The rule variations can be found in a previous post. The only change to the variations made were to allow AT and Artillery units to move 1 hex rather than be static.
If you are not familiar with the Tank on Tank rules. An overview and review of the boardgame can be found on Battlefields and Warriors. It is an excellent read. The rules themselves are free to download from Lock 'n' loads website. I think they are very nicely written rules too. They provide a simple and fast game which fits with my preferred style of wargaming rules.
Some of the photos in this post are not great, I am getting used to photographing 6mm models. The models I completed this month (December) certainly provide the look and feel I wanted for my WW2 Western Desert games. I am now planning phase two of the project in the New Year, which will add some Italian units and one or two extra tanks so I can extend to gaming into the Tunisian campaign.
British forces are all setup within 2 hexes of the road and a reserve near the Eastern wadi. They plan to push their armoured units into the Northern hills, while their armoured reserve moves up to fill the vacated space in the centre.
German plans are to grab control of the Northern hills, hold the centre and probe the defences around Sidi Balsa.
|British manœuvre their forces to take up their defensive positions as the 15th Panzer units push forward.
|A tank battle develops in and around the Northern hills. The British had the better of the battle until the Panzer IVs joined the engagement.
|In the centre a motorcycle reconnaissance unit holds the rough terrain in the centre. Personnel units in the game perform very well when in cover, with a defence value equivalent to the best armoured tanks.
|A view from the German position. The arrival of British reserve tanks has halted their first armoured assault to capture the Northern hills.
|A view of the thinning British defences as the 15th Panzer group starts to reorganise for an assault more in the centre and lower Northern hills.
|The probing attacks in the South have secured the Southern wadi. Further to the North, the reorganised German attack moves more towards the centre and the fragmenting British line of defence.
|The last British defences collapse in the centre. Only isolated units in the hills and around Sidi Balsa remain.
|German air-support arrives and eliminates a troublesome 25 pounder artillery unit. The combination of forward positioned infantry spotting for artillery is very effective against any opposing personnel units and light armour in the open.
|The final positions
The end result was a successful counterattack which forced a hurried British withdrawal.
In terms of the rules they worked well for me and provided an enjoyable game. While at first glance it seems to be too easy to eliminate units, a player is limited to only a few actions each turn, and any attacks need to be balanced with manoeuvring the rest of your force to gain tactical advantages.
Having AT and artillery units to move 1 hex worked. So I am removing that rule variation and going back to the core rules which does allow movement.