|Posted by Andy on July 7, 2011 at 2:13 AM|
June 23rd witnessed our first play of Osprey's (Ambush Alley Games') new Force on Force modern miniature combat rules.
Barry and Brian took command of two teams of Syrian street fighters and five teams of Fedayeen insurgents in a neighborhood of Fallujah in November 2004, This is the first scenario that covers just the infantry combat rules in Force on Force and was played on a 3' x 3' table containing my new collection of north african Paper Terrain (www.paperterrain.com) buildings.
Newcomer Sam assumed command of elements of the US Army (two infantry squads of two teams each) as they attempted to move through the city streets from one edge to the objective buildings comprising part of a phase line in the opposite corner.
The US forces struggled mightily on their right flank when one team rushed to the roof of a building, despite being covered by smoke grenades, and took a number of hits from insurgent fire coming from down the street. The second team of that one squad was never able to get up to treat the men trapped on the roof and the squad's overall efforts quickly collapsed.
The US squad on the left flank fared much better, pushing forward into a pair of buildings and wounding a number of insurgents in the nearby church. One team soon came face to face across a narrow street with Syrian street fighters, some of the foreign "imports" fighting in Iraq. The subsequent exchange of fire resulted in some injuries on both sides.
The game length of six turns gave no chance for the US force to reach its objectives, but much of that was because we got some things wrong in interpreting the rules. After having read the rules again with the goal of identifying what we got "wrong", here is what I have discovered, in no particular order, that might have given the US forces a fighting chance.
I think we all had a good time trying this game out and I'll be certain to play through this scenario myself, solo, several more times in order to nail all the details of the rules. We'll definitely be revisiting this system in the future. More photos can be found in the gallery.