Making the most of our new found freedoms, the usual gang of Paul, Chris, Julian, Mark, Rick, John and I arrived at Barrys wargaming centre in W Auckland for a very long planned (ie since August!) early WWII game in 15mm - Germans v Poles.
I even managed to get a very few of my own original FoW resin vehicles on the table, although I was in charge of the infantry on this occasion. When Mark ran the wargaming business in Auckland back in the 90's, his "next big thing" was going to be importing Old Glory Command Decision 15mm models - till an acquaintance Evan told him he could sculpt the same things and cast them in resin - and that is how Battlefront Miniatures and Flames of War was born. Mark ran the shop, with Barry, Rick and another John as directors, along with Peter Simunovic. They had really started the business as a way to ensure supply of miniatures for their own gaming habit I think, but the WWII resin vehicles changed all that and over time the business changed, expanded, moved premises and employed a number of extra staff. Mark left and ended up with his current job at Air New Zealand and Mr Simunovic, who was already a multi millionaire businessman heading up Simunovic Fisheries in Auckland, aimed to turn the small NZ cottage industry into a world dominating brand, even buying and running Wargames Illustrated for a umber of years, and using it as a vehicle to promote FoW as THE 15mm WWII option.
Anyhoo - back in the day, I worked shift work and often had a period from say 10am - 2pm free, so I got into a habit of going into the shop in Marua Road and helping sort and pack the hand molded miniatures, with Mark "paying" me two models per hour worked, which resulted in a pretty large collection of German, Russian and British vehicles - I am talking 100+ vehicles for each of the three nations - the only problem being, most have never hit a tabletop in the intervening quarter of a century!
Well, enough of ancient anecdotes - here are the images of todays game - which was a Bltzkrieg affair with we Germans - Mark, Paul, Julian and I - attempting to break through the Polish defences and capture a bridge at the far end of the table from our stating point. Virtually all the Poles were concealed and the table was dotted with woodland that had to be recce'd as we advanced - a rather slow and painstaking business.