Monday, November 11, 2019

Ariana Sunk my Battleship!

Back from vacation so I haven't had a chance to do much painting or war gaiming but Battleship counts right?  I started off strong hitting sinking her battleship and carrier right off but then she found my ships one after another. She won by a handy margin her sub was untouched and her destroyer had one hit left when the last of my fleet slipped beneath the waves.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Halloween 2019

Saturday Evelyn picked the Mini Mouse costume for the Downtown Trick or Treat event (10/26). She refused to keep the Ears head band on so I did her hair up as on each side as 'ears" 
One of the highlights was meeting this handsome Great Horn Owl from Animal Adventures I was surprise how willing Evelyn was to pet the bird and how gentle she was (she plays pretty rough with her stuffed animals and only has limited experience with live animals).  We plan to visit house in the neighborhood Thursday (weather Permitting) so yo may see some more pictures.


Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Fort Deven's Game Day Battle of the Cross roads

This past Saturday I had four awesome Player for my Battle of the Crossroads game at the Fort Devens game day.  From Left to right: Ken, Rich, Dave and Bill.
Union and Confederate cavalry advance on crossroad village in the mountain gap.
Union cavalry dismounts to move into the village but are charged before they can take up their position.  They are charged by Hampton's  who drove them back in disorder.  
Buford's cavalry clashes with and drives back Imboden's
Hampton's cavalry soon has the attention of the Union artillery and infantry as they follow up their charge.
Confederate troops are moving up into position the Union is less fortunate in their reinforcement rolls and has fewer troops on the board.  Buford pulls back his cavalry rather than face off with a dismounted unit of Cavalry and two infantry brigades..
Hampton's cavalry takes hits but is still a going concern as it begins to pull back.
The Irish brigade moves up on the west flank of the battle field taking shots form the Tiger brigade as they do.
The Confederate forces have taken up positions in the village with reinforcements coming up.  The Union has small forces on both flanking hills.
The Irish brigade falls back... union troops have been force backed and Confederates build a good line of troops in the two and on the hill to their left.
The Confederate still have  an edge in numbers as troops come up but he Union troops are gathering for a counter attack
Union troops push into the town after artillery drives off one of the lead infantry...
The heavy union attack is stopped in a close range fire fight...  at this point the battle had to be called as the museum was closing... the Early going went to the Confederates Hampton's Cavalry did especially well.
As the game progressed and more Union troops came in the momentum may have been starting to swing.  This union column of brigades ready to hit the Confederate right with the support of three batteries for example.  When we ended the game the Confederates held the town but the union was pressing them and forces were engaging on both flanks things were very much in dought. Both Side had had two unit dispersed but both armies were very much in tact.  Wish we had had another hour or so.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Daniels Farm Blackstone Valley OCT 4 and 5th

My unit Regiment Saintonge has been working with  Blackstone Valley Techical School they had a grant that let us bring in many reenactor craft people and speakers.  Friday I did a little talk on roll of fencing in the French Army and on different types of swords and their function. 
Saturday Evelyn and I were part of the French camp.  There were a few kids attached to NCOs or senior enlisted men (and their wives) so she's not as out of place as one might think.
My little lady handling a sword for the first time.  She insisted on carrying it for me I kept a very close eye on her so don't worry (its a fencing blade no edge or point)
An American artillery unit demonstrating and apparatus for moving an artillery piece across a river or ravine.
One of the young ladies form the school volunteered to watch Evelyn so I could be part of the Battle but some how Evelyn and the young lady got attached to our Student picket line who took the brunt of the first attack.  I was moving out with the French line when I saw my friend Jess who was attached to the students running back with Evelyn in her arms and the students trailing behind her.  Evelyn was crying for Daddy.  I had to fall out and calm her down.  We were behind the rock wall fall back the kids reformed behind.  We watched some of the battle untill Evelyn fell asleep in my arms.  The rest of the day passed without insident. 

Friday, August 30, 2019

Burning the English Village Hobby Bunker Game Day

In the afternoon I took command of mixed force of French and Indians to burn a small English village. Dave Valentin ran this scenario based on similar raids during King Philips war.  The rules are from North Star 1672 (I believe) The have lots of special command and (mis)fortune cards that can have a major impact.
Our objective is to burn more than 50% of the house while the enemy wants to make us pay for it.  If we lose 50% or more of our troops we lose. I'm Teamed up with Dave's son Will facing Dan form my morning game and my old fiend Dave Soucy running the English
Will for reasons that escape me play the Bear attack card right off....
With no one in sight he wanders right into my path.
More productively I played a card that kept a unit form shooting (wet Powder) followed by one that caused the same unit to panic and run off.  This was good because the remaining unit hit one of my bands hard with a well aimed volley of musket shots.
I'm forced to kill the bear it pains me to do this but he was protecting the English...
My men get the first house alight... wills men seem to have forgotten how flint and steal work and can't get the building in the distance to burn.
The English run form the burning building
My men pursue and cut them down
A long range fire fight opens up at this point.  Will is still trying to burn the second house and I don't feel I can go for the third with out his men to provide the English with a target rich environment.
Oh Look another bear wandering out of the woods to attack us... Why brother bear do you fight for the English!
Will's men finally get their torches lit and advance!
The exchange of Fire favors our greater numbers (at the point of contact) and all but a few defenders flee.
I saved some cards that helped us kill the defenders in the house and start it burning.  We came close to draw had we lost 7 more soldiers we would have been at 50%.  The English had a large unit of men holding their block house had they come out a turn or two earlier we would have been in trouble.  A very enjoyable game.  Will and I had a lot of luck on our side with good dice rolls at critical times... and exceptionally good luck with cards we drew (and maybe some small skill regarding how and when we played them).

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Gunfight on the Arctic Circle Hobby Bunker Game Day

Saturday  I did a reprise of my Naval Game from Huzzah.
I had two excellent players Dan running the Germans and Rich commanding the US forces
It was a little silly but I couldn’t resist putting my gun battery island on the table
A German U-boat made a run at the Washington but quick work by the US destroyers drove it off
Ranging shots are taken by both sides.
As the range closes the Prince Eugan and Tuscaloosa become the focus of fire from several ships 
At first Tuscaloosa takes the brunt bursting into flames. Washington is using the fog to hide from Tirpiz while punishing Prince Eugan . 
After a gun duel of several turns both Prince Eugan and Tuscaloosa are burning and sinking and our time for gaming is running out.  The USN Also lost one Destroyer giving a slight edge to the Germans in this exchange. 

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Evelyn's First Reeanctment event

This past weekend I took Evelyn out the Hilsborough History Alive event.  This included camping out for the night in a tent (more on that latter)
She had no issue adjusting to the period clothing (we did modern shoes after a look at the field which was to rough for tender feet). Though it was a challenge to get her to keep her hat on.
Evelyn enjoyed many parts of the event including the French music played by Joanna on Drums and Steven on Fife.
Evelyn watched the Battle on Saturday with me.  At first it was a little distressing to her until I told her "they are playing."  At this point she calmed down and repeated the phrase often.  She also called out Yeah! UNCLE DANA and Yeah! UNCLE Steven at intervals during the action.
After a nap (Evelyn wasn't the only one who napped as you can see) we spent a lot of time walking around looking at people and especially the horses
Getting caught in some rain didn't distress her too much (we got into shelter pretty quick). 
Keeping her under shelter requited the use of the leads built into her clothing! After this the group went out to dinner it wasn't the best experience but it kept us dry. Saturday night was interesting.  I put her to bed after dinner and came back to the tent about 11:00 (having stayed with in hearing distance of it).  At 1:30 AM Evelyn stands bolt upright in bed and as soon as I open my eyes in response announces "ALL DONE NAP DADDY!" It was a full moon night and there was still a lot of activity going on so I think she believe it was morning or even afternoon. I had to do some fast talking and finally got her to lay down with me on my bed roll, eventually she went back to sleep.
 Sunday was more of the same. I picked her up a special cup to use at events
 She ate lunch while I got some sewing projects done (it was a surprisingly productive weekend for projects) a set of gaiters repaired, a par of breaches also repaired, and new seniority chevrons added to my uniform coat.
 Cannon booming during nap time...
didn't trouble her
 She played with Uncle Dana after the battle/nap time..
Her bear pink got her own hat thanks to our friend Jess. 
 Evelyn even pitched in breaking camp Brushing straw off canvas
We also did a couple of comedy shots like this one of Baby soup!  All and all a great weekend.  Camping out may have been a bit too much too soon but Evelyn told mommy she wants to go 'camping' with daddy again so its a win.