In an attempt to alleviate his fear of the approaching doom it was decided to put on a wargames day for him with a few of his "friends". Any rumours that they were paid to turn up are false news and should be ignored. The venue was the party room at his sisters local hedgehog rescue center, Prickly Ball Farm. The room was big enough for a 14'x4' table so there was plenty of room for the 10 invited players. Sadly one had to cancel as he is away in America seeing the sights. Food and drinks were provided as well, so all we needed was a game to play.
After our recent trip to Wargames Foundry, reported in Jon's blog, I decided that a multi-player ACW skirmish would work nicely using Sharp Practice. I sorted out briefings and forces for 8 players with yours truly
As the morning progressed the players all arrived by the allotted time of 10am, with Nathan due at 10.30. He was so surprised that he was speechless for a few minutes, a rarity as anybody who knows him will attest too. A quick welcome chat was had and then we went off for a very nice bacon and egg roll in the cafe. Except for Chas, who is special. He had bacon, egg and avocado because he's a celiac person! I thought he was just from deepest, darkest North Devon.
Below are a selection of shots of the game, it seemed to play well and everybody had a good time I think(and hope). Steve is moving Reb cavalry forward in this one. He had to burn the barn, which confused him as there were two of them so he just went for the closest one.
Right flank action as Reb skirmishers engage dismounted Union cavalry.
Left to right, Nathan, Vince and Jon. Union command at it's best, ish, sort of....maybe!
Reb cavalry in the rear of the Union lines alleviated the pressure somewhat though.
To finish it all off we had a cake made by my daughter, a bit short for a French Napoleonic shako but it looked and tasted good.
All told it was a cracking day and I would like to thank everybody who was involved. Lin and Juliette for organising the room and food. Andy and Panjo for helping me to set it all up the day before and keeping an eye on me throughout the day. Chas, Jon, Steve and Vince for making it a fun game and finally Nathan for the excuse to get us all together for a days gaming. We even had a flypast by several aircraft as the Torbay Airshow was on, it was nice to see a Catalina go by.
Jon will have an update on his blog at somepoint, including a group photo of us all.