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Personal logo Stosstruppen Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2017 11:03 a.m. PST

We have not had a sizable con for some time and we wanted to get back to that and give the LA area a great Historical con. Here is the preliminary listing of games I'll post more detail at a later date as far as prices etc. We are, at least on Saturday, doing this in conjunction with the Orange county IPMS show. They have a dealer room that will feature Scale Specialties, and Brookhurst Hobbies, while we will have The War House in our space. Anyone one interested in running games, and/or wanting dealer space(I have limited space Saturday morning, some space Saturday evening, and a decent amount on Sunday)please contact me at

Saturday September 30th Day
Operation Market Garden
GM – RJ Galati & St Crispin irregulars
Rules – Fire & Maneuver
Scale – 28mm
Hours – 9am – Close
Players – 16
Description : The largest airborne assault in history attempted to seize bridges into Germany and end the war by Christmas. Use your knowledge of history to change the outcome?

FOW Post '45 vs Russia
GM – Michael Verity
Rules -FOW
Players – 6-8
Description – post war "conflict" of US vs. Russia over the secrets and technology of the former Third Reich.

Italian Wars
GM – Adam Hammer & Andrew Gledhill
Rules – Pike & Shotte
Scale – 28mm
Hours – 11-3
Players – 8-10
Description – The Imperial town of Il Secondo is under siege by the French, but it still receives supplies through the small harbor at Bella Spiaggia.
A strong French force led by the finest cavalry in Europe and massed Swiss pikemen have been sent to cut off supplies and seize the harbor, which is protected by an Imperial force of Irish mercenaries.
As the French appear, an Imperial counter-attack emerges from the town. Landsknecht pikes, German Men at Arms and Reiters, and Albanian Stradiots follow the Imperial banner. Will the French turn to face them or head for the harbor they have to capture?
Dust in the distance suggests both sides have large numbers of reinforcements, infantry and cavalry, on the way. Will they arrive in time to carry the day?

Seven Years War – Battle of Minden
GM – Tim Greene
Rules – Osprey Honours of War
Hours Noon – 6
Players – up to 8
Description – After Ferdinand's defeat at Bergen the French launched an offensive and rapidly overran Hessen. It was not until Minden had fallen and the French were poised to invade Hanover that Ferdinand was able to gather a sufficient force to oppose them. Contades, who was under pressure from Versailles to do something, advanced from his positions around Minden to attack the Allied Left. Unfortunately for his plans the Allied army was marching to the attack at the same time.

Hoplite Battles
GM – Dave Glick
Rules – Spear, Sarissa, and Sword
Hours – Throughout the Day
Players – 2 at a time
Description – There will be ten hoplite units on each side, representing 10,000 men per side. The goal is to drive your opponent from the field in a great clash of arms.

Saturday September 30th Evening

War at Sea WW2 Naval Miniatures
GM – Chris Lundgren
Rules – War at Sea
Hours 6pm – 10pm
Players – Up to 6
Description – Wage War Upon the Waves!
With authentically detailed miniatures assemble fleets of the finest vessels to ever do battle on, under, or above the sea in World War II. Fast-paced and action-packed, this exciting, miniatures game lets players recreate historical battles or go head-to-head in competitive warfare raging across massive 30"x40" battle map.
Authentically detailed carriers, battleships, destroyers, cruisers, submarines, aircraft and other vessels from WWII .
Unique ships—such as the BB Bismarck, IJN Yamato, and the USS Enterprise—feature their distinctive markings and camouflage.
Abilities and statistics of units are based on their historical performances in battle.

Tournaments Saturday
Bolt Action

Flames of War
GM – Tim Knapp
Rules – FOW

Demo Games Saturday
DBA – All Day
X-Wing – All Day

Sunday October 1st Day

Winter 1944 Capture the Treasure Train
GM –Mark Deliduka
Rules – Fire & Maneuver
Hours – 11am – 2pm
Players – 2 -10
Description – It is the winter of 1944 and the Germans are in full flight with the collapse of Army Group Center. Colonel Lummensdorf commanding Train Number 76; a Panzerzug BP-44 Armored Train, loaded up his train with rare and valuable artwork, gold artifacts from local churches and money pulled from local banks. The train has now pulled out and is starting it's run for Germany. Unknown to Colonel Lummensdorf, his departure was noted by partisans working the train yard and word was sent out to General Ishnakov. Despite having few resources; the General is determined to stop the Germans and recover his ill-gotten hoard. He has dispatched a force of Aerosans to try and slow the train down or try to board and capture it while he races to position tanks along the train's path to destroy the engine and recover the Motherland's priceless treasures.

Wings of Glory
GM – Chris Lundgren
Rules – Wings of Glory
Hours – Throughout the day
Players – several
Description – We will be running official Wings of Glory Aerodrome supported scenario.
King Kong vs Bi-Planes on one table( It is an official playtest which we are running month twice a month at the Guild House in Bellflower on the 4th Sunday of every month. And at Brookhurst Hobbies in Garden Grove on the 3rd Sunday)

The second Table is WW1 Wings of Glory gaming.
The third table will be for the new "Battle of Britain" Wings of Glory product game and demo.

Nijmegan Airlanding
GM – Steve Phenow
Rules – Gepanzerte Faust
Hours – 9am – close
Players – 8-10
Description – With the road to the Nijmegen bridge still in German hands, allied troops of XXX-corps together with troops from the 82nd US Airborne Division started their offensive to gain control of the bridge. The bridge approach was defended by German troops in a strong defensive perimeter with tanks with 88mm guns, AA 20mm guns and SS infantry. On 20 September 1944 in the morning British gliders were dropped East of the Nijmegen Road to clear the woods of defenders while American airborne troops attacked the bridge. Tanks of the Guards Armoured Division will advance up the road once the woods were clear to support the paratroopers crossing of the Waal river by engaging the defending German troops and seizing the Bridge

Sunday Tournaments
Team Yankee
GM – Tim Keenon
Rules – FOW Team Yankee
Hours – All Day
Players – Up to 16

This will include demo games as well as a tournament.
GM – Nathan Carter
Rules – X-Wing Core Set plus Fantasy Flights "nerfs" available online.
Hours – All Day
Players – ????

DBA Tournament

KSmyth04 Jun 2017 11:14 a.m. PST

Good luck Kevin. I hope all goes well.

Marc33594 Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2017 12:03 p.m. PST

Good luck Kevin. Hosting with IPMS is brilliant and good synergy!

Personal logo Stosstruppen Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2017 12:17 p.m. PST

Yeah we thought it would be a good thing. The college game club and history dept are behind us, and we should have support from the very active ROTC.

TMPWargamerabbit04 Jun 2017 7:19 p.m. PST

Running a 1806 napoleonic scenario for the Battle of Saalfeld on sunday (Oct 1st). Saturday Daniel and I (Wargamerabbit) are the GM's for the FOW 20mm post war (just) Russo-American "technology grasping" scenario. Basic plan or scenario has five "area zones" of German technological research, each with the latest modeled German late war drawing board stuff, their technical staff running about, and some diehard Nazis teams to mess up the works. Americans and Russians enter the table from several points of entry, seek out the "technical stuff, or better, the technical staff teams, and quickly exit the board with their loot or captives, then return for more. The nazis teams of course with aim for their german "traitors" and there will be conflict as to which side grasp what or "desires" what the other side is trying to escape with, and "push the gun barrel" and "loud shooting" which could lead to a shooting misunderstanding.They of course will call in their supports if threatened… and the tabletop could become a three way.

Sort of a FOW raid game with the SAS/LRDG but with Russian and American mechanized platoons and the local natives are shooting too (Nazis). More posted later in June for the convention FOW 1945 game on my Wargamerabbit blog after I post the GAMEX convention material and scenario AARs (Battle of Troina Sicily 1943 FOW 20mm and napoleonic Battle of Gospic 1809 scenario).

To add information to this post subject… here is a blog link for the Operation Market Garden scenario game mentioned:

Wargamerabbit blog: link

P.s. Thank you for posting Stosstruppen!

Personal logo PaulCollins Supporting Member of TMP05 Jun 2017 6:40 a.m. PST

Can't wait for this!

HarmonWard Inactive Member02 Aug 2017 6:51 p.m. PST

Tim Keennon
Our Treasurer, Tim Keennon, passed away on July 16th. Those of us who knew Tim recognized him for his constant devotion to our hobby, his hard work taking care of our Organization and his humor and knowledge of history. Since many people do not read these newsletters, do us all a favor and call a friend to talk about Tim.

We will be sending out ballots for the fall elections in a few weeks. Please take a minute to note the last time you sent in dues, as only dues paying members can vote or hold office. I will be including membership cards with the ballot mailing. If you did not attend Mini-Wars 2016 in Van Nuys, and you haven't sent us a check or paid via Pay Pal since then, you probably need to re-up right now to get a ballot and membership card. Email the president ASAP if you have any questions, or would like to be added to the ballot for the Board of Directors.

Mini-Wars 2017
The ROTC on CSUF campus has answered and they will be in attendance at Mini-Wars.

Your President was the guest speaker at the July International Plastic Model Society meeting in Orange County. I spoke about Historicon, our common love of models and how much Mini-Wars / Orange -Con means to both organizations. The talk was well received and their members asked a lot of questions about the games we are offering. Not surprisingly, most of them have played a wargame or two in their lifetimes. They will have a new category in their judging this year. Wargaming models. I will post the judging criteria as soon as I get it.

Games List for Mini-Wars
We still have room for some games on Saturday and Sunday Forward your information to Kevin Rounsaville. His contact information can be found on our website.

Historicon 2018
Historicon 2018 is one year away. We are going to see if we can get a discount on airfare for our group. Round trip airfare should be less than $600. USD Four days at the hotel for $250 USD (if you share a room). With a little creativity in how you spend your money you might get by on as little as $1,250. USD for the entire trip. Start saving today and $125 USD a month gets you there in one year, $60 USD a month would be enough to attend every other year.

Many tanks,
Harmon Ward
President HMGS-PSW

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