Attendance at the games I hosted was disappointing: I had one player for my Quar game on Friday, and none for my Clay Havoc game on Saturday. Even so, I was able to get in some fun games throughout the weekend.
We played the Double-Cross scenario from the book, which has the game start with an exchange of pigs for weapons, and ends up in a full-blown firefight.
|The Partisans show up with a couple of pigs to trade|
|The Crusaders appear with a crate of guns. Let's hope nobody loses their nerve and starts something!|
|Shortly after someone starts something, the Crusader sniper climbs atop a rock promontory to trade shots with the Partisan sniper.|
|The Crusader Heavy Shotgun team sets up in the woods.|
|The Partisans escape off the board with their crate of guns while the Partisan Wagon sets up for some machine-gunning.|
|Crusaders advance down the right flank while one of their number takes off with a pig.|
|Escaping with the pig.|
|Crusaders advancing, shortly before getting torn up by Partisan rifle fire. I pushed the Crusaders pretty hard, which was probably unwise, but I also didn't want to play a whole game where we just sat and traded shots from across the board.|
|Prone (not injured) Partisans lurking in the woods.|
|The Crusader sniper, now in some cover, gets the only Crusader kill of the game when he takes out the Partisan sniper.|
|The Partisan wagon, happily decimating the Crusader HSG team.|
|The crusader assault on the left flank falls apart when the lead rhyflers are butchered.|
|A few right-flank Crusaders are forced into cover and never make it into the assault.|
|The Crusader assault on the right flank meets the same fate, and that's pretty much the end of the game.|
|The archaeologists barricade themselves within their camp.|
|The Brits and Canadians arrive by boat.|
|The archaeologists hunker down under the fire from the lizard folk.|
|The Brit tank and limbered Gatling gun begin to make their way onshore, while my Canadians still flounder in the river.|
|The British troops disembark...|
|... and Lizard folk emerge from the undergrowth to meet them!|
|...while my Canadians still struggle to get ashore on their crappy boat.|
|Landed at last, the Canadians form a firing line.|
|The Lizards retreat back into the jungle under a hail of fire.|
|Brit troops pass behind the Canadians to secure the ford for their tank.|
|The Brits and their tank press on while the Canadians give covering fire.|
|The Lizards set up a bombard cannon to shell the archaeologists!|
At that point I had to pack it in and get ready for the Clay Havoc game I was set to host, so I left the battle unresolved - but things were looking good for the humans.
Ran - Ronin Skirmish
Nobody (except my wife) had signed up for Clay Havoc, so after a few minutes of waiting I went looking for something else to do. David from Kingsford Miniatures was running games of Ronin, with miniatures from his company and a scenario based on the movie Ran, and I was able to jump in on that.
I was playing the defenders, and I had two groups of enemies to contend with. I played a fighting retreat and by the end of the game things were looking grim, but despite being outnumbered the enemy still hadn't made it into the castle.
|My troops (with black bases) beat up on the elder son's attacking troops. I was outnumbered, but my men acquitted themselves well and caused a lot of damage.|
|On the other side, the younger son's troops surround my lone defender and kill him - but not before he takes one of them out.|
|My 2nd in command and arquebusier defending the castle staircase.|
|A small force holds the castle gate against more of the younger son's troops. I expected them all to die, but they slowed up the advance and went out covered in glory.|
Cannae - White Rock Gamers
The White Rock Gamers always put on some amazing games, and I was excited to play in their version of Cannae, the famous one-sided slaughter of a Roman legion by Hannibal in the 2nd Punic War.
I played as the Romans, with the center of the line my area of responsibility.
|After some maneuvering, we finally come to grips with the Carthaginians. My Triarii are stuck behind the line, and the unit on the left never actually sees battle.|
|On the right flank, and against all odds, the Roman cavalry actually holds off the Carthaginian cavalry and keeps that flank intact.|
|On the left flank things are much messier, but only one detachment of Carthaginian cavalry manages to sneak around our flank.|
|On the right side, the Romans are about to be flanked by a band of screaming Gauls, but those Gauls in turn are about to be smashed by my Triarii.|
|The end of the battle. My Roman legion has crunched through the Carthaginian front line and caught Hannibal, ending the game.|