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Mosse Stenström
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One question concerning MG Fire Lanes;

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13.81 MG Fire Lanes. A player may establish a fire lane when an infantry unit with an MG makes an Opportunity Fire attack.


Is the initial Opportunity Fire (that establishes the fire lane) conducted as normal (full APFP etc.) or should the 1-4 row of the AP Combat Table be used for that as well?

If the initial attack is conducted normally, why would you not establish a fire lane every time an MG makes Opportunity Fire?

Great game, nevertheless!
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I do! But it does sound like the Fire Lane can be an optional thing. Unless more militarily savvy people can explain it.
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Mosse wrote:
One question concerning MG Fire Lanes;

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13.81 MG Fire Lanes. A player may establish a fire lane when an infantry unit with an MG makes an Opportunity Fire attack.


Is the initial Opportunity Fire (that establishes the fire lane) conducted as normal (full APFP etc.) or should the 1-4 row of the AP Combat Table be used for that as well?

If the initial attack is conducted normally, why would you not establish a fire lane every time an MG makes Opportunity Fire?

Great game, nevertheless!


First, welcome to V&V -- and thanks for the great AAR you posted!

Yep, the initial attack is conducted at full strength for all units conducting the Op Fire attack, unless only the MG has range. The 1-4 row attack is only activated when an enemy unit enters the Fire Lane.

There may actually be times when you don't want to establish a Fire Lane, but not many. For instance, if you're making a short range attack and a Fire Lane wouldn't be useful, and/or there are no enemy units left to enter a Fire Lane, it would just crowd the map to have lots of useless counters down.

Other than that, Fire Lanes are always good. Especially at longer ranges, and more particularly when you can establish a crossfire with multiple MGs, covering most avenues of approach.

Can you imagine a large Omaha Beach map, with multiple crossing Fire Lanes? Even though the attacks are minimal, pinning unts in the open can be nasty.
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AnglePark wrote:
-- and thanks for the great AAR you posted!


Seconded!

AnglePark wrote:
Can you imagine a large Omaha Beach map, with multiple crossing Fire Lanes? Even though the attacks are minimal, pinning unts in the open can be nasty.


In my scenario/combat-puzzle "Leading Edge" the laying down of Fire Lanes by the German player from the bunkers can be decisive.

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/filepage/49076/scenario-leading...

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AnglePark wrote:
First, welcome to V&V -- and thanks for the great AAR you posted!

Thank you, and you're welcome!

AnglePark wrote:
There may actually be times when you don't want to establish a Fire Lane, but not many. For instance, if you're making a short range attack and a Fire Lane wouldn't be useful, and/or there are no enemy units left to enter a Fire Lane, it would just crowd the map to have lots of useless counters down.

That was how I had thought the case to be. Basically the only downside of placing a Fire Lane is you have to place (and remove) counters.

Thanks for your quick response!
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