The Hetzer's low number of kills resulted from the fact that it was in
home base for about half of the battle as the result of a drive system
failure. Apparently, the Tyng Regime mechanics need to go back for
some remedial training, since the problem was solved by a simple set
screw working loose.
During Joe's absence, Paul apparently took
pity on the Tyng Regime and he voluntarily switched sides half-way
through the battle. (Clearly, the Tri-Pact indoctrination program
has not been completed for this rookie and more brain-washing will be
needed before the next battle.) With the KV-1 joining forces with the
T-34, Tyng's dream of an all-Soviet force was starting to materialize,
even if only temporarily. Interestingly, Paul's performance was
better when battling with Tri-Pact, scoring more points for Tri-Pact
than he did for the Tyng Regime. (Perhaps Paul wasn't a traitor after
all ...) Despite the defection and heavy losses on their own side,
Tri-Pact recorded another victory, scoring a total of 10,000 points
while the Tyng Regime scored 7,000.
At one point during the battle, Joe's Hetzer got stuck in some loose
dirt and he was unable to extracate himself. So, in what is now
becoming a familiar story, Steve's T-34 "approached the Hetzer from
the rear and rammed it hard", according to Joe. While the somewhat
strange mating ritual was taking place, John, Paul and Will started
closing in on the lovebirds, firing at every opportunity. Steve later
recalled that "I was risking life and limb to help my comrade".
Tri-Pact forces were proud to announce that they successfully laid
seige to the Tyng Regime home base, a feat that was not possible
in the last battle because of ineffective drive systems that
prevented Tri-Pact from venturing very far from their own home base.
With their new drive systems, Tri-Pact forces could roam anywhere on
the battlefield without concern. In fact, Joe was heard to say that
"Darn, I'm not faster than you guys anymore".
As compared to the previous battle event, in which a number of major
mechanical breakdowns occurred, only relatively minor problems were
seen in this battle. This is almost certainly the result of the
maintenance work performed by all battlers since the last battle,
fixing a lot of things that proved to be unreliable in the last battle.
Will's Panther was forced to battle without a rotate for a portion
of the battle because of a broken wire. Although he fixed that over
lunch, it would later cause him problems again when the speed control
for the rotate lost the ability to reverse.
As mentioned above, Joe's Hetzer missed part of the battle because
of a loose set screw which required him to dig into the system and
trouble-shoot everything to discover the relatively simple problem.
Joe will probably be investing in some lock-tite in the future (as
will most battlers).
John's Panzer IV was working great with its new motors, allowing
him to score the most kills for Tri-Pact with a total of five.
He may have been able to score even more, however, if he hadn't
lost his fire control mechanism ... consisting of a bent paper-clip.
(John apparently felt that using anything stronger to pull the trigger
would be over-kill!!) Needless to say, he'll probably consider a
different source for wire controls in the future.
Paul's KV-1 was amazingly reliable considering that (a) it was in its
first battle and (b) Paul only recently completed the major systems.
The KV-1 uses a Montgomery Track System, EV Warriors and a Tri-Pact
track controller. The only problem suffered by the KV-1 was a fuse
holder that unscrewed itself because of the rough terrain, eventually
allowing the fuse to pop out. Once that happened, the KV-1 was dead
in its tracks ... literally.
Steve's T-34 almost went the entire battle without a problem, except
for a motor wedge that worked itself loose. Unlike Tri-Pact motor
wedges, Tyng wedges apparently aren't secured by a screw to prevent
Finally, two major fatalities of the battle were the on-board video
cameras installed by Steve and Joe. Apparently, both cameras didn't
like the constant shocks generated by the fast moving vehicles running
over rough terrain without suspension. Clearly, some shock-mount
technology is required before such devices can be used to record gun
camera footage or as video feedback in an actual battle. (Smooth,
well-manicured lawns are not a sufficient field test for the types
of conditions experienced by vehicles on the battlefield).