The Flames of War club played out a desert battle on Thursday, May 3, 2012 that pitted the Germans against the Americans in the Tunisian Desert in a 1800+ point battle for supremacy. This battle had the Americans in their shiny new Sherman tanks with Stabilizers going up against the Veteran Afrika Corps in their Pz IIIG’s and Pz IVD’s with some added support from the infamous 88’s.
The Germans moved up quickly and started firing shots into the Americans only to discover that the Pz IIIG’s could not penetrate the Sherman’s front armour while the Shermans had no problems with the German armor. Only the German troop quality kept the battle from becoming a complete walk-over for the Americans. As it was, it was a very closely fought battle until the German commander decided to try to rush the flanks of the Americans late in the game. The Americans took advantage of the opportunity and shattered the German Pz IVD platoon and left the Germans to be defeated in detail.
The Pz IIIG’s in the game are the Plastic Soldier company plastic miniatures we carry and you can judge for yourself how they looked on the table next to the Battlefront Flames of War minis in the pictures below.
The next Flames of War battle goes up on Thursday May 17th, 2012. If you’re interested in Flames of War, drop by Neutral Ground and take command of a unit in this popular World War II miniatures game.
On Thursday, April 19th, 2012 at 7:00 PM, Neutral Ground Games going to be hosting another Flames of War demo game. This one pits the Canadians against the Germans again, and this time, the Germans have decided to let their Big Cats loose – the Germans will be driving the Panther and King Tiger. Can the Canadians send the Germans running with their tails between their legs, or will the Big Cats be having the Canadian Armor for lunch? Drop by and choose your side if you want to try out Flames of War and see how this popular World War II wargame plays.
April 14th was filled with people that were trying out the latest version of the Battletech rules. We had three separate games going, all the way from a pair of one-on-one games up to a massive multi-map game that included multiple players each commanding lances or vehicle squadrons. We capped off the event with an unboxing of the newest Battletech game from Catalyst Games.
We tried out the free downloadable quickstart rules for the game, and there were even free copies printed up for players to take home and try out. The rules played quickly and scaled up well enough to allow really big games.
The boxed set contained a wealth of Battletech stuff, from quickstart rules, cardboard mounted maps, full rulesbook and even a painting guide – all printed in full color. This is an amazing amount of stuff for the $50.00 price.
And it wasn’t just Battletech at the day. We also had some Warhammer players running a battle between two gorgeously-painted armies.
We have photos of the Battletech games and unboxing below. We will try to get some photos of the Warhammer game as soon as we get them in our hands. Enjoy the pictures below!
Our next game demo is going to be Battletech – the classic game of giant robot combat. Come by and take command of a giant war machine and dominate the game table on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at Neutral Ground Games!
The demo games will be run throughout the day starting at 1:00 pm and will use the quickstart rules for Battletech available from Catalyst Games. Miniatures will be provided for the players who want to try this game of massive metal monsters.
On April 5, 2012 the Flames of War demo battle refought an action by the Canadian South Alberta Regiment against the Wehrmacht Forces fleeing through the Falaise Gap after the successful Allied Normandy Invasion. The Flames of War Demo game was the first of many diverse demo events that Neutral Ground will be holding over the coming days, giving gamers in Lethbridge a taste of the exciting gaming hobby. Coming up, watch for a Battletech demo game.
The Flames of War demo had two veteran FOW gamers on opposite sides paired up with two first-time FOW players. The roughly 1500-point battle started with the Germans in convoy on the road and the Canadians launching an ambush. The next few turns were spent with the Wehrmacht clearing the one village of Canadian infantry while both German and Canadian reinforcements rushed to battle. The Canadians managed to hang on to the second objective by game’s end despite the charge of German heavy armored platoons, giving a Canadian victory.
If you’re interested in trying out a game, keep watching for coming demo games, or just drop by the store and ask when a group is going to be gaming at the store.
Enjoy some photos from the game!
Date: Thursday April 5, 2012
Start Time: 7:30 PM
Neutral Ground Games is having it’s first demonstration game this Thursday, and we welcome everyone to come visit. Our first game is Flames of War, a World War 2 miniatures game. It’s the Canadians versus the Germans in a late war slug fest.
If you have never played miniatures, or have had some interest but no idea where to start, or like the history behind the game, or just feel like cheering and jeering on your favorite heroes and villains, join us and come on down to Neutral Ground Games this Thursday April 5!
Hope to see you there!