Friday, November 28, 2014

NorCal D-Day Firestom Event- pt. 3

A big thank you to everyone who helped make this happen.  Anyone who donated Firestorm troops, brought terrain, helped set up tables and helped promote this.  A big thanks to Nick for helping me run my first Flames of War event.  We gave away over $600 of minis!  This was also a free event!  Some of the Firestorm Units we gave away:
The Prizes.  The tanks are magnetized and removable for play.
Dave Ripperda, Best German General, received Michael Wittmann's Tiger IE.
Russ Moore, Best British General, received Joe Ekins' Firefly Vc.
Damon Di Denti, Best US General, received Oddball's Sherman from Kelly's Heroes.
Pablo Meron, Best Sportsmanship, received this Kubelwagon Objective.
Sarah Welsh, Dunkirk 'winner', received this Cromwell Objective.
Josh Kegerreis, Best Presentation, received a $25 Gift Certificate from Secret Weapon and will also receive a vignette from Saving Private Ryan that I'm still working on.  Josh's 1. SS Panzergrenadiers were awesome.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

NorCal D-Day Firestorm Event- pt. 2

Some pics of tables and games:
Naval artillery spotter supporting USS Frankford covering Omaha Beach.
1st Infantry Division moving into Cagny.
2nd Armored Division assaulting the 352. Infanteriedivision's defensive line.
2nd Armored Division deep behind the defenses of Juno Beach and 21. Panzerdivision.
Panzer Lehr attempting to reclaim Pegasus bridge from 4th Armoured Division (Canada).
9. Panzerdivision holds Colombelles versus 50th (Northumbrian) Infantry Division.
7th Armoured Division assaults Omaha Beach while 9. Panzerdivision defends.
Damon's 2nd Armored Division defending Mortain from Pablo's 9. Panzerdivision.
P-51's from 339th Fighter Group line up for an attack on Panzergrenadiers from 9. Panzerdivision.
Beutepanzers of 100. Panzer Abt. reach the landing beaches, rampaging among the rear artillery of 2nd Armored.
Beutestugs of 21. Panzerdivision supported by Königstigers attack Mortain against 7th Armoured Division. 
Crocodiles of 6th Guards Tank Brigade move through the suburbs of Cherbourg.

NorCal D-Day Firestorm Event- pt. 1

I flew back to California last weekend to host a Flames of War event for my old crew at Gamescape North in San Rafael.  It was a strict Red v Blue event that drew 22 players from all over the area.  We played three rounds at 1500 points with lists only from the D-Day period but each table was themed around a specific battle and both sides received unique bonus troops tied historically to that battlefield.  Balance was a major consideration as was historical accuracy.  Prizes were awarded for Best US, Best British, and Best German Generals, as well as Sportsmanship and Presentation.  All of the Firestorm units were also raffled off at the end of the event!  We played Hold the Line, Counterattack and Free For All.  Thanks to everyone who helped make this happen!
Pegasus Bridge- John's Panzer Lehr Panzergrenadiers counterattacking Dai's 4th Armoured Canadians.
Utah Beach- Mike's 7th Armoured Cromwells attacking John's 17. SS Panzergrenadiers.
Omaha Beach- Russ' 6th Guards Churchills assaulting Richard's 711. Infanterie Grenadiers.
Juno Beach- Bill's 2nd Armored Stuarts assaulting Brad's 21. Panzerdivision Beutestugs.
Carentan- Dave's Task Force A attacking Luke's 9. Panzerdivision Panzerspäh.
Escaping the Noose- Damon's 2nd Armored Shermans attacking Dave's 352. Infanterie Grenadiers. 
Cherbourg- Kevin's 2nd Armored Division Armored Rifles attacking Josh's 1. SS Panzergrenadiers.
Haute Vents- Sarah's 7th Armoured Cromwells attacking Nick's 9. Panzerdivision Panzers.
Operation Stack- Martin's 50th Infantry Division attacking Wyn's 9. Panzerdivision Panzergrenadiers.
Cagny- Marco's 1st Infantry Rifles attacking Pablo's 9. Panzerdivision Panzergrenadiers.
Mortain- Sam's 100. Panzer Abt. Beutepanzers counterattacking Reno's 1st Infantry Rifles.