Battle #1 Summary
Industry experts predicted a mighty clash between the forces of the
Maryland Attack Group (MAG) led by the Tyng/Tri-Pact coalition, and
the Pennsylvania Urban Fighting Force (PUFF) led by Joe "Puff Daddy" Sommer.
However, because of recent trade agreements between the organizations
involving advanced electronics not available outside the mid-Atlantic,
the hostilities were called off. (Actually, it was because Joe was
the only member of PUFF with an operational tank!!)
So, the first battle was waged along national lines, with the Germans
battling the Russians. The German forces included the Tiger-1, Panzer-IV,
Hetzer, Panther and Goer (captured in Normandy). The Russian forces
included the T-34, SU-100, KV-1, U.N. Armored Car and 155mm artillery.
(Apparently, the U.N. had a pre-existing agreement with the Russians to
help maintain their monopoly.)
The battle would be fought for 1 hour, with each vehicle allowed
a maximum of two re-incarnations (3 total lives per vehicle).
Appropriately, the German home base would be in the "West" and the Russian
home base in the "East". The northern frontier consisted of some knee-high
tall grasslands and the southern frontier was the pit area. A triangular
bunker was constructed in the middle of the field on the north side serving
as the Russian "forward base". A group of small trees in the middle
of the field on the south side served as the German "forward base".
Supply vehicles could bring ammo to the forward base to allow vehicles
to reload there and they could also steal ammo from the other team's
Goer Don't Go
Early in the first battle, the Goer became the first kill for Will's new
SU-100 which had just fired its first shot in battle. Apparently, Marty
didn't hear the about the plan in which he "waited" until the route to the
forward base was secure. To add to his woes, on the way
back to home base, the Goer suffered a major breakdown which
prevented Marty from attempting any more supply runs. Marty was forced
to watch the remainder of the battle, although he did snap lots of photos.
A post-mortem on the Goer revealed that
the wooden relays provided by Tyng Laboratories failed under heavy load
(Marty was grinding hard through some thick grass). Tyng Labs has
subsequently re-labeled their existing supply of relays as "For Canadian
Export Only", adding a "Battle Tested" sticker along with a hefty price
increase. Fortunately, Tri-Pact came prepared, bringing along the Tiger's
prototype MAG speed control, which was installed in the Goer during the
Along with the Goer, the Panther and Hetzer were plagued by mechanical
problems in the first battle that prevented them from participating fully.
The Panther (which hasn't been worked on since last year) didn't have
sufficient power to turn through the rough terrain and eventually stripped
some gears. Having never battled on such a field with that vehicle, Shane
didn't know how far he could push the envelope before it swallowed him.
The Hetzer also had problems, due primarily to a loss of battery
power. Either the batteries themselves were bad (Joe bought them surplus
last year) or they didn't get a full charge. In either case, the Hetzer
started going slower and slower, and didn't have the power needed
to turn properly. That kept Joe in a defensive position most of the time
and he was killed three times in a relatively short period of time.
Joe was able to shoot "Paul" (not Paul's vehicle) once during the battle
while attacking the KV-1 which was anchoring the northern front for the
With lots of new systems on-board, the KV-1 was playing it safe in the
first battle, "cowering behind the T-34 and SU-100 for the most part"
(Paul's own words).
Aside from Joe's hit on Paul's person, the KV-1 was only hit once
by a long-range shot from John (his oldest brother) who specializes
in long-distance delivery, although he was also chased by Frank (his older
brother). Mechanically, the KV-1 only had one
problem which resulted from the loss of a 10-cent nylon-nut that held the
pivot bolt for the elevate system. Paul knew the nut was missing when
the battle began, but didn't bother looking for it!!
After the battle, the CD determined that Paul improperly worked on the
KV-1's gun outside of a base, thereby allowing his teammates to freely
use the base. Paul was given a 500 point individual penalty for the
Panzer In The Arden
The second oldest tank in the hobby, John's Panzer IV had lots of new
systems installed over the winter and it performed very well. Unfortunately,
because of the other German problems, the Panzer found itself alone quite
often. At one point, the Panzer had to hold off Will's SU-100 and Steve's
T-34 (no easy chore) while the Tiger retreated to home base for re-loading
and the Hetzer retreated to be re-incarnated.
The high-point of the battle came
late in the battle, when the Panzer IV (the sole German survivor)
came out of home base facing the T34, SU-100 and KV-1.
With few options, the Panzer ran for the hills (literally), hiding in
the "Arden Forest", which was a hilly group of trees behind the German home
base on the western front.
Upon seeing the Panzer leave home base, the KV-1 instinctively retreated
towards the grasslands on the northern front, with General Steve yelling
"get your ass up there" to the youngster.
With that encouragement, the KV-1 approached the Panzer from one side, while
the SU-100 pinned it down from another side. In the meantime, the T34
went up the hill, plowed a way through the thick foliage and broke through
the trees about 5 feet directly behind the Panzer IV. The lone German
was killed shortly thereafter. John didn't know it at the time, but
his fellow German and brother Frank actually scouted the approach path
for the T34 (not a glorious episode for any of the Pittelli boys, but
a great battle story nonetheless).
Ammo 'R Us
The U.N. (aka Blattau Brothers) came to the battle with only one goal -
to go totally belligerent on any supply vehicles attempting to bust their
ammo carrying monopoly. To that end, the U.N. Support Vehicle was
turned into an armored car and a 155mm
artillery piece was leased
from Tri-Pact for "peace-keeping purposes". Mike's armored car spent
a lot of time on the edge of the grasslands, trying to stay out of
range of the tanks, while lobbing paintballs at them when they weren't
looking. Naturally, if you put a big white target
anywhere on the
battlefield, the Panzer will attempt to shoot at it (usually from a
totally different zipcode area) and John landed one hit from a very
long distance (over 70 feet). The Tiger's approach is totally opposite,
preferring to get up close and personal when killing something. To that
end, while the other Russians were re-loading, the Tiger ran straight
at the U.N. AC, driving it into the deep grasslands. It did well at first,
but then drove over a large clump of grass and got stuck. The Tiger
plowed into the grasslands, drove up next to the U.N. AC and cancelled
its charter. An ominous growl could be heard throughout the savanah
as the Tiger declared the grass-lands to be its new home.
While Mike was rolling around in the AC, Nathan was attempting to use
the 155mm artillery piece to pin down everything from a secured position
close to the eastern front. Unfortunately, the bolt for the paintball
marker broke after a couple of shots. A post-mortem revealled that the
inexpensive marker used plastic parts for the bolt assembly and they
broke. Nathan was forced to watch from the side-lines and help direct
activities for his team.
Tyng The Barbarian
Steve Tyng dreams every night about a German/Russian battle and now
it was real. After helping to establish the ill-fated artillery position,
the T34 tore out across the middle of the field looking for prey. Having
watched the Tiger plow into the tall grasslands to try to outflank the
KV-1, the T34 ventured into the tall grass as well to try to outflank the
Tiger. Steve soon realized that the heavy, thick grass didn't suit his
"run-and-gun" style when the T34 and Tiger were only a few feet apart but
couldn't hit each other because of the thick grass. With the
Tiger grinding away trying to get a better firing solution, the T34
destroyed the Hetzer that was sitting outside the grasslands and then
departed himself. The Tiger was able to get one hit on the T34 during the
incident and another growl was heard from deep in the grasslands.
Out on the open field, the T34 kept the carnage high on the German
side, destroying the Hetzer two more times all by himself, as well as
one "full kill" on the Tiger and one half-kill on the Tiger. And, as
reported above, the T34 finished off the Panzer in the Arden forest by
blazing a trail through the trees.
After the battle, the CD determined that Steve
improperly fixed the T34 while on the field by cocking his marker (he forgot
to cock it in home base after re-loading CO2). Steve was given a 500 point
individual penalty for the infraction.
Battle #1 Photos