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Prufrock's Wargaming Blog

Monday, November 4, 2019

Bits and pieces, and a wargame.

As must be fairly obvious from the lack of postings on this blog, there hasn't been a lot of recent action on the wargaming front for the relocated Prufrock. But there has been plenty going on in other areas of life.

On the not-so-good side, we lost our much loved patriarch at the end of September after he finally succumbed to that insidious disease which picks people off from families everywhere. He was brave to the last and it was a privilege and a blessing to have had him in our lives.

Similarly, it was a mournful evening last week when the mighty English blasted our noble All Blacks to smithereens in Yokohama.

More positively, South Africa then crushed the English in turn to win a well-deserved third World Cup title. To be honest, I would have been almost as happy had England won - so good was their performance the previous week - but for the South Africans to triumph after having looked a shadow of their former selves not so long ago is great for rugby and for their country. It also gives nice bragging rights to the host country - the only game they lost was to the eventual champions!

The job is going well, house hunting is about to begin, and my wife and kids are moving over at the end of November, so this drawn-out process is now starting to look like it is producing results. It's been a long few months since February, but video phones are a wonderful thing!

Despite everything else that's been going on, there has been some gaming: I introduced a friend to Commands & Colors: Ancients not so long ago; while an epic night of rum and chess at an old school mate's place in Rarangi will live in the memory.

To close, here are a few pics of the last miniatures game I participated in, this one being a huge ACW battle in 28mm at Roundie's. It was a fine contest with plenty of blood and thunder, and even a crossroads.

The battlefield looking from the Union left.

The Union right centre catches a Confederate force in their tents.

The Union centre.

"Here they come, boys!"

And here we come on the left...

The fighting on the Union right was grim right from the beginning.

We race to defeat the Confederate left.

"Push on, gentlement!"

"Come and get us!"


We deployed quite craftily as defenders and I thought we'd done enough to beat those damnable Secessionists, but it was not to be. They held on their left, but we (mostly...) controlled the centre and pushed them on their right to take the advantage in victory dice scored. Unlike with victory points, however, victory dice still have to be rolled - and we rolled miserably, giving the staunch men in grey and butternut a famous victory.

As you can see, Roundie's table and figures are really something.

So there we are. Hope all readers are well and in fine fettle.


14 comments:

  1. Hi Aaron, glad things are moving in the right direction. What a splendid looking game for a wargame treat.

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  2. Good to see you posting again. Splendid looking ACW game.

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    1. Cheers Peter, yes it was something to behold, that's for sure! I can see why 28mm fans love that scale.

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  3. Hello Aaron

    Life does give us the good and the bad. Glad to hear the family is coming together again and you still managed to get in a bit of gaming!

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    1. Cheers Shaun, certainly true. And it will be very nice to have the family together again.

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  4. Welcome back to the blogosphere, Aaron. Sorry for our loss. Hope you will be reunited with your family soon. Excellent looking game - terrain and figures most impressive.

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    1. Thanks Dean! It was a joy to participate in :)

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  5. Prayers out to you and yours sir, I know your family must be chomping at the bit to be reunited with their father and husband.

    Glad to see you had a few distractions with the gaming (and that CW table looks great) to get you through.

    Cheers
    Kevin

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    1. Thanks Kevin, much appreciated. It was sad, but he'd fought the good fight and it was time for him to rest.

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  6. Aaron! Good to see you are still alive and have not abandoned wargaming. Beautiful ACW game.

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    1. Cheers Jonathan! Will never be able to give up gaming, I don't think!

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  7. Good to see you back on the blog. So sorry for your loss, and yet it is good that everything else seems to be coming together with time!

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  8. Hi Aaron,

    I'm sorry to hear your sad news, you have my sympathy and prayers.

    On the other hand I'm glad to hear that the rest of your life seems to be getting back on track. I'm sure you can't wait to be reunited with your family.

    I share your views about the World Cup. Though I'm English through and through (except for the Catholic Irish bits, of course) and a Northener to boot, I was really impressed by SA's performance in the final, which is positive, not least because I can hold the view that England didn't lose, they were beaten.

    OK, that's enough of that, let's turn to something more upbeat. That ACW game looks darned impressive. The figures and the table both look beautiful. What rules were you using, as a matter of interest?

    Oh, last but not least, 'rum and chess'? Really? Rum AND chess? That's an awesome combination to keep in balance. Is it the long sojourn in Japan? Are you now a Zen master? Answers on a postcard.

    ALl the best, Chris

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