My Wednesday game...yes I said Wednesday was the first opportunity to play a new Cardboard via SKYPE opponent in Chicago. Mr. Scott Holst graciously accepted my invitation to try a scenario via the SKYPE method.
Scott, a fan of DTO suggested Push to Pilastrino and I was game to give it a go. In my nearly thirty years of playing ASL, I can count on one hand the number of DTO scenarios I have played. So I was pretty excited to play this one.
Scott drew the Australians and constructed a defense with 4-5-8's, Bren gun carriers and a lone Matilda that comes into the fray on Turn 5.
As, the Italians I had 6 x M13/40's and 14 x 3-4-7 and 3-4-6's. All in all a pretty solid attack force. Only problem was that my boys would have to travel up a windy road up a craggy escarpment. This scenario would prove to be an excellent test of Cardboard via SKYPE especially given the challenging sight lines.
But we would prove ourselves equal to the task!!!
Scott's Diggers would be ready and waiting...
I was perhaps overly aggressive with my Italians, but given the terrain and my numbers, I thought risking a few 3-4-6's was in order.
The British MMG would give a good account of itself in the first three turns.
My little M13/40's weren't moving fast, but their armor was proving tough enough to bounce the Aussie ATR rounds.
My infantry will have to give my armor more support in the coming turns.
and that's one Waltzing Matilda I don't look forward to!!!
Rather than create a new post. I'll simply update our completion of this scenario today. A turn and a half were completed this afternoon. After the Italian phase of Turn 5, the Australians offered the concession. The oncoming Aussie support didn't have the movement points or time to affect the battle and the Australian infantry had been significantly reduced.
Remarkably, my M13/40's were a key element in securing a victory in this scenario. Their ponderous advance up the twisting road served to occupy the efforts of the Aussie squads as they bounced ATR rounds off the armored hulls.
The Diggers never let up throughout the scenario.
Turn 5 saw my M13/40's continue up the road and successfully overrun and KIA an Aussie 2-4-8 with an ATR.
On the North shoulder, my infantry managed to break out and force the surrender of the DM's squads in that sector.
It was at this point, that my opponent gave the concession and recommended our next Scenario, which will be AP 42 Frontiers and Pioneers.