Monday, January 11, 2016

NJ Game Club game day!

Hey all!

Well, we had our latest game day with the NJ

I ran one game; a run through of my moderns game!  Now, until now it had only been played in the friendly confines of my games room with a few close buddies; this was the first time it was played by other folks!  Still, it generally managed to hold together, and I got some good input from Augie and DJ!

The scenario we rolled up was a humvee evac.  It was a LONG game (3 blocks up and 3 blocks over, the max you could get).  DJ took a Stryker and three riflemen, and Augie took a humvee and full squad of infantry.

Above is one of the blocks; it looked tricky, because of the IED right in the middle of the road and the blinds on either side of the road, but one blind turned out to be bad guys who were just immediately toasted by every American gun.  Then the Americans rolled through the market, simply AVOIDING the road, and rolled off the board, leaving a bunch of enemies across the street out of range and out of options!

This was another block... again, a bunch of potential bad guys on the way out!

This one was a bit hairy, as a BUNCH of elite, fanatical bad guys appeared on the roofs all around.  Thankfully the hurridly-aimed RPGs missed, and the heavy machine guns of the vehicles put out SO much fire that the bad guys had to duck down.  The Americans then stormed the building, grenades blasting doors of hinges, and they cleared the building with only one casualty, who the medic patched up without too much issue.

Here is the final board; you can see the humvee objective in the center.  At first this one looked BAD; there were five enemy blinds on BOTH sides of the board as SOON as the good guys entered, with an IED in the way!  But FOUR of them turned out to be nothing but curious civilians and barking dogs!

While SOME bad guys did end up flooding in as the Americans tried to evac the humvee, they didn't get much done, as the Americans were well established and had a lot of overwatch positions!

So overall a successful game!  A younger game did take over one squad halfway through and did an admirable job... always good to encourage the young folks!

There was also a large Aurelian game being played, with a lot of newbies involved!  Here is the board... Persian line on the left, Romans on the right.

A shot of the dense Persian formation.

The Romans hammer into the Persian left flank...

Meanwhile, on the Persian right, the Roman light cavalry does a neat dance, keeping the Persian light cavalry occupied for a good chunk of the battle!

Another shot of the cavalry-rich Persian right flank.

A Roman formation closes in on the Persian left...

... which forms up and awaits its end!

In the center, archers from both sides exchange fire.

The Romans begin to hit the Persian left.

Meanwhile the Persian light cavalry has largely wiped out the Roman cavalry, but they've spent the whole battle tied up!

The Persian line tries to hold stead in the center...

As the Persian cavalry tries to turn the Roman flank!  But it turned out to be took late, as the Roman attack on the Persian left simply caved it in... the Roman troops are generally excellent when they get stuck in, and they cut through the lower quality Persian troops!

Oh, and I thought I would share one more photo; my son, helping me set up a 10mm Napoleonic table.  He helped me for a good long while, outlining fields with hedgerows and helping to scatter the ground-scatter.  At one point I told him it was my dream to have my son help me set up toy soldiers, and he responded with a huge grin and "Daddy, dat's da best dream EVER!"

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