I painted up this Black Series-scale MSE droid for a friend of mine, it was a resin print that my spouse made. Airbrushed with a mix of Tamiya colors.
|One simple droid.|
My son and I played a quick game and had a bit of fun, still trying to teach him some of the basics.
|My infantry and Hetzers charge forward at his lightly defended lines.|
|Luke moves his Panthers and infantry forward.|
|Panthers arrive to defend against my bold attack, and hold.|
|Sam's Stuarts blunt my attempt to sneak my halftracks across the rails.|
|A series of assaults saw me make progress into the town, but his numbers held out.|
|Open sights to engage the enemy!|
|My defensive line|
|Most of the fighting took place in this small wood|
|Russ took the objective eventually, a solid win for him.|
Got a game in with Russ during Hammerhead Games' league day, the first Mid War game I've played in ages. Thought I'd bring out the Tigers so I wouldn't have to bring much.
|Tigers knock out the Lancia on Turn One, and are now free to engage the Italians as they see fit.|
|Russ' light tanks run circles around the Tigers, but my infantry can handle his easily.|
|The brave Italian tanks can only delay the inevitable.|
I got lucky knocking out the only thing on the board that could hurt me before he got off a shot, and that was that. Fun time rolling out the Tigers!
NorCal hosted a small skirmish tournament aboard the USS Hornet in the ward room, and I brought a recon force with Pumas, backed by Hetzers. In Round One I played Chris and his British Armoured Cars.
|Pumas supporting infantry as the approach the objective.|
|Hetzers managed to destroy all of the carriers and took the objective.|
|Mike brought real tanks and they were scary!|
|My infantry held the woods vs. US Rifles.|
|Once my Hetzers arrived they engaged the Shermans, and I was able to claim the objective.|
An 8-1 win in the second round put me in a tie for first going into the final match against Wyn and his US tanks.
|The objective in the center had our attention, and we had quite a fight over it.|
Had my Pumas or Hetzers actually hit anything, I might have won the game, but as it stood, I took a 3-6 loss. I still managed second place in the event, and had a great time!
Played another quick game vs. Johnny the other day to try out a Grenadier list and quickly realized that poor quality Americans can bring a lot of firepower to the table. It wasn't even close... Still fun though!
|Looked about even until the reserves showed up|
|Mine never did!|
Russ and I got together to try out a 30 point skirmish format for Flames of War with a pair or recon armies. Smaller table and cheaper units, quite a bit of fun!
|British Armoured Cars vs. German Aufklarungs|
|Carriers try to assault the infantry...|
|But the Germans win the day!|
Finally, there was a (limited) return to the tabletop! 2021 was another year of high expectations that ultimately got away from me. Kids and other family commitments kept me from much hobbying, and without any large or consistent events, it's always tough for me to find any motivation. I did, however, find a bunch of Flames of War models, either by way of gifts, prizes, or a late-year surge in army-building interest! I initially planned on attending Nationals at LVO in 2022, and bought some minis to complete a Panzer IV force, but those plans have now changed.
|HG 7.5cm PaK40s|
|Panzer III Observer|
|Rebased Panzerschreck teams|
|SdKfz 250 Observer|
|Event on USS Hornet|