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Game on Sep. 30 is POSTPONED

Due to a late scheduled event at the church, we will not be able to have our game there on Saturday.  The 15mm Medieval game that I was going to run to introduce everyone to the Might of Arms rules will be postponed, probably to Saturday, November 18.

Sorry for the delay, but it can’t be helped.


Battle for the Jungle Planet

It was a newly discovered Earth-type planet whose soil was very compatible to growing Earth-style crops.  It was a find to be claimed by the strongest.  But who would that be — the Draconis Combine or the Federated Suns?

We used the mech forces raised by Sean P.  The rules were “Battle Tech – Alpha Strike” which are a simplified variant of the standard Battle Tech rules.  We like them because they play quicker and are easier to recall from one game to another over a period of months between the two games.

Each nation-state sent a veteran combat company to claim the planet for their own.  Let the battle begin!

A Draconis Combine platoon advances through the high grasses.

A Draconis Combine platoon advances through the high grasses.


Their Draconis commander consults his battle plan as he opens fire on the Federated Suns force opposite him.


The other Draconis platoon advances against a single Federated mech.  Is he separated from his battle comrades?


The other Federated Suns platoon starts to receive fire from the Draconis platoon.


Two Federated mechs (black in center and green behind tall grass) are attacked by three Draconis mechs.  Who will come out on top?


The battle continues as the two Federated mechs stand back to back against the three Draconis mechs.


But one of each falls through close battle damage, leaving the little Federated Enforcer mech facing two Draconis mechs.


In the center of the action, a Federated Black Knight mech (brown camouflage on left) watches his red and black painted Enforcer battle buddy succumbs to the fire of a Draconis No-Dachi mech (red on right).


Later in the battle, one of the Federated platoons has been wiped out.  The two Draconis platoons (right background and foreground) now gang up on the lone Federated platoon (center and left foreground).


Closing in from all directions the Draconis mechs finally blast the remaining Federated mechs into scrap metal, winning the planet for the Draconis Combine!


We had time for a second battle but only one photograph survived.  A Draconis battle team of a Strider (left), Komodo (center – gray), and Jenner (right) mech seek cover before firing on their Federated opponents.  Unfortunately all three of these Draconis mechs were later destroyed by the Federated forces.  But that didn’t do the Federated forces any good as they were forced back to their landing zone by the stronger Draconis force.

In the first game, the four players each had a platoon of four mechs.  In the second game each had a half-company of six mechs.

A fun time was had by all even though the Federated commanders couldn’t roll hits worth a hoot.  If they needed an 8 or better to hit, then they rolled a 7.  The dice just weren’t in their favor.


To the Strongest! Medieval Rules Tried Again

On Monday, Feb. 15, a small group of the Jackson Gamers assembled at Jim’s church hall to give the “To the Strongest!” rules another try.  Jim provided his vintage 15mm early Medieval armies composed of a Norman force based in Southern Italy led by Count Robert “Guiscard” de Hautville and a Byzantine force led by Basil, the Katapan of Langobardia.  We played two games since the rules go very swiftly.  Both were basically encounter battles with each side’s forces drawn up in battle array.  The Normans won both games, handily beating up on the Byzantines.

Here are a few photographs showing the action in the second game:

Action in the center with Byzantines on the left and Normans on the right.

Action in the center with Byzantines on the left rear and Normans on the right front.

One of Jim's Norman cavalry units tries to move but draws an Ace (no activation)! Thus ends Jim's turn before it begins.

One of Jim’s Norman cavalry units tries to move but draws an Ace (no activation)! Thus ends Jim’s turn before it begins.

Papal allies of the Normans attack the Byzantines in the center with Swabian axemen about to cross a low ridge.

Papal allies of the Normans attack the Byzantines in the center with Swabian axemen about to cross a low ridge.  In the background there is confused fighting between Byzantines and Normans around a small village.

Papal spear units advance against some Byzantine scutatoi.

Jim’s Norman spear units advance against some Byzantine scutatoi.

Normans (on right) press their attacks against the Byzantines.

Normans (on right) press their attacks against the Byzantines.

Jim’s forces are mounted on 80mm x 40mm bases originally for the “Vis Bellica” rules which we no longer use.  They’ve been unused for many moons until “To the Strongest!” rules came along.  Now they can be brought out with each base being a single unit.  Good to see them again.

Troop Redeployment

This past Saturday some of the Jackson Gamers assisted Jay, Lord Sterling in moving his vast armies of “little lead men” from his old house in northeast Jackson to his new house in east Brandon.  With four pick-up trucks, one van, two compact SUVs, and Jay’s car, the redeployment went almost without a hitch.  The hitch, unfortunately, was the loss of the wargames table frame which came unsecured from Russ’ pick-up and smashed itself to splinters near the Pascagoula south-bound on ramp of IH-55.  Luckily no following vehicle was impacted by the flying frame.

Jay would like to thank Larry C., Larry R., Jim P., Sean P., Mark G., Fred D., Phil Y., Russ S., and Jerry A. for their assistance in the troop redeployment.  Without friends like these the armies would still be in transit, one small carload at a time.

Our next game is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 20, at Jay’s new house.  We’ll see if that actually happens.

Here are some pictures from the first trip’s unloading and the resulting stacks of troop and terrain boxes.

Larry R. and mark unloading Russ' truck

Larry R., Russ, and Mark unloading Russ’ truck

The start of the stacks in the two-car garage.

Start of one of the stacks on the back porch.

Phil unloading Jim’s CUV.

Troop boxes in the back of Mark’s pick-up.

The stacks in the garage get bigger.

The rear of the garage stack.

More stacking on the back porch.

And even more stacking on the back porch.

Taking a break before a brief tour of Jay’s new house.

Seizing the Supplies – A Very British Civil War Battle

The Jackson Gamers met on Satuurday, May 17, at Fondren Presbyterian Church for another of Jim’s Very British Civil War games.  After a fairly austere winter the Edwardian Royalist and the Anglican Coalition forces were vying to restock their magazines for the coming summer campaigning.

Supplies01The opening moves by the Royalists (left) and the Anglican Coalition (right).

For the battle report, please go to

Smash and Grab

On August 3 , 2013, Sean ran a Battle Tech game for us, pitting the remnants of the 2nd Argyle Highlander Regiment against a Lyran force.

Highlander and Lyran slug it out!

The battle report is on the Jackson Gamer’s blog:

Battle of Pine Hill (July 6, 1863/2013)

Postulating a more vigorous pursuit of the retreating Army of Northern Virginia by the victorious Army of the Potomac, we fought to side by side battles today.  Trying to protect Lee’s line of retreat, Confederate forces successfully held off their Union opponents.

Sean, a stone-faced Union commander, launches an overwhelming attack against the thin grey lines of the Confederate defenses.

Visit the Jackson Gamers blog ( ) for a brief report about one of the two battles.

With Massena against the British

The French perspective from our latest game using the Field of Glory: Napoleonic rules.  You can read the report at the Jackson Gamers blog.

A panoramic view from behind the French lines.



With Piction against the French

Phil invited us to his house today for an introduction to the Field of Glory: Napoleonic (FoG:N) rules.  Four of us had a nice game.  You can see the game from the British perspective at the Jackson Gamers blog.

The British center with a French corps deployed in the background.

The Battle of Bridgeport

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