Well, it's that time of the year again: Flames of War at Conquest 2012. Last year, I ran the army thing as a poll and the masses decided 'lots of tanks'. We are between elections now so the plebs get no votes and it is more of the same - lots of tanks.
There were vague murmurings of making Conquest yet another open field late-war event. Fortunately, there was a surge of support for Craigs (?) suggestion that since this was pretty much the Anniversary of El Alamein, we should play El Alamein.
To fully gauge how much I did not want to have to play late-war, please cast your mind back over all of my Flames of War Armies that you may have seen. Notice a theme? Yes distinctly winterish (I suspect Craig expects me to still field the DAK Panzers in Winter camo) and always Ostfront. However, I wanted to play mid-war so much I committed to a new tropical MW army from one of the 'other' fronts.
I will be running a force based on 15 Panzer Division. I have used an available OOB to limit my choices to what there would have been for the battle. There was a little initial back and forth but the consensus settled on: No Gun Stukas, no Pak 40s, and no up-armoured Pz IVs and IIIs. So I have gone with a mix of Pz IV F1s and F2s (though one less F1 than originally planned, see above OOB) along with supporting Pz IIs and Me-109 Air support. The general idea is to use the more fun version of theme, that is: we aren't trying to show-horn people's collections into a 1:1 representation of the various forces but neither should there be more of anything than their actually was at the battle.
Thanks for reading.