Sunday, April 1, 2018

US Grand Melee

Our TOs Eric and Paul raised the bar again at the US Saga Grand Melee.We've got a core group of 30+ folks who turn out each year.  It's always great to catch up with old friends and make new ones.

Day1 in the doubles, I played Bill Thornhill and his lovely Goth army.  Bill and Ryan were kind enough to share drinks with us over our game. That was a theme throughout the weekend and I never did get thirsty.

In the Singles, my Goths were a wrecking ball. With 5 games under my belt, I managed to finish 2nd only to Andy Lyons and his Picts. In a Saturday night game, I beat Andy's Picts in 2 turns! Coming in 2nd was grand but beating Andy was, how shall I say this...sublime. Over the long weekend, I got in  a personal best of 14 games of Saga including a v2 game.  My brain was quite tired and happy by the time I started my long drive home.

The rest of my post is a bit of a photo dump.  My camera struggled this year so if your warband doesn't show up, apologies!
























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19 comments:

  1. Excellent armies, good example for imitation. Thanks for the report, Monty 8)

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    1. Thanks man! When I went to my first Grand Melee, I didn't even know what a display board was. I'm better but still quite far behind the best!

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  2. Sounds great Monty, thanks for sharing these beautiful figures and terrains!

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    1. Thanks Phil! It is a treat to come out and see everyone's great painting and creativity!

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  3. Those war bands look amazing! I just love the presentation boards.

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    1. Yes! It gets better each year. I can only imagine what you could do with your ability to turn a CD and some bits into a diorama. :-)

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  4. That’s some wonderful looking armies there! Congrats on finishing second as well.

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  5. What a terrific event with wonderful pics; and so good to hear that your efforts were rewarded with victory!

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    1. Yes! Such great eye candy. And so many games...

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  7. Thanks for posting these pics. Very fun to see everyone's army.

    Looking thru your older posts, I saw a Viking with his arms outstretched(and a beer belly!), painted green.
    Who makes that figure?

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    1. Mark! That Viking is Gripping Beast but a limited edition figure given away at their grand melee events.

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  8. That looks like a great time!

    I met a fellow at Little Wars who said he did a lot of gaming with you. Now who was it ...?

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    1. Scott! It was a blast and now that all my kids are out of the house, I'm hoping to do more Cons. Was it Jack Ladd by chance? I know he and the St. Paul irregulars go to Little Wars.

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