I got well and truly thrashed in the AK47 game yesterday, with a victory point total of 62 to Jon's victory point total of 102, a whopping shortfall of 40 points and an overwhelming walkover for the Zumatan Dictatorship. This is the first defeat that my colonial settlers have had to suffer, having won or at least drawn in the half a dozen battles that we've fought between Nbuto and Zumata-Lumata. At least they went out in style!
After all that lead flying all over the place, the fourth turn was very, very quiet. A wierd silence descended over the battlefield, punctuated only by the sound of the Nbuto forces having a brew up and the Zumatans a quick puff on the wacky backy. However, the sound of revving jeep engines could be distinctly heard in the distance, as a convoy of elite commandos rushed to the rescue of the FART unit cut off at the border post.
In the fifth turn the jeeps arrived from the far right had edge of the table and raced up the road to the junction at the table centre. The Zumatan tank lobbed a couple of shells in their general direction but missed, probably due to the high speed of the jeeps as they raced to relieve the FART garrison.
In the sixth turn a column of Saracen APC's with regular troops drove onto the battlefield and assaulted the river crossing adjacent to the border post. These Zumatan regulars were supported by the cannon fire of the last remaining Centurion, which knocked out the last RCL of the FART unit.
In the seventh turn the battle started to slide out of control for the Nbuto defenders. The Zumatans piled additonal units into the assault, including an attack force of the Zumatan Naval Brigade in trucks, whilst the last FART unit of S/A equipped regular infantry arrived on the right hand side of the battlefield.
In the eighth turn the overwhelming firepower of the Zumatans began to make defeat for the defenders a foregone conclusion. The Naval Brigade trucks were rapidly approaching from behind the lines whilst the APC's unbussed their regular troops into the bridgehead.
In the face of this pincer attack the jeep commado unit began to pull back but lost a second vehicle to crossfire from the Zumatan Centurion. As a result, the hard pressed FART professionals finally broke and ran, leaving the border in Zumatan hands.
The Zumatan armoured car was finally blown up by the last of the FART jeeps before it sped off into the distance, having failed it's morale test. The Zumatan tank also had enough and reversed away from the frontline positions in a cloud of dust and smoke. The Zumatans then launched their final reserves onto the table to overwhelm what was left of the FART defences.
With an amphibious unit of the Zumatan Marines grinding it's way across the river, the APC's of the Zumatan army swarming over the bridge and the trucks of the Zumatan Naval Brigade arriving from behind the lines, the battle of Wanayani Bridge was a well deserved Zumatan victory and a rare but total defeat for Nbuto.
1. Too many small arms on the Nbuto side and not enough armour.
2. The helicopter gunship was a big loss and could have swung things my way.
3. The jeeps were much less effective than usual and let the side down.
4. I want some Ferrets with missiles!
5. I need to retire the FART as they've become a bit stale and the same old tactics don't seem to work.
6. A very enjoyable game (even if I got a right kicking!)