Just back from the HMGS-PSW January 2015 WWII themed convention held in Anaheim California with a brief summary report.
WR’s two Flames of War scenarios were joined by a host of other 20th Century gaming: Bolt Action (two tables), Check Your Six, Warhammer Great War WWI, Blitzkrieg Commander, BattleTech (on another planet), even some DBA medieval gaming to round out the field.
The Flames of War (20mm) scenarios featured the “String of Pearls” and “Roncey Pocket” Normandy July 1944. Both scenarios taken from the Cobra FoW supplement. Additional information on these scenarios can be read from my recent WR blog post (link): HMGS-PSW FoW scenario. WR is currently in the process of writing up the picture heavy AAR for both these scenarios .
Update 01/23/15: String of Pearls AAR posted: String of Pearls AAR
Update 01/30/15: Roncey Pocket AAR posted: Roncey Pocket AAR
A convention favorite seems to be David K’s Warhammer Great War with hundreds of lovely painted 28mm miniatures. French poulu infantry in red trousers, French cuirassiers, English khaki infantry, German pickelhaube infantry and the tabletop hosts of light artillery and machine guns. Allied “over the top” advance during the Battle of the Marne 1914 scenario.
Other photos taken as WR ran about the convention floor during short breaks of his 20mm Flames of War action…
Check Your Six scenario….B17’s of the 100th Bomb Group facing waves of Me-109 and Fw-190’s chased by handful of escorting P-47s. GM’d by Steve R.
Harmon’s BattleTech robots on another world with their own WWII.
General view of the convention floor mid morning. For some reason WR only took half the room. Warhammer WWI in foreground, then WR’s FoW String of Pearls table, Bolt Action airport then CY6 in distance. The opposite side of the room had Blitzkrieg Commander, another Bolt Action game, and DBA gaming,
Bolt Action at the airport. TSA hired some Russian tankers to help with screening security vs. German interlopers. Scenario called ” Oddball’s Rumble” featuring Ilan MS and Don T’s miniatures and scenario design.
DBA gaming with late Medieval period armies and Danny W.
While screening the airport on one Bolt Action table, the other Bolt Action scenario was found in the Russian countryside. Russian infantry platoon with T-34 support vs. some entrenched farmstead Germans. Scenario had 5th Kompany less a platoon 119th Panzergrenadiers Abt. near Molschalniki November 1942 facing the opening Russian horde counterattack near Stalingrad. Scenario by Steve P. with his acting troop of Dan M. and Andy.
Last game seen at the convention was a lively Blitzkrieg Commander scenario engaging Russian and German armor. Run by Tim G., the scenario was July 1943 eastern front themed (the Russian church was the give-a-way). Got Armor?
Convention PEL if interested: HMGS-PSW World War 2 Day PEL
Cheers from Anaheim California at the HMGS-PSW mini-convention (WWII). Writing up WR’s two FoW scenarios next for the readership.