Hurricon 2016 Saturday Photos

September 24, 2016

Photos of Saturday’s games at Hurricon in Orlando Florida.

 

Hurricon 2016 Friday Photos

September 23, 2016

Photos of Friday’s games at Hurricon in Orlando Florida.

Hurricon 2016 Thursday Photos

September 22, 2016

 

TSATF – Sudan 1884 Replay

September 10, 2016

This weekend the local HMGS-South group played a Sudan game using The Sword and the Flame colonial rules (20th Anniversary Edition). The scenario was called the Battle of El Sisi Landing, November 13, 1884. This was a replay of an earlier game with some force and layout changes.

Order of battle and objectives: battle-of-el-sisi-landing-v2a

When the game ended, the British  were in a strong position away from the river, but far from taking the objective fort. The Ansar were ahead on victory points. The early loss of HMS Teapot made the game an uphill battle for the British, but they fought well to the end in spite of that.

Rapid Fire – Russian Front AAR

August 28, 2016

This weekend the local HMGS-South group played a WWII east front game using the Rapid Fire rules.

The scenario is described here: Byelorussia June 1944

When we had to quit due to time, the remaining Fallschirmjager seemed about to be overwhelmed, with the German reinforcements unable to intervene.

Star Fleet Battles – Hydrans vs Lyrans

August 13, 2016

This weekend the local HMGS-South group played a Star Fleet Battles game.

The scenario is set in Year 170F. The Lyrans and Klingons have just captured the Hydran Capital. The surviving Hydran forces are in a disorganized retreat to the Old Colonies but secondary Lyran forces are in position to attack the retreating forces.
The Hydrans start with a Large Freighter at 0303 trying to cross the map to exit between 4201-4210. 
The Hydran guard force of a Traveller Light Cruiser, a Knight Destroyer and a Hunter Frigate can set up anywhere within 4 hexes of the freighter.  The guard force has already seen combat and the cruiser and destroyer start with 12 random damage each. The guard force has already lost all of its fighters and has not been resupplied. The guard force only has half of its transporter bombs.
A Hydran police ship Gendame has been following and reporting the location of the Lyran force and arrives as reinforcement Turn 2 near 1532 and at least 10 hexes from any Lyran ships. The Gendame does have its fighters.
The Lyran force  of a Light Cruiser, a War Destroyer, a Destroyer and a Frigate starts within 3 hexes of the 0132 corner. Being a secondary force it only has half of its transporter bombs. 
 
Victory conditions are standard (but the freighter is worth twice its economic value)

After two turns, the Lyrans have achieved victory by preventing the escape of the freighter.

Bolt Action – Burma 1944

July 23, 2016

This weekend the local HMGS-South group played a Bolt Action game.

The Envelopment Scenario in the Bolt Action rule book was used. It was based on the fighting around the city of Kohmia in May 1944, between the British 2nd Division and the Japanese 15th Division. The Japanese were attempting to envelop a British position and capture a road junction behind the British lines.

After six turns, a Japanese victory was declared.

Seekrieg 5 – Falklands 1914

July 9, 2016

This weekend the local HMGS-South group played a WWI naval game using the Seekrieg 5 rules. The scenario was based loosely on the situation in the Falklands in December 1914, but with significant historical revisions to produce a more balanced battle.

The scenario deviates from history just before von Spee’s squadron reaches the Falklands. Von Spee is alerted to the presence of a strong British force, hides until dawn on 9 December and then uses the cover of fog to start for the Argentine coast. The British divide their forces to search, and one element finds the Germans. The scenario was scaled to give one ship to each of the five players.

Visibility 12,000 yards.

British: battlecruiser Invincible, light cruiser Bristol

German: armored cruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau, light cruiser Dresden.

The German ships (especially Scharnhorst) were given an advantage in crew quality to help the scenario balance.

After about 4.5 hours of play, we stopped play. Damage was about even, mostly to Scharnhorst and Invincible. No ship had been sunk or crippled.

 

TSATF – Sudan 1884

June 26, 2016

This weekend the local HMGS-South group played a Sudan game using The Sword and the Flame colonial rules (20th Anniversary Edition). The scenario was called the Battle of El Sisi Landing, November 13, 1884.

Order of battle and victory conditions: Battle of El Sisi Landing

The British had failed to reach the objective after about five hours of play.

TSATF – Zulu War Scenario

June 11, 2016

This weekend the local HMGS-South group played a Zulu War game using The Sword and the Flame colonial rules.

The game was to include a relief column and a besieged force but was cut down to just the relief column due to only having five players. There were 8 British infantry units, 1 cavalry unit, 4 guns and one Gatling gun against 20 Zulu units.The British stayed together, tripped the Zulu ambush with scouts and held their ground well until the last game turn. The Zulu commander choose to bring in all his units except two onto the British left flank.

Edit: More photos taken by one of the players have been added.

The final photo is after the final game turn when the Zulus finally break the British square. A typical TSATF game, the Zulu army is slaughtered but declares victory since they broke a square. The British would have reformed the next turn and what was left of the Zulu army would have been gutted.