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Personal logo War Artisan Sponsoring Member of TMP20 Jun 2021 1:36 p.m. PST

Finally the long dry spell has ended, and The Centurions are again hosting public wargames. This was my first game since January of last year, the intervening seventeen months being filled with tragedy, loss and isolation. It was good to have some small part of my former life back.

We began with a fictional scenario from our long-running "Wars of the Jumbled Alliances", so-called because we slap together opposing sides from whatever forces are available at the time, without reference to whether the various nationalities were allies historically, or in prior games. We invariably use 15mm figures by several manufacturers, and the Koenig Krieg rules (mind you, not because they are a particularly good representation of 18th century warfare, but because they are broadly popular and fairly approachable for newcomers, which is the main purpose of The Centurions' public games.)

For this game, Feldmarschall von Fitzer (the inimitable Jim Fitzgerald) led a force of Russian and Piedmontese, supported by French cavalry. He was opposed by the venerable Earl of Garfield (Yours Truly) at the head of a German-speaking alliance of Austrians, Brunswickers and Hessians, supported by British cavalry.


The full photo set is on my Flickr page, here:




von Schwartz ver 220 Jun 2021 5:03 p.m. PST

Nice to know you guys survived the shutdown. All are still well I hope?

Just checked the pics, Does Bob ever age? He looks the same as the last time I remember seeing him some 12 years ago (a little rounder maybe, but as the saying goes people who live in glass houses, yada yada yada!)

Personal logo War Artisan Sponsoring Member of TMP20 Jun 2021 7:57 p.m. PST

The Centurions seem to have survived the last year intact; my family, not so much. We lost three, including my wife of thirty years.

Bob does not appear to change much with age. His attitude doesn't improve much with time, either. ;)

Blasted Brains20 Jun 2021 10:41 p.m. PST

Mr. Knudsen, we don't know each other but my condolences on your losses, especially your wife. Sounds like a very difficult year and that you are seeking the sunshine on the other side of the darkness. Hope it is bright.

Love the game and love the concept behind the game. An alternative set of rules to consider, if you ever decide to do so, is Rank and File by Crusader Publishing. Works well and easy for newbies to pick up.

von Schwartz ver 221 Jun 2021 2:59 p.m. PST

Wow, condolences from me as well Jeff, 30 years, a long time.

Personal logo War Artisan Sponsoring Member of TMP21 Jun 2021 8:23 p.m. PST

Not long enough, Bob, but I'm grateful for the time we had together.

I also lost my job due to the pandemic and was forced into early retirement. In the meantime, I'm working on putting my life back together and I expect that my gaming activities will be a big part of that.

von Schwartz ver 223 Jun 2021 4:55 p.m. PST

Jeff, if you don't mind my asking, what was your profession before. I may have an idea for you, set your own hours, your own schedule, work from home. I've been at it for over 5 years now since my early retirement.

Personal logo War Artisan Sponsoring Member of TMP23 Jun 2021 6:00 p.m. PST

Thanks, Bob, but your idea sounds an awful lot like what I do now (War Artisan's Workshop). I'm comfortable in my (semi)retirement and I love having a part-time job that I can do from a comfy chair with a cigar and a glass of whiskey close at hand.

von Schwartz ver 226 Jun 2021 3:49 p.m. PST

Well, you know the old adage, if you enjoy what you're doing you'll never work a day in you life. So far in my 67 years, 50 productive years, I've only worked 7 years total, not bad!!!

von Schwartz ver 228 Jun 2021 1:56 p.m. PST

Hmm, the whiskey and cigar part sounds awfully good…..

any openings???

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