Friday, 22 April 2011

Going going gone!

So given that this is to be the year of frugal gaming, I've been in the curious position of selling more on e-bay than I've bought, what's more I've usually made a profit! It has to be said that there is something cathartic about admitting to oneself that the plans you had made to game certain periods in certain scales where never going to come to fruition.
I think the epiphany came when I allowed myself to admit that I don't like scales other than 28mm. Although I can see the use of 6mm for moderns or massed combat, I think I can now accept that I'm never going to get someone to game waterloo with me in 6mm as it would take forever whichever set of rules we used. I think that I need to set my sights on not having more troops for each army than I can use in a game that lasts 4 hours. This is an time based on my son's attention span, since in the last 3 years he's been my only opponent (excluding the time he and my brother double teamed me).
So I'll be clearing out a lot of stuff on ebay (search for jenkii3) and who know's you may find a bargain or two.

Monday, 4 April 2011

I just can't win!

Having had some epic fails in 40k against my son, I thought I'd try flames of war with him. We took over two tables at Firestorm Games allowing us to play a megabattle. The scenario was loosely based on Market Garden, with XXX Corps attempting to cross one table to link up with the airborne on the other.
All was going well for the first couple of moves, the Shermans made little impression on the Tigers lurking in wait, and some good shooting from the Stugs allowed the SS Pioneers to overun the Para anti-tank guns. Then my son asked if he could try to place stickie bombs on the Tigers (army socks covered in grease and filled with C4). I thought that that was allowable but would be difficult so said he needed to roll 5+ to get to the tank without being shot, then 6 to attach the bomb. So yet again his dice rolling skills were my undoing, both Tigers dying spectacularly. This triggered morale checks that routed halve my blocking force and so allowed the air and ground troops to link up. Yet another win for Tom, and on my birthday too!
I'll post some more photos below ( or above depending on what blogger lets me do).