Battle #2 Summary
With the Russians soundly defeating the Germans in the first battle,
the teams were re-arranged into Red and Blue teams, with the Red team
consisting of the T34, Panzer-IV, Hetzer and U.N. Armored Car and the
Blue team consisting of the Tiger, KV-1, SU-100 and the Goer. The same
battle scenario would be used, with a forward base for each team, serviced
by one supply vehicle on each side. The U.N. Armored Car would pull
double duty, towing a trailer for supplies and shooting at opposing
vehicles whenever it had a chance.
The Red team's home base was on the eastern front, with the Blue team
on the western front.
Goer Just Keeps Going
The most dramatic turn-around during lunch-time was the revival
of the M520 Goer by replacing the burnt out speed controller by the
prototype Tri-Pact speed controller used originally in the Tiger.
Although there wasn't sufficient time to connect the controller up
to the Goer's radio, a simple tether control could be used to drive
the Goer around from 5-6 feet away.
As soon as war was declared, Marty Hayes took control of the Goer
and headed straight for the forward base. He was determined to
keep the war going with plenty of ammo and to break the U.N.'s monopoly
in the ammo business. With a total of 13 successful runs and 4 steals
from the opposing forward base, Marty has definitely set a high mark
for future supply vehicle drivers. During the hour-long battle, the
Goer was killed only twice, despite being the slowest and least
maneuverable vehicle on the battlefield. Stealth is Marty's middle
Ironically, despite the large number of successful supply runs, Marty
earned only nominal points for the Hayes Trucking Company. That is,
since his own vehicle didn't work on the rough terrain, Marty needed
to "lease" the Goer from Tyng/Tri-Pact for the battle. Apparently,
Marty failed to read the fine print in the lease and the lion's share of
his points went to Tyng/Tri-Pact to pay the leasing charges. Clearly,
Marty will need to work on his own supply vehicle to turn a nicer profit
on the battlefield.
U.N. Goes Belligerent
As anticipated by many experts, Mike Blattau's U.N. Armored Car
spent more time looking to destroy things than hauling supplies. Although
he was able to make 8 successful runs and 2 steals, he wasn't able to
keep pace with the Hayes Trucking Company. The Armored Car was killed
twice during the battle.
Despite being out hauled by Marty Hayes, the U.N. made their presence
known by conducting the first successful intradiction of illegal frieght
hauling. That is, the U.N. Armored Car hunted down and killed the
Goer while it was trying to steal supplies from the Red teams forward
base. Mike feels that such actions will serve as a deterrent to would-be
freight haulers trying to undercut the U.N.'s prices.
Long Distance Please
It's easy to find John's Panzer IV on the battlefield, he's always
about 30 feet from his home base or forward base, incessantly shelling
the opposition from long-range and then running back into base for
a quick (e.g., 30 second) re-load. Generally, such an approach limits
the number of hits taken on the Panzer-IV, but not this time. In this
battle, the Blue team decided to take the battle to the Pz-IV whenever
possible. Paul, Will and Frank kept pushing hard into the Red team
zone, bringing the battle to John. The Panzer handled the heavy battling
very well, without any mechanical breakdowns, but by the time it was
all over, the Panzer got killed a total of 4 times, which was the limit
for the battle.
The Panzer scored a full kill on the KV-1, as well as half kills on the
KV-1, Tiger and SU-100, spreading paintballs equally amongst the opposing
Getting The Kinks Out
The first battling day for Will's SU-100 revealed from problems
that needed constant tweaking throughout the second battle. The
warp-feed magazine had some glitches that prevented it from supplying
paintballs properly. The marker itself also had some problem, preventing
it from firing properly. All of these issues kept the SU-100 in
home base a lot longer than desired. Accordingly, Will was only
able to score 2 kills on the U.N. Armored Car and a 1/2 kill on the
T34, well below Will's normal carnage levels.
Hey, This Tank Can't Shoot
With Will in base for repairs, it became clear to Paul that he had
to throw the KV-1 into the battle to support the Tiger. Unlike the
first battle, the KV-1 was clearly in the thick of things, because
by the time the dust settled, he had been killed four times (just like
his oldest brother). Unfortunately, the trigger mechanism for the KV-1
failed during the battle and Paul was unable to fire paintballs
for a good part of the battle. Since the opposition didn't know
that his gun wasn't working properly and brother Frank needed some
support, Paul decided to simply drive straight at the opposition,
causing as much chaos as he could. So, even though he couldn't
shoot at them, he certainly caused them to have problems.
Nonetheless, while it was still alive, the KV-1
started to mix it up with the best of them. Twice the KV-1 went
mano-a-mano with the Hetzer and twice the KV-1 was killed.
The KV-1 also tangled with the
Panzer IV and the T34, who combined to kill the KV-1 as well.
The KV-1 did successfully land some shots on the T34 during the battle
before his trigger failed.
Three Russians In The Grass
At one point in the battle, the SU-100, KV-1 and T34 decided to
take a romp in the grasslands (e.g., Tiger country). The SU-100 (blue) went
in first, followed by the T34 (red) and then the KV-1 (blue).
With grass and paintballs flying in all direction, it wasn't long
before the T34 was hit 3 times and decided to retreat from the grasslands,
wounded but not dead. (Even though he was not in any danger, the
KV-1 instinctively retreated when the T34 retreated.) Some time later,
the SU-100 rumbled out with a triumphant roar of its own.
Band of Brothers
The Pittelli brothers grew up playing plenty of war games, but nothing
ever came close to R/C tank combat. During one part of the battle,
Paul and Frank found that older brother John was all alone on the
southern frontier. Despite the fact that the KV-1's gun trigger was not
working, Paul drove straight at the Panzer IV with a hearty "tally ho".
The KV-1 and Panzer IV stood toe-to-toe about 5 feet from each other
nearby a small rock/tree formation. As the Tiger came around the
other side of the rock, John fired and scored a high-angle shot on the
side of the KV-1 to kill it, just as Frank scored four quick shots
on the Panzer IV to kill it. Pittelli blood everywhere ... oh,
Support Would Be Nice
In the first battle, two of the Tiger's four teammates had mechanical
problems for much of the battle. In the second battle, two of the
Tiger's three teammates had mechanical problems for much of the battle.
This was becoming a nasty habit.
In the early part of the battle, when both Will and Paul were operational,
the Tiger scored a tri-facta when it found all of the Red team tanks
close to their forward base focusing the KV-1 and the SU-100. The Tiger
approached from the Blue team forward base and scored 4 quick hits on the
Panzer IV to kill it. Then, 3 hits on the Hetzer put it out of commission,
followed by a single hit on the T34 to finish it off. With 8 shots in a short
period of time, the Tiger swept the field of the Red team armor (at least
for a few minutes anyway).
Cheap Plastic Tubing
The Red team would avenge their deaths at the hands of the Tiger later in the
battle when the SU-100 and KV-1 were no longer in the battle. At that point,
the Tiger found itself surrounded will re-loading at the forward base,
T34 to the north, Panzer to the west and Hetzer to the east. While
staying in base to assess the situation, the Red team began cajoling
the Tiger to come out and play. Just when their chanting began to get
louder, the most wonderful of all sounds was heard ... the Hetzer's CO2
line ruptured and was venting gas quickly. In an instant, the Tiger
made a bee-line to the Hetzer in hopes of (a) killing it and (b) escaping
from the sieged base. Unfortunately, before either of these events
could occur, the T34 and Panzer landed some well placed shots and the
Tiger was dead for only the first time.
Battle In The Arden
With three lives left, but no support, the Tiger ran deep into the Arden
Forest in hopes of leveling the playing field. The Hetzer chased the Tiger
into the woods and scored a hit to wound the beast. As the T34 appeared
to make matters worse, the Tiger burst through the trees to confront the
T34 head-to-head across some heavy brush. Neither tank could land
a shot because of the heavy brush and when the Tiger attempted to come
around the corner to get the T34, Steve ended the episode with three
With less than 10 minutes left in the battle, the Tiger again went into the
Arden to survive. This time, the Hetzer and T34 split up and approached the
Tiger from opposite sides of the forest. Deciding that his chances would
be better against the Hetzer, Frank drove the Tiger to a position on a hill
above the Hetzer. As the Hetzer turned the corner, the Tiger drove straight
down passed the Hetzer in hopes of getting passed it before it could
turn and fire. The sides of the tanks hit as the Tiger drove forward
and the Hetzer drove in reverse, with two fenders keeping the vehicles
connected. Then, the Tiger slipped past the Hetzer and when Frank
tried to spin the Tiger to shoot at the back of the Hetzer, the Tiger
hit the safety "kill switch" on the Hetzer, immediately disabling it.
While everyone marveled and laughed about the situation, the Tiger put
3 hits on the Hetzer to kill it for a fourth time.
With only a few minutes left, and the T34 still in the woods, the Tiger
went hunting again. Through the trees, Frank could see that the T34
was having problems navigating a large rut in the forest. Seizing the
opportunity, the Tiger drove back through the same path that the T34 used
in the first battle to kill the Panzer IV. With the sounds of crashing
branches and snapping twigs, the Tiger found itself 6 feet from the T34,
aimed straight at its side. Unfortunately, the Tiger's marker or magazine
wasn't working properly and before it could land enough shots on the T34,
the T34 recovered from its position and scored enough hits on the Tiger to
kill it for a third time.
Battle #2 Photos