Tuesday, 18 January 2011

January All dayer

We had our recent winter all-dayer on Saturday. We had a mini Warmachine tournament, a large Flames of War game and a multi player Wild West game using Legends of the Old West.



Over to Chris for a quick game report.

To make full use of the all day game session we decided to have a 'big game'. Both players had 3500 points (twice as much as we have on a club night) and we played on a table twice the size of a normal game. It was 12 ft long.

The game was a standard Late War 'Encounter' scenario with the British taking the first turn. The British were soon running for cover however as the German left flank moved forward with Tigers and Jagdpanthers and the German infantry that were concentrated in the centre, moved forward. By mid day the Germans were contesting an objective with two Tiger tanks and the central push of Infantry had cut off British reinforcements from coming to the rescue.

The German player (me) was very confident at this time. But disaster was just round the corner, Both Tigers were eliminated in quick succession by the British heavy artillery and a flanking move by a Cromwell tank platoon and an infantry platoon destroyed the German defenders leaving an objective wide open for them. The Game was over and it was a British victory, well done Carl. A very enjoyable day.



DEAD MANS GULCH

The past two years have been particularly hot and dry along the border with Arizona and Mexico. What once was a fertile land with rivers, streams and watering holes has been replaced with an arid and desolate wilderness. The once thriving settlements along the border have become nothing more than ghost towns.
One such ghost town that has become an interest to you is that of  "DEAD MANS GULCH".

Talk of a shipment of gold destined for Mexico that belonged to the US Government on it's way to support the rebellion have surfaced. It is believed that the US Cavalry escorting it were ambushed and slaughtered near to Dead Mans Gulch. Rumours claim there were some survivors and that they buried the gold somewhere in Dead Mans Gulch itself.



Whoever finds the gold would be richer than their wildest dreams.

Having set the scene enter the posses looking to make it rich.


Paul - Dewitts Scalp Hunters



Stu - Cinderella Cattle Company


Dane - Buffalo Soldiers


Steve - Roho's Renegades (Mexicans- say no more)


Mark G - Apaches

Turn 1.
All posses entered the table from set points having been given a map of where they thought the gold was hidden. Unknown to them each map they each held had different locations on. Searching buildings would also be beneficial as scattered around inside them were the odd gold coins and very discretely positioned was the odd stick of dynamite.

Everyone at first started to search the buildings and stay out of the firing line of everyone else.



All was going well until the Mexicans found a lone cook armed only with a saucepan and some beans who had been sent to search a building for gold coins (Chocolate coins left over from Christmas - don't tell my kids).

After a couple of turns the cook had killed two Mexicans and was doing a fine job of seeing off the rest.(The Steven Seagal of the Wild West).



Eventually all good things must come to an end and Cookie fell dead at the feet of a whole bunch of very angry Mexicans.

At this point having lost his cook, Stu sent his posse into the deserted sheriffs office. There he found locked away the gold that he had come for. With a well placed stick of dynamite he "Blew the bloody doors off" and exited the building.

This is where it became bloody. As Stu's cowboys stepped out into the street they were met by a hail of gun fire from Steve's Mexicans. Thinking it looked fun Paul's scalp hunters also decided to fire with their buffalo gun sending one of the cowboys flying to the floor.



If that wasn't enough for poor old Stu, Mark's Apaches who had remained hidden until this point in an abandoned hotel next to the sheriffs office also saw their chance to shoot at him. Two dead cowboys later and the gold lying in the street, Stu retired to cover to lick his wounds.



The Apaches turned their attention towards the Buffalo soldiers who had until this point quietly entered the bank and removed their gold. As they attempted to leave the table, a battle ensued between the soldiers and the Apaches for the rest of the game.



With Stu licking his wounds, The Scalp hunters turned on the Mexicans. Both began a bloody exchange of fire that quickly went to close combat. The Mexicans took casualties but held on until one of the scalp hunters decided it would be fun to toss a stick of dynamite into their midst killing two outright.The scalp hunters mopped up and killed the remainder Mexicans to the last man. It must be said that we chose not to use the Head to the Hills test for this game.

At the Eleventh hour just when the game was coming to a close, Paul's scalp hunters leapt into the lead and won the game.

A thoroughly enjoyable days gaming and I believe everyone had a good time due to everyone getting into character.

Watch this space, more on the way soon.

MarkL