Last saturday we had our first circuit event of the year at Gamescape North in San Rafael, CA. This is one of the premiere game stores in northern California and is run by a bunch of great guys. The event was an Escalation style tournament, Late War, with points totals of 1280, 1530, and 1780. I decided to be lazy and build my army from stuff I already had painted and kinda suffered for it. Ended up somewhere in the middle. We maxed out our table space with twenty-four players and two alternates, though two guys had to cancel the morning of. We even had three players from out of state register, one all the way from Florida. Eric Riha ended up winning the event but passed on prize support. Dave Ripperda took second and Russ Moore won Best Presentation. I had fun in all three of my games and can't wait until next months event!
|Round One I played Aaron Gorfein and his Rota Razvedki in Free For All, 1280 points. The board used the new winter rules, snow banks and frozen ponds. My left objective defended by 1iC, Grenadier platoon and Nebelwerfer Battery.
|Right side objective held by Grenadier platoon, StuG platoon and Mortars. Marder platoon is off camera in the center.
|Turn one Aaron moves his T-34/85s and Recon at me. Rota platoon guarding the objective to their rear.
|My attacking force preparing to advance towards his objective only guarded by a Rota platoon. Su-122s off camera.
|Here we are about Turn Four. StuGs and Grenadiers have driven the Rota platoon off, destroying it. Su-122s move to contest for one more turn before the StuGs destroy them. Aaron makes his last attempt to score some points.
I wasn't able to get any more pictures of the games, My camera battery was dead. But I did play Dave Ripperda in Round Three with his Allied Finnish. Dave beat me 5-2 in Breakthrough.
|Some shots of my final round, pictures by Dave. My artillery park.
|The vast defenses of the Finnish troops.
|Near the end of the game. My flank attack just couldn't get through John Wayne and his boys.