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
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
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