Andy Turlington, Ashley Johnson, and the Southern Maryland Partizans presented this Johnny Reb III game of the 1862 Battle of Cross Keys during Jackson’s Valley Campaign. Note the very nice Union flag adorned variable orders markers!!!
Andy’s game description from the PEL: The Shenandoah Campaign was coming to an end. Two battles remained to be fought, Cross Keys on 08 June, and Port Republic on 09 June. Jackson had two armies heading his way in June, Shields and Fremont were both closing in on his position. He found a location between Port Republic and Cross Keys where he could control the only bridges that would allow the two Federal armies to join into one. To this end, Ewell’s Division was ordered to delay Fremont’s forces from continuing towards Port Republic, while Jackson prepared to fight off Shields.
Another shot of Andy and Ashley’s great-looking game! Unfortunately, I did not get a chance to stay and watch the game for any length of time (I was visiting Cold Wars with my son, Professor Scott L. Mingus Jr. who came over from his office at his college where he teaches in Lancaster and with my little three-year-old grandson).
Here’s a 25mm old grist mill that I thought was an attractive model. I also like the creek. The game overall looked quite interesting.
Another view of the old mill.
Mark Hayes had a nice looking 15mm Regimental Fire & Fury game of Leetown (Pea Ridge). I noticed long-time Zouave and CHARGE! scenario contributor Roxanne Patton among the players in this large game.
Another view of Mark’s outstanding effort. From his PEL description: Union Brig. Gen. Samuel Curtis did not realize that Earl Van Dorn was maneuvering his entire Army of the West around to his rear when he first received reports of Confederate movements behind his right flank. He dispatched forces under Col. Peter Osterhaus to investigate and stop any flanking movement. What ensued was a desperate defense by the heavily outnumbered Federals under attack by Brig. Gen. Ben McCulloch’s Division.
Now, these guys are REALLY tiny!! Nice air-brushed terrain, tiny trees and block houses, but an overall nice effect.
Professor Mingus has always been a fan of racing games. He, his brother, and I loved playing the old Avalon Hill USAC Indy 500 racing game. Scott has an exceptional collection of Racing Champions and other scale model NASCAR race cars.
The little guy had far, far more fun playing with the free Thomas the Tank Engine layout at the Strasburg Railroad Shopping center on Route 741 a few miles from the Lancaster Host Resort. Strasburg is a nice tourist trap, with a spectacular Pennsylvania Railroad Museum nearby, as well as the Toy Train Museum (vintage trains), the Choo Choo Barn (a huge model railroad layout), the Caboose Motel (scores of old cabooses from various railroads that are not hotel rooms), and some model railroad retail stores, as well as the Strasburg Steam Railroad, which offers a great ride through the countryside. Yes, can you tell I like trains and model trains as much as I love wargaming!!!! My grandfather worked his entire life for the New York Central throughout eastern Ohio.
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