July 30, 2009

New Red Barricades SASL rules in development

As I told you in previous post I am redeveloping the RB SASL rules. The development has progressed well and feals right. I've made some changes that makes the ENEMY harder to beat and an challange to take on. My own playtest of my new mission went well and it's out for playtest by other players. Myslef I've started a Campaign playtest and chose CGIV as my choice of CG. I'm commanding the Russians as the Germans attack the Barrikady. Te Germans have taken a great deal of buildings and I'm feeling the presure. As the campaign develops I'll let you know how the rules work.

This is after the russian turn 2.

Until next time


July 13, 2009

In development - New SASL material

If you are a frequent visitor to the Gamesquadforum then you probably know that there are two SASL projects in playtest. The first is rules and missions for the Valor of the Guards module and a new type of rules which make it possible to play the four CGs included in the module.

The second is rules and tables for the Finns that will be included in the long awaited Hakka Pälle module. As they are in progress I can't say much about them but they are really well done.

What not many know about is that there are a third SASL project in playtest. It is new rules to be able to play the four existing CGs for Red Barricades. This one I run and it is based on the SASL CG rules for the VotG module. I have MMPs blessing to go ahead with this and I trully enjoy it. The playtest team has given me great comments and the development has a nice flow. I have also made some new missions and with the information that the books from the last couple of years gives on the Barrikady Fighting, there are a lot of material to base the development of Missions on. I intend to add a few new missions to this and the first one I recently playtested myself. It's called "When the Hunted became the Hunter" and takes place in late december when the Russians try to brake through from the encirclement to the south and recapture the Commissar House. So far I'm very pleased and will talk in later postings on new rules and other stuff that makes this run well. Below are a picture from my playtest of my new Mission.

June 28, 2009

Cutting off the ENEMY

The British 7 Armoured has almost been cutoff. They are trying to escape captivity and are running back to their lines. We were given the orders to stop their retreat outside a small border village. We were to expect a Tank Attack.

We moved into positions a formed a defense line outside of the village that had a depth into the village in some strategic places. The alotted reinforcements of three AT Guns were placed in the front line in buildings or in trenches. Elements from the 7th Armoured came down the Hill but could easilly be stoped just below the hill. We had a lot of firepower in the front line and even the Matildas could be knocked out.

Our losses were very light and heavy for the Britsh units. We can now continue to move towards Alexandria and use our momentum,

June 6, 2009

It's been a while since I had time to write about my GSASL missions and other new stuff in the SASL world. There will be a change from now on. I'm approaching the end of this semester and I will have plenty of time to write about everything that is happening. Just to mention a few is the progress in the current Cyrenaica Campaign and playtest of new SASL material. Stay tuned for more information in th very near future.


February 17, 2009

German Schwere Coy 1 Btn/5 PzRgt/5 Div - Pursuit

Oberleutnant Holmquist, Schwere Coy 1 / Btn I / PzRgt 5 / Div 5

After Action Report
Mission: Pursuit [SASL/TSASL/DSASL Mission 15]
Enemy: British King’s Dragoon Guards Recon Btn
Date: 1941 MarchLocation: South East of El Agheila, Cyrenaica, North Africa
Result: Victory! [Friendly VP=75, Enemy VP=14]

Report: Our orders were to chase the British King’s Dragoon Guards Recon unit and drive them out of Cyrenaica using the momentum of capturing El Agheila.

We took use of afternoon sun and attacked the britisk retreating along the road to Benghazi. Dividing the forces in three groups we attack what looked like a long strait line at start. Finding British rear guards on the road we made a strong strait on attack and simultaniously trying to envelope the Britts from north and south.

Our first encounter was a A13 MkI who took out one of our Pz IVD with a well placed shot. We stoped and fired from several positions and after not that few bounce offs a kill was secured. No one came out allive. We pushed on and the enveloping pushed on. Now a new tank, a Matilda II appeared along with some 2 pounder guns. Those are really leathal and we had to use smoke dispencers to protect us. The fight became intense and we managed to get some of those 2 pounders in overruns. The attack along the road and to the south got stuck in fire fights. At the same time the northern enveloping made progress. Although a 25 pounder appeared to frighten us it was quickly take out of action and later destroyed. Managing to get arround the Matilda we finaly got a shot that took it out of action. Those men fought bravely and took out another 3 Pz IVD from us in our attemped to get around it. Shortly after the Matilda who had placed himself on the bridge over a wadi the bridge was destroyed by the Britts. We never had the chance to find any demolition charges on that bridge. Now our pioneers have some work to do.

German Losses:
4x Pz IVD w/ crews
1x 2-4-7

British Losses:
1x A13 MkI w/ crew
1x Matilda II w/ crew
1x A10 MkI CS w/ crew
1x 25mm Hotchkiss
1x 2-ponuder
1x 25-pounder
1x 3in. Mortar
3x 4-4-7 MMC
1x 4-5-7 MMC
1x 4-5-8 MMC
8x Crews.

January 11, 2009

New GSASL Campaign Cyrenaica 1941

It time for a new GSASL campaign. This time we are heading for the desert and the campaign starts at the historic date og 29 mars 1941. There will be three divisions, the German 5 Leichte, the Italian 27 Brescia and the British 2nd Armoured. I will be Campaign Master for the Italian Brescia and it is the first time I will act as a CM. This will be great fun and we have been given permission to try out Desert SASL rules modified for the GSASL campiagn. This will be great fun.

The campaign will start very soon and I will be reporting on its progress in several ways so keep your eyes out for more soon.

January 2, 2009

Bessarabia Campaign has ended

The Bessarabia Campaign has been over for some time now but I haven't had the time to write about my results. This time I will make an abstract of the five last missions of the campaign and give you an idea of how they went.

Mission 6 - Escape
We were ordered to harras the Romanian flank an impose as much casualties as possible. We made some progress but lost the mission due to an armored counterattack which both stopped us and gave us some casualties. We had to withdraw.

Mission 7 - Recon
On the 7th of july we were ordered to recon our flanks and stop any Romanian we stumbled upon. We moved out in two groups reconing the area and found a small group in a building. They were swiftly dealt with and we continued our mission. Another building containing a small Romanian force fortified with a AT Gun was encountered a few hours later. Also this building was attacked.We had some casualties here but could neutrulise them and occupy the building. No more Romanians enetred our area. Mission victory.

Mission 8 - Interception
On the 8th of july our orders were to delay any Romanian advancing units that we encountered.
We moved in position and had our MMGs and 81mm MTR positioned in the middle of our sector to have good protection but also good LOS. We ere expecting Romanian tanks and that worried us as we only had our mortars and ATRs to fight them. We als hd some Batallion Oba to help.
At 10.30 we saw he first Romanians approach. They were advancing carefully and we managed to stop them. More and more Romanians entered the scen as time went by and the first Tanks appeared and moved towards our MMg and mortar nests. We got some lucky hits by the mortars and two tanks were eliminated, one burning. And then a very well placed shot by our ATR crew burned a R-35(f) Romanian tank. More bravey was showed by our infantry. They took on a LT vz 35(g) tank in Close Combat and got it eliminated. Great work. Only a small part of the Romanians managed to get by our lines.

Mission 9 - Take the Highway prolonged
We moved on the ENEMY to harras them along the highway. We found a few hidden in some buildings and they were easily taken out. As moved further along the road we found more Romanians garding some buildings and the road. They were to become more of a diffucult struggle then anticpated. The Roamnians had a well placed R-1(t) with an excellent MG gunner that picked out several of our men. We tried to move around but the time just wasn’t there. We had to withdraw. We also had big problems with our weapons that got stuck continouesly or ammunition that were duds. this missin was a great loss.

Mission 10 - Cavalry Charge
As we moved towards the Front line we were attacked by ENEMY Cavalry who charged us at full speed. We found our position to be very unfavorable so we swiftly took cover in a wooded area and could let our firepower lose on the charging cavalry. We managed to stop the charge and killed a lot of Romanians in the process. Sudently Romanian Armored support appeared so we had to withdraw to better positions. The Tanks moved passed our forces bur suppresed our firering MMGs and finaly took out them. In the meantime we managed the stop the remaining Romanian cavalry and we do consider this a success. The Romanians were stoped. Narrow victory.

In total the Russain side won the campaign by 2 points. It was great fun and I highly recomend SASL played in this manner. I gives you a lot of fun in new situations.

See you in the next GSASL campaign.