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This weekend, my buddy Wes and I played out a Flames of War game for our game club Market Garden campaign. With Wes’s Canadians winning the initiative, we fought a battle for the contested city of Eindhoven.

 

Initial terrain set-up on an 8x4 foot table.

Initial terrain set-up on an 8×4 foot table.

German HMG teams dig in, covering a wide field of fire to defend an objective.

German HMG teams dig in, covering a wide field of fire to defend an objective.

On the opposite flank, the only unit of German armor struggles to make any headway in the face of dug-in heavy AT guns.

On the opposite flank, the only unit of German armor struggles to make any headway in the face of dug-in heavy AT guns.

Despite the odds being in their favor, a platoon of Shermans is bailed out, and subsequently destroyed in an assault again the German HMG's.

Despite the odds being in their favor, a platoon of Shermans is bailed out, and subsequently destroyed in an assault again the German HMG’s.

The Canadians won through, splitting a wedge between both sides of the German forces, taking the middle objective unopposed.

The Canadians won through, splitting a wedge between both sides of the German forces, taking the middle objective unopposed.

 

Full credit to the Allied general, but with the width of the table being so large, coupled with my reserves coming on from random table edges, meant the distance my infantry had to run across was too great to stop the armored advance calmly cruising down the center of the table. Next time I’ll be taking more tanks!

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I just posted my first wargaming hobby video – a quick tour of my new game room! I recently moved house, and in between work and unpacking endless boxes, I’ve been gradually putting together my own space to game, paint, or just read the latest rulebook!

 

The local game club have been playing a summer Flames of War campaign, and yesterday my friend, Wes and I played through a game. Using the Firestorm: Market Garden campaign system, we fought over the recently captured Valkenswaard Road, with my Grenadiers trying to push Wes’s Canadians back, and halt the Allied advance.

It also happened to be the first game played in my new game room. I’m still in the process of unpacking, re-organizing, and ultimately building a new table, so forgive the mish-mash of terrain used!

Initial dispositions. Playing the “Free for all” scenario, our goal would be to capture the two objectives placed in each others’ deployment area.

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One of Wes’s Sherman platoons makes a dash down their right flank, while a rifle platoon uses cover to defend an objective.

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Despite mauling a beleaguered Grenadier platoon, the Firefly failed it’s bog check on the hedgerow, and without being able to withdraw from the assault, was lost.

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Using the church and surrounding buildings as cover, one of the Canadian rifle platoons contests an objective. If the game would’ve lasted a turn or two more, this could have been a bloodbath!

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Wes’s remaining Sherman’s managed to significantly out-manouver my Panther’s, pouring a rain of shells into their sides and rear. Somehow, the German armor managed to survive, camping on the objective for a close, hard-fought win.

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Last night I finished the first block of my British Peninsular army for Black Powder, and I couldn’t be more excited to finally get them on the gaming table! Units completed so far are:

30th Cambridgeshire Regiment

44th East Essex Regiment

42nd Royal Highland, Black Watch

16th Queens Own Light Dragoons

I also added a few commanders, and am planning on adding some artillery units next. I actually started painting these well over three years ago, as my first foray into the Napoleonic era. It was slow-going at first; the amount of effort that went into getting the detailed uniforms painted seemed daunting. It’s all perspective though; now I feel I can churn out line infantry very quickly.

I’ve used a mix of Victrix, Perry and Warlord miniatures. The Warlord ones are the most efficient to put together, with the Victrix ones taking much longer due to the amount of parts – however you do get a nice variety of poses that way.

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Last weekend I took a spontaneous trip to NJCon2016 after seeing it advertised in Wargames Illustrated Magazine. It was a pleasant drive, just a couple of hours from CT, and had a great selection of games and vendors.

I’ll let the pics do the talking, but the highlight for me was finally getting to at least observe a Chain of Command game in action. I have the rules, and tried learning them by myself, but nothing compares to seeing a game demo from an experienced player. And on such a gorgeous table too! It put my Pegasus Bridge set-up to shame!

There was a great group of vendors at the show as well – I picked up some more laser-cut terrain, some beautiful art prints from Winged Hussar, and the Black Powder supplement for The American Revolution. I’m not ready to jump into yet another period just yet, but I watched a game in progress, and it certainly seemed interesting. And I do live in New England after all!

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This weekend I completed my first battery of French Napoleonic Artillery, for Black Powder. They’re a really fun kit to put together, and great sculpts too – I have to admit, that while the Victrix kits take the longest to put together, the variety of pieces means you really can make a unique looking unit.

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I also picked up some new Vallejo textured basing pumice. Now, I don’t usually like mixing up the overall look and feel of bases in an army once I’ve started, but this stuff looks so good, I might go back and apply it to the units I’ve already done. In the past I’ve used the white pumice, and painted over it. This time I tried one that’s already painted brown – it’s a much lighter shade than I’ve ever used before, but I love it!

Last comment – basing. I considered putting each cannon and crew on a single large base, but decided there’s more flexibility in basing everything separately.

Next unit on the paint table will be finishing my Highlanders unit, and a mounted British officer. Once those are done, I’ll post pics of the Brits I’ve completed so far!

It’s been well over two years in the making, but I finally feel ready to show off the beginnings of my Napoleonic French army.

This has been an incredible learning experience. I don’t doubt there are mistakes in the colors I’ve painted certain things, and there are a few details I’ve deliberately decided I’ll go back and paint later, but for models I feel good about putting on the table and committing to battle, I believe they’re ready!

I still have a very long way to go before I have a number of battalions, but I intend to keep chipping away until I have enough to play a meaningful game of Black Powder. I’ve stuck pretty much to 20-man units, but will fill those out more in the future.

I also have a few British units completed, but I’ll do a couple more before I post those.

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