I believe this might of been the longest period I have gone without posting to my blog. My last post was in late August, just before I left to go to Montreal to bring my son Simon to University. I was there for 9 days and actually tripled my experience of gaming with an opponent who was not myself. It was a great visit, but alas my abilities as a General still appear to be lacking. It has been flat out since I got back to Massachusetts, and this has been the first I really have had a chance to sit down, upload some photos and write a post.
Simon has settled nicely in Montreal, and tells me he is living the dream. Well how hard can it be in Montreal! I am hoping he is doing some work, although the attractions of Rue Sainte Denis are apparently quite compelling, from what I understand. Here he is (to your left in the black sweater) with his friends in his dorm, they are all doing something or another with their fingers.
Well anyway, back to gaming. Iannick (the infamous Archiduc Charles of Clash of Empires) and myself played 3 games. Iannick hosted 2 games; both Napoleonic and I hosted 1 game at my hotel, our first WWII effort. We had a great time and both Napleonic games were played using Black Powder. Although a great set of rules, we really made quite a few errors in both games, this did not however diminish the fun. Iannick has posted the first game on his blog, a refight of La Haie Sainte using my figures and terrain pieces on his beautiful new terrain table. A closely fought game, but victory to Iannick, I had the Germans and they did lose historically......... We also played a beautiful looking game with a scenario taken from the BP rulebook (Iannick somehow or another ended up having some Austrians). I truly got trounced in this game. The figures and terrain were Iannick's, and I blame my loss on this. I suspect some photos will soon appear on his blog.
Our middle game was the WWII game. We used the Rapid Fire rules and for a first go, we actually did pretty well with them. The book is really the best rulebook (ever better then Lasalle) I have read. Really quite clear rules and beautifully laid out. We did make a couple of errors in respect to morale and some of the cover bonuses, but for our first go at an era and a ruleset, it did go quite well.
Here is the scenario:
We use blinds to set up the game with only the LRDG on the table. One third of the blinds were dummies to add a little suspense. Certainly more important for the DAK (Iannick). It was a bit of a challenge to set a game up in an hotel room, but it did look pretty good. Here is Iannick very carefully laying his trap.
Well I have been doing some painting, and should have a few Prussians battalions to show soon, but more about that in my next post.