D-Day +70- A Success

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Our weekend of commemorating the 70th Anniversary of D-Day has come and gone and boy- what a weekend it was.

Friday saw Mike W., Tom and Angela take to Normandy with GMT’s Normandy ’44 whilst in the back, Myself, Kimber, Will and Lewis took to street fighting for Vierville using I Ain’t been Shot Mum.

Saturday saw the Liberation of France continue with Kimber and Justin storming the beach followed by Peter, Kimber and James fighting it out amongst the bocage. We also had an impromptu auction headed by our own Mike D. and raised some extra cash for the Club.

Lastly, on Sunday, the battles continued with Kimber organizing a Flames of War fight with Harry and David organizing a big Memoir ’44 game.

All in all, it was a great weekend and not only did we have D-Day themed games running- the weekend also saw games played such as Waterdeep and World in Flames. Thanks to everyone who came out, organized a game, played in a game or checked us out for the first time (there were several of you there too). Look for more themed days like this in the future and keep rolling the dice!

Thanks!

Peter

President- Metro Wargamers

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Reminder- D-Day Plus 70

We have a packed schedule for this weekend:

Friday June 6th (6pm – ?)

– La Fiere Causeway (Flames of War) – Kimber
– D-Day scenario from “Where The Hell have You Been Boys?” (I Ain’t Been Shot Mum) – Peter

Saturday June 7th (12 noon – ?)

– Omaha Beach “Easy Green” (FOW) – Kimber
– D-Day beach landing (Battleground) – James
– D-Day scenario from “Where The Hell have You Been Boys?” (IABSM) – Peter

Sunday June 8th (12 noon – ?)

– Lingevres (FOW) – Kimber
– D-Day-themed Memoir ’44 game – David Willems
– “Wittman’s Wild Ride” (FOW) – Kimber (later afternoon game as time permits)

 

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D-Day Plus 70

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May 10th: Meeting Notes

Thanks to all of you who attended the meeting this past Saturday. We got a lot accomplished. Here are the notes for everyone:

1) A raise in dues is effective from July 1st. The new dues structure is:

Weekly: $15
Member: $40
Shelf owner: $60

2) We are only raising money for soda and water

3) Mike D. will look in to the purchase of a lockbox and envelopes for dues– dues should be given to Tony V. or to James G.

4) Peter B will look at PayPal for direct payment in to our account

5) Ashley and Jeff are new members

6) Brian S. formally put his name forward to be considered at our next meeting

7) Kimber is looking for people for our D-Day Game Day starting June 5th– check out the home page and Facebook page for more details

8) Mike D. and Jeff are going to look in to setting up an auction or Flea Market Day for games to raise additional money for the Club

For the next meeting (Target date: August 9th), we need to have elections (for all positions)- we will set these up by ballot.

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Next Meeting: May 10th

The next meeting for the Club will be on May 10th, 2014 at 1pm at the Club. Please try and make it so we have quorum!

 

PB

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Next meeting will be October 12

So far the only item of new business will be a report on possibly getting internet service at the club.

Feel free to comment below if you have other business you’d like added to the agenda. Or just mention it to a board member. You can also just bring it up at the meeting.

Just a reminder for club members, we have to have a majority of club members present at the meeting to conduct any business. At our July meeting we were getting a bit close to the minimum.

Finally, a reminder, if you are planning on sponsoring a new member, you need to do so in the next day or two for them to be eligible for keys at the October meeting.

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Flames of War: North African Pincer

The British found a weak point in the Italian line and decided to attack. Late in the night, the Australian divisions moved in to position. The Mark VI’s shut off their engines and waited until the order came. The radio crackled to life with a simple word: “Advance.” As quietly as they moved in to position, they set out in to the night.

On the other side of the line, the Italians sat quietly in their trenches in another cold North African night. Their tanks were further to the rear for maintenance and their Command Platoons had disappeared- probably having wine and cheese and listening to music. It was the clank of the armor that got their attention. Suddenly, the four machine gunners manning the forward line opened up- lighting up the night.

The tracer fire flew in the air and the Australians hit the dirt. The Mark VI’s on the left opened up, silencing one of the machine gun nests. On the right, the supporting HMG companies opened fire on the Italians. The waves of infantry pressed onward in silence. The tanks moved closer and continuously sprayed the Italian machine gunners with fire to no avail. Suddenly, on the left two Mark VI’s went up in flames. The Italians had 47/32’s hidden in their lines too.

1st Platoon of the Australians leaped forward and made a dash to the line under the cover fire of the HMG’s. Their partners on the 2nd and 3rd Platoon followed suit. Out from nowhere, machine gun fire ripped in to 2nd Platoon and the HMG platoon. Mortars fell on them too.  Only a few were hit but the platoon halted in disarray- causing confusion with the following 4 Platoon. The British HMG’s and Mortars responded- dropping smoke ahead of their platoons to stem the fire. With their targets obscured, the Italian fire trailed off. 1st Platoon continued its run.

As the Italian barbed wire came in to the sight, the Platoon could their opening- the gap was the Objective. Suddenly men in the Platoon began to scream as the ground beneath them lurched skyward- mines. The Mark VI’s on the right continued the fusillade against the Italian positions when two of them went up in flames. Suddenly, the sound of tank tracks was heard as the Italian reinforcements, upon hearing the fight, came forward. 1st Platoon rallied enough nerve to make it through the mines. 3rd Platoon was seen moving through some wreckage in the center and 2nd Platoon and 4th Platoon were still in disarray. Then the smoke temporarily cleared.

Italian machine gunners opened fire again and their Fusiliers, rarely attacking on their own, came forward and started firing on the Australians. HMG fire ripped in to the Fusiliers, causing them to halt and more smoke fell on the Italian machine gunners. Casualties were mounting on the Australian side, 1 of the HMG companies was at 25% strength, all the tanks were destroyed, #1 Platoon was nothing more than a trail of wounded and dead. For King and Country- the 3rd and 4th Platoons ran forward. It was not to be so, dawn began to pierce the smoke filled sky and the Italian tanks closed in. More artillery appeared on their right and the machine gunners were inflicting still more misery.

This was no weak spot indeed. The Australians fire more smoke and pulled back to their own lines.

Players: Will Wargo (Australians)/ Peter Bless (Italians)

This was a nail biter of a game. We only ended because we were on Turn 8 and real life was calling- the game had about another 2 or so turns left in it. From that point onward, it was getting tougher for the Aussies. They needed to strike hard and fast in the first 3 or 4 turns but got bogged down when the center Platoons refused to cooperate with Will and not unpin.

The Australians came forward in over whelming force and poured tons of machine gun fire on the Italians. What proved crucial for the Italians was the Tobruk Pits. The Italians ended up loosing two in the end but they could pour fire (24 to hit rolls in total). Combined with the FO’s for the mortars and arty., the defensive battles are where the Italians can stand up and prove their meddle.

We are both fairly new to FOW and really enjoy the Early War battles- weapons are unreliable and may not inflict any harm on anything. Also, you need a mix of infantry, armor and arty to make a difference in a fight. All in all, it was a great 8+ turn game on a Wednesday night. Below are some random pics from the game.

FOW Italian Deployment FOW Australian DeploymentComplete Austrailian Deployment FOWAustralian Mortars FOW

 

 

Aussie Smoke Barrage 2Aussies hit mines FOWItalian tanks FOWFOW End of Game Aus_Ita

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Welcome to the new Metro Wargamers site

The Metropolitan Wargamers occupy a unique corner of NYC.

Located in Park Slope Brooklyn, on part of the site of the Battle of Long Island no less, we are a Club that meets regularly and plays not only historical wargames (both boardgames and miniatures), but Euro Games, Fantasy and Science Fiction as well as role playing games. Our membership is like our community- diverse and coming from all of the corners of the City. Our ranks include members who work in finance, law, publishing, construction and more. We have a fair number of students, hard core gamers and leisure gamers. What unites us all is a love of history, painting miniatures and of course history.

In an age where face to face membership is being tweeted, facebooked and blogged (all tools we use here at the Club), it is reassuring that we all have a haven from the hustle and bustle that is New York City. For the last 20+ years, the Metro Wargamers have provided that haven. Any day of the week one can organize a game, set it up and in many cases- leave it up until completion (or exhaustion). We are only one of a few Clubs in the Nation with dedicated space and dedicated members- our awards from various HMGS Conventions can attest to that.

This website has undergone several overhauls and I am excited by this current incarnation of our URL. A website is a virtual storefront and I hope this storefront helps you to capture our enthusiasm, see our work and decide to come down. I want to give a big thanks to Davin for his work.

Please come on down, pull up a chair, get a coffee and roll some dice, push some lead, play a Wizard or run your empire. If you can’t come in person, enjoy our little corner of the web. I hope to see you on the Slope.

Sincerely,

Peter B.

President- Metropolitan Wargamers

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