The year is 1943. British intelligence has reported that Hiitler's WonderWaffe project has constructed him a Mecha-Hiitler, a 40-foot robot controllable only by the Fuehrer. It’s thought that it is a Mech so powerful that it will allow Hiitler to single handily break the stalemate in Russia and knock them out of the war.
The only hope is to kill Hiitler. Churchill, however, realises that a standard assassination would make him a martyr and only prolong the war, but if he personally bests him in single combat the spirit of the German army will break. Churchill gets his scientists to create a modified Churchill tank to allow this.
Hiitler is making preparations for his birthday party as his favourite Chateau, deep in occupied France.
Churchill, along with a unit of commandos and American Airborne troops have been inserted to take Hiitler out
Some commandos on the right, and some American troops on the left. The guy in a wheelchair is a veteran sergeant from our last battle who managed to do loads of damage despite losing three limbs.
Airborne troops with their “Market Gardener” M1 Tactical Personel Insertion Platform (aka minifig launcher). We elected to manually fire the minifigs rather than use dice for extra fun.
“Men, Many of you today will die in a glorious explosion of gore as your soft human bodies are smashed at hundreds of miles an hour into cold hard masonry. Your deaths will not be in vain! Your guts and organs will land on the clothes of the enemy. Your blood will slowly start to corrode their ironmongery. Your agonising screams will start to really get on their nerves. They will be demoralised and submit to the Greatest Nation On Earth!”
Meanwhile, Hiitler is in his bedroom brushing his moustache and dictating his guest list for the party.
Ben controls Hiitler and his guards, I control the Allies. All minifigs and designs are Ben’s apart from any secret factions that I usually bring along. Mecha Hiitler and the Churchill tank were built by Ben, but were designed by us both.
Back of Chateau - Ground floor contains the table of maps and the phone to call in backup
Middle floor had balcony access
Top floor, The table is a really accurate scale model version of Ben’s other map, a D-Day French town, We’ve done one battle there but my phone ran out so no pics, but we’ll do another sometime. You’ll love that map – it has Renee’s café from Allo Allo in it. The yellow thing on the wall is a painting the allies want to steal
Allies get points for
- Killing Hilter (counts as 2 if Churchill kills him personally in a fair fight)
- Capturing maps in the ground floor of the Chateau
- Capturing the painting (of the fallen madonna with the big boobies) from the top floor of the chateau
- Putting up the banner
- Shining Mecha-Hiitler’s boots
- Clearing the downstairs table
- Anything else appropriate.
Rather than a turn by turn, I'm just going to highlight to ossum bits.
The first airborne troop hits himself on the helmet with his shovel a few times to psych himself up, shouts "USA" a few times, pulls this pin from his grendade and loads himself into the TPIP and is fired towards the balcony. He misses and splags his brain out on the side of the chateau patriotically. (sorry, no pic), and the grenade explodes harmlessley.
The allies charge forward and take the trench with minimal casualties.
Meanwhile, the Germans pay careful attention to health and safety, and put up the banner, making sure to keep the base steady, maintaining 3 points of contact and a ladder angle of 75 degrees. This may be Brikwars, but there's no need to be too silly.
All the grenades exploding and guns firing alert Hiitler’s Hitley-Sences. He attempts to jump magnificently out of the window towards his Mech. It doesn’t go white as planned and he ends up falling down behind an engine.
Hiitler manages to make it to his Mech and turns its head to lock eyes with Churchill.
Hiitler uses his FurhererBonker to bonk and destroys Churchill’s Tommy Gun.
The second Airbourne soldier manages to land right on the balcony’s barrier and brings the shovel down on the machine gunner’s head with such force that his helmet is jammed through his head into his torso. His liquidised head gushes out the bottom. That allows the allied troops in the trench to make headway, as they were being pinned down.
On the left flank, a bren team have been making good progress and have killed 3 Germans, and ran right under Furher's mech.
They had been briefed that the small ball like nodule between the mech’s legs is a potential week spot and controls the hatch opening mechanism. This was known thanks to a spy capturing the 2nd fallback nodule for analysis by allied scientists in their secret lab beneath the Albert Hall. They concentrate fire on the ball, and manage to blow it clean off!
The Mech reels in electronic pain, and the hatch blows right off exposing the dictator inside.
Hiitler immediately blames this turn of events on General Heck (using scapegoating rules), who was just about to call in re-enforcements.
Heck, realises that the general held responsible for losing Mecha-Hiitler’s last ball probably doesn’t have a very long life expectancy. He grabs the maps from the table and jumps out the window, hoping to surrender to the Americans.
Meanwhile, the assistant machine gunner on the balcony pushed off the Airborne soldier and then kills 5 of the allies storming the house in one lethal burst.
The third airborne soldier misses the balcony but manages to grab the banner on the right side of the chateau, uses it to tarzans down to the balcony and swings his entrenching tool as a bat to knock the gunner’s head right out the park. Batter swing!
Churchill, uses his cigar to set the mech on fire, then pops out the hood of his tank to take a shot at the now exposed Hiitler (killing your exposed enemy from the safety of your tank is just not cricket is it?)
There is only a handful of soldiers left on either side now, but the allies seem to have the advantage. General Heck is close to handing himself into the Americans, and Mecha Hiitler is surrounded, on fire and gets a leg blown off by concentrated fire from the allies. Churchill just needs a lucky shot…
Churchill dives out of the way of Hilters claw, onto the roof of the garage, all the while trying to shoot the Fureher with his trusty revolver and dodging grabs.
But… All the sounds of battle have attracted…
Ze French Resistance! "We av come to claim zis victory for France! People will know zat it was ze French people who liberated zemselves from Hiitler, with no help, zank you very much! Viva La France and De Gaul"
But from the other side of the map there appears…
The Communist resistance! "We av also come to claim victory for ze French people. But also to take all zese weapons for ze coming revolution where ve rid our land from ze De Gaulist pig dogs! Check out our very modern but not anachronistic farming equipment, which we will use to feed ze people of France!"
The resistances charge at each other, bullets flying everywhere, and killing anyone who gets in their way.
Mecha Hiitler grabs Churchill, the allies try valiantly to stop him by trying to break off his arm but fail.
Churchill tries to get off one last shot on Hiitler as he is being chomped on but misses. RIP Churchill.
A French resistance fighter in a lawnmower chops off Mecha Hiitler’s last remaining leg, toppling him. Another throws his bottle into the cabin hoping it would explode in flames. He forgets he’s drinking wine, not brandy and this just extinguishes Hiitler. (sorry no photos)
Hiitler sees he’s caught in the crossfire by drunk French Freedom fighters. His mech is done for and the victors of this scuffle with capture him. They will probably make him eat garlic or snails - it doesn't bear thinking about.
He looks up at his birthday banner, and with a tear in his eyes sings
Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me, happy birthday herr Hiitler.
He cocks his luger
Happy birthday to, *sniff*, me.
The rest is silence.
Her Heck turned himself into the last American paratrooper, but the last man was under strict orders to fire himself into the launcher, which made a very attractive splat on the side of the chateau. Her Heck Drove the TPIP wagon to Switzerland and ended up running a modestly successful sausage factory in Argentina.
Churchill's death was covered up and three children in a trenchcoat and a Homburg were sent to the Yalta Conference with a note from Churchill's mum saying he had a very bad throat so is not allowed to talk.
The De Gaul Resistance claimed that they killed Mecha Hiitler themselves with a really long baguette. They wrote a musical about it that went on to have great success in Broadway.
The scapegoating of the general, while losing the Germans a VP, was surprisingly effective. The Benny saved Hitlers skin loads of times and made sure he finished off Churchill. Without it, I think it would have been a roll for the Allies.
We called it a draw, as we usually do.
I really liked the Churchill special rule of really rubbish ker-triage. At one point I had three of four one limbed minfigs hopping to torso-butt the mech, or dragging themselves through the trench with their one good hand taking heroic pot shots with a revolver, or carrying each other in stupid ways. I like the idea of a minifig being inspired to chop off his own limbs to keep fighting.
The minifig launcher was a great success. Ben had powered it perfectly to reach the Chateau from the board edge.
We hadn't planned to end it with Piltogg shooting himself, but it was very apt!