Every so often you get bored of fighting the same opponents, Ben has family commitments again, Winner Dave is winning too much and Dr Alex is plotting away so won’t surface until he’s ready- and so you need a new opponent…
I could go to a local club, or could convert another local to the cause!
|A gentleman’s agreement ‘huzzah!’|
I should add that I tried to teach Dave J once before, but I was also watching rugby at the same time and thus had divided attention and was drinking so not really giving my best – or really any teaching what so ever.
|so these are shermans…|
So I planned a slightly better experience for them both this time…
Having spoken with Andy I knew he wanted to use his own models so I did a rough list with what he had – it came out at about 840ish points of CV german infantry.
|the rules andy lives by|
Dave J is very proud of his polish heritage and has wanted to do the polish tanks which his grandfather was part of, and as such I worked out a similar pointed Sherman list for him.
This worked out quite well I thought for a teaching experience, as they could see the difference between infantry and tanks, and also the mixture of Fearless vs confident and trained vs veteran.
So we caught up and before starting promptly went to the pub… teaching while drinking didn’t go well last time. But we were good and only had one out, we did though get a 6 pack on the way home.
I set up the scenery for them on a nice small 4 by4, I decided against the traditional free for all and went for a version of no retreat. I’d decided that as they understood a few basics (about hitting and motivating) I introduced a couple of special rules, like ambush, reserves, smoke and recon. – I also warned them that if the dice didn’t do what I wanted I would alter their results – i had certain things i wanted to explain…
|Andy Dislikes Dave’s tanks|
So with the basics understood we started rolling dice – I adopted the approach of ‘you tell me your thoughts – and I’ll tell you how to do it in game terms.’ Then I’d go through alternative caveats etc.
|Dave attempts to assault – how will I GM the Dice?|
I leave him with it, before helping DaveJ learn some fire and manoeuvre as well as smoke – before showing how deadly assault is.
|Dave hope to understand his force|
Hopefully despite the beer – and a rushed finish to go out for a curry! Dave and Andy both improved their knowledge.