It is hard to believe that the HAWKs reached Barrage 25 this year; it still seems like only yesterday when someone suggested at a club meeting that a game day would be a good idea. We went to two days a couple of years ago, and this year we had over 200 attendees including club members.
Unfortunately for me, I had to miss the Friday events, as I was returning from a work trip to Utah over which I did not have schedule control, and didn’t walk in the door at home until 9:30PM on Friday. I was signed up to run a Not Quite Seven Years War game on Saturday morning. While I had spent the weekend before the trip organizing my flea market offerings, and ensuring that I knew where all of the Bronze Age gear that my son Norman was going to need was stowed, I did not have the NQSYW scenario materials pulled out.
Therefore, I got an early start on Saturday morning, pulled all the stuff up from the basement, and got it loaded. It still wasn’t early enough to avoid a bridge closure due to a running event, but at least I knew that it was likely to be happening this year. Carrying around a stack of boxes loaded with Charge! regiments in 40mm does leave me wondering these days whether I should be recreating the NQSYW in something a little more portable, such as 1/72 scale plastics …
My flea marketeering went well. I arrived with four boxes of stuff and returned home with two, plus $370 in pocket, so I was pleased. It’s no fault of Reaper Miniatures, but I sold off a lot of Bones 5 figures. I have concluded that I am more interested in recreating (or perhaps just creating) the vision of fantasy miniatures I had in my youth, so I expect to be putting my effort into expanding my vintage 25mm collection instead of trying to keep up with the latest styles.
I mentioned that there were a couple of reasons why the NQSYW was on my mind. Back in August, right after Gen Con, my pre-ordered copy of Henry Hyde’s Wargaming Campaigns arrived. As might be expected with Henry Hyde, horse and musket campaigning is front and center, so perhaps this will finally kick me over the edge into doing another NQSYW map-based campign.
Additionally, William, my second son and the originator of the Pragmatic Coalition’s Imperial Free City of Wiegenburg, has landed a job in the Washington DC area, and will be returning to this general area next week. His appointment is for at least a year, so his brother and I have been considering some possible agendas for game days, especially since Norman’s basement, as seen back in June is suitable for miniatures.