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07 September 2015

The Molling Incident, Ep. VI(c): Victory and Tragedy

I cannot believe it has been a month since my last post. I have been away on a business trip that took me to Calgary, Edmonton, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore.  It was amazing and (mostly) fantastic. But first, the battle report...
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Background
Led by Eight Ball Command, the alliance has dropped advance commando teams on Molling to pave the way for an full invasion.  The drop was scattered, and various units have been struggling to assemble.

SITREP-3
The last drop group making for the rally point is in a running battle with Reich's forces. They are attempting to escape off the northern map edge and the safety of the Alliance perimeter. The creek is fordable, but counts as difficult terrain.
The Battle
Briefly, it came down to if the Alliance troops could push through the western break in the jungle before the Reich could throw enough units in their way.
First, in the path was a single unit of Reich Automs...
...and next was a Heavy Autom (Tank)
...the Reich's problem was that their units kept getting fed in piecemeal and they could never establish a solid defensive line.

Aftermath
By successfully assembling most of the advance drop troops, the Alliance holds a large advantage for the main invasion. The Alliance fleet is ready to jump....
Stay Tuned!
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I titled this post "Victory and Tragedy" for a reason.  Victory because of the battle report above, and tragedy because of something that happened on my business trip. If you have been following my blog for awhile, you might remember when Sho3box/cheetor and I did a cross-blog story. I sent him miniatures of "Agent Sophie" and some companions, and in return he sent me a band of adventurers.  If you didn't already know, "Agent Sophie" is a miniature for my daughter, and we got a big kick out of sending her mini all the way to Ireland. It was great.

So, for my extended business trip, I had the bright idea of packing not only "Agent Sophie", but miniatures of her siblings, "Commander Robert", and the brilliant physicist, "Dr. William" and taking pictures of them at each stop on my trip.  Basically, "Flat Stanley" using miniatures. 

It was all going just fine, until apparently a Malaysian customs agent decided that he deserved the figures more than me.  Yes, my checked luggage was inspected by Malaysian customs, and the small figure case never made it to Singapore. I am still very angry. There is no recourse here.  The monetary amount is not significant, and my initial inquires with the relevant bureaucracy were met with the standard blank stare of infinite indifference that governmental bureaucracy is so famous for. It was clear my rage and fury could be just as equally productive channeled into pounding the sands of the Sahara for the rest of eternity.

What now?  Well first, I refused to let it ruin the trip.  Although I hold no great love for Kuala Lumpur, my next (and last) stop in Singapore was the best, both professionally and for my own time. Next, my kids and I have decided to use this as an opportunity to pick new figures and animate their tabletop visions of themselves with even "cooler" (their words) stuff.

Lastly, my daughter came up with a GIGANTIC cross-blog idea for this Christmas that we will be revealing to all of you very soon. She always carries a "make lemonade from lemons" attitude and she never ceases to warm my heart.

I think my next post will be the unveiling of the new minis...

Thanks for reading!

4 comments:

  1. Oh no, that is very dodgy and very frustrating! Glad to hear it has spurred good things, though. Looking forward to seeing the new miniatures.

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  2. Great report, and great to hear about your trip. But sad to hear about the lost figs. I know how frustrating that can be. Good to hear that the kids are taking it in stride.

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  3. I am so sorry to hear about the fig-napping. I'm glad you didn't let it ruin the trip. My wife really enjoyed Singapore when she was there. Malaysia a bit less so, but I hope that apart from jerks in customs people were otherwise pleasant. Sadly, there are bad apples everywhere. A friend of mine had a whole bunch of his miniatures stolen at a high school in Missouri out of a display case. This junk happens everywhere, sadly. Hope the new ones are indeed "cooler" and everything goes well. And glad the trip to E Asia (a place of which I am fond) went otherwise well.

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  4. Sorry for your lose of model's mate, but every cloud has a sliver lining & trust kids bless their little hearts to fine one, great report as always & I can't to see what you've come up with & I'm sure it will be amasing.

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