Chris Palmer This past weekend, a group of five of the HAWKs: Buck Surdu, Geoff Graff, Greg Priebe, Don Hogge, and I, headed down to Nashcon in Franklin, TN. We rented a mini van to carry us, our figures, and the terrain we would need for 6 games. It was a bit of a challenge squeezing everything into the vehicle, but we managed it somehow. Part of the plan was that we would re-use the same two sets of terrain for the 5 different games. Thursday afternoon we headed out and arrived at the con Friday morning.
|Figuring out how to fit it all in, so no one had to ride on the roof rack!|
|Our first game, Friday afternoon, was Don Hogge’s (In the blue shirt) “Island Raid Pt 1” game, using Battleground rules. This game featured American Marines and Paratroopers trying to seize a Japanese radio installation.|
|A close up of the game as the Americans approach a Japanese emplacement.|
|Here’s a long view of Don’s table, and a general look at the main gaming hall. In the end, the American’s won, having destroyed the Japanese radio hut with a white phosphorous round.|
|A close up of the table at the start of Buck’s game. You can see the radio hut and bunker are still burning from the first game.|
|A close up of Russian troops charging the French hasty fortifications. Their initial success put the whole French line in jeopardy, but stiff French resistance eventually drove them back.|
|Buck (in blue shirt) helps players with a melee as the Russians desperately try to maintain their foothold on the heights. In the foreground, the Prussian troops can be seen putting pressure on the French right flank.|
|A look at the Allied left, as Beastmen prepare to storm the Elven right flank. A force of Elf Knights desperately tries to hold the bridge over a canal.|
|In the end, the Insectmen, and Dwarves drove a deep wedge in the Elven lines, and had reached the second level of the heights. With very little left to stop them, the game was called as an Allied victory.|
The HAWKs had a great time as always at Nashcon. It is a really well run show with a lot of great folks attending. We look forward to our next trip back to Tennessee!
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