The warm months of summer conjure many exciting thoughts for a gamer like me. Playing on an outdoor table is great fun, and there’s no better light to see what colors you’re working with, than some afternoon sunshine. Besides, it takes a good six weeks to fully get all those indoor glue fumes out of your system, after being stuck in the house all winter.*
Of course, summer usually means a vacation too, and that’s just what I’m enjoying now. Yes, I’m blogging. On vacation. Oh dear. Anyway, the wife and I are visiting our family in Kansas City and that means a mandatory trip to 31st Century Games in Olathe, Kansas, AKA, the greatest game store in the universe. If there was ever a store that truly catered for every possible need a gamer had, this is it. I could spout more praises but I’ll save that for another post. Just go there.
This trip has been planned for a few weeks now and I’ve been spending plenty of time debating what I want to buy while I’m there. I do this kind of purchase planning a lot, and I’ll be honest, I don’t know why. I never, ever buy what I intend to. A few options I’d played around with were finally getting into Mid-War FoW with some North Afrika goodies, bumping up my Russian Strelkovny with more support options or possibly starting a new game system like Malifaux or Dystopian Wars.
This last option is another enigma that rears its ugly head now and then – starting a new game system. I invest so much time in Flames of War, that sometimes it feels like we’re married, and the thought of having a casual fling with the latest shiny model leaves me feeling dirty and ashamed.
I still keep Warhammer around though, like a bit of rough.
Enough chit-chat, let’s get down to what I bought. Spoiler alert, for those of you thinking I went with a new game system, I did not. I kept my spending purely focused on FoW.
First I went with a box of US Para Jeeps, the armored ones. The Screaming Eagles are my first love, and I’ve neglected them for some time. I have the blister pack of AA tripod guns waiting to be painted too, so plan on putting both platoons together soon.
Next, I picked up a pack of German Pioneers. Now I’ll be the first to admit this, I don’t get Pioneers. Sure they have a better tank assault rating, but that’s what AT guns are for. What I do get, is lately I’ve been on the receiving end of a Goliath demo charge, and well, if you can’t beat ’em…
Revisiting my Americans, I opted for a box of five Stuart light tanks. I love these little guys, especially when it comes to mowing down infantry – I feel guilty parking my expensive unit of Shermans in front of a dug in platoon of infantry, and firing away for three turns while they could be doing something more effective. Stuarts are cheap enough that they can do this without me feeling like they need to be used elsewhere.
I picked up a swamp by JR miniatures. Love their stuff, ’nuff said.
I saved the best for last, a nice heavy box of IS-2’s! Don’t get me wrong, I loves me some German heavy armor, but it’s time they got a taste of their own medicine. By the time it’s taken me to finish this post, I’ve already laid down a base cost of Russian Green on them (priorities!) and am planning a 4000pt showdown against a Tiger-heavy Grenadierkompanie – battle report coming soon.
So that’s about it. All that remained was for me to convince the TSA on the flight home that the half-ton of metal in my luggage was not a bomb and that I was just a simple wargaming nerd!
*Hey kids, only use glue in a well ventilated area. If the goblin you’re sticking together tells you he’d look good in some Mechrite Red pants, you need to take a break. Besides, Mechrite Red pants are sooo last season.
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