This was the first non-solo playtest of my Kursk: Drive for Prokhorovka scenario using Piquet's Field of Battle: WW2 (FOBWW2) and 10mm miniatures. 4 gamers arrived to play. After some brief explanation, we were started at approximately 9:45 a.m. We broke for lunch from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. and halted the game around 6 p.m. So, approximately 6 hours of gaming in total.
(ABOVE) The scenario starts on the PM turn of July 10, 1943. Although the panzer grenadiers made excellent progress on the south side of the battlefield, the Soviet 99th Tank brigade launched itself out its village defenses and conducted a spoiling attack against the German 1st SS Panzer regiment in the north. While the attack was eventually defeated, it did inflict heavy damage on the already battered German panzer companies.
(ABOVE) This Soviet Airborne brigade is dug in guarding the north side of Prokhorovka.
(ABOVE) Two more tank brigades will move out to stop the Tiger company and its friends south of the embankment. I'm going to hold 2 tank brigades and 2 motorized rifle brigades off the table until I see how things go. One tank brigade might come on behind the German flank. The others I might save until the AM turn of 12 July. Then I can feed them in to whichever sector they are needed. I also don't want to end up with most of my tanks jammed behind my own anti-tank defenses.
It's a tough decision for the Soviets because while I have tons of tanks available (7 total brigades), once they're gone, that's it for me until the end of the game on 15 July. I really have to make sure that these fresh tank formations do enough damage to cripple the 1st SS Panzer Grenadier Division.