Medway Club meets on a Tuesday - and last Tuesday was the eleventh day of the eleventh month of the year twenty fourteen.
Accordingly, we decided to hold a charity wargames day with all club-subs plus any additional donations to The British Legion.
We had a great turn out for such a small club on a miserable night. The younger players set up two games of Games Workshop's Warhammer 40K and a Lord of the Rings scenario while those gamers of, shall we say, more mature years played a Bolt Action Tank War Megagame designed by club member Michael Valls-Russel.
We intended to play Falaise '44 but it ended up more like Goodwood as every one brought so many 28 mm AFVs that we couldn't get them all on the tables!
I played a Chuchill company in the centre supporting a British infantry attack on a French village at a key road junction. We had British and American armoured on each flank in support.
Michael gave each player a private victory condition in addition to the team victory.
Mine was that I had learnt from René Artois, Hero of the Resistance, that the painting of the Fallen Madonna with the big Boobies by van Klump was hidden at the Chateaux with the Gateaux. We agreed to 'acquire' and 'protect' the painting until the end of the war.
Unfortunately the Chateaux with the Gateaux was on our left flank in an American attack sector.
Note: the white slip in the centre is one of Michael's secret personal victory conditions.
The Reichmarks were all carboneezy. Ah well.
The carnage of armour on the right flank was unbelievable. A German Pak hidden in a wood knocked out a number of our Shermans with side shots before it was comprehensively crushed.
You can just see what's left of the German pay chest burning in the foreground.
I had only lost one Churchill with one immobilised. They may be only armed with pop guns but they do have decent armour.
I motored a Churchill up to the Chateaux and after a free and frank exchange of views with my American allies, involving loading the 6 pdr with HE, I acquired the bratwurst sausage in which was hidden the painting.
Incidentally, we raised £112.50 for the British Legion.
Special thanks are due to Michael Valls-Russel who designed the game and Mik Hollands of Gladius Game Arts whose energy drove the whole evening. Well done guys and kudos to everyone who showed up and donated so gererously.
We might do this again next year, and in a public venue.