I decided since I was getting those out, I might as well pit them against my Conte and Britain's Waffen SS.
Unfortunately, I only have five of each. So I was looking at some kind of small skirmish.
Rather than spend a lot of time looking for something suitable or making something that might not be fun, I went with a simple scenario I first encountered in MG-42 (Two Hour Wargames) many years ago and have enjoyed playing many times and with different rules: a German half-squad with MG-42 has taken up a position in a farmhouse with a clear shot at anyone using the road that passes in front of it, the paratroopers have been assigned to take out the MG.
For the rules, I broke out "Kokoda Trail" by Kevin White, available for free download from the Lone Warrior website. I used to play these rules fairly often (also many years ago), but it had been awhile. They are pretty simple, and you need to fill in some blanks on your own, but I really enjoy the card initiative and card based attacks.
|Guard out front.|
|MG team in the house. Pretend they are on the 2nd floor.|
|Brits got the first shots at the guard, but then multiple German cards had them all come running out to join in the fray (I diced for their location / actions|
|Caught in the open.|
|Flank attack from the woods.|
|Charge! (and grenade but ineffective and then it went further south)|
|Avenging a fallen comrade!|
|And another fail.|
|Things got a little silly at the end when the MG team moved out the back so they could get a shot at the last attacker. In hand to hand the our hero would take out two Germans.|
|But alas, it was not to be.|
I played nine turns. Some of them went very fast, with the stop card coming up after just a few activations. It was enjoyable with just a few bumps. Although grenades are mentioned in the rules, there aren't really rules for them. And it's not clear whether hand to hand combat is instant death for the loser or not - I decided it was, which motivated my attempt to close on the Germans, but it just wasn't in the cards (please pardon my 'dad joke', but I am a dad after all).