being the faster tank, the Leopard positioned itself just to the side of
the Hetzer and scored one hit, flipped the flag and withdrew, only to find itself
face to face with the Locust.
With both tanks firing at point blank, the Leopard ran round the side and fired
a shot into the side of the US lightweight. Low on ammo the Leopard raised the
last flag, fired a volley of remaining shots into the Locust, sending it back to base.
The Leopard reversed back to base with the Hetzer in hot pursuit.
At this point safely in home base it was noticed that the Leopard had not only
lost a wheel but also couldn't fire and was out of the battle.
When the Locust returned to battle and after raising a blue flag, it was found to be
out of useable control and deemed out, only the Hetzer could still move, but in the
wet thick mud it was decided that an early end was to be declared.
To The Victor The Spoils
by Pete Arundel
Yes, the first battle in blighty took place today. And Neil won. Not
only did he supply ALL the tanks and other battlefield kit, but he also
comprehensively thrashed Phil and myself. I was going to take a
photograph of the winner, but to be honest Neil was radiating an air of
such smugness that I just couldn't bring myself to do it.
Much, I think was learned.
Firstly, friction drive for tracks is probably unsuitable for use in
the damp, slimey conditions of our green and pleasant land.
Secondly, all mechanical systems need to be beefed up and tested, re-
tested and then you have to plan on them failing at some point in the
Thirdly, suspension is highly desirable if we're going to keep on
using farmland populated by cloven-hoofed beasties.
I'd like to end with a big thank-you to Neil who built everything,
organised everything and even provided a child waving bananas to
assist in navigation. Despite the hitches, breakdowns and slipperyness
of the terrain it was a great deal of fun.
The red team raised two flags earning 100 points each then all three
simultaneously earning an additional 500 points. The Blue team raised one
flag earning 100 points and had many opportunities to raise more when the
Leopard was out of action, but strangely didn't want to!