|This is what happens when bloggers game together...|
|Second Battle of Azuki-zaka initial Set-up|
|Archers driven back, I would soon clear the center|
|Imagawa Center melts away.|
|Imagawa Right tears me apart.|
In our third battle, the scenario was sufficiently tilted to allow me to finally pull out a 5-4 win. Is represented Nobunaga's attack on Yoshimoto under the cover of a thunderstorm. I initially spent too much time focusing on the units supporting the command tent, and it almost cost me the game. (It did cost me 2 Samurai stands, and almost Oda himself.) I was down 4-2 when I through a last ditch attack at the command tent, and forced the retreat. (My son decided to join us, and is a demon when it comes to rolling 'sword' results.)
For the final game we played the first battle of Azuki-zaka. We initially avoided it as I had not painted my command stand, nor had Jon. I opted to use my 6mm Command stand, and we drove on with the battle. It was yet another close game, but I managed to pull a 5-4 win after drawing what I am sure Jon will describe as the most annoying succession of Dragon cards possible....
|First Battle of Azuki-zaka. Imagawa on the left.|
|A reckless charge of Samurai through my shattered center secures victory for the Oda clan!|
It has been almost a year since my last Samurai Battles game, and I have to admit I really missed it. The Command and Colors card mechanic, combined with the Dragon Cards, always provides a nail biting game, where momentum can shift on a dime. You can go from soul-crushing imminent defeat to narrow victory within a turn. It makes for games that are memorable and enjoyable. More importantly, we were able to play 4 complete games in 6 hours including gift exchange, lunch and hobby-banter.
Mason was feeling a little inspired following our games, and we set up a game of our own on the sand table:
|More to follow?|
This makes three games in as many months for Jon and I. That makes this the most active hobby year I have had in almost a decade. Overall a pretty good day.