On Friday, I ran a 5150 Star Army game in which Planetary Defense Force fire teams were pitted against marauding Lhurgg. The players learned not to engage the Lhurgg in hand-to-hand combat. Shoot and scoot, if possible!
These are shots of a beautiful game that I didn't see. Theresa took all the pictures.
And here we have Duane Rock and Rudy Nelson of Time Portal Hobbies at his dealer's table.
Next to my dealer's table and game table, Ken of All The King's Men ran 54mm ACW games throughout the convention.
Larry Reeves gets a clarification from Steve Wirth.
And I tried my hand at the new Star Wars fighter game, and being loyal to the 501st, took a flight of tie fighters to their deaths, though my tie fighter was the last on the table, avoiding damage from a flight of X-wings, with very bad shooting rolls. Thomas and I gave up both our flight to take out Wedge; an expensive accomplishment.
While we were eating dinner earlier, Elizabeth and Walt Bourgoyne stopped by. It's always nice to see other gamers wives at the conventions. Theresa is always there for moral support.
And the Jackson Gamers were getting silly as Jim Campbell puts horns on the svelt Jay Stribling and Phil does his best to ignore them.
Saturday, of course, is always the big day at a convention. In order to play in Mark Stevens "colonial" game, I moved my game up to 9am, unfortunately to the disappoint of Mark and Joshua Brown, who didn't arrive in time.
My game was a rip-off of Gunga Din and Mark Stevens' game of Bayou Wars XX. He's an excellent painter and uses more expensive figures. I use Ral Partha, being cheap! I of course used Colonial Adventures 2, by Two Hour Wargames.
Here's the initial layout.
Cutter, Ballentine, and McChesney attempt to fix the the downed telegraph wires. The buildings were some of the first I built from foamcore about 25 years ago.
Rick Doskey chose the telegraph repair unit and died gloriously to a man, the first unit on the table to do so.
I was quite happy to have Marc Stevens in the game, a dyed-in-the-wool Sword and The Flame man. Of course, he handled his troops well.
And, of course, I'm carrying the dispatches. The Brits won the day; the Highlanders were the deciding factor. Without them, the Indian troops might have been wiped out. As it was, it was a neat thing.
I'd like to thank brother-in-law Ron Gros for running Saga in that helmet, making sure that I didn't have the silliest hat!
Allie of +1 Gaming playing on the Portmouths Games table. Lovely looking game that never seems to start when I'm available.
Marc Stevens game of Napoleon in Egypt.
The British commanders, Jim Pitts, Al Himmel, Richard, me (GOC) Larry Reeves son, and Larry himself.
Mark Brown and Martha Stevens, French commanders.
Our right flank crumpled as our cavalry was outnumbered 3 to 1. The worst troops on the board, the Ottomans, led by Larry Reeves crumpled the French right flank, and my Guards brigade threw the French center back. The French had to occupy the two buildings on the board. They never seriously threatened the one on our left, and bypassed the one on our right without bothering to occupy it.
Chris Swearingen ran a great early France WWII game using NUTS! 2nd edition. I took HQ, a squad, and the HMG detachment. Brian Simmons bravely took the lead ahead of me and suffered for it. Even the Stuka attack that should have landed on me deviated to Brian. The Germans were PDF's run by Chris.
Brian and I get last minute instructions from GM Chris.
All of the PDF's have not yet revealed themselves. A Stug IIIa appeared on the left and held us up, while a German squad with a MG34 did damage to the left until finally a Rep 4 activation allowed my HMG team to do away with them. We won, but there were a lot of Adrian helmets to put atop rude crosses.
Here a couple of pics of a Star Wars game atop CorSec Engineering's beautiful Red Nova mat.
These are pics of games that I did not get to see.
Of course, on Sunday many of our friends are checking out of the hotel, but I managed to gather 17 players for my Six Gun Sound: Blaze Of Glory (Two Hour Wargames) hillbilly game.
Yes, I know many GM's despair over playsheets on the table, but it's my Sunday Morning Brain Dead Game, and neatness doesn't count! The Clampetts were angry because the Skaggs had killed one of Ellie Mae's racoon and made soup. The Skraggs were in a foul mood because Jethro Bodine had impregnated Laurie Lee and never crossed the river again.
At the end of the game, the last Clampett blew up the kerosene tank behind the store (the only place to replace ammo), and the remaining Skraggs rolled off for the 'valuable' prize of a hillbilly dice bag.
Ron Francis' possum-eatin' grin!
Marshall and Mark Mod
Ashley Nicholls and Jeremy Gremillion
Rick Doskey wisely played Laurie Lee and survived the whole game, for once! Allie sits in disbelief.
Angela played Ellie Mae and was unfortunately shot down before any of her critters could come to her aid. The shock around the table as our Baton Rouge star bit the big one!
And Allie of +One Gaming wins thd coveted dice bag!
Angela and Brian Simmons take their prize home!
The final gasp of JonnyCon 4.5
Duane Rock does all of this terrain. The fences have plastic tubes inserted into the stryofoam that they fit into quite sturdily.
Well, as always it was a great con. Special thanks go the the Board of Directors for keeping it going, and to all the GM's and players for making it so enjoyable.