First blog of the year, after a busy start. Post Christmas things have gone into overdrive, with phtoos for the new battlegroup Overlord book and finalising the manuscript, which has now returned from the proof reader. Production can begin in earnest.
Whilst I'm slaving over a hot computer (which would actually be nice given the weather), the second stage of army list testing is now in full swing, with a few of our new demo-teams volunteering for the task... not hard work though is it, playing a few games? The lists are all in good order, but need a final tweaking from a fresh set of eyes, all of them veteran wargamers and WW2 fanatics.
Whilst in Ireland taking photos I was lucky enough to get a game in. The Omaha beach assault, using the book's Beachhead scenario and two army lists worked like a charm. Skip's boards looked fantastic and the game was oh-so close and, as ever, Piers' luck held out over mine, just... by 1 point (again). The Germans started slowly, then kicked into gear and caused mayhem amidst the attacking infantry, but a concerted effort to assault the two bunkers on our left flank, overrunning them and putting both of our AT guns out of action, eventual saw the US win, and open the D-1 draw to Vierville. It was also well passed my bedtime... I'm not used to such late nights.
Here is one of the shots I took for book during the game... remember stay low, keep moving and keep the sand out of your weapons. See you on the beach!
PS: Work has also commenced on the slim-down basic Battlegroup rulebook. This will be the core game only, no lists, no scenarios etc, they will all come in the theatre supplements. It'll be maybe 64 pages, smaller format, softback and cheap! There is some debate between us if this is a good idea or not. Many think yes, others not so positive, preferring the big shiney books. Any thoughts from players are gratefully received.