Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Flames of War tournament - Fort Lee - Jan 16

Hello FoWarriors;

The invasion of France and the Low Countries will happen this Saturday 16 Jan 2010. As a added special event a guide tour of 1940era AFVs will be included.

The 5th Annual FoW day at the US Army Women's Museum, FT Lee, VA will kick off at 0900-1800 with 24 players committed to fight; 12 Germans (5ea INF, 4ea Armor, 1ea Cav, 1ea FJ) will face off against French forces(4ea Inf, 2ea Ar) and the BEF (2ea Inf, 1ea Motor Inf, 2ea Armor)

Scenarios include:1ea River Crossing, Death from Above, Roadblock Free for All, City Fight, Encounter, Ar encounter, Fight Withdrawal, 3ea No Retreat, 2ea Breakthrough

Players will each play two rounds.

Spectators and fans of EW are welcome to come visit the museums at FT Lee (Quartermaster and Women's) and watch the tournament in play. Vote for the best painted army and talk Early War.

Between game rounds there will also be a guided tour of the 1940 ear tanks being stored at FT Lee in prep of the Ordnance Museums move in 2011.

This is a guided tour only so you will need to be at the US Army Women's Museum NLT 1200 noon to participate!

All visitors to FT Lee will need a photo ID to enter the base. Vehicle drivers will also need a valid Dr Lic, Veh Registration and Proof of Insurance.

Any questions please contact Ron Bingham at (804)734-4411

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

AAR - Shako II - December 26, 2009

The day after Christmas saw a most excellent game of Shako II being played at the Hangar.

It was a Peninsula battle, with the French trying to oust the Spanish.

The Spanish forces were divided into three forces. The first, played by Me (chuck) was defending a walled town and a bridge approaching the main gate. I had a pile of second rate (and worse) infantry and a heavy gun battery defending from (mostly) behind the walls.

The other two forces (commanded by Steve M. and Cliff) were relief commands that would enter the game later on.

Against the Spanish was a respectable French column, played by Carl, Eric and John M. They came up and got close to the town, to be pummeled by the Spanish artillery and some infantry fire, but eventually overwhelmed the valiant defense put up by Don Turnitsa. French Marshal McCabe stormed the bridge and breached the Spanish defenses a few turns after the Spanish Relief forces arrived and began harassing the other elements in the French Column.

I (personally) wasn't there to see the end of the fight, but it is fun to play with lesser quality troops sometimes. Not every battle can be a cosmic struggle for truth and justice between the Old Guard and the Black Watch. You gotta have fun, and that is what this splendid little Christmas scenario from the McCabe brothers was all about.

Thanks for the chance to play, and thanks for helping to increase the value of being a gamer in ODMS.

Williamsburg Muster - 1 Month Away!!

1 Month Away until the second convention hosted by ODMS.

We have a good number of games already registered as of writing this posting (Jan 6), and expect more over the next few weeks. This looks like it will be a great show!