Monday, June 30, 2014

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Glorious 21st of June Naval Wargaming Outdoors Garden Style and Shrimp Boil



Wow!  What a wonderful weekend of fun.
I have in this blog post the great pleasure to tell the tale of  high seas adventure that occurred in my backyard over this last weekend of the 21st of June.  I annually host a game and breakfast event for my war game buddies.  This year I had to change things up to a mid day wargame with a hamburger and hotdog lunch and then an evening party with a shrimp boil and bonfire.
We called it:
"The Glorious 21st of June"
Scene VI
Off the island of Coatzacos, in which we see the petulant Dwalyn and crew escape the clutches of the vengeful governor. All pictures that follow will expand upon clickage to a wonderous view of the action that unfolded.
Short Captain Dwalyn and Petru maneuver their squadron off the coast of Coatzacos.  The bonsai tree collection represented the island coast from our last adventure.  You can see the idol of _Zod_ if you peer closely.
They would have their day in the sun.
The loyal opposition near their crew arrive on the scene to see the pirates trying to make an excape to the open sea.  Here we see Governor Gwynn Kell Uhll and Leitenant Carlos and below is their squadron of Royal Navy ships.  The Vengeur, Lion, Sabre, & Chum bucket.

Perfectly plotted maneuver would come unstuck in the opening of the contest.

Onboard the Gimlet. Characters from our story arch include Rubidenus Azure, Dwalyn the dwarf, Petru, Anne Bonny, Chun, et al.

Chun demonstrates the efficacy of a bow chaser.

Billy Blue is at the wheel of the Huntress.  Re-victualed and watered and ready to make a hasty escape.

The pirates would also suffer from a few near collisions and maneuver feux pas.

This is me.  Rarely seen in the blog so I had a portrait done especially to mark this occasion.

That handsome chap at the wheel is my character Gwynn Kell Uhll.  The governor of Neptune's Lair and the sacked city of Lion's Port.

And these are my fine ships I am leading to recapture my ship the Hotspur from the pirates.

Come follow me to glory!!

This is where it all went awry.  The pirate ship to my starboard would intercept my ship and savagely cut my crew to ribbons.  They were a horror to behold!

Lt. Carlos ponders how to help as he watches from starboard as my crew is reduced.


The dice tower.

Petru looks on as the fight continues.

Drawing damage chits from Lt. C's ship.

A battle scene.


Counting your 4's, 5's, & 6's.

Chun is leading the boarding party.


Melee in the dice tower.

A view of the firing arc.

Another boarding action begins.  This time the admiralty would capture the Cyprinadae.

Petru looks for inspiration.
Battle scene.

The game is called for lunch.  We toast the admiralty, a few more inches, absent friends, and the health of each captain in turn.

These pirate ships break for the open ocean.

The Vengeur is recaptured and Petru is last seen fighting a cutlass action onboard (to be continued...)

The game was a great half day of activity and fun.  We broke for a grilled lunch and a few beers.  Terry arrived and we all went indoors to play Pirates of the Caribbean table top game.  No photos were made of that action.

Then later that night, the families returned and we had a great shrimp boil zydeco music evening that ended with a bonfire.

Awwe-hawh.





Sunday morning medicinals.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

STAMPEDE 1956 Gabriel Co. Board Game Gets a Play

I have had this board game from 1956 for a few years in my collection and have always thought it would be a fun game about cattle rustling.  The unique aspect of this game is that the pawns are miniature cowboys on horseback that have a firing mechanism built into their base.  This mechanism fires a small wooden dowel as the ammo and during game play you actually get to shoot other cowboys if they are stealing your cattle.  I tried to video the action but the quality was goofy but we did get in a lot of shooting.  Had a great time with my family playing this old old game.
Stampede Valley

Branded cattle being driven to the stockyards.

The Lazy B drives a herd past the Bar A.  "Don't even look at my cows dude!"

Confrontation.

Brother-in-law plots his route through the mountains.

Nephew enjoying the game.

Using cattle to hide behind to prevent from getting shot.

Game winner the Lazy B ranch with $160 dollars in beef on the hoof.