So here they are, grouped by the game:
The Battle of Jalapa - 1846 -- a fictitious action based on a "what if" Santa Ana had not taken his army north to its destruction in the Buena Vista campaign, but kept them to face General Winfield Scott's army advancing from Veracruz. My friend, Electric Ed, ran this game using Larry Brom's The Sound of the Guns rules and his own 15mm American and Mexican armies.
|The American left wing, commanded by yours truly, with the right wing visible in the distance beyond the woods.|
|Part of the Mexican right wing and center.|
|Mexican defenders of Jalapa.|
|The American left wing is threatened by Mexican cavalry from across the stream.|
|As the Mexican cavalry advanced across the stream, the 1st Mississippi Rifles (red shirts in foreground) deploy across the stream to outflank the Mexican cavalry.|
|In the center, the Americans steadily advance. Their artillery and musket fire forces the defenders of Jalapa to retreat.|
|On the American right flank, the 2nd U.S. Dragoons attack a Mexican artillery battery on a small hill. The Mexican cavalry in the foreground have just defeated the Tennessee Militia Cavalry, forcing them to withdraw.|
|Beaune-La-Rolande with its Prussian garrison moving into position.|
At this time my rechargeable batteries finally gave up the ghost. Not having any replacements, I was unable to finish photographing my game. However John from the Nomadic Old School Gamer blog did get a bunch of pictures. During the lunch break, I ran out and bought some regular batteries for my camera so I could get additional pictures.
The Great European War of 1892. Paul Arceneaux ran this battle using his vintage 54mm figures, some of which were, as Paul said, "old enough to be your grandfather."
|An overview of the battle after its conclusion.|
|A close-up of the British army as it resists the attacks from its opposing European Consortium forces.|
|Scottish Highlanders and Indian Army sepoys flanked by British battalions.|
The Hive and the Flame demonstration. Rules developer Terry Sofian flew down from St. Louis with his rules, some British forces, and his bugs. Combining elements of The Sword and the Flame and 800 Fighting Englishmen, The Hive and the Flame pits the British Empire at the end of the 19th Century against its most formidable enemies - alien arthropods controlled by "the Hive." I commanded a "brigade" of the bugs in this battle.
This was also probably a first for a TSATF game - we had more female players (3, 2 British and 1 bug commanders) than male players (both bug commanders). One of the British commanders was no other than Lori Brom herself, the "great man's" daughter!
|The mighty British, supported by four steam tanks, advances across the plains.|
|One of the many bug units consisting of 20 warriors and 4 "brains"|
|Bugs advance towards the British|
|Initial contact between the bugs and the British.|
|After being swarmed by bugs, one of the British tanks has blown up!|
|As the battle drew to a close, the bugs swarmed another British tank and, I believe, caused it to blow up as well, to the detriment of the bugs on and around it.|
In Nicaragua, 1926. Using With Ol' Gimlet Eye, Ken Hafer ran a battle between the Sandinista rebels and a column of U.S. Marines and sailors. For the second year in a row, the Marines and sailors were clobbered.
|My friend, Electric Ed, looks over the battlefield.|
The Battle of Cowpens. Doc Ord used Disperse, Ye Damned Rebels! to run this battle using his finely painted 28mm American Revolutionary forces.
|Doc Ord overseeing the battle from his position behind the American lines. A Tory cavalry unit is advancing in the foreground.|
|American infantry face off against an advancing line of British infantry.|
American Civil War Skirmish. My friend, Lord Sterling, unveiled a new rule set, The Sword and Secession, a variant of The Sword and the Flame, at this convention. His game pitted small sized Union and Confederate units in the wilds of somewhere in the South.
|Lord Sterling, seated in the center with the beard and balding head, oversees the game using his new rules.|
Along the Sweetwater Canal, Egypt, 1882. Using Larry Brom's old 30mm Anglo-Indian and Egyptian army, Lord Sterling ran a mega-game of the Anglo-Indian attack against Colonel Arabi's Egyptian army in 1882. This was the piece-de-resistance game of the convention. We had six Egyptian commanders and five British commanders, each with a brigade of infantry or cavalry. I was so busy as the Anglo-Indian commander that this is the only picture I took. John's Nomadic Old School Gamer blog (link above) has more pictures.
After the Gaming Was Over. We all sat around and told stories of old gamers, conventions long ago, and games in which we had played. It was a grand old time.
|The "after gaming" session.|
And finally, the grand old man himself, with whose rules we have all had such fun in gaming over the decades:
|Photo by Tim Chadwick|
Larry Brom (Sergeant, USMC, Korean War veteran)
Author of The Sword and the Flame and all the other rules we have enjoyed
Larry's sweatshirt reads:
To err is human
To forgive divine
Marine Corps policy