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.

Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Richard "Rick" Welch - Rest In Peace

Rick, at the far right with the big smile, during one of my TSATF / Gunboat & Dhow! games in Orlando / Kissimmee. This is how I will always remember him. 

It is with sadness that once again I must report that we have lost another great guy and HMGS-South gamer! Richard “Rick” Welch lost his battle with cancer this evening (12/14/22). He’s survived by his wife, daughter, and his 2 sons David and Stephan. All 3 of the Welch men were avid gamers and could always be found at the TSATF tables having lots of fun. 

Rick and I were planning convention games in his recent post retirement. He couldn’t wait to retire so he could go full throttle and finally start running games regularly at the cons. He will truly be missed. 

JB / Sgt. Guinness 

I was looking through my draft posts to continue with my longs past due Skobelev AAR and had found that I’d not posted this tribute to my friend. I had to post it even though it’s late. 

  The Last Pack Train - Part of our on going NWF Campaign run at HMGS-South's RECON and being documented on the Lead Adventure Forum.  

Heavy contemplation of his next move as the overall Afghan tribal Amir in a NWF con game of mine. 

   Rick letting me know how he feels about my game master decision. Keiser’s Revenge 1904 convention game. 

Orlando, 2015, another HMGS-South convention game. Rick 2nd from left flanked by his son’s Stephan, far left in pink shirt and David to his right in red T-shirt. We were playing in a WWI game run by my friend Nick Zizo using TSATF with a column of Turks being pursued by marauding Bedouin tribesmen. Big fun indeed.  


Orlando / Kissimmee Fl - another great HMGS-South con in 2016. Here my buddy Gunboat Dan ran Sudan riverine games using our Gunboat & Dhow! and TSATF rules. Rick and his sons joined us for this game as well.