The tournament was won by John Conley with major thanks to Richard Keenan for traveling all the way to Glasgow to bring this fabulous tournament format.
Our 2016 Open day was held on 24 January. A number of big battles fought over the weekend.
First up is Fuentes de Onoro, Wellington v Massena in 1811 during the Peninsular War. The game was played with 28mm figures using Black Powder rules. It went pretty much to the historical outcome. The French eventually got into the village, but the left hook ran out of steam.
Then off to WW2 in 15mm using Command Decision. This is the battle of Sidi Rezegh in the Western Desert
Then fantasy with a big Warhammer battle
and another, this time Men v The Undead using Kings of War.
Other games included, Dragon Rampant, Blucher, FogR, Battletech and Art de la Guerre.
Our display game for this year's Claymore show in Edinburgh was Dystopian Wars. Arial battle this time.
We held a second double header this year to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo.
We refought part of the battle between the sandpit next to La Haye-Sainte and the village of Papelotte. In this refight, D'Erlon's Corps sought to break the British and Dutch line commanded by Picton. This was a multi-player game with three players on each side. The rules were Black Powder and most of the 28mm figures came from the collection of Liam Entwistle. As per the historical battle, the French nearly broke the line, but just failed.
GDWS held its annual informal open day on 25 January 2015. Just an opportunity for anyone interested in finding out about about wargaming to pop in. Those who did saw a wide range of games, representing the wide range of interests at GDWS.
"Squawks" are problems noted by U. S. Air Force pilots and left for maintenance crews to fix before the next flight. Here are some actual maintenance complaints logged by those Air Force pilots and the replies from the maintenance crews.
P) = Problem
S) = Solution
P) Left inside main tire almost needs replacement.
S) Almost replaced left inside main tire.
P) Test flight OK, except auto land very rough.
S) Auto land not installed on this aircraft.
P) # 2 propeller seeping prop fluid.
S) # 2 propeller seepage normal - # 1, # 3, and # 4 propellers lack normal seepage.
P) Something loose in cockpit.
S) Something tightened in cockpit.
P) Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.
S) Evidence removed.
P) DME volume unbelievably loud.
S) Volume set to more believable level.
P) Dead bugs on windshield.
S) Live bugs on order.
P) Autopilot in altitude hold mode produces a 200 fpm descent.
S) Cannot reproduce problems on ground.
P) IFF inoperative.
S) IFF always inoperative in OFF mode.
P) Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick.
S) That's what they're there for.
P) Number three engine missing.
S) Engine found on right wing after brief search.
P) Aircraft handles funny.
S) Aircraft warned to straighten up, "fly right," and be serious.
P) Target Radar hums.
S) Reprogrammed Target Radar with the words
GDWS took two games to the recent Falkirk Society of Twentieth Century Wargamers (SOTCW) open day.
The first was Indochina in the 1950's. The Vietcong are besieging a French outpost, but relief is on the way. The rules were Cold War Commander.
The second was a Cold War action with Soviet against NATO forces in Germany. The rules were Command Decision.
A good day's gaming and many thanks to the Falkirk club for their hospitality.