As you know I can't keep focused on one front or even one type of battle. Last weekend I used my Grun Hartz squadron with Squadron Forward. They have actually only had two other missions but have done reasonably well. I say "reasonably" because 12 kills on the russian front is not all that great. Matter of fact I play that germans don't reach Ace status until 6 kills. ( Romanians are different. )
A note on my tactical rules. I use Bag The Hun but have tweaked everything about them so the only part still original is you roll lots of dice. My goal was to differenciate every type of aircraft. For Example:
On to the battle:
OLT Wilke addict/enginering Vet
SFW Nordman lazy/ glutton Vet
FW Heil cultured/ position Vet
FW Schmidt addict/ women Avg
" Lost! They were flipping lost thought SFW Nordman. We are too deep in Ivan's territory. Herr officer is going to get us killed!" " Sir, I wonder if we need to move back west?", Nordman asked over the radio."
" Bandits 12 o clock level", FW Heil broke into the conversation. There appeared to be several dilapidated bombers and 3 LA-5s already bearing down on them.
Wilke was at least decisive. "Nordman, you go after the bombers. I will take the fighters."
Meanwhile Nordman was chasing the bombers. Just as it looked like a blow out, I rolled a random event and...
Great game with an exciting finish! Now the background; I rolled a pre engagement event that was "navigation error". I thought, okay on a fighter sweep what am I going to do with that?" For the sweep I rolled encounter transport/recon aircraft. I then rolled and it was 3 transports. Way cool! Wilke had a navigation error that led them deep into russia where they encountered a general moving to a new HQ. SFW Norman, who is fat and lazy would not want to risk his life deep in russia. One transport would have the general in it and I would roll which plane at the end of the game. ( they missed him!) With the 3 LA-5s easily dispatched I thought it was going to be a turkey shoot then a random event shows up; 3 Yaks! This made for a neat battle that I hadn't even envisioned. When Nordman had his fuel line cut and had to get back this became a great battle!
Post game the squadron did not earn a cool point because they were not where they were suppose to be. FW Schmidt becomes a veteran. OLT Wilke goes down in the squadron's eyes while lazy slug Nordman is re evaluated. He shoots down two planes and nurses his damaged plane back to German lines and crashes it without a scratch to himself. Probably a good guy to have in a fight!