Wednesday, December 28, 2016

After Action Review: Panzer Leader, Scenario #14

What's an Ardennes Offensive scenario in Panzer Leader without the Panzerlied "theme song?"

For the third and final wargame I managed to play in 2016, my friend Joe and I decided on a "Battle of the Bulge" session of Panzer Leader--the actual campaign, not the film.

(Image found on Pintrest)
But speaking of the mediocre movie, I took some liberties with our game and added it to this after action review (AAR).  For instance, I changed the name of "Kampfgruppe Peiper" to "Kampfgruppe Hessler," and imported a couple other movie characters, and even movie quotes, into this AAR.

Our game took place at Joe's house on 17 December--72 years and a day after this phase of the German offensive occurred.  The scenario was determined by a die roll, and we came up with this:

The German spearhead was led by Colonel Martin Hessler (played by Joe):

While the Americans were led by Major Wolenski (me):

For the AAR narrative I used the names of the towns printed on the Panzer Leader Boards C & D.  Also, Joe was kind enough to indulge me in my quest for cinematic quality.  Normally in the game when units fire, they're flipped over.  Instead of that, we used various counters from his Advanced Squad Leader game to illustrate a unit's status.

Here's the pre-game set up:

I wrote this AAR using a new template provided by the Comic Life program I use.

I'm rather excited about this first issue of The Broadside!  The images are in JPEG Format, which can be clicked-on to enlarge.  (And if you're like me, with "aging eyes," you may have to use the Zoom Function on your internet toolbar to enlarge the images even more in order to read the print).

I also have a PDF version available, which I'll try to find places to post it on.


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William Stewart said...

Interesting write up and blast from the past. Have you ever thought of using Panzer Blitz/Panzer Leader rules for a miniatures game?

Ted Henkle said...

Thank you for commenting! I actually have idly thought of using miniatures for PB & PL. I've done it with Squad Leader (in fact there's a Yahoo Group for that). I've just never found, or developed anything to play it that way.
During our regional "Enfilade!" convention in May, I got a great deal from someone selling his GHQ Terrain Maker collection (1/285th scale).
So I think my New Year's Resolution will be to take a closer look at this and see about giving it a go.
Do you know if anyone's tried this and are there any rules/conversions available?
Happy New Year!

William Stewart said...


Here is a link to one version:

And another link to a gamer's blog where he experiments with PB for miniatures.

Happy New Year.

William Stewart said...

I guess I should actually include the other link:

David Sullivan said...

I haven't thought of using the PanzerBlitz/Panzer Leader rules as the basis for a minis game, but I did blog about adapting PanzerBlitz scenarios to another set of minnis rules:

Ted Henkle said...

Thank you David and William for posting the links! I'll be sure to check them out.

Captain Nolan said...

Thank you for this post. Panzer Leader is still a great game, as your AAR proves. A nail biting game, lots of interesting action and a fun presentation. There is a section of the rules that talks about wagons and trucks not counting for victory, I suspect that would hold true for your scenario -and that half tracks ARE combat units. (By the way, I loved your description of the transport platoon forming roadblocks to slow the Germans....this made it much more visual and less “gamey” and enables one to see he desperate truckers trying to delay the panzers. I was surprised that the Germans did not enter farther East, so as to only have to cross one bridge in each town before exiting the map. I suspect that when an engineer is destroyed, the demolitions have to be started again, similar to clearing a road block. Again, bravo for revisiting a classic, and still wonderful, game. Great presentation with plenty of photos to allow us to follow the battle. I look forward to the next installment. I would love to see a D-Day scenario AAR.

Ted Henkle said...

Captain Nolan: You're welcome! I'm glad you liked the post. I wish I could play more Panzer Leader, or any wargame for that matter. I think you're right about the "demolitions redo" if the unit's destroyed. I'll notify you directly the next time I post a PL/PB game report.