The teams for the first battle were chosen by choosing Steve Tyng and
Chris Wacker as commanders, then randomly dividing all battle assets
between the resulting teams as follows:
A standard battle scenario was chosen, with both sides having
unlimited reincarnations, with no reincarnation time penalty.
Prior to the beginning of the battle, the marker in Rick's StuG failed
and was unable to be fixed in time for the battle to begin. Therefore,
Paul and his KV-1 were moved from one team to the other to balance
- Tyng Terrifics
- Steve (Cromwell), Joe (Hetzer), Rick (StuG), Frank (Tiger),
- Wacker Wild Ones
- Chris (T34), Tony (PzIV), Paul (KV1), John (Comet), Will (SU100),
Marty (Flak88), Max (UN)
After traveling over 2,000 miles to attend the battle, Kurt was itching
to throw some serious paint at anything that came near the Navarone Gun.
He quickly learned how the manual control box worked and got comfortable
with the process of loading ammo, locking onto the target and firing away.
During the first battle, Kurt was able to put a couple of hits on combat
vehicles to aid in their destruction. More importantly, he destroyed
the UN Supply vehicle twice with some long range gunnery. Although Kurt
came to the battlefield in a cheerful mood, after participating in his
first battle you couldn't wipe the smile off his face.
With both the Cromwell and T34 running EV Warriors @ 24v with an RS80D
speed controller, there was no doubt that they would meet repeatedly
on the battlefield, especially given that both Steve and Chris like
to attack. As soon as the battle begin, both tanks started to look
for each other and it wasn't too long before they found each other.
On this day, the Cromwell seemed to have the upper hand, with the T34
being destroyed 2.5 times by the Cromell and the Cromwell destroyed
once by the T34. In both cases, the fastest tanks on each side
were also the most destroyed as well!!
Army of One
During the first battle, it seemed like John's Comet was always out by
itself on the battlefield. For various reasons, his teammates were quite
often in homebase being repaired, re-armed or re-incarnated. During one
of those periods, the Tiger took the opportunity to sneak back behind the
Wacker home base and wait in the tall grass. With the Comet facing down
the KV-1, Frank rolled the Tiger out of its hiding place towards the stern
of the Comet. Realizing his problem, the Comet turned to evade the tag
team like he had done a couple times already during the battle. This time,
however, the T34 came to help the Comet and they soon had the Tiger in a
bad place, with the Comet heading straight toward it and the T34 quickly
moving into a flanking position. With low battery power, the Tiger was
unable to move out of danger and the T34 soon closed in behind the Tiger.
With a couple bursts of the T34's marker it was soon over ... but not for
the Tiger. Rather, the T34's magazine was empty and the tide quickly turned
for the Comet. Once again, the Comet was on it's own, caught between the
Tiger, the KV-1 and his own home base. With the T34 racing into home base
to re-supply, the Comet was unable to drive into home base itself in order
to avoid destruction. Frank thanked his lucky stars while John wondered when,
if ever, his teammates would lend him a hand.
In past battles, the operators of the fixed artillery seemed to have
all the fun, shooting relentlessly at anything that moved on the battlefield.
Indeed, even when artillery targets (in the form of infantry soldiers) were
introduced, the big guns were still heard more often than not. All that
ended during this battle, for both sides.
At the beginning of the battle for Tyng Terrifics, Steve and Joe raced
off to engage the enemy tanks, while Frank and Paul set out
on a deliberate and cold-hearted mission: to assassinate all of the soldiers
guarding Marty's dangerous Flak-88. In past battles, Marty's fixed artillery
piece caused both Paul and Frank plenty of problems ... today all debts
would be repaid in full. Moving straight towards the Flak-88 from different
directions, the Tiger and KV-1 pulled within 10 feet of the soldiers and
started their systematic termination. With no tank support, the Flak-88 could
do little to defend itself and it eventually fell.
It took a while before
Marty could hire a support vehicle to successfully haul men and supplies
back to the forward base to make it operational again. Once re-established,
Marty set to work harassing the other supply lines. The Tiger and KV-1
were dispatched again to "terminate with extreme prejudice" and the gun
was silenced once more. Between the two of them, Paul and Frank
assassinated 9 infantrymen, thereby destroying the Flak88 a total of three
On the other side of the field, literally, the elder Pittelli, John
conducted his own vendetta against Kurt and the Navarone Gun. While
Paul and Frank were busy whacking Marty's men, John was busy whacking
Kurt's men. John single-handedly took out 8 of Kurt's men,
with Will helping out with a single hit, to destroy the Navarone Gun
a total of three times as well.
On The Field Training
About halfway through the battle it became evident that Tyng Terrifics
were going to carry the day. So, always the professor, Joe Sommer switched
sides with his Hetzer to give Rob and Max a chance at operating it during the
battle. As soon as the Hetzer controls were placed in his hands, Rob raced
across the field looking for trouble. He soon found it in the form of
Tyng's Cromwell and Frank's Tiger, both enjoying the chance to pounce on
the rookie commander. Rob did a good job pressing the attack, but he eventually
took too many hits and had to return to home base for reincarnation. Similarly,
Max tore off across the field with the Hetzer, this time meeting up with the
Tiger and the KV-1. Max's mission was to clear the way so that Joe could
return Marty's men to the forward base so that he could make the Flak88
operational again. Max tried his best, but the experienced hit men wouldn't give
up their turf and Max was dispatched back to home base as well.