Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Recap NHMGS Game Day at the Flying Heritage Collection

Last Saturday (November 16), NHMGS held a game day at the Flying Heritage Collection at Paine Field in Everett, WA. It was a great chance to interact with the public, but it was also a little bit of a challenge to put this on since we just had the event at the Museum of Flight a couple weeks ago. NHMGS is hoping to have more of the events at the Flying Heritage Collection, but also hoping to shift the date so it isn’t quite so close to another event.

The Collection has some really nice aircraft, such as this P-40C done up in Flying Tiger colors (the description plaque said this plane was actually in Soviet service, but I can understand them going with the more well-known AVG markings). 

We were set up in the Flying Heritage Collection’s second hanger, the one with the tanks guns, and split into a couple areas.
A photo of the main game area with a Sherman tank overseeing the action
Setting up the Kursk game table with a Hetzer and Flak 88 in the background
And with the T-34 on the on the other side
It was interesting to see games being put on with some actual World War 2 vehicles looking on.

Kevin and I put together a couple small coastal force actions, one in the Pacific and one in the Mediterranean, for the event. So I was pretty busy throughout the day. But I did manage to grab a few photos of the games and items around the Flying Heritage collection.
A game of Fire and Maneuver getting ready to start
A Check Your 6 game getting set up
A photo of the dogfight
The afternoon Check Your 6 game featured Gladiators (shown above) against CR-42s
A Bolt Action Pacific battle featuring Marines against the Japanese
It seemed like it didn't go too well for the Japanese
The Kursk game had several walk-up players(including the young fellow in the blue-striped shirt)
The afternoon session also had another Flames of War game
Along with an Axis and Allies Air game
The morning Action Stations game was an attack on a Japanese barge convoy
The game started out well for the Americans as they were able to knock a bunch of weapons on the escorting subchaser, but the dice turned against them in the later part of the game  
In the afternoon we switched to the Mediterranean, with a Italian/German convoy being attacked by a mixed British/American force
Running the larger vessels turned out to be a little different than smaller Pacific barges, here an Italian sloop dodges some British torpedoes
The German barges were sluggish, but hard to hit with torpedoes
Overall, it was a fun day and I’m looking forward to the next one.


  1. I like the torpedo markers, somehow the longer length
    adds alot!

  2. Jim, they are just "dolled up" coffee stir-sticks. They really work well and are a bit more heavy-duty than my previous markers.

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