Well, dear friends, I have a confession to make. Yes, I have done it again; my hands have touched khaki! Tim C. once again made the trip over from the UK, and ran another of his small World War One East Afrika scenarios. These games are an excellent introduction for players new to the Field of Battle rules, and fun for us veteran players, too! Tim ran this game at 10 AM on Friday, and again at Noon on Saturday (twice that day!). From the listing in the PEL:
The affair at Kisii (British East Africa Sept 12, 1914)
"The Germans advanced across their northern border into British East Africa, and had set up camp in the small village of Kisii under Kapitan Bock von Wuelflingen. To counter this move, the British sent troops under Captain Thorneycroft. The Germans were completely oblivious to the advancing troops, the first shots hitting them in the middle of a parade!"
And here are the "Germans", all lined up on parade, shouting cadences and glory to the Kaiser! Most of their troops are Askaris of various sorts, and they are definitely not expecting a fight. With there being an open slot, and me not needing to start to set my game up until about 2 PM, I took one of the German commands; the middle one, IIRC. No cavalry though. Is that even civilized,?
The British swoop onto the field, and we Germans have to try to restore command, bring up our off label forces, crew our guns etc.
We Germans make a fair hash of it, failing most of our command rolls, as Captain Torneycroft's men start about the task of throwing this rubbish out of British territory!
Yep, still plenty of black "out of command" markers on the Germans!
The British look pretty smug. "I say. Bostwick, do you think we can wrap up this sordid little affair in time for Tea?" British players were, left to right, David H, our old friend John M from Colorado (empty chair), and Keith F.
You guessed it! STILL out of command! "Rifles, machine guns, ammunition?? Must be some here somewhere!" German Players were Adam, Steve, and myself.
Well, at least SOME of our units finally shake themselves into a semblance of combat readiness
... and none too soon, as the Brits are peppering us with long range machine gun fire!
In the center, a British command has established themselves at the edges of a plantation (class 2 terrain). They are pushing their right flank forwards, seeking to seize the small village of Kisii
"Say, good man, what's up with those huts?" Two units of Ruga-Ruga, temporarily allied to the Germans, rush forth from the village, seeking plunder and easy pickings!
British fire forces a German machine gun back...
and then, the proverbial worm turns! To my right, the German player takes two shots at David's "British" in the plantation rolling a D4 vs a D6 each time. 4 vs 1 , and 4 vs 1 again! Both units are pushed back 3" out of Command, and lose a unit Integrity each. When a timely MOVE card is turned, my boys move forward to contest the Plantation.
The Ruga-Ruga and our sole unit of European infantry also advance.
Another timely MOVE card and my troops engage the shaken British within the plantation.
Action across the field is fast and furious!
Some Rhodesian police arrive to bolster the British left flank.
The British are being pushed back within the plantation, and are then attacked by a swarm of angry African bees!
My people are a poor people.... Ahem
The Brits try to save face (and Army Morale points) by whupping up on the hapless Ruga-Ruga.
who prove to be tougher than their stats!
In the end, British morale fails as their losses mount, and they quit the field. A victory for the Kaiser's men. This will not play well with the Horse Guards!
Reds vs Whites: Retreat to the
From the PEL "Deniken’s 1919 push on Moscow has failed. With Baron von Wrangel in charge now, the White forces are in full blown retreat towards the Crimea. In this battle, a desperate White rearguard, entrenched along a rail line, attempts to hold off combat ready Red troops who are beginning to shine on the battlefield. 15mm, lots of variety (tachankas, armored cars, White officer battalions), using modified Field of Battle 2 Rules."
Jared ran this game at 10 AM, Friday and again at 12 Noon on Saturday. Unfortunately, due to my own games I was only able to take few random shots
I see Alex and his son Thomas played in this one. I understand that in the Saturday game, Piquet veterans Ken B and Eric B set new records for dice rolling ineptitude!
Some shots from Tim's Saturday "Kissi" games.
Tim had 2 brothers playing on opposite sides in these games, as well as Roy Jones (center).
Jared contributed his pink dice; are you man enough to roll with them?
I understand that the first game ended rather quickly and was surprisingly lopsided, so Tim set it up again!
As he needed players, I took a British command this time, with the other Peter playing on my side (and his brother opposite). I have my hat strategically placed covering may face so as not to be identified as handling Khaki yet again! :-)
Barry and Tim check the Firing modifiers. How did we Brits do? Well, suffice it to say that our attack didn't Peter out!
In a message sent to Historicon GM's, event coordinator Bill Rutherford announced that there were more games run at Historicon 2016 than at any previous *Fredericksburg* Historicon, breaking the previous high total set by the first Fredericksburg Historicon (which was in 2012 - good gracious, was this the 5th Historicon in Virginia already?! Bill also noted that there was less carpet and more noise this year than before, although certainly nothing approaching the severe tinnitus inducing levels of the first show there. Replacement carpet is planned for next year so we should be back up to snuff there for 2017.
I certainly want to thank the HMGS officers and all of the Historicon volunteers for a great convention. I've dealt with Bill as a pre-registering GM for quite a few years now, and he has never been anything but accommodating. The GM help desk staff helped resolve a scheduling conflict quickly and effectively, and the greatly improved suply of ice water this year was especially welcome, particularly when the mercury outside hit 102 degrees of Friday. I'll be back again in 2017, although I'd certainly be thrilled if one of the HMGS conventions moved to Somerset, NJ - a huge reduction in drive time for everyone in NY and New England, and as noted previously, very familiar territory for me as well.