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01 Sep 2017 6:56 p.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

  • Changed title from "Eindhoven playtest for MINIWARS@CalStateFullerton 9/29-10/01" to "Eindhoven playtest for MINIWARS@CalStateFullerton 9/30-10/01"

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Mad Guru Supporting Member of TMP31 Aug 2017 10:13 p.m. PST

Fellow Gamers:

Just put up a post jampacked with a variety of content -- but this is where CROSSPOSTING comes in handyl…

There's a TERRAIN TUTORIAL for how I built a 1' wide river and 6" wide canal, both 7-1/2' long…

There's also a WWII AAR for a game featuring the 101st Airborne assault on the Wilhelmina Canal and XXX Corps' simultaneous drive on the city of Eindhoven to link-up with the Screaming Eagles -- "Part One" of Operation Market Garden.

The game was a play-test for an UPCOMING CONVENTION GAME set for Saturday September 30th, 2017 at California State University, Fullerton.

We also set up a second table's worth of terrain to work any kinks out in advance for "Part Two": the 82nd Airborne's assault on Nijmegen and the bridges over the Waal River, which will be included in the same convention game.

The Eindhoven game was a big success and I'm confident the big convention game will be an even bigger one!

If you plan to be in the Greater Los Angeles or Orange County areas on the weekend of September 29th to October 1st, and have any interest in miniature wargaming in general or Operation Market Garden in particular -- or plastic modelling, as the International Plastic Modellers Society will be hostiing their annual "ORANGE CON" at the same venue that same weekend -- I highly recommend you attend MINIWARS 2017 in the TITAN STUDENT UNION building at CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, FULLERTON.

Here's a LINK to the new blog post with my RIVER & CANAL tutorials and the AAR for our Eindhoven play-test game:


And here's a LINK to the OPERATION MARKET GARDEN blog another dedicated member of the group behind this mega-game created to track progress of the project online:

And finally, here's a LINK to the convetion website where you can buy tickets in advance:


Last but not least, some teaser pics:















TMPWargamerabbit31 Aug 2017 11:01 p.m. PST

Looks great. Planning to be there.

Note: Sept 30th (Sat) and October 1st (Sun) for convention. I didn't see any convention games listed for Sept 29th.

Mad Guru Supporting Member of TMP31 Aug 2017 11:18 p.m. PST

You may well be right, Wargamer Rabbit. I know people will be there but now that I think of it, that may be only to set up games for Saturday morning.

It's a little late now but I'll check with the proper authorities tomorrow for an official answer and post it here.

Until then, thanks for pointing that out!

seldonH01 Sep 2017 6:19 a.m. PST

Holly crap !!

That looks truly fantastic !!!

Incredible work… congratulations


Personal logo Stosstruppen Supporting Member of TMP01 Sep 2017 10:16 a.m. PST

Friday is open for setup only the Con runs Saturday and Sunday Here is the link to the events.

General info can be found here

Mad Guru Supporting Member of TMP01 Sep 2017 11:07 a.m. PST

Thanks, Stosstruppen, that's the answer I just got as well.

Mad Guru Supporting Member of TMP01 Sep 2017 11:33 p.m. PST

My thanks to Editor-in-Chief Bill for changing the thread title to more accurately reflect the dates for this year's MINIWARS convention.

USUTHU11 Oct 2017 1:37 p.m. PST

Great job.
I recognized Nijmegen in the major buildings. A add for next time you can put in ruins for the centre, it was bombed by the US on the 22 feb 1944.
How was the crossing?

Mad Guru Supporting Member of TMP11 Oct 2017 10:35 p.m. PST

Thanks for the nice comment, the observation, and the question, USUTHU! (also have to say, nice Zulu war-chant user name)

Sadly I was not able to attend the big convention game, as it was held on the most important Jewish holiday of the year, but I did receive multiple reports…

It seems things did not go well for the Allies, and in fact there was no crossing, at least of Wilhemina Canal.

While in our play-test game the 101st succeeded in taking both canal bridges while XXX Corps managed to fight their way through Nijmegen and link up with them… at Mini-Wars the results were very different.

This time the same German commander (perhaps implementing lessons learned in the play-test) launched multiple successful ambush attacks on XXX Corps, which prevented them from reaching even the outskirts of Nijmegen.

Meanwhile the 101st suffered severe casualties during their parachute drops and glider landings, which left them in a far weakened position from the start, and I believe they failed to take either of the canal bridges.

I'm told severely bad die-rolling on the part of the British expat commander of XXX Corps (a fine wargamer and even finer gentleman, whose luck appears to have failed him that day!) also hurt the Allied cause.

So it seems the convention game resulted in a decisive Axis victory.

But a lot of fun appears to have been had by a lot of gamers, which is what matters most in the end!

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