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Another event and I'm still feeling that old post event let-down feeling I always get and that's a good thing.  Wintry Hell was surprisingly enjoyable.  Steve and I were worried a bit about attendance numbers but that didn't dampen the spirits of those that arrived ready to have a good event and so it was.  I felt at the events conclusion players had a good time.  All told we had twelve participants which was a reduction from past years but was about what we had the first year.  It seems increasingly apparent that MOA is in a rebuilding mode and so I was happy to get twelve.  Paul Rech arrived for the Friday socializing and I did finally get his rifle delivered although I hadn't really tested it out with the chrono until I got up to the property on Thursday and it was shooting so hot that we've decided to step down the spring power a bit.  570-FPS is not very MOA friendly.  I'll have that spring for the April event.

One of my main enjoyments in the hobby is vehicles and Steve had them all out of storage and lined up for my arrival  :)    



We incorporated a convoy for this event and that entailed a 5-mile ride to Crawford Lake and then return post scenario.  I hope everyone enjoyed that as much as I did.  Steve and I drove the trucks and Shady was Kooble driver.  He complained a bit about hearing loss (the Kooble is pretty loud without the top lowered) but since his was the only vehicle with heat I didn't have that much sympathy for him.)  No accidents and I only had to be pushed out of a snowbank with the 1-ton once so that part was successful.


Friday night staff meeting (just kidding)

The event scenarios got massaged a bit to deal with actual versus planned attendance and I think Steve did a great job.  I do no scenario planning and that monkey is always on his back.  In the first scenario, we fought with roughly equal teams 6 German to 5 Russian players in the woods of Crane Lake.  The idea was to wound opposing players and capture them.  Killing was okay but had no effect on victory conditions.  You had to wound opponents and get them back to your spawn.  It was a riot.  I was winged in the arm and captured once.  I think the Soviets won that one with three captures to zero and I got to watch Troy manage his team again with his competitive and competent style of leadership and blamed our loss on the fact that he picked up on the idea of defending and then launching aggressive counter-attacks.  I was using my MG-42 for that one and got a couple of early kills but then knocked the assault mag off and didn't have time as an organizer to break it down and fix it and thus fell back on the PPsh-41 back-up.  Those MGs are nice but clumsy (easier to blame the inanimate object than myself).  They will come into their own though on a vehicle.


Missing Wellnitz, Alex, Iron Will, and Fritz Moos and Paul who is snapping the shot

We then drove to Crawford property and started the escape scenario.  I had my reservations about this one.  I mean the idea was for the German team to scale a mountain of a snow covered hill with the Soviets defending on top and get to a clicker and then do it all over again.  Steve kept the victory conditions secret for this one but revealed we needed to get five men to break through to win.  I was thinking at the beginning that the scenario would be impossible because you actually strained your neck looking at the hills peak.  It was crazy hard.  But there were ways after all to do it.  After I clicked the clicker the first time I was elated.  I had died twice beforehand which meant two trips to the base of the hill to try again.  Watching Shady cling to the base of the cliff gave me the idea to go with him on this third attempt and his heroic marksmanship and death created the opening for me to slip through.  I felt this was by far my favorite event.  I was surprised by that considering I initially didn't favor it.  We finished with 8 or 9 escapees depending on how you wanted to score it.  I was told that defenders could not sit on the clicker and had to maintain some distance and on my second click attempt I was wounded in the arm a split second before I clicked it and the shooter who was pretty close said that I could register a click.  There were no wound rules for this.  I guess he was just satisfied he could hit me.


mini-rest before drive back

That second event was massively tiring and we lost a couple of players leaving exhausted at that point but still had nine for the final scenario.  It was more like two mini-scenarios.  In the first, Troy, myself and Steve took the DT-28, MG-34 and VZ-24 and defended a copse of trees.  The job of the attackers was to eliminate the 2-MG position.  We didn't last long.  The attackers ferreted us out with maneuver and clever flanking.  Paul (Oddball) sacrificed his life by drawing fire and this revealed the MG's and my rifle stopped working flawlessly for the first time that day (I think it got wet inside - as it shoots fine again) and my bb's spun into the earth instead of my opponents and Iron Will, his friend Alex and Kevin B. made short work of me.  Arghhh!  The second version of kill the MGs was me with the MG-34, Alex with the DT-28 and Iron Will as our rifle support.  This time we had to defend the electrical box at the blockhouse and once again the MG teams lost.  We did get a few more attackers but I had trigger trouble with the MG-34 after killing Shady and Troy's eagle eyes spotted me lying under the cabin.  His grenade toss would have won a horseshoe contest.  By then it was nearly four o:clock and no one complained about wrapping it up.  We were all pretty spent.  The weather was perfect.  The roads were not.  Icy and dangerous as they were at the APOC event.  You could almost make better time in the woods.

I passed out some recruiting posters at the event and hopefully these will be of some success in coming months.  We could use some additional members to shore up some of the apparent flagging interest out there and so I plan to bring posters to Neillsville too.  Think of one or two best places to post them in your area and then feel free to take one or two if you are so inclined.

The Russians left the cottage spotless and the guests at the house were equally considerate.  My thanks to you all for keeping me in the parents will.

Fritz Moos, arrived late as he had warned but played a key part in the second scenario tying down Russians on the hill with his MP-44.  He brought me the parts for his upcoming Mauser build and I'm thinking he will have the best one yet as he has an amazing ability to get some really nice parts.  He has an out of production Walnut Mauser stock from Boyds that I am itching to carve up.  Rekkon has a Boyds stock too but his is laminate and will look different than the walnut for obvious reasons.  Fritz is going sniper with his planned set-up.

Johan, another new member unfortunately suffered gun problems all day long but has a plan to correct this.

Special thanks to Paul (aka Oddball) who took some convoy footage and that he's said has a chance to be seen on these pages in the near future.

Thanks again to our guests who made the event fun and memorable.  

Okay, that's all I have for now.  I have to go shovel some more snow.


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Mike covered a lot in his AAR so I'll make mine short.  Thanks to all the players who attended.  The original rsvp list was fairly small and there are always a few last minute cancels and worse, no shows, but having played with eleven the first year of this event, I felt we would still enjoy the event and as it turned out that occurred.  Without a willingness to travel and attend events there wouldn't be very many opportunities to enjoy this hobby so I appreciated very much those of you who made the effort.

Weather was great.  We've been lucky four years in a row.  Holding a February event in Wisconsin can be fraught with peril but it has always seemed that bad weather is either before or after our events and this year was the same.  I even noted that after the exhausting second scenario battle on the glacially carved hills of Crawford Lake that many players were shedding layers of clothing.

As Mike stated, scenarios were tweaked according to the numbers present and I thought the games were pretty fun.  Thanks Rekkon for the POW scenario.  Even though we (the Germans) lost that one it is a fun concept.  The two MG nest scenarios were fun also but my favorite was the second one, Breakout.  It was a physically exhausting and interesting scenario and showed the mettle of MOA players.  Even though the Russians lost that one I'm pretty sure they had a lot of fun scurrying along the high ground and making our lives miserable and short.

Looking forward to the video of the convoy and some additional pics and as always, the next event.  See you guys then. :)


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Just want to say that is was a great event. This was my second trip to Pickerel for an event, and the second year of great weather for the day.

Highlight of my day would have to be during the first event. While covering the right side, Alex and I wounded a German.  My friend Alex escorted him back while I provided cover. Shortly thereafter, I saw another injured German in the center getting medic'd. I took aim and fired, eliminating his would-be rescuer. After that, we Russians traded shots with the remaining German force, eliminating another and allowing our forces to secure two more prisoners.


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I had a really great time at this event, I'm sure Paul will agree.  The scenarios were challenging and seemed daunting at first description, but once into were really enjoyable!  Great work, Steve!  And I LOVED the convoy.  Sure hope we can do that when it's warm.

and as promised....I can't figure how to embed them, so I'll link.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v....list=UL

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It was great seeing everyone that came, and of course I'm looking forward to April.


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Love the sound of the convoy.  Thanks for posting the video.  Hey, maybe we will throw some sound insulation into that Kooble when it gets warmer.  :)

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Shady!  Turn around!  There is Russian in back seat!
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I had a great time at the event.  I broke every gun, fell like ten thousand times and landed on both elbows and knees.   It was soooo cold when I started my diesel, it sputtered dead.  The land is cool, the event was great, although it would have been better if there had been more people.  It was cooooold, no doubt the reason for the low numbers.  Cannot wait for the next event.....John

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