Last weekend was Little Wars gaming Convention in ST Charles IL. I had not been in three years due to my recent deployment and a conflict last year. I was glad to get back this year even for just a day.
I did not pre-register a game as I had done in the past due to being gone for training the two weeks prior. I did pre-arrange to bring along a Bolt Action pick-up game (North Africa scenario) with my gaming cohorts which worked out well.
Attendance seemed a bit light as compared to what I remembered. There were plenty of games on tap though with a well stocked vendor area. The Flea Market is one aspect I always look forward to, but again it did not seem as full as I recall. Most likely because I missed Friday and I was kind of looking for some specific items which were not available. I still came away with some well priced treasures.
|Hills and Building are always in need|
I arrived early Saturday AM in time to hit the first flea market session and meet up with Mike and Dan. After we perused the vendors and the other gaming in progress we secured a table for an impromptu Bolt action game.
|Initial set up deploying troops|
|British pressing the attack with "Up and At Em" Army rule|
The game ended up being three Allies (Mike, Dan and Jim) vs. Two Axis (I and Mark) which worked out perfect with each player controlling about 500pts of troops. It was 15 Allied order dice vs., 11 Axis to start with. It moved along a little slow as we were teaching new players, but they caught on very quickly and a rousing game ensued.
|M3 Lee enters the fray|
|An awkward moment in the gaming hall as Mike exclaimed "I penetrated your rear!"|
|In the end the DAK patched togehter a defense and held out|
We then took a late break as Dan and Mark had to leave and agreed to reconvene after the afternoon flea market session. During this time I had a chance to check out some of the other games taking place.
|Cool Vietnam scenario|
|Pre-Dreads...Always one of my favorites|
|Another Bolt Action Multi-player game|
|Full scale Normandy|
|Featured Game-The Alamo|
I scored some really nice buildings in the Flea market during this session which made the trip worth it. My son was happy as he is eager to play with more of a city/village scape at some point.
|Prizes from the Flea market|
|DAK Defending the bldg with PAK 40 in support|
|Brits space out and put units in ambush|
|DAK lost the PAK 40 crew, but successfully funneled enough troops on to support the obj.|
|Remaining Gurkhas attrited as they try to contest|
|With two full DAK squads in position and it only turn 5 the allies concede defeat as time was getting late|