Supply convoy ambushes scenario ideas

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Supply convoy ambushes scenario ideas

Post by B. Wren » Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:35 pm

Greetings. CoC player for six months. Been so busy playing it I've only just got round to posting here.

I'm tinkering with building some sort of campaign and was wondering if anyone has ever ambushed a supply convoy of fuel trucks, food and water transport, etc. (And presumably some escorts.)

As there's an ambush function built into the game already, as an option to spend coc dice on, would it foul up a game if it was set so you can only start deploying normally once you've done at least one ambush?

I was thinking also defender must deploy at least one convoy vehicle per phase in which command dice permit, and move them as far as can be done to opposite table edge? Or at least until they start getting shot at?

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Re: Supply convoy ambushes scenario ideas

Post by DougM » Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:17 pm

I do recall on one blog playing out a German/Soviet campaign, there was one scenario with the German player pursuing wounded men in carts. So I think there could be options there.

I think it would require a fair bit of playtesting to get balanced. As part of a campaign it might be interesting to affect other scenarios.

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Re: Supply convoy ambushes scenario ideas

Post by 7dot62mm » Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:48 pm

The Operation Winter Storm PSC scenario #1 is an ambush of sorts.

I'm not sure what a balanced ambush scenario might look like. I think I'd try to focus on the surprise situation, perhaps giving the convoy only one command die on the first Phase, and add one per Phase. The ambushed side's jump-off points would be located in the trucks and one on the edge of the table. Or something.

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Re: Supply convoy ambushes scenario ideas

Post by Archdukek » Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:49 pm

I suggest you check out the Winter Storm Supplement which I think contains the scenario Doug is referring to. It also has a scenario for "ambushing" an armoured supply train which might give you some ideas for the scenario you want to create since it's very similar.

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Re: Supply convoy ambushes scenario ideas

Post by redmist1122 » Wed Apr 17, 2019 12:12 am

Gents,
The scenario from the Winter Storm is, "Scenario One The 04:30 to Kotelnikovo". Its like a "lite ambush" scenario, as the Soviets barricade the rail line then hit it from both sides. The Germans deploy from the train cars. There is no mention of a ambush rule. Just a dummy JOP.

If you tweek the scenario to "ambush" like using a CoC die, I'm sure it would work out.
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Re: Supply convoy ambushes scenario ideas

Post by B. Wren » Wed Apr 17, 2019 12:44 am

Thanks chaps. I shall look into that scenario.

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Re: Supply convoy ambushes scenario ideas

Post by batesmotel34 » Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:13 am

Archdukek wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:49 pm
I suggest you check out the Winter Storm Supplement which I think contains the scenario Doug is referring to. It also has a scenario for "ambushing" an armoured supply train which might give you some ideas for the scenario you want to create since it's very similar.

John
The scenario to exit the carts with the wounded is in the first Kursk campaign from TFL.

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Re: Supply convoy ambushes scenario ideas

Post by Seret » Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:56 am

I think the "ambush" rule is intended to show a very small ambush by only a few men. A platoon-sized ambush is a different kettle of fish. Most of what you want to do is taken care of in the patrol phase. Confine the defending patrol markers to your road, and have the attackers come at them from either or both flanks similar to the flank attack? Have the defenders use their vehicles as the JOPs, it'll make for a good-looking game.

You'll also want to tweak your victory conditions. The defender's objective will be to simply get out of the kill zone, so you could make it as simple as the "probe" and just have them get a team off either end of the table that has the road on it.

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Re: Supply convoy ambushes scenario ideas

Post by Peter » Wed Apr 17, 2019 1:25 pm

Unlike Probe, you'd want to get a certain amount of the ambushed troops off table, probably more than one unit.

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Re: Supply convoy ambushes scenario ideas

Post by Seret » Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:02 pm

I agree, how you handle that victory-wise might depend if it's a campaign game or a one-off.

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