Wednesday, May 22, 2013

May Club Meeting at GVS

The May meeting was a good mix of Rapid Fire ww2, Maurice 7yw and two Impetus games.

I have a few Images to share of the games

Rapid Fire Polish s Russians 1939, My Polish got a run and the Russians ended up with a minor victory. Played by Ian, Leigh, Greg, Matt C, and myself.

A full report and scenario of the WW2 Polish vs Russians Rapid fire game

7YW Maurice game, played by the two Daves

Rex and Rhino played a blood thirtsy Dark Ages Impetus game, Rhino broke at 50% cas, Rex had 48%

Tartty, Ralph and Richard played a supurb Impetus Renaissance game.


Saturday, May 18, 2013

RIP Frederick Funcken

On Thursday, May 16th 2013, Fred Funcken passed away at the age of 91 years leaving a legacy and fond memories for many wargamers and Comic readers on my generation. Fred was born in Belgium in on October 5th,1921, he published his first comic at the age of 12, then learnt his trade duing the war, first print making and then  working as a comic illustrator. After the war he joined his friend Fernand Cheneval at  Heroic Albums and later met his wife Lillianne, they started thier wonderful working relationship and the fantastic Tintin comics series. In the 60s Lilliane and Fred started the Uniformology Military Uniforms series covering all periods of history, which are still held in high esteem today, by wargamers and historians today.

His historical comic series included Tintin, White Knight, Harald the Viking, Jack Diamond, Lt Burton, Captian and the Saint Preux .

As a fellow red nut I was excited to get my tintin comics as a young kid, (and will now activly source all of this series) and at the age of Ten my mother bought me the two part series Arms and  Uniforms of the Napoleonic wars and I was hooked for life, 35 years later I now own probaly 8 of his uniformology books and always on the lookout for more of them.

Fare the well Fred


Monday, May 13, 2013

"Bloody April" Club Meet

Last month at the club we played a 7 player mini campaign for the day, lots of laughs and lots of dakka dakka carry on, we played using WOW rules which works well in large numbers of planes on the table. WOW is now called Wings of Glory. WOG now brings a few guffaws at the club, as in Australia it actually means anyone from Mediterranean heritage, our Italian club member bought this to our attenion when they made the name change to the rules.

I played as a german pilot,  as usual I still mix up my left and right turns so even I do not know where I am flying some times!!!!!

Game 1
The Valiant allies on patrol.

The aggressive German circus, led by the Baron Rhino.

The first allied plane suffers some damage by Hapt Willow, and the Baron

down he goes, he managed to walk away with a broken arm only....... first game over

Game 2
plucky Aussie RE8 takes on the circus, aggresively flying straight into the storm.....

the RE8 manages to fly through breaking up the german circus, the follwing camels pounce on the opportunity.....The RE8 finishes his recon and returns to his lines

Hapt Willow ges down in flames after a bodgey turn (left instead of right) turns me into the path of two aircraft.....I

 do manage to survive with broken ribs and concussion.
the fight continues

The Baron manages to shoot down one and damage another, Hapt Boydelli finishes him off.

Then is promptly shot down himself, the remaining allied plane flys off the table....

Game 3

Two rumplers are on a bombing mission and are pounced upon by camels and a French Spad from the clouds

The Spad gets a engine fire from a long range shot before camels start tailing the rumplers

The Baron and Rumplers team up for a kill, the pilot does not walk away, the spad suffers fataly and falls out of the sky, another win for the Germans.

Game 4

A close start , Lothar von Willow dies in the initial clash...........

The Baron gets one on, but gets hit in the effort

mid air explosion finishes off Cardinal Biggles

but the Baron is down, but walks away

The three allies pounce on the remaining Fokker

and finish him off!

Maurice at the club

And the Spanish Civil War game