Well another Historicon has come and gone. I hosted four games and played in two. The drive down from Aberdeen, MD was pleasant without any real traffic problems. I arrived around 1130 and the parking lot looked to be mostly full.
I made a pass through the main gaming hall and took a few pictures before heading to the dealer’s hall and stimulating the gaming economy. There were some great games in progress.
|Another great looking game|
|A good looking Bolt Action board|
|The HAWKs rubbled city table|
|Tanker’s Challenge aka World of Tanks – Tabletop Edition|
My first game was at 7 pm Thursday evening – Tankers Challenge using Battleground WWII. I had 12 players broken out into four teams. Everyone started with an early war tank. As they got destroyed, they got an upgrade to something better.
|Panzer 38t takes a hit.|
|British Cruiser and Italian M13/40 slug it out at point blank range.|
|Churchill VII rolls through the wreck cluttered street|
|Panzer III attacks Italian 13/40 from the rear|
|British Cruiser gets a flank shot on an Italian Semovente|
|Sherman engaging a STuGIIIb|
|More tank action|
My next game was Friday morning at 9 am: Trouble in the Rubble. Another Battleground WWII game pitting elements of the 29th Inf Div trying to take a portion of St Lo from elements of the 352d Inf Div.
|A panzerschreck pops up in ambush…but misses the M8 Armored Car.|
|US recon teams fan out in the rubble hunting the Germans.|
|A view of one rubble filled street|
|An “88” covers the main street and has a Sherman in it’s sights|
Next I played a game of Look Kaiser, No Charts; the 1914 Battle of Maissin. I played the German right flank. My mission was to protect the town of Maissin and slow the German advance. It was a great game with lots of friendly smack talk on both sides.
|Next I played a game of Look Kaiser, No Charts|
|German artillery on a ridge|
|A view of the artillery position from an observation balloon|
|A view of the town from an observation balloon|
After thrashing the French, it was time to set-up my evening scenario, River Crossing at Arnaville; another Battleground WWII game.
|US troops have crossed the river; engineers are working on a pontoon bridge|
|A view of the US lines|
|German troops advance to reduce the bridgehead|
|US smokescreen drifts across to cover the bridging site|
The evening game went well – for the Germans. They managed to delay the bridging operation long enough for reinforcements to arrive.
I managed to get a couple pictures of some other game board set-ups.
|Almost looks real|
|Nice little town|
|A PAK-40 on the same table|
A Force on Force game being run on the Rubbled City table: Chechnya War scenario.
|The Battle of Grozny|
|Russian tanks cautiously move forward|
|Russian tanker’s vi|
The final game I hosted was a Muskets and Tomahawks scenario. The French and their allies were raiding a British outpost.
|The French close in on the British outpost|
|A unit of Rangers fall to a party of Hurons|
Sunday morning I managed to get into a tabletop version of the Source of the Nile. The game was fun but by then I was ready to go eat lunch and head back north home. So I meet several of the HAWKs at Wegmans for lunch. The drive back home was slower but the traffic never stopped moving.
Had a great time as usual. Didn’t take as many pictures as I should have, and didn’t record the names of the games I did capture digitally. Will have to do better next time.
After a short rest, it’ll be time to start planning for Fall In.