He beat me in all but one of those games and the one that I did beat him in had two things going for it. The first was that we'd just played the same scenario and had some spare time at a tournament once so we swapped sides and replayed it. I modified his setup enough to call it my own (shuffled some dummy counters around, most likely) and essentially I played Burnie against Burnie. That simply wouldn't have been enough. I got lucky too on the last meaningful shot of the game, which if I recall in 'Noble Craft of Warfare', was a long range IFE shot at a CE tank needing to exit for the win.
Burnie was back in town, and we'd agreed beforehand to get a game going. I said I'd meet up with him when he arrived, but it had been 12 long years and my memory of faces must be getting worse. I assumed I'd recognise him when I saw him, I remember he was tall but also that he was "carrying a little timber".
So, I'm walking around the hall and some ripped guy with a sharp hair cut extends out his hand. Dave Ramsey? "Sure, hi" I say. "Burnie Fox" comes back the reply. My only response was "No way dude!" - and as he'd later told me, he's dropped 120lbs and he was looking great. If I wasn't married, with kids, (and had an inkling for guys), I might have blushed! Burnie also has the geekiest tatoo you'll ever see; he has his wife's name tattooed around his calf - in Hexadecimal! Nothing says "I love you" more than 49:20:6c:6f:76:65:20:79:6f:75 (you can work that one out..)
When I regained my composure we caught up and agreed to play later on. Given my early finish to my previous game, I decided to see if tonight I could double my win count against the old enemy!
We picked one from the newly released Cruicible of Steel (did I mention how awesome that whole pack looks?!) - I forget the name - Onion Highway or something (it definitely wasn't onion, btw), but I'll add it in here when I dig up my pack. Russians defending a small intersection against what felt like a horde of Germans armed to the teeth with good tank support.
The Russians have a dug-in cupola and receive 4 tanks as reinforcements, including two Valentines, who arrive just in time to ensure the fight is taken to the wire.
|Burnie couldn't bare to watch|
my troops collapse
We started at 8 and finished up at 1:30am. There were plenty of other games cracking on, but the jet lag was starting to sink in some more - 3 (or is it 4?) nights now with broken sleep - the mind tends to take a while to relax again after the games, meant that I could have done with an early-ish night.
Taking nothing away from Burnie though he cut through the Russians like a hot knife through butter, I kept the game reasonable by going to the last turn but with a few key breaking squads the idea that I had any chance evaporated.
At least it took him 12 years to beat me again!