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Four Pieces 9″ x 14″ mounted on plexiglass. WW2-flavor ruins, change the posters and they could be any warzone or post-apoc setting.

Scratch built out of styrofoam, foam core, cardboard, I made these ages ago when I taught “Military Miniatures and Table Top Gaming” as a part of an after-school program in local middle schools. Sturdy for constant use/abuse, slightly oversized to make it easy to maneuver figs in and around, they’re veterans of hundreds of battles and have held up well.

They’re taking up needed shelf space and I figured it’s better to send them off to someone who will use them than them to collect dust. Figs are for scale and are NOT INCLUDED.

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Wargame classes?

I’ve mentioned previously that many years ago when my eldest was in middle school, I had the opportunity to teach ‘Military Miniatures and Table Top Gaming’ as part of an after-school enrichment program in local school system. I thought the war-toys would be a pariah, but to my surprise the response was so overwhelming from both administration and students I went on offer classes twice a week in two schools for four years. And opened up a Gaming room next to my then commercially-located studio/store in downtown Hyannis.

I had a good run. Not only did I get paid to play with toy soldiers, but I meet lots of good folks, good parents, dealt with good kids who went on to be great young adults. Alas, eventually the kids graduated, the school budget shrank, and I went back to the occasional game night with my contemporaries. The world turns.

Recently however, I received a surprise: an invitation to be a part of the after-school program at a local private school. (I know someone who knows someone who told them about what I used to do…it’s all very arcane.) In fact tomorrow, the project coordinator is coming over to get specifics and discuss the curriculum. So, here’s to the chance to invest in the community and hopefully impart a love of toy soldiers into some kids. Wish me luck.

I’m leaving up our recent WW II set up by way of example. Here’s some shots:

Sgt Major, BAR team and jeep with .30 cal.
Sgt Major, BAR team and jeep with .30 cal.
In the rubble
In the rubble
Covering the approach to the objective while a second squad runs up.
Covering the approach to the objective while a second squad runs up.
Rifle squad and 30 cal on the right.
Rifle squad and 30 cal on the right.
Steiner?
Steiner?
SS LMG team in the upper window.
SS LMG team in the upper window.
Hardened SS vets
Hardened SS vets
SS advance on their right towards the abandoned Sherman tank stuck in the cross road.
SS advance on their right towards the abandoned Sherman tank stuck in the cross road.

Indiegogo Terrain Campaign

Loads of potential here.

Always on the lookout for non-Grim Dark, skull-laden, Neo-Gothic sci fi terrain. I’ve got another terrain project brewing in the back of my mind, but in the meantime, the Escenorama stuff looks great.

Game Night Pix

Here are some shots of Tuesday eve’s game night. Long time ago, I scribbled down some ultra-simple skirmish rules for pick-up games like this one. American forces were tasked with securing a damaged Sherman for repair crews. Germans sent a panzerschreck team and pals to finish the job. Click on the images for larger version. Americans took the first game hands-down. The replay saw the Germans come back hard.

Peaceful hamlet of Du Fromage
Peaceful hamlet of Du Fromage
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American rifle squads advance
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BAR team moves up to protect the objective
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Jeeps are good. Jeeps with machine guns are better.
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German rifle squad and LMG team put pressure on American right.
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Tank Hunters move in trying to finish the job and destroy the Sherman.
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SS squad and MG42 team leapfrog through the farm yard.