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It was a big weekend for me, hobby-wise! On Saturday, my gaming group celebrated the launch of Flames of War version 4 by putting on an event at our local Hobby Town store. I think it was a big success, and there were a number of newcomers who wandered in and shared in the fun. We had a number of new starter boxes, so some of us were busy sticking Grant and Crusader tanks together, while on other tables, people were taking the new rules for their first official outing.

Then on Sunday, a couple of us got together to play our first Sharp Practice game. It’s been our intent to do some AWI gaming for several months now, but for one reason or another it hasn’t happened. Finally, the stars aligned, and we got some small forces onto the table, along with some fantastic scratch-built buildings made by Randy and a Cigar Box terrain mat provided by club member, Tom.

Freshly glued tanks duke it out using the new rules and stat cards

Taking the Sharp Practice rules for a brisk Sunday afternoon walk.

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Thanksgiving has come and gone, and I had quite an eclectic range of gaming experiences over the four day holiday.

On Friday, some of the guys from my game club came over to play our first games of Star Wars Imperial Assault. We had an awesome time, with Wes playing the fiendish forces of the Imperials, while Tom, Rod and I played the plucky rebels. We’ll definitely be playing more of this soon, I can see it becoming a club staple.

Saturday saw the club’s annual Tanksgiving battle, this year being an Arab Israeli wars battle. I didn’t participate, but got the chance to take some pics of the impressive terrain set-up before everyone blew each other up!

With the long weekend drawing to a close, I took some time to spend Sunday evening painting my first stand of AWI minis. Honestly, they aren’t my greatest work, but I am desperate to get them on the table as soon as possible for some Black Powder battles, so I cut more corners than usual. Once I get more painted, I will put together a more dedicated post.

Oh and I got a Black Friday deal on Blood Bowl,  but that’s a story for another day!

Star Wars Imperial Assault

Star Wars Imperial Assault

Star Wars Imperial Assault

Star Wars Imperial Assault

Star Wars Imperial Assault

Star Wars Imperial Assault

Flames of War - Tanksgiving 2016

Flames of War – Tanksgiving 2016

Flames of War - Tanksgiving 2016

Flames of War – Tanksgiving 2016

Flames of War - Tanksgiving 2016

Flames of War – Tanksgiving 2016

Flames of War - Tanksgiving 2016

Flames of War – Tanksgiving 2016

British Redcoats from Warlord Games

British Redcoats from Warlord Games

British Redcoats from Warlord Games

British Redcoats from Warlord Games

British Redcoats from Warlord Games

British Redcoats from Warlord Games

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Some of the guys at my local game club have decided to embark on a new gaming adventure, with a foray into the American War of Independence.  Tom and Wes will be Colonial generals, while Randy and I have both taken the kings’ shilling. We’ve each got a Warlord Games starter box, and intend using Black Powder rules.

My progress so far has been three line units, undercoated and built, plus a small group of skirmishers. We’re starting with 20-man units and upgrading to larger ones as we get more units ready for battle.

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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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