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Markers for WWII Games

| July 30, 2015

Often in WWII games you want some number of folks to have panzerfausts.  It is convenient to use small markers to denote which figures are carrying them so that when they are fired you can remove them from the game.  Also, it is helpful to have markers to show that machine-guns are set up and […]

Completed Even More Crooked Dice Figures

| July 30, 2015

In previous posts I reported on my progress painting up the Crooked Dice figures from a large order that Greg and I submitted some months back.  Despite an eye exam yesterday that left me dilated and blurry, I managed to knock out the last of the Crooked Dice figures I had on hand. Now Greg […]

Another G.A.M.E.R. Play Test

| July 26, 2015

Any readers of this blog will know that I have been working on a set of WWII skirmish rueles for over two years.  I ran another game this weekend to test out the rules.  I had intended to test out a new system for morale, but after just a few turns it was clear that […]

American Paras with Panzerfausts

| July 26, 2015

A couple weeks ago, I posted a quick discussion about how MG Gavin was so impressed with the panzerfaust that the 82nd collected up truckloads of them in Sicily.  Soon after a drop, when the heavy equipment arrived, these trucks of panzerfausts would follow the troops.  He even had the instructions for their use translated […]

A Couple More Crooked Dice Figures

| July 25, 2015

I couldn’t sleep, so I got up at 0300 and completed these figures.

Miscellaneous HAWKs Room Games at Historicon 2015

| July 20, 2015

In this post, I am including a mix of games hosted on Saturday by the HAWKs at Historicon 2015.  They are in no particular order.  Enjoy!  

Zombie Shopping Mall at Historicon 2015

| July 20, 2015

Several of the HAWKs and I ran our zombie shopping mall game at Historicon.  This shot (above) is the calm before the storm, before the game began. We used GASLIGHT with the free Zombies by GASLIGHT supplement. The theater that Bill built for the game even had Dawn of the Dead playing on the screen. […]

Vittoria with Fate of Battle in HAWKs Room at Historicon 2015

| July 20, 2015

Dave (far left) and Duncan (far right) teamed up again to host the Battle of Vittoria using the Fate of Battle rules.  They tweaked the scenario a bit from Cold Wars, and by all accounts the changes made the scenario more interesting for the players.  I was busy running my own game at the time, […]

Noah’s Skirmish Sangin Game at Historicon

| July 20, 2015

Noah Guibalt, one of the HAWKs, ran a popular and well-attended Skirmish Sangin game Saturday afternoon in the HAWKs room at Historicon.  The following pictures are in no particular order.

Defense of Schloss Iter at Historicon 2015

| July 20, 2015

I ran this game twice at Historicon, once for kids and once as a normal convention game.  The basic scenario involves a squad (or so) of German Wehrmacht infantry and a US tank crew defending French VIP prisoners in a castle (Schloss Iter) in Austria against Waffen SS troops sent to kill them.  This is […]