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Eric Hoffman
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GaryCon picture dump! In quick summary: The Grand Geneva Resort, Classic Warfare "The Fury of the Celts" with Kevin Maurice, Tractics "The Russian Front" with Mike and Ben Reese, more Classic Warfare "The 300 Spartans" with Steve Fratt, and the centerpiece of the weekend, OD&D at 330 Center Street, the house where Gary Gygax lived when he created Dungeons and Dragons. All of this is thanks to +Paul Stormberg who puts on the Legends of Wargaming track at GaryCon every year and Kevin Maurice who keeps the games moving!
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3/27/17
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We couldn't be more pleased that The Treasure Vaults of Zadabad ,S&W version, has been nominated for the prestigious NTRPG 3 Castles Award!

http://www.lulu.com/shop/carl-bussler/the-treasure-vaults-of-zadabad/paperback/product-22707334.html

What an honor to be included with the other great products nominated here.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/310434204630/permalink/10155035904124631/


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Here are some pics from the inaugural game on the new sand table.

1st Manassas/Bull Run

I took the Union side against my Father and Brother. I initially had great success pushing the Rebs off of Matthew House Hill and almost back off of Henry House Hill. It might have been even more decisive but we misread the scenario notes and left off an entire Division of Union Infantry!

As the Rebs arrived at Manassas Junction throughout the morning and early afternoon the numbers began to tell and only Sherman's 3rd Brigade was not disordered when we stopped for the day.

It was an extremely fun game. We used the Fire and Fury rules and they seemed to work well, not too crunchy for relatively inexperienced wargamers but enough depth to offer good tactical choices.

Looking forward to playing this battle several more times from both sides (with some tweaks to the scenario) before changing the map.

The terrain held up very well. The key was definitely spraying the sand with a solution of water, paint and elmer's glue. It created a firm crust on top the sand so that the hills stayed in place even when moving large brigades back and forth. The one thing I will do differently next time is wet all of the sand first, even if it is just flat ground. Those areas that were wetted first were firmer and held up much better after spraying.
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2/14/17
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Manassas Junction, writ small, in my basement. Some of you Yanks might now it as Bull Run...

Still need to craft the abattis, stone bridge and 5 houses out of something.
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2/10/17
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Sand Table Project

Finished!

It is done! I connected the two halves with wood screws underneath the table surface and caulked the seams with silicone. I only missed one small area that created a mini-Sarlac until I smoothed it away and re-caulked.

Here we see Ragnar the Black and his howling Vikings assaulting the outmanned, but still formidable, Norman Seawatch Fort.

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2/4/17
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The Sand Table Project

Day 4.5 to 5

It is mostly finished. For the last step(s) I am going to silicone caulk the seams, although they are very tight to begin with, my Godson did an amazing job with perfect cuts to the lumber.

This weekend I am going to Home Depot to buy the sand. A few online sandbox calculators told me that I will need 300 lbs of sand to cover this table to 1 inch thickness. I think I am going to start with 200 and see where that leaves me first. You can always add more!

In parallel I have been accumulating some figures for multiple rules sets, but since this is the Chainmail forum I've attached those I am going to use to play the "Viking Assault of a Norman Seawatch Fort" scenario, written by Gary Gygax and using the Man-to-man rules.

Check out this cool homemade fort I picked up on eBay! It is nearly perfect for the scenario. I've also found these great Viking and Knight minis in about 60mm that work okay with the Marx recasts I've found here and there.

Speaking of which, I have the Norman Player scenario and unit rosters from GaryCon but if anyone has the Viking Player one, that would be much appreciated!
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2/2/17
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The Sand Table Project

Day 4 and 4.5

Day 4 was a big day. We used a router-bit to cut the extra plywood off each table section and ensure it was perfectly flush with the frame.

We then attached the 4x4s to the frame, which I forgot to take pictures of but you can see on the first photo we used some pretty heavy duty lag bolts to make sure it was super sturdy, and it is!

Then we started attaching the oak table lip to the sides. This was a little tricky to make sure it was flush on all angles. The screws only going in the bottom half of the board caused a little bit of a bend at the top that I am considering what to do about. Really it is fine as is but this turned out to look so pretty I wouldn't mind making it a little tighter.

The table is really done right now, just some cleaning up to do later this afternoon and then clamp or bolt the sections together, I'm not sure which I will do quite yet as I've already contemplating creating a 'leaf' that will stretch the table to 6'x10'...or beyond...
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2/1/17
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The Sand Table Project

Day 3

I attached the plywood to the support frames for both sides of the table. This will be the table surface that I will put the sand on. I painted it navy blue so that if I want to represent water on the table I can just scrape away sand.
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1/30/17
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Check it out! Volume 4 of Black Powder, Black Magic is in the wild!

Also, bundles on the previous volumes and the much anticipated map of Brimstone is available in several formats.

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The Sand Table Project

Days 1 and 2

Went to the lumber store yesterday and spent way too much money on wood. This could be done for much cheaper but my Godson, who is helping me out, said the Red Oak would look really nice as a box frame around the table top. I agreed and the price seemed really reasonable. I found out at the register that the price was per foot! Doh! Oh well, it will still look really nice, and I could go with a thinner board since it is a real hardwood. The hardware store got 3 out of 5 cuts wrong for the legs, so we said "forget it" and took all the lumber to my Godson's shop to cut the wood perfectly.

My Dad and I were able to make the frames for the table top today with little trouble and some 3" construction screws. This table will definitely be over-engineered but I'd rather be sure the table is sturdy just in case some kids decide to go climbing on it when they aren't supposed to.

I am building it in 2 sections on the off chance it ever needs to be moved to a new location. 6'x4' sections should be rather manageable, even with the legs on.

Next step is probably to put the legs on and attache the table surface. Both I will need my Godson for as we are going to use a router bit to make sure the table surface is perfectly flush with the frame and we are using some kind of decking bolt for the legs that I don't think my Milwaukee hand-helds can manage.
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