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Saturday, 17 June 2017

Roland attack!

Today, we had 3 players, Lawrence, Phil and myself, and having no time for another game to be planned, we had a couple of fun games of Wings of Glory WW1!

Our opponents, run by the solo system - 3 Roland 2-seaters.
 We had a flight of Escadrille Lafayette, 3 brave American pilots in their Nieuport 28's!
We raced forward - we had set up nose to nose with the Germans - I being out on the right flank, trying to separate one Roland from the other two, so we could focus our fire on it. We know from experience two seaters are most dangerous when they can combine the fire of their rear gunners.
Lawrence went nose to nose with the lead Roland... 
 ...the Roland missed, but the Roland's rear gunner was killed, a good start for us!
 Phil took some rudder damage from the purple Roland.
Lawrence got sandwiched - but only took light damage from the rear gunners. 
The green Roland caught me with a sharp turn, and damaged my engine.  
We turned to try and get a bead on the nippy Rolands... 
I got a point of damage on the pink Roland, his rear gunner missed Lawrence. 
Green's rear gunner hit my engine again!...
 Down I went! 
That is the first time ever a double engine hit has downed one of our planes! 
I took over the dark Roland, without a rear gunner! 
Phil was chasing the pink Roland... 
 He caused 3 and took 0 from its rear gunner.
 Lawrence tried to join Phil, taking 2 more damage from the pink Roland, I was trying to turn my dark Roland onto his tail, I SO missed having my rear gunner!
As I got a potential shot, Lawrence turned to take cover from the green Roland! 
 The green Roland's rear gunner hit Phil.
 As Lawrence turned to avoid my pursuit, the green Roland rear gunner caused yet more damage on him! He was having a good day....!
 Lawrence moved after green, but pink turned again and the 2 Rolands focused their fire!
Phil and I were ... out of position! 
Pink now turned behind Lawrence and got a crushing short range hit. 
 Phil was stalking green, and my dark Roland was turning to join in against Lawrence...
No need! Poor Lawrence's plane fell from the sky... 
 Phil made a rapid escape!
We were so unlucky! - surely another try would be more successful? 

Game 2:

The same 3 Rolands!
We randomised our position...and ended up nose to nose again! 
Lawrence, this time, cut right to outflank the Germans. 

I took a point of damage from pink, phil one from the dark Roland's rear gunner. I was in the dark Roland's dead zone! 
 I ended up on top of the pink Roland, Phil got shot by 2 Rolands, but had no damage!
 He fired under the pink Roland... 
...and damaged the green Roland! Good flying Sir! 
 Lawrence was chasing the green Roland, but was out of range.
I 'Immelmanned' to get a shot, but got hit and set afire.
Lawrence was still a-comin' !
I chased into the mass of Rolands, Phil Immelmanned to join me. 
 Phil and I were braving the rear gunners as we chased our respective 2-seaters.
Green next turned right, and caught Phil as he went by... 
 Poor Phil! - he reincarnated as I had last game, and took over a Roland.
Lawrence found himself between 3 Rolands! 
 2 engine hits, and down he went! -
-   After never coming across the double engine damage in our games before last game, and then getting it in 2 games is astonishing!
I shuffled the damage decks, honest, guv!

Ah well, 2 games and 2 defeats, maybe we are doomed!

Never mind!

Saturday, 10 June 2017

The Durham show 2017

Today, we had no regular club as it was the excellent little Durham show again, another chance to meet people and buy shiny new toys!

We were greeted and charged a couple of quid for entry!

Most of our club were there, including Lawrence (left), Andy and Phil!
  In the first hall, we came across Colonel Bill's...
They always have a lovely display... 
...  and a good selection of 4Ground buildings! 
Figures...and acrylic paints.
 Next, Tumbling dice, who have a nice range of Naval and Air models.
they are very nice - if a bit small for my failing eyesight! 
Taking up a lot of the hall was a single large medieval game...
... Despite the set on the table, they were not using Lion Rampant... but a modified version of Tony Clipsom's set:  Foray!
...the villages were very pretty...
The figures were quite dynamic models!
Loved the artillery!
It appeared to be a demo game, with players getting a retinue to play with.
 Sadly, this was probably my last visit to Charlie at Northumbria games...
they are.... 
So long Charlie, and thanks for all the figs! 
Irregular were there too... 
...always good to rummage through and find unusual models! 
 Some of their figures are really eye-catching!
 Game of War... (and my favourite picture!) 
 Sadly, they didn't have any asteroids with them today!
I always get a pack if they have them! 
Eagle figures... 
They continue to bring out some new ranges. 
 Very nice indeed!
  Graham's Wuerkshoppe...
 Weird figures, but quite wonderful!
 Always worth a look!

Midlam Miniatures, a fairly local supplier, to us North Easterners!- with a great range of figures!
 ...and games...
 I even got a Boba Fett Imperial Assault model, I have been after one for ages!
I didn't need any more X-Wing models, though the C-Roc cruiser was VERY tempting! 
On to a welcome regular at this show, Dave Thomas' 
 I got a lot of lovely Perry plastic figures here!
They have stacks of Perry metals too! 
and not just Perry miniatures, they stock Gripping beast, Deus Vult, Renedra, to name just a few! 
 The guys just didn't want their picture taken!!!
DT's selection of rule books. 
Pendraken were there too... 
10mm heaven! 

Our friends at Hoka Hey! 
Me getting scolded for taking a picture of her on her phone! 
They now do some absolutely stunning terrain pieces, these are works of art! 
I will have to get some of these - sometime!
Reiver castings (obviously!) -- 
...their lovely Great Northern War figures! 
 ...and equally good 9-years war and WSS ranges.
 Ian from our club apparently scaring the proprietor! 
There was another medieval game in the other hall. 
I think this was 'Lion Rampant' again being used. 
..with some of the nice Hoka Hey figures, these are Border Reivers. 
Redcar Ironbeards had a participation game on... 
Obviously a game based on the Dad's Army show... 
 A nice English village being attacked by the dastardly boche!
 In a separate building (The bowls pavilion) - they had a large ACW game... 
...The battle of Port Republic, which was 155 years ago this week...
Part of Stonewall Jackson's Valley campaign. 
 The rest of the pavilion had the bring-and buy... 

So, that was Durham for another year!

 Thanks to all the lads at Durham for putting it on, and the traders, of course, well done all!!!

Hope to be there again in 2018!

Hope its a less wet day too!