A month has passed me by and with it my final push on my Secrets of the Third Reich Soviet project, the Secrets of the Third Reich Grand Tournament and my annual track to Derby World Wargames/Old Glory Show.
So I painted everything I owned for my Soviets and prepared to head to the GT held at Derby World Wargames, this year held at Donnington Exhibition Centre. The rest of Team Portal finished their armies in time with the exception of Andie Harper who had a broken arm……lame excuse!
We had Germans by Andie Harper, Dave Amos & Ian Hill!
We had Americans by Ben Cox, and
We had Soviets by Me!
We planned 2 games nights at Portal Wargaming to try out the scenarios for the tournament and fine tuned our lists, Ben & Andie’s lists faired the best in practice for the 15rp mission and Dave Amos had the edge in the prisoners scenario. Having prepared we were ready, a crack team of specialists all working to the mindset that we were Indestructible Masters of War, hell bent on winning……. the wooden spoon!
Roll on the 6th/7th October and the GT
The teams rendezvous point was McDonalds on a cold morning, all in need of caffeine, none more than me as I hadn’t slept a wink the night before, having consumed caffeine and fatty foods we headed for Donnington’s Exhibition Centre, the drive was easy and we arrived with plenty of time to spare, we met up at the section of gaming tables for the Tournament (lovingly supplied by the MDK Gamers) and stared in awe at the tables including Paris, Cairo, etc. we begun to meet old and new faces to the tournament and settled down to our first games. It was in this game that I went up against the mighty wolves of the Germans fielded by Deathjester. This game was short but sweet as the werewolves lept from cover to cover and eventually off the board while my guys were peppered and fell to SMG fire. The game was a major Loss to me!!
We then had a long break to wander around the show, it was wonderful! Loads of traders selling bases, games, miniatures….you name it they probably had it! It was during this time that I took a look at the new Open Fire set from Battle Front for Flames of War, the set looks immense, the plastics are crisp and full of detail and this makes this a must own set for me! We as a group found ourselves drawn to the wonders of the Warlord Games stand and there impressive demo boards for Bolt Action. We decided as a group that over he next year we’re going to delve into 2 historical games, both from Warlord Games! The first is Bolt Action and the second is Hail Caesar. Andie and Ben bought books for the sharing pool for Hail Caesar and Ian &Dave bought Bolt Action! We hurried back in time for a sandwich, mine lovingly made by Ben!
GAME 2: I played against Al and his Soviet Mech Platoon in a scenario that required us to locate and airlift to safety some alien tech! This was one of the best games I had of the weekend, loads of laughs but as the trend had begun my army fell and it was another major loss to me!
GAME 3: I played against Johnathan and his soviets in the prisoner scenario, I did really well in this game and everything just seemed to go in my favour, had a great game and Johnathan was a great guy to play a game with, highlight of my game was my stomping Mech crushing soviets underfoot! This game ended in a major victory to me and so my hopes of reclaiming the Wooden Spoon went up in Smoke! This was the end of day 1 and a quick chance to see Ant and the Phat Cat boys with there AWESOME Kamffgruppe Normandy demo game and board!
We then all headed to the hotel for a chat over a meal within the guys and Andy & Wendy, heads of West Wind Productions. Great company, great food, great conversation! Lets see other companies do this!
DAY 2/ GAME 1: I was against my sandwich making wifey Ben Cox and his loads of troops Americans on Florence North. I had a hard time on this board as it wasn’t very manoeuvrable for my mecha and we were claiming sections of the board, something my mecha couldn’t do but with the right amout of room to manoeuvre would be able to deny hi from claiming to much! This was another great game with highlights of bens ace when Captain America/Sentinel of Freedom mounted the spider mecha and failed to destroy it so he was thrown off and stomped on…..but not killed….tough git! The game ended in a minor loss for me!
DAY2/GAME2: I played my final game of the tournament against Rob and his Soviets, Great game on the Cairo board and another minor loss for me!
OVERALL: didn’t finish last, was nominated for best painted as was Ben, BEST TOURNAMENT EXPERIENCE EVER!!!