FlamesCon 2014: An AAR
Last weekend was FlamesCon, the big Auckland Flames Of War event hosted by Battlefront. We ran several events:
- Late-war Grand Tournament (both days)
- Late-War One-day Tournament (Saturday)
- Late-War One-day Tournament (Sunday)
- Early-War One-day Tournament (Saturday)
- Mid-War One-day Tournament (Sunday)
- Dust: Battlefield One-day Tournament (Sunday)
We also had a couple of After Hours events: Flames in the Sky (Phil's airplane game) and a Market Garden megabattle (TCOW's Firestorm campaign finale).
I don't have any results, but stay tuned on the Flames Of War website for the latest news and final placings.
I played in the Early War Tournament and the Market Garden mega battle on Saturday, then did admin stuff on Sunday. I ended up taking Soviets and I got smashed up pretty bad! With a 1-6 loss to Kit's DAK Stutzpunkt, a 2-5 loss to Brent's DAK panzers, and a 3-4 loss to Pat's SS-infantry, I was set to win my fourth game should there have been one. But alas, that was not to be! What I did learn is that I cannot make Wave Attack rolls. Not ever in the dozen games I've played with this army have I ever once wave attacked. I think this is a cosmic message to move on to Fearless Conscript or abandon Strelkovy altogether in favor of Motostrelkovy. Dunno, but we'll see!
Here's a few shots of my games:
|Game 1 (Counterattack): So it begins...|
|Game 1: The Soviet high-water mark.|
|Game 1: Failed attempt at a VP...|
|Game 2 (Pincer, revised): Brent smokes my centerline, pretty much rendering my guns useless.|
|Game 2: Brent destroyes my guns in short order.|
|Game 2: After the guns break via morale failure, Brent's 8-Rads close in for the kill!|
|Game 3 (Free For All): Gunline moves up the hill, destroying a mortar platoon, as the Strelkovy attacks on a wide front.|
|Game 3: Right flank dispatches a couple of bold 8-rads!|
|Game 3: Strelkovy bogs down in front of the left objective and it cut to pieces.|
And here's some photos from the Market Garden megabattle (I'll have a proper AAR about this later this week):
|30' of road for 30 Corps!|
|Germans preparing to strangle Hell's Highway|
|Arnhem under siege!|
|The assault on Nijmegen.|
Finally, here's some shots of the event as a whole:
|Lots of tables!|
|KingDan's Caunter nightmare|
|Italians attacking British somewhere in Russia fighting over Soviet and German objectives!|
|Dave's brilliant Japanese objectives|
|Vic's infamous Wotan|
|Damian's heavy gear|
|Sons of Anarchy boardgame (lots of fun FYI)|
|Dust game in progress|
|Jagdtigers vs Jagdtigers!|
In the meantime, have a look at the TCOW blog for some more photos!
And for some upcoming release sneak peeks, check out WargamerOnTour's blog!
Thanks for stopping by!