Saturday, May 19, 2012

Essington Game Day May 2012

Essington game day is held a couple of times a year in a church basement Essington Pennsylvannia. If you live anywhere near Philadelphia you have make an effort at least once to attand, you will not be disappointed. Admission for the day is $10 and the games run from 9am to 9pm. The money covers the rental cost and utilities. There were over 30 attendees and all kinds of games. One of the reasons for this event is to playtest games for upcoming conventions such as NJCON4 in Edison, NJ on June 8th and 9th, 2012. There is lots of game photos to go through so here we go........

St. John the Evangilist Epicopal Church

The basement has a snack bar, is well lit and has lots of room. The group provides reading material and room to paint figures or just hang out.

Snacks in the kitchen

Reding material when you are between games

Gaming area
The Vietnam game in 15mm for Flames of War is being playtested for NJCON 4. The game will be run on 4 seperate tables which includes a centrally located firebase to lend fire support to the other 3 tables. A massive undertaking. It includes air, land and river units.
A view of the center Board

Action in the country

Action in the Jungle

Victor Charlie

Air Cav to the rescue

Hue City
I played a game of Volley and Bayonet in 15mm, the opening of the Franco Prussian War. In this game both side hit their respective exhaustion level and it came down to the last turn. The Prussians held out with the Guard units holding off the French assault. This was a very close game and was a lot of fun to play. This game will be run in Lancaster during "The Weekend" which is coming up this July I believe.

French on the left, Prussians on the in the center

Prussian Division

The Prussians must take and hold the town

Prussian Cavalry and Infantry follow the rail line to the French flank
 The were other games like Axis and Allies and science fiction ship combat.

Axis and Allies

A game of Full Thrust
I also played in a game placing the Saxons against the Normans with a guest appearance by Viking marauders. This was a 40mm game and the figures are by Sash and Saber. A real fun game where many perished. The Saxons were sandwiched and destroyed.

Norman Nobles

Hold your ground and keep down.

Hold the bridge!

What's all the racket?

Foloow me to victory

The Normans and there catapult.....yikes.

Saxon Defenses

The rings mark wounded men...Normans storming the defenses!

 The Zulu game is a 28mm game that kicked off at this point I was gaming for about 8 hours and was tired. I managed to get off some shots of the opening moves. The is one gorgeous game of Rourke's Drift.

Well its late andd I played for 10 hours. It's was fun with a great group of guys. I have been standing all day and boy are my dogs tired.

Shhhhh...don't wake 'em they are noisy as hell!

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