Monday, March 19, 2018

Cold Wars 2018, Part 1

I had a great time at Cold Wars this year.  Thanks to the convention staff for running an excellent convention, including major improvements to registration!

My son and I ran two Sharp Practice AWI games - a sort of mini-campaign entitled Race Across Carolina.  I was pleased with how the games turned out and the folks playing seemed to enjoy the scenarios.  Of course it's always a learning experience for me and I picked up some good points for improving future games (starting with Historicon this summer).

Here is a first shot at posting some photos from the games; I hope to publish a more detailed AAR in the near future.

Handout - Newspaper layout for game description

Handout - Map of fictional site of scenario

Jaegers move through the woods

View from the British side of the table - Day 1

Maryland Line Fires

Continental's camp on Day 2

Town of "Freemantle" on Day 2

Maryland State Line moves through town

Remnants of Continental Light Dragoons

British and Americans engage on Day 1
American riflemen fire

Here come the British!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Getting Ready for Cold Wars

My son and I are running an American War of Independence mini-campaign at Cold Wars this year (15-18 March at the Lancaster Host).  It's titled Race Across Carolina and is a fictional campaign set in 1781 as the British and American forces fight across the colonies of North and South Carolina.  As usual I'll be painting up to the last minute, but I think everything will get done.

Here's a look at the table sign for the game:

The first day's game will be a meeting engagement between advance elements of Cornwallis' army and Greene's Southern Continental Army.  Depending on how things go, the second part of the campaign, fought in and around the fictional town of Freemantle, North Carolina, will include dragoons, a graveyard, Continental supply point (including a beer wagon) and other surprises.

This will be a Sharp Practice game and will be part of the Lard Days at Cold Wars.  As at Fall-In, fans of TFL games will have a lot to choose from with our gamesters running games covering a wide variety of periods.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Newest Addition to AWI Stuff

I recently finished building, painting and basing the Charlie Foxtrot New World Kitchen.  I am pleased with how it turned out and want to give a shout out to Charlie Foxtrot models.  They are easy to build and perfect for the AWI period.  One addition I'm trying is adding furniture and some other bits to the interior.  The photo below shows a table (4 Ground) and a small stack of wood for the fireplace.  I also want to add a pot for the fireplace and I'm going to add some food bits too.

Kitchen from the front

Chimney side of Kitchen

Interior of Kitchen
I decided to base my buildings that don't come with a built-in base.  I think this adds some atmosphere to the model and hopefully will make for a better looking table.  The buildings are not attached to the base, so they lift off and can be protected during transport.

The kitchen will make its debut at the upcoming HMGS Cold Wars convention (Lancaster, PA) this March in a Sharp Practice mini-campaign entitled 'Race Across Carolina'.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Finishing Up Odds and Ends for 2017

The year 2017 was the my first full year enjoying retirement after 36 years working for the Department of the Army at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland.  Even though I am a very slow painter, I am pleased with what I accomplished over the course of the year (including starting this blog).  Posted below are photos of some of the miniatures and terrain items I completed this year.

Partial 3rd Continental Light Dragoons (flag by Flag Dude)
Shock Counters for Sharp Practice - AWI Americans
More Shock Counters - Americans & British
Even more Shock Counters - British + a generic dead horse
23rd Regt of Foot - Royal Welch Fusiliers (one group for SP; flags by Flag Dude)
Ammunition Cart
Supply Wagon
British Deployment Point
All of the above were completed for use with Sharp Practice, the TFL skirmish game.  I think these are excellent rules for use with AWI and I'm enjoying creating scenarios that take advantage of these great rules.  I am currently working on a mini-campaign, entitled Race Across Carolina that I hope to run at HMGS Cold Wars in March 2018 as part of the 2nd Lard Days event a group of us are hosting.

Finally, here is another deployment point (this one for the Americans).  In my rush to complete this for Fall-In, I sprayed it with matte sealer on a humid day - very bad move!  The miniatures came out looking like they were covered in a thick fog or haze.  Fortunately, thanks to a tip from Patrick B., I was able to salvage the miniatures.  I brushed on some gloss clear polyurethane, and the next day resprayed the matte sealer.  While not perfect, they are definitely useable.  Below is the final result.

American Deployment Point
Well, that's my wrap-up for 2017.  Next on the painting schedule is the 3rd Regt of Foot (the Buffs) for the British and the 3rd Virginia Continental Line for the Americans, along with a Charlie Foxtrot AWI kitchen building.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Remembering "A Day Which Will Live in Infamy"

Newspaper tells of War
Not about miniature soldiers but a time of sacrifice I hope we never forget.  My Dad told me that he and some friends were playing ball in one of the farm fields when he heard about Pearl Harbor being bombed.  He would later serve in the 95th Infantry Division.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Additional Information on AWI Game at Fall-In

I wanted to post some additional information on the AWI game my son and I ran at Fall-In.  The information below focuses on table signage and handouts provided to the players.  One of the things I particularly like about Sharp Practice is the opportunity to tell a story within the game.  I tried to do that with this game.

Scenario Description placed on game table

I also provided a map showing the location of this fictional battle.  I thought this added some flavor to the scenario.

Map showing location of Freemantle Farm

The use of 'objective cards' is an idea I read about either on the TFL Yahoo Group, or TMP and I thought it would fit well in this game.  The 4 cards were created for this scenario and do not impact the SP rules.  The cards are pictured below with a brief description of how they are used in the game.

Each player was provided a General Order, which, when taken together with the game description provided the players with the information necessary to play the game.  (Players were also furnished with force rosters and officer rosters.)

General Order for American Player

General Order for British Player

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

AWI Action at Fall-In

This is the first post for my new blog documenting my favorite hobby - Historical Miniature Wargaming.  We're starting out with a look at the recent HMGS Convention, Fall-In, held in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

The first Lard Days at Fall-In was held this past 3-5 November with 15 TooFATLardies games scheduled over Friday and Saturday.

Here are some photos from the AWI Sharp Practice game my son and I ran, "We Fight, Get Beat, Rise and Fight Again".  This was a fictional encounter set in the southern theater of the AWI.

Table sign for game

SP Deployment Point for American forces

Maryland Continental Line fires

The bucolic Freemantle Farm - target of British Forces

Mrs. Freemantle at the farm house

Here come the British!  Led by the 33rd Foot and the Queen's Rangers

Maryland State Line prepares to fire

33rd Foot and Queen's Rangers advance

42nd Regiment of Foot fires on the Continental Line

I want to thank for some of the photos posted above.

Cold Wars 2018, Part 1

I had a great time at Cold Wars this year.  Thanks to the convention staff for running an excellent convention, including major improvements...