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post May 10 2018, 10:23 AM
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Part of the group are meeting up this Saturday for a game of Canvas Eagle.

Venue: Clear Mountain "airfield"
Start: 10:00 am
Games: Two. Both one hour each (roughly). First one will be single plane Fluid game. Second one will be pairs (Late War, same type if possible but otherwise same period).



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post May 11 2018, 03:58 AM
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Thus far, we have four confirmed attending tomorrow.

Still space, and planes, for those wanting a look-see. Participation highly recommended however (just like jumping off the deep end; you'll love it).


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post May 11 2018, 01:03 PM
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Gaslands will also make an appearance. So, it's both Canvas Eagles and Gaslands for those interested. Cheers.


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post May 12 2018, 07:48 AM
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Shows you how old I am. I was counting up who would be attending today that's confirmed. I counted five. So, I starting thinking The Famous Five. And posted it up on our facebook page. But then in migrating here, I realised it was more like the Furious Five from the Kung Fu Panda franchise. Which begs the question: who is the Dragon Warrior? Is it you?

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post May 13 2018, 01:19 AM
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A good long day of fun gaming. Started with Canvas Eagles and ended with Gaslands. Firstly, thanks to the guys for showing up when you did. The laughter flowed freely today. Being old, that's a blessed condition to be in, to be honest.

Canvas Eagles: two games were played, as originally planned. Timing though went out the door from the get-go. Angus showed up first just after 10am. So rather than wait to play, we played to wait.

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Game One
(played on the 4' x 3' hexed board)

Angus is my arch nemesis in CE. He has the knack for being in the right place at the right time. And it was much the same in this game. He hit me twice before I could even reply. We both eventually flew off-table (in his case, one more hit on his engine and he was kaput; for me, it was one more wound and I would be dead. I was in the critical zone for fuselage hits too). Angus returned later with a new pilot.

As our eternal struggle unfolded, the others arrived. They jumped straight into the game. I cannot recall the result as I was doing some other chore at the time.

Game Two
(played on the 6' x 4' hexed mat table)
This game was the longest but also the most enjoyed by all four of us. It was a pairs match whereby each player fielded two planes from the same era; they did not have to be the same type though, just same era. Well, that also got shunted aside as all four players fielded the same planes. At first. As losses mounted up, however, they also went out the door with the replacements.

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The Central Powers flew one pair as observers which meant two-seaters. In this case, they were Roland CIIs. Escorting them would a pair of Dreidekkers (Fokker Dr-1s). For the Allies, both pairs were fighters. Both pairs flew Spad XIIIs. The Italians would start on the right flank while the English pair would begin on the left.

The table was set with an airfield, a headquarters with HAA protection. Also facing the Central Powers was a cloud bank. Height? I do not know; the others can recall.

The Central Powers observer planes suffered initially: one went fairly early in the game while the second lasted a little longer. The Allies were having it all their own way. Then the replacements showed up. And everything started to go wrong for the Allies. The Central Powers brought on a Fokker Dr7 and a Haberstadt CLII two-seater plane.

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The German fighter escort were fairly quiet to begin with. But they soon awoke as the Haberstadt commenced its observation run, easily flying well above the HAA position before descending to make its run on the headquarter. Unfortunately it was too high to take any decent photos so it continued on unmolested to take photos of the airfield.

While this was happening quietly, the English Spads were in a lively confrontation with the Dreidekkers after downing the second Roland. The Italians were scattered and doing their own thing so could little to intervene as the Haberstadt "did its thing". Click. Click. Click.

By the time the Allies could regroup, the Haberstadt was making a race for home.

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In the race to catch the Haberstadt, the observer/gunner proved to be an excellent deterrent. Every time the Italians got close enough, the gunner would force them away with damaging hits. By the time the Italians had devised a way of neutralising that awesome gunner, it was too late. The Germans had been quietly moving up on the Italians who were intently focussed on the Haberstadt.

In two deadly attacks, one of the Italians flamed into the ground. The second was driven off-table. The English, meantime, were struggling with the effects of their previous encounters with the Dreidekkers. They vamoosed too. One even landed at the airfield photographed. To his surprise, he spotted some French mademoiselles sunbaking on the roof of one of the huts. Wasn't he a happy chappy on learning this.

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Thanks especially to Rod who provided the Rolands and Haberstadt for game two. As he said, nothing like a bit of variety. Lovely looking plane, that Haberstadt, especially the colour scheme which reminded me of ice cream wallpaper, or pyjamas. And that is one of the more pleasant aspects about this game -- the variety in the colour schemes, a veritable riot of colour considering what they were ultimately doing to each other. I was particularly attracted to the Morane-Saulniers; they remind me of those old fashioned rocket caps toys. Definitely looking forward to using that Voison push bomber too if I get the chance. Looks so flimsy it will fall apart in the backdraft of passing rounds! biggrin.gif

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Following Canvas Eagles, Gaslands was played as an introduction for a couple of us. I played through to the end and found it worth another try. It got more exciting when I rammed my opponent. I am thinking of putting a ram on a little yellow VW bug as my first vehicle build. armata_PDT_34.gif

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I really can't take this game all that seriously. And a yellow Herbie VW beetle with a massive fist ram attached is probably how I'll endeavour to play this game. So, more batreps with Gaslands as we build our 50 can lists.
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Flights paths of the Canvas Eagles game two will be post in the next day or two. Goodnight! armata_PDT_34.gif

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post May 14 2018, 01:40 AM
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The overview of yesterday's Game Two. I can empathise with those Int bods who had to deal with excited flyers and their post-flight briefs. So for this report, I've dispensed with the usual squiggly lines that oft resembled a mess, and instead highlighted key incidents in the game that had an impact.

This was a pairs game between the Allies and Central Powers - four Spad XIIIs vs two Rolands CII and two Dreidekkers (initially). As the game wore on, and casualties mounted, reinforcements flew in for the Central Powers - an Haberstadt and a Fokker D7. These replacements enjoyed better success than their unfortunate predecessors, especially the Haberstadt whose observer/gunner proved to be the bane of the pursuing Italians. armata_PDT_37.gif

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ASIDE: There has been talk of a mini campaign. Details are quite sketchy at the moment. Will update once they firm (if ever). The hope is to make it open for anyone to join in. Free of charge. Cheers.

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post Jun 6 2018, 01:27 PM
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Next get-together for this month is now Sunday 17th June. Location and timing to be advised. Canvas Eagles and possibly Gaslands will be played.

July, we're holding a small casual free-to-attend FoGN event. Playing 20mm scale. 600 points "fast play" Napoleonics. Using the finalised draft rules version (June 2018) and the final List Generator spreadsheet.


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