Thursday, November 29, 2012

Blitzkrieg-Commander Scenario Playtesting

I'm in the middle of testing the next Canadian WWII scenario using Blitzkrieg-Commander rules.  All the terrain is finished and all the miniatures are painted.  Most of the dirt roads are currently packed away for another battle, so i'm using some thin strips of cork paper as stand in for testing.

Clumps of polyester fiber fill glued to squares of transparency sheets used to represent artillery smoke.
After smoke has lifted, Canadians advance.  Sherman Crab tank clears path through minefield.
I have changed the way the path is represented (probably will be seen in a future picture).
My last Normandy Canadian vs German scenario (Battle of Buron) was too one sided (German), so I want to really test this one out to see if it will work well.  This battle takes place one month later and the Germans are defending a pretty well defended area (anti-tank ditches, minefields, barbed wire, trenches and dug-outs).  Canadians have the troops and artillery to take the town.  The Germans need to hold out and use their artillery on the Canadians advancing in the open fields.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Bataan Museum


This month my wife Liz and I went on a long weekend trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico.  We had stopped there briefly before, but wanted to spend some more time to explore the city.  Liz surprised me by discovering the Bataan Museum and actually suggesting it as a museum we could visit.  I had no idea such a museum existed and also found it interesting that the museum would be in Santa Fe.  It turns out the 200th and 515th Coast Artillery Regiments from New Mexico were part of the force defending the Philippines when the Japanese invaded in 1941.

The museum is not very big and is actually mostly non-Bataan related, but it is still good.  It is free to visit.  I liked the sections on the Spanish American War and World War One.  I thought the Bataan/Philippines section focused too much on the Bataan Death March.  Having read the story of the defense of the Philippines, especially in the Bataan peninsula, there are many incredible stories of holding back the Japanese.  I highly recommend the book Bataan: Our Last Ditch: The Bataan Campaign, 1942 by John W. Whitman.  Post WWII the museum touches on all the major conflicts.  The museum staff employee at the museum was very approachable and talked to us about the various WWII veterans living in Santa Fe and shared some stories he was told.  Maybe because there was only Liz and I, and a Father and Son visiting the museum first thing in the morning he shared the stories, but I am sure he would be completely open to giving a guided tour around the museum.  Behind the museum outside there is an area dedicated to vehicles/artillery and a helicopter.

All in all, well worth stopping in and checking out the museum if in the area.  Both Liz and I enjoyed the museum.

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