The Wind And The Lion

The Wind And The Lion
German gunners range in on the U.S. Marines as they cross the vill. Figures are Old Glory German Sea Battalion conversions. Archway by Miniature Building Authority.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Search for the Ark - TSATF adventure game at RECON 2014




           Search for the Ark - TSATF adventure game at RECON 2014




One of my favorite periods is colonials, and specifically my favorite rules set is "The Sword And The Flame. There were a total of three TSATF games on Saturday. Nick Zizo ran his great
"Search for the Ark" game Saturday morning. There was action, adventure, negotiations galore, and of course Eastern treachery. The central powers jockeyed for position and possession of the Ark of the Covenant. The Dervish commander played the central powers against each other, promising each one that he would deliver the Ark of the Covenant to them alone. But in the end all he delivered was treachery and death. Bill Hogan the Dervish commander was in hie element in this game and played his role stupendously. Then Bill Hogan ran his exciting French and Indian Wars game, "Dawn Raid in the Mohawk Valley" the very next session.





                                           Search for the Ark


                                                   
                The Marines come ashore in the face of Egyptian resistance.


                             Search for the Ark - the action begins.

                           
                                             
                   Search for the Ark - Italians Lancers advance, Avanti!

   
    Search for the Ark - The Italians are ordered to: FORM SQUARE!!!
                                                               

Search for the Ark - We are French and we are surrounded, Sainte merde, pas bon!
                                                               

Search for the Ark - Steady boys, take aim...British troops firing using the new custom TSATF game markers made by my buddy "Last Stand Dan".


Search for the Ark - Load the cannon. Ship board artillery takes aim with "Last Stand Dan's" fire markers.

                                                 

Dawn Raid in the Mohawk Valley - TSATF F&IW at Recon 2014





              
                                               Dawn Raid in the Mohawk Valley


Bill Hogan ran his exciting French and Indian Wars game, "Dawn Raid in the Mohawk Valley" at HMGS-South's convention RECON 2014 in Orlando Fl. The unsuspecting and sleeping British troops were caught unawares by a lightning quick and devastating raid which decimated the surrounding county side. Many a militia man and civilian had fallen, but in the end the British maintained possession of the central fort, albeit on fire, and with minimal casualties to the regulars.


                                        TSATF F&IW at Recon 2014



                             The day starts just like every other day.....


   The French allied Indians sneak up on the unsuspecting homesteads.


                      All is quiet, the garrison is at rest in the wee early hours.



 The militia has still not arisen as their sentries have drank way too much during the night and have  fallen into a mead induced slumber.



                                         The all out attack begins!


                                          Alarm, Alarm..........


                     Stand to, Stand to, every man to his post!!!!


                 
The Mountain Men's camp has been overrun in the onset of the attack.

The Mountain Men fall back onto the relative safety of the fort and an artillery piece manned by British Regulars.

As the French emerge from the woods after defeating the militia they are taken under fire by the British Battery #2 guarding the main gate and covering the retreat of the broken militia.


The Battle ends with the British and their allies firmly in control of the fort, albeit a slightly burning fort.

Recon 2014 (part #1)




              RECON 2014


Well Recon 2014 has come and gone and I have to say that the HMGS South BOD and membership sure know how to run a great con. Even after all these years I still get excited to go to these cons and feel as excited as a kid on his birthday does with the anticipation and excitement of seeing my old friends and playing in some great games. These cons really do have some of the same premier game masters who run games at Historicon, Cold Wars, Southern Front, Rapier Con, etc. And this con was no exception! The games were great and plentiful, I believe there was well over 125 official games over the weekend. In case your interested in future cons check out this link: (www.hmgs-south.com) This post is in no way an AAR of the con but only a few notes from a few games. I hope to post more photos and comments about the con as the months pass. Above is a pic my buddy Bill Hogan took and tagged from our encore running of "The Wind And The Lion game at the con.

One of my favorite periods is colonials, and specifically my favorite rules set is "The Sword And The Flame. There were a total of three TSATF games on Saturday. Nick Zizo ran his great
"Search for the Ark" game Saturday morning. There action, adventure, negotiations galore, and of course Eastern treachery. The central powers jockeyed for position and possession of the Ark of the Covenant. Then Bill Hogan ran his exciting French and Indian Wars game, "Dawn Raid in the Mohawk Valley". The unsuspecting and sleeping British troops were caught unawares by a lightning quick and devastating raid which decimated the surrounding county side. Many a militia man and civilian had fallen, but in the end the British maintained possession of the central fort, albeit on fire, and with minimal casualties to the regulars. Both games were a hoot and both game masters did a fantastic job on the troops, terrain, and their scenarios.



                                          Search for the Ark


                                                   
Search for the Ark - We are French and we are surrounded, Sainte merde, pas bon !


Search for the Ark - load the cannon Ship board artillery takes aim with "Last Stand Dan's" fire markers.

                                                   
                               Dawn Raid in the Mohawk Valley




More pictures and a short AAR for both of these games are on a separate post. I will also be posting an AAR of our "The Wind And The Lion" game.