The countdown to Historicon continues and I’m still painting 3mm guys at every opportunity. Stay tuned for more photos of the latest progress.
In the meantime, below are the blurbs for my games from the PEL, as well as those of some buddies of mine. Online registration for Historicon continues through June 16, so you still have time to get signed up for any of these great games or others.
Friday, 6 PM, F-541
Saturday, 9 AM, S-542
Today Capuzzo, Tomorrow Tobruk. Operation Battleaxe , June 1941
Theme World War II; 6 PM; Length: 4 hrs; Hosted by: Brian Cantwell; Scale: 1/600; Rules: Field of Battle World War II; Sponsor: Picoarmor; Prize: Prizes provided by Picoarmor (www.picoarmor.com); No. of Players: 6. With the disappointment of Operation Brevity and the arrival of the Tiger convoy, Churchill has pressured Wavell to launch his next offensive, despite minimal time for the crews to train on their newly arrived tanks. Can superior numbers, British spirit, and the Queen of the Desert carry the day and open the way to Tobruk or will the Desert Fox once again steal victory using daring and his last fuel reserve? Maneuver battalions and brigades in this division scale game of Operation Battleaxe. No experience needed, rules will be taught. Young gamers welcome with supervising adult.
Saturday, 1 PM, S-499
Operation Brevity: May, 1941
Theme World War II; 1 PM; Length: 4 hrs; Hosted by: Brian Lipscomb; Scale: 15mm; Rules: Battlegroup; No. of Players: 6. With Tobruk besieged, the British plan to push across the Libyan border and seize key positions in preparation for larger operations meant to relieve the port. This game focuses on the British drive against “weak” Axis forces holding Halfaya Pass and Fort Capuzzo. For the Axis, surprisingly determined Italians and ample Panzers mean that British hopes for a decisive victory may be overly optimistic. The new Battlegroup: Tobruk rules will be used. Experienced or new Battlegroup players welcome.
I’ll be on hand to help out with Brian’s game as soon as I can get my own morning game packed up and put away.
Friday, 2 PM, F-234
CY6! – Marianas Turkey Shoot over Guam – June 19, 1944
World War II; 2 PM; Length: 4 hrs; Hosted by: Rob Wubbenhorst; Scale: 1/285; Rules: Check Your 6!; Sponsor: Fight’s On! & I-94 Enterprises; Prize: Fight’s On! goodies & Raiden 1/300 aircraft; No. of Players: 8. After a morning that witnessed the largest air battle in history, the surviving air groups of Ozawa’s airfleet head toward Guam and the safe haven of Orote Airfield. Will the afternoon sun help them to safely reach the airfield and re-group for another strike against the Saipan invasion fleet, or will the fighter directors of TF58 and the combat air patrol of Fighting Aces VF-15 pluck some more feathers in the Marianas Turkey Shoot?
Hope to see you there.
I was looking back at some of the research I had done for the Historicon Opearation Battleaxe 3mm game and realized that I had read the dates wrong for the German paint colors and that the tanks should have the earlier darker scheme for Operation Battleaxe. So I repainted the battalion that I had already finished…
This year’s theme for Historicon is “100 Years of the Tank”. That seemed like a perfect excuse to getting really cracking on a project I’ve been kicking around on for a couple of years now – the tanks battles in North Africa using the really nice 3mm armor from Picoarmor. I had picked up some of these in the past to use as targets in Check Your 6! games and was really, really impressed by the detail and intrigued by the possibility of doing a unit based game where the stands really look like units and not individual tanks. A while back I bought a bunch of German tanks and experimented with painting and basing, but the project got sidetracked by various other games.
Last year I picked up some 3mm artillery and 23mm AA guns for use as ground targets in my CY6! – Jet Age games. My aircraft models are 1:300 / 1:285 / 6mm, so I decided to go with 3mm to get that “stuff down there below us” scale effect. I had heard good stuff about the Oddzial Osmy stuff from Poland and the pictures on the website at PicoArmor certainly looked good, so I ordered up a few. They definitely looked great and so recently picked up some more stuff (painting half on commission for Scott even payed for the order). This time I got a variety of tanks, soft skins, APCs, and infantry. Read More…