We have been playing Ambush Alley for a couple of years, despite Force on Force coming out earlier this year we still having managed to play them. The rules have many subtle differences which often only come out after a first play through.
Rather than use the US Marines, we used the Russian Motor Rifles with their BTRs. The scenario saw irregular troops in control of the town and the Russians needing to neutralise them.
The irregular troops start on the table, the Russians played by Dane are given a choice of where to enter the table.
They take to the rooftops but fail to seize the two highest buildings.
They wait for the Russians with their RPGs and machine guns ready.
The Russians choose to come on to the table together, mounted in their APCs with only the lead commander exposed. The commander needs to pass a morale check to stay ‘unbuttoned’ which he promptly fails and drops down dropping the hatch shut as he goes. All Russian reaction checks are now at a penalty.
There then follows some extremely complicated interrupting which we made far more complex than needed and a RPG was launched at the lead vehicle. Here’s where we got the rule really wrong, misrolled the result which showed an exploding vehicle, killing the occupants. Guess that’s a lesson – don’t drive through a hostile city without infantry support.
Russian infantry do the sensible thing and dismount. Taking up overwatch positions the BTRs probe further into town.
The high ground serves the Russians well forcing their opposition to gather out of sight.
From their high ground on top of the general store the Russians poured effective fire on to their opposition.
The BBC were present to film the skirmish.
As the APC burned the Russians traded fire with the irregulars, driving them from the rooftops.
Alas photography failed at this point, a group of technicals ended the board but came under fire and being softskins lacked any armour, this largely ended their role in the game. A pair of hummers entered the table and immediately came under fire, the vehicle was destroyed and this may well prompt a further game as the US Marines seek to mend their damaged pride.