Sunday, July 23, 2017

Pikemens Lament


Hello all,
About time I got up to some gaming again. And this game was the "The Pikemen's Lament!


It was the 2nd time I have played the rules and the first time my fiancée Stephanie Cooper gave the game a try. The Game was hosted by my friend Kurt, who provided the terrain, scenario and Photos.

The Poor Duke of Parmia, in Sunny Italy, has lost his only Son. The Boy ran off to Join the Catholic League in its fight against the Protestants and their Swedish Allies. Unfortunately the dead lay as they Fell in the deep, cold, winter's snow of Germany.
He has sent a request for any Officer of ether side, to bring his son home and will Reward that Gentleman with 5 Honors and 100 Gold!
Reales! Will you, good sire, Urge your men in the cold and Reap the Winter's Bounty?




'Winter's Bounty' Pikeman's Lament pike & shot skirmish game held (7-22-17) at The War Room Games on Sunset Rd behind the McDonald's across from Sunset park. To the Right is Herr Smorgasbord the Protestant Swedish Officer who took up the call for Honor and Gold. To the right is the Turkish, Definitely not Serbian, Hussars or Russian Cossack, leader Vadim Podolvsky. (Steph's leader) Who would ride off into the snowy sunset with the win.




The humble Ensign Malcom Abercombie of clan Fitch's Scottish Mercenaries wading into the deep snow for Honor and Gold. Calvinist serving the Swedish King, but not on this day. This day was each officer for himself. (Kurt's Words)



Steph's Turkish/Cossack/Not Serbian force is on the left. They were fighting on the 'protestant' side. Steve Massey's colorful Persian mercenaries hired by crazy Ludwig von Hyborian, the mad Austrian duke to fight on the Catholic side. The Persians were more about flamboyant flair, than burying or burning Christian dead. And they hated their erstwhile Allies the German D'fleur's (Jason's) company of the Catholic league


D'fleur's Catholic league Germans



Team 'Fabulous' (Steve Massey's Persian immortals) make the first move towards one of the Christian dead, only to stomp and spit on it then move on.


Jason Coffey in the blue (Germans) Steve Massey in the greay shirt. (Persians) Steve provided Steph and I with the miniatures for are forces.

Ensign Eric Smorgasbord (Myself) on the advance! (in Swedish)


"Not" Zoroastrian persians on the move



Swedes moving up along the frozen river.


A view of the Catholic Mercenaries side of the field


Fabulous Persian heavy Gallopers decide to slam into the German Reiters. An indecisive engagement that left more persians dead than German, and saw the Persians fall back.



Catholic casualty consumed by fire as Stephanie's Turks/Cossacks/Not Serbians set a enemy body on fire to earn 1 Honor. And to keep warm


Scot's gallopers led by none other than Ensign Abercrombie, rush into the farm.
While the Scot Shot unit fires their 'first salvo' on the German Catholic cavalry, inflicting casualties and forcing them to fall back wavering



The Swedes get reinforcements too, a unit of shot. their Gallopers enter the stable and would bury two dead protestant casualty objective for 2 honors. The commanded shot, mouth frothing at the sign of all that bacon on the hoof, failed to activate twice until they gave up on the pig stealing.
Note the Scottish lancers getting closer, they also buried a dead protestant.


The Scots and Swedes eye each other tensely, focusing on gaining honor points over fighting.


Scots and Swedes are busy interring the protestant dead.

Mid way through the game, Steph has the Dukes dead Son and the other Protestant players are moving to stop her from getting off the board, while on the right, the Catholic players continue to gut one another


Steph's Dragoons find the Dead Son of the Duke of Parmia and now all restraint is off. They will claw their way off board while her Allies the Scots and Swedes try to stop her. Gold is Gold!

Steph moves in as much firepower on the right as she can to attempt to clear out the Swedes in order to move her Dragoons with the Dukes Son, off the board between the hill and the frozen river. Smorgasbord moves up his new Shot unit towards the frozen river in order to block her path to the board edge


Smorgasbord's commanded shot get hit with a cavalry charge and fall back wavering. Steph is clearing her route along the river. Now for the Shot unit.


Her other Dragoon unit, with her officer and the body of the Dukes Son (on the officer's base) head for the board edge to win Honor and Gold!


The Swedish Gallopers move around their wavering comrades and attack the turk/cossack/not Serbian blocking cavalry.


A line of mounted Turks/Cossaks/not Serbians defending the Frozen river. The ice was heard to groan but didn't crack! (Steph blocks Kurts and my Gallopers.

Steph's Commanded Shot blows holes through the my Swedish Shot unit. I rolled poorly so it broke and routed off the board. Steph then won by getting the Dukes Son to the board edge, ending the turn and the game

It was a fun game, and enjoyed by all. I have pulled my neglected Pike and shot figs from the storage unit and will be working on a couple war bands in the near future.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

The Legends of Fabled Realms - Demo Game with 4Ground


I figured I would give this kickstarter a go.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/250544710/the-legends-of-fabled-realms/description

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

New Toy


My dad was down for the weekend house hunting, and he brought a gift for my brother and I. My brother received an 03 Springfield and I got a KAR 98k with a year stamp of 1941. Went shooting and both worked like a dream.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

My final project video for Video One. "Modern House and Her AR-15"

Ok finally project video for Vid One.
Inspired by what happened when I tried to teach my GF how to take care of the house AR-15. I know there are a few errors, but that was the best videos we where able to get with the limited time I was allowed to sign out the Cam and to us the editing programs.
The link is from my buddy Jeremy's YouTube page and He was my sound editor. I provide the Voice and my girlfriend is the Actress.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Good Morning Vietnam!!!


http://listento.radiovietnam.net/

You might find this interesting, its a podcast that just plays music that was popular daring the Vietnam war. And will toss in AFN radio infomercials randomly into the mix.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Battleground - Marines 65 - Marine actions in 1965 operations in the Dom...

Dominican Civil War U.S. intervention


Snagged from the US infantry Museums page.
This day in history. In an effort to forestall what he claims will be a “communist dictatorship” in the Dominican Republic, President Lyndon B. Johnson sends more than 22,000 U.S. troops on this 28 day of April in 1965 to restore order on the island nation. Johnson’s action provoked loud protests in Latin America and skepticism among many in the United States.

Troubles in the Dominican Republic began in 1961, when long-time dictator Rafael Trujillo was assassinated. Trujillo had been a brutal leader, but his strong anticommunist stance helped him retain the support of the United States. His death led to the rise of a reformist government headed by Juan Bosch, who was elected president in 1962. The Dominican military, however, despised Bosch and his liberal policies. Bosch was overthrown in 1963. Political chaos gripped the Dominican Republic as various groups, including the increasingly splintered military, struggled for power. By 1965, forces demanding the reinstatement of Bosch began attacks against the military-controlled government. In the United States government, fear spread that “another Cuba” was in the making in the Dominican Republic; in fact, many officials strongly suspected that Cuban leader Fidel Castro was behind the violence. On April 28, more than 22,000 U.S. troops, supported by forces provided by some of the member states of the Organization of American States (a United Nations-like institution for the Western Hemisphere, dominated by the United States) landed in the Dominican Republic. Over the next few weeks they brought an end to the fighting and helped install a conservative, non-military government.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominican_Civil_War

Monday, April 24, 2017

ANZAC Day


Lest we forget.
ANZAC Day for are Allies in the southern Hemisphere. Take a moment to reflect on their sacrifice and fidelity.



Saturday, April 22, 2017

Asking for a friend


Asking for a friend. One of my old army buddies is looking at heading to old Blighty.

"I'd like to go to Bovington England for tiger day in September. with a few days to see London and potentially Thetford in Norfolk. I don't know if I want to stay at a different hotel each city, or operate out of London and travel out. I have to factor in if I leave one day what day do I actually arrive both coming and going and all of that."
It seems that he is trying to decided if he wants to go with a travel agency or try to play it by ear.

Friday, February 24, 2017

News from Empress Miniatures


Apparently some of my constant nagging has paid off and Empress is making US army in the 1943 uniform with the buckle boots.
Great for the End of World War two after the allies break away from Normandy. first half of Korea, 1950s UFO wars and lots of nations military, militia/reserve forces and or police up to the end of the cold war.

These are the first options with more to come.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

US Army Pacific theater force.


I figured I should add some thing hobby related, that I have been working on.
Presenting the start of my US Army Pacific theater force. Who will also make great post war Zubrakean troops too.