A chronicle of my gaming adventures and misadventures with a little bit of everything occasionally tossed in. It covers Flames of War, Warhammer 40k and Fantasy battle, Disposable Heroes, Sky galleons of Mars, Chasepot and Needle Gun, The Sword and the Flame, Warhammer Ancients and many others.
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Cold Steel at Gamers Armory in Cary North Carolina
Hi Kids, Last weekend was another game day in the RDU NC area. The RDU lads chose a Saturday at random intervals to get together and play a few games, this time the chosen locale was Gamer's Armory in Cary. About 12 of the lads showed up for the games, while there were about the same number of other guys playing other stuff like 40K, Warmachine, Battletech, Infinity, or Magic.
The Bitter End for the Illustrious. Massive wings of torpedo bombers send the 50 hit point carrier to a watery grave! The guys told me this 1/300 carrier had never been sunk in 4 previous games. All I can tell ya is they must not have had the same overwhelming mix of Axis bombers those other times, cause even though I was rolling hot with my 4 Seafires there were about 25 bombers lined up to blow that boat clean outta the water! The Illustrious went down so fast half the bombers didn't even have a target! Rats!
Some of the kids playing all sorts of fun stuff!
The other side of the room. They're setting up a Napoleonics game back there.
Gamer's Armory, a spiffy store in Cary NC. If you haven't been there yet, go and check it out! They even offer discounts! I got $10 as the "gamer who drove the farthest." (About 95 miles each way, in case you're wondering.)
The massive air wing waiting to buzz the tower. 1/300 aircraft. Rules: Black Cross Blue Sky, IIRC.
Of the 8 defending Seafires, my bud's 4 take on a squadron of Ju-87's. I think they shot down about 3 of them.
Looping in behind the Huns! Engine critical damage shown by yellow pipe cleaner. Take that Jerry!
Some captured Beauforts serve Il Duce!
My lads close in for the kill at wavetop height! Critical hits-a-go-go as I smack 'em down with a fuel tank hit which blows up a plane and a cockpit hit on another! Too bad it couldn't last!
3rd, 4th, 5th groups of bad guys jockey for position to get in the killing blow! Sm79's, Ju-88's, oh dear! My four Seafires have already been crushed by the defensive firepower of the torpedo bombers and the 15 or so escorting fighters. And I did manage to shoot down about 4 or so attacking planes! Those Stuka's were too slow to make it to the party.
Still a damn fun game though!
A nearby ancients game, 25mm Teutonic Knights vs. Pre-Commies.
Or Knights Templar? It's just like a salad bar, take what you like and leave the rest!
After all that WW2 naval action, lets set the WayBack Machine for the 12th Century! Time for some Cogs! Nothing can maneuver like a Cog! No worries about tide, wind, currents, any of that crap! These boats are just too powerful to worry about that stuff! Here's my Bengal Tigers boat!
Jockeying for stern rakes? Why bother, we don't have any cannon! Just get closer and smack em with a sword!
Closer, I said!
My poor Cog was the first to get boarded, and my crew promptly forgot how to swing a sword. Bummer! Although my team attempts to save me, its too late! Is that a storm on the horizon? Or just some gamer moving too fast to be seen? Maybe that's why his rolls were so hot...
Let's finish up with some shots of the store. They play Advanced Squad Leader every Monday night, boardgames, every Wednesday night. I forget what happens every Tuesday, but it was fun!
ASL? Oh yes! More than I realized existed!
Flames of War? Got that! I picked up Barbarosa for $18.00! SCORE!!!! They had about 4 racks of this stuff, including Fate of a Nation and Vietnam!
Don't have a copy yourself? Loaner games! WOW!
Holy Cow, a game of Carnage and Glory Napoleonics!
Store terrain! Remember what I said about the salad bar?
Don't know what this thing is, but its pretty honkin big! Warmachine Colossus!
Old School Battletech!
Stores like the Gamer's Armory remind me how lucky those stiffs in Raleigh truly are! Here in the Black Hole of Culture 95 miles away we don't have anything like this!