Thursday, September 13, 2018

Something's Brewing... trouble, Trouble Brewing

Something's Brewing... trouble, Trouble Brewing...
                                                     Sorry, I couldn't resist the segue.  

What happened ?!? It began when the leader of the Red Bearded Dwarves imposed a tariff on White Beard Ale and then the White Beard leader reciprocated with a tariff on Red Beard Ale, and the pubs and brewing houses erupted. After 680 years of peace, the Red and White Bearded Dwarves, with their gnome allies, were at war, again.  It's "the Battle of the Boots of Malark", part 2.  

                                                            Old school tape measure 8-)

                    Remembering Gary (sorry it's not a sand table) and the "big guy" from Rockford

The figures are 25mm Minifig Dungeon & Dragons (tm) Dwarves painted with Humbrol paints 40 years ago for The first Battle of the Boots of Malark. This month, 50 years ago, I began gaming with Frank. It started with playing Bridge, Chess and Go. I have been blessed to have such a great friend, who shared my interest in gaming . And, this night's battle was as much fun and as dramatic as any throughout the decades. Thanks Frank ! 

 Red bearded dwarves (top) quickly seize the high ground around "the Boots"

 RB Dwarves take heavy casualties from WBD's crossbow fire

 The struggle for the high ground

                                              The gnomes are the first to engage in the center.

 Bolt, arrow and stone fire continues on the slopes 

 The bloody main battle is joined

 The WB dwarves armed with Battle Axes turn the tide in the center
 WB Dwarves reform and the reserves are committed

 Despite heavy losses the RB Dwarves continue to fight inflicting heavy damage.
                      Down to their last stand, the Red Bearded Dwarves finally concede defeat.

                                    "Nothing except a battle lost can be half as melancholy as a battle won."

                                                        A night to revisit old friends.

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