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Sean O'Connor's Games • View topic - Firefight in WW1. Effective slow tanks.
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Firefight in WW1. Effective slow tanks.

PostPosted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 2:26 am
by JeanBoule
I have been developing some units to see if Firefight can have a world war one flavour.

I have not yet actually played with troops only having rifles and HMGs. I should to get a good comparison.

I have been modifying the british tanks. There were two types, the so-called "males" had 2 6pdr guns, and 2 LMGs. "Females" had 4 LMGs. The tanks did not have turrets at that time, so there was one gun in a box-like sponson on each side, to have something like all-round fire.

They were much slower than later tanks. I used MaximumSpeedRoad=10 and MaximumSpeedRough=5. I presume this km per hour, the rules documentation doesn't say. The dimensions are centimetres.
I gave the females thinner armour, I have not with the males yet.

I have found that a great benefit of the slow speed is that the tanks and rifle sections can move together a lot better. I might try some slow tanks in WW2 scenarios.

I have been doing attacks going straight up the middle in extended line. These are successful even at the slow tank speed, so I have tended to forget about using artillery.

If we had timed artillery barrages and creeping barrages, I think we could have a good start at a WW1 simulation.

I have done a defence as the germans. Naturally the tanks rolled over me. So I let the germans have anti-tank rifles. They easily took out the females. Artillery then hit the one male, resulting in a good victory.

PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2008 3:04 am
by T2K
In WWI, I think artillery in the direct fire mode was successfully used against tanks. Also, the first antitank rifle was a regular Mauser K98 with the bullet reversed so the flat end would punch through the armor more easily. Early tanks had very light armor.

Of course, those early tanks had major mobility problems and were often stuck in the cratered and trenched ground.

PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2008 6:26 am
by JeanBoule