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Report from Spring Gathering VI


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17 July 2008page first published

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Paul Glasser writes:

The North Africa miniatures expansion set was also a big hit. ACME offered players a 10-percent discount on boosters Friday night, and several units saw action in the competitive tournament on Saturday. Popular units included the veteran PzIII, the Stug III Ausf. G with its 75mm gun, and the elite fallschrimjager. On the Allied side, proven units like the BAR and M4 Sherman were popular choices.

Tom Crownhart, left, of Ada, Ohio, faces off against his friend Scott Howard, right, also of Ada, Ohio. The two were playing a game of Axis and Allies miniatures on the new desert theme maps with 3-inch scale-hexes.

Thye also participated in the minis tournament and in fact, took home first place: beating an elite SS company in a hard-fought battle. Thye's force included two infantry platoons, a sniper, a PzIV, two BMW motorcycles and a hero. His machineguns were able to outflank my forces as they sat on the objective, and provide cover for his infantry as it advanced. After a short and brutal exchange of fire at close-range, Thye's men stormed the objective and inflicted heavy casualties.

Thye said he rarely uses the Germans in competitive tournaments, and was surprised at how well he did - although he did although he didn't have any heavy tanks and only one elite infantry unit.

"Each army I faced was a challenge," he said. "The most unexpected thing I saw was that there was a wide variety of units. Luckily I made some good die rolls."

He praised Smorey's efforts in organizing the event. "It's a great time for everyone."

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