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R/C Tank Combat

Maryland Massacre

Battle #4

Battle #4 Summary

For the last battle of the weekend, everyone was ready for a good old fashioned slugfest. Rookies Shane and Art would once again get to try their shooting skills, as would Marty who lept at the chance to drive the Hetzer around for a while. The following teams were chosen:

Blue Team: Tiger, T34, Hetzer
Red Team: SU-100, Panzer IV, KV-1

Since only one supply vehicle existed, we decided to play the "Supply Slave" game. In this game, the sole supply vehicle hauls supplies for the first team to hit it. After that, whenever the supply truck is hit, it switches sides and begins hauling supplies for the other team.

Lone Wolf
The battle began poorly for the Tiger and then went down hill from there (probably because it was sent to the Eastern Front as its home base!!) While on a routine patrol along the northern grasslands, the Tiger found itself engaged by the SU-100. With a superior position and the grasslands as a retreatment zone, Frank felt confident and started pushing the Tiger towards the SU-100. Will started pulling back slowly to prevent the Tiger from flanking the SU-100. The Tiger moved forward slowly, with both tanks careful not to expose their side to the other. Then, without warning, the Tiger was trapped. Will had notice a large rock in the grass as he was walking backwards and he skillfully shifted his vehicle around the obstacle while luring the Tiger directly on top of it. Once the rock was wedged under the Tiger's chassis, it couldn't move one way or the other, at which point the SU-100 drove around the side and planted four shots squarely on the Tiger, destroying it with a loud laugh.

After re-incarnation, the Tiger decided that the flat-lands were too dangerous, so it headed to the relative safety of the Arden, followed quickly by the KV-1. Apparently, Paul was feeling good about his systems and was ready to rumble in the jungle. With a little bit of cat-and-mouse (big cat and big mouse), the two tanks eventually found themselves staring down each other around a large tree. Thinking that Paul's stick work wasn't up to par with his, Frank decided to make a fast move around the KV-1, hoping to get alongside or behind it before it could rotate its turret. Unfortunately, Paul was waiting for just such a move and he quickly rotated his turret and stubby gun, while Frank tried to bring his Tiger's long gun to bear. The KV-1 rattled off four shots that hit their mark, single-handedly destroying the Tiger in one of its favorite liars.

A little while later, Will and Paul teamed up to destroy the Tiger one more time just for good measure, followed shortly thereafter by John and Paul teaming up to kill it for the fourth and final time. Despite the constant attention, the Tiger was able to kill the KV-1 twice and the Panzer IV once (brotherly love?)

Ring A Tyng, Tyng
With Shane and Art operating the T34, everyone decided that it was time to battle with the T34. In fact, KV-1 and Panzer combined to score 14 hits on the T34 while it was in the hands of the "other Tyngs". Near the end of the battle, however, Steve took back the reins and defended the honor of the Tyng name.

Revenge Is Sweet
At one point in the battle, the Tiger was patroling around the forward base when it was attacked by the SU-100 from just outside the grasslands. The SU-100 backed up into the grasslands in a defensive position hold the Tiger in check, while the KV-1 was summoned to make things sticky for the Tiger. At that point, the Tiger decided it was time to re-load and ran into the safety of the forward base. While re-loading, Frank kept a watchful eye on Will, wondering why he wasn't going anywhere. Upon coming out of the base, the Tiger made a move towards the SU-100, but there was no movement from the SU-100. Clearly, something had gone wrong or Will was laying a trap. The Tiger cautiously advanced into the tall grass at a safe distance, which kept the KV-1 from pestering it and proceeded towards the flank of the SU-100. Still no movement ... the SU-100 was completely dead in the grass. A few shots later from the Tiger ended the SU-100's current life and a post-mordem check revealed that while backing into the tall grass, the SU-100 turned off it's own main power switch.

Who Needs Enemies
The SU-100's problems with one Pittelli on the opposing team was easily overshadowed by another Pittelli on the same team. Apparently, after fixing his gun problems from the previous day and having a relatively successful battle shooting everyone on the other side, Paul decided to show off his marksmenship by hitting the SU-100 not once, not twice, no not even three times ... four times the KV-1 shot the SU-100 in the rear for the SU-100's fourth and final life. Fratricide is definitely a part of R/C tank combat and since Joe's Hetzer was the closest opposing vehicle to the killing, it received all of the points.

Driving Is Only Half The Fun
After operating the Goer for three battles and the beginning of the fourth, Marty was itching to get behind the wheel of a killing machine. (Unfortunately, only the Hetzer was available, so he had to drive that around.) The Hetzer has a lot more speed and turning capabilities then the Goer, so Marty took a little time to get used to everything. But, soon Marty was tearing around looking for trouble. Trouble eventually found him in the form of the Panzer IV and the KV-1. First, the Panzer IV worked him over pretty good, sending him back to home base for a re-incarnation. Then, the KV-1 sent him packing again with three well placed shots. Finally, John, Paul and Will each scored a hit on the Hetzer to end Marty's battling debut.

Joe took back the controls for the Hetzer at the end of the battle to respond to a certain comment made by Paul, who was apparently feeling like one of the top dogs on the battlefield. Unfortunately for Paul, the KV-1's batteries were pretty much drained and it didn't take long before the Hetzer scored four hits on it to send it home.

Battle #4 Photos

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After attacking the Hetzer, the KV-1 finds itself being chased by the Hetzer right into the sights of the T34. Not a very good place to be and the KV-1 soon went back to home base for re-incarnation.
In a rather typical position, the Panzer IV acts as a sniper, attempting to pick off the enemy at long range. Long range is a disadvantage in some cases, as the paintball takes a while to travel that far. In one incident, Will actually saw the paintball coming toward the side of his SU-100 and turned the vehicle just in time to have the paintball hit the front armor.

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The Tiger and Hetzer roll out of their base in search of the enemy. As with their larger cousins, keeping the tanks in formation is an advantage, and will be even more important as larger teams start playing.
It's not just the tanks that are targets on the battlefield. Battlers always need to be aware of all firing angles on the field. If you stand behind your tank in order to aim your gun more accurately, you've got to be ready for paintballs coming in your direction. Will's pants tell the story of his encounters today.

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Battle #4 Video

After dismounting the camera from the Panzer IV, we got some good video footage from two different handheld cameras.

Battlers March
This is a relatively long video clip (almost 6 minutes) that shows the start of the fourth battle with the Blue and Red teams tearing out of home base as fast as possible to capture the sole supply truck in the middle of the field. After being hit by the Hetzer, the Goer returns to the Blue home base to begin making supply runs. Meanwhile, the T34 and Tiger attack and kill the SU-100 caught in the middle of the field without support. The Tiger returns to the Blue side to guard the Goer as it makes supply runs and the T34 re-loads. The Red team advances slowly but doesn't go past mid-field with the T34 and Hetzer on both sides.

The KV-1 attacks the Hetzer and gains the advantage at first with a quick spin move, but the tide soon turns and the Hetzer and T34 combine to kill the KV-1. With the T34 advancing on the left, the Tiger advances on the right, but gets caught on a rock. The SU-100 finishes off the Tiger before the T34 can provide support.

Sounds Of Victory
The battlefield sounds are just as interesting as the sights. In this clip, we follow the KV-1 around the field as it works its way towards scoring some hits on the Hetzer. Listen to the sounds of the KV-1's roller chain track and the rat-a-tat-tat of the guns.

Gang Fight
The Panzer IV, SU-100 and KV-1 gang up on the Goer (operated by Joe) and the Hetzer (operated by Marty) in an example of how not to get caught in the middle of the field.

Who Is Chasing Who
The SU-100 pesters the Hetzer so that the KV-1 can score a medium range shot. Just then, the KV-1 becomes the prey as the T34 comes up from behind. Fortunately for Paul, Steve wasn't operating the T34 and the KV-1 and SU-100 regain control of the situation.

Offical Scores for Maryland Massacre Battle #4
Team Asset Operator Hits
Blue T001 Frank Pittelli 16 16 0 0 0 0 4,000 4,000 0.500
  T005 Steve Tyng 16 6 0 0 0 0 4,000 1,500 0.273
  T010 Joe Sommer 3 10 0 0 0 0 750 2,500 0.769
  T010 Marty Hayes 9 0 0 0 0 0 2,250 0 0.000
  SV005 Marty Hayes 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 1,500 1.000
TOTAL 44 32 6 0 0 0 11,000 9,500 0.463
Red T012 John Pittelli 4 18 0 0 0 0 1,000 4,500 0.818
  T018 Paul Pittelli 12 17 0 0 0 0 3,000 4,250 0.586
  T026 Will Montgomery 16 9 0 0 0 0 4,000 2,250 0.360
  SV005 Marty Hayes 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 750 1.000
TOTAL 32 44 3 0 0 0 8,000 11,750 0.595

Asset Type Net Points
T012 SdKfz 166 Brummbar 3,500
SV005 M520 Goer 2,250
T018 KV-1 1,250
T001 PzKpfw VI-I Tiger 0
T010 JgPz 38(t) Hetzer -500
T026 SU-100 -1,750
T005 T-34-85 -2,500
Operator Net Points
John Pittelli 3,500
Joe Sommer 1,750
Paul Pittelli 1,250
Marty Hayes 0
Frank Pittelli 0
Will Montgomery -1,750
Steve Tyng -2,500

The "Kill Log" scoring system used in Battle #3 worked great, so we used it again in the last battle. The battle was very close, with the Red team winning by the 2,250 points. Interestingly, Marty Hayes operated the Goer (SV005) during part of the battle, earning 2,250 points for both teams. Then, in the last part of the battle, he took control of the Hezter (T010) and gave away 2,250 points by being killed three times.