Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Recruits 2012 Stalingrad in 54mm a Lion's Den Master work!

The Secondhand Lion's club presented a legacy game for the Recruits 2012 fall convention.  This game was played for years in our clubhouse and was presented at Recruits #1.  The game is a unique WW2 experience in 54mm and is played on a stunningly detailed board that was created in our youth in the garages of the Lion's Den artists Ken Van Pelt and Jon Mark Haworth.  The full club was involved in this build by helping out where their skills could be utilized.  The Russian troops where painted commune style by assembling the full club for a paint night with each member painting their part of the figure and then passing it on to the next person for their paint.  This wonderful club event has held a place in our repertoire for years.  It is wonderful for it to receive the legacy status at Recruits 2012!  Here is a look at the game and the successful player strategy that carried them through two tables of the encounter.

Terry Carr adjusts and instructs the German platoon commander.
The game is played by having all active gamers on the same side. (German mechanized platoon in an assault on the tractor factory in Stalingrad.  The name also goes by the moniker "Mamayev Kurgan.")
The Germans move into areas of the game table and in each area the referee draws a card referenced to an encounter table that brings into play the Russian troops and equipment.  The encounters can be very wide ranging from areas that are obscured with smoke and fire to areas that have troops entrenched and ready for defence of the motherland.

Jon Haworth, the master sculptor and Ken Van Pelt the self proclaimed wargamer extroidinaire oversee the game in it's glory.
Images like these are why we all game with miniatures.

Great thanks to a gamer that grew up in the Lion's Den to see the club become the Secondhand Lions.
Terry Carr.
 More images of tabletop miniature gaming that keeps us all coming back for one more tumble of the dice.

The players encounterd a T34 just rolling off the production line.  The Stug and the Panzer III bounced rounds off of the unpainted turret and hull of the beast and as the crew of the novice just born T34 buttoned up and went into action, a chill ran through the German crews as the tank shrugged off the attacks and began the slow clank and squeal of the T34 turret to give it's response shot.
Roll Credits and fade to black ..........

1 comment:

  1. Ken,
    That is quite a layout. Looks beautiful and sounds like a great game. Home-grown rules, I assume?

    "Self-proclaimed", huh? Too funny.