On Saturday, NHMGS held a game day at the Flying Heritage Collection at Paine Field in Everett, WA. The event was the brainchild of Justin Spielman, who is the education coordinator at the collection. He talked it up with John Kennedy at The Panzer Depot and Kevin Smyth, NHMGS president for life, and so it came to pass.
The FHC is quite amazing. It's a pet project of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and he has been able to collect and restore to full working condition an amazing assortment of aircraft and tanks, mostly from the WW2 era. (It's just one of those things you can do when you've got 15 billion dollars.) We were situated in the museum right next to the M4A1 Sherman. In honor of our event, Justin had the turret turned to face the area where we were gaming.
|The perfect venue for WW2 gaming!|
|My Bolt Action game setup|
There were several other games. Chris Ewick of The Game Matrix in Tacoma came up and ran an interactive Battle of Kursk game in both sessions using Flames of War rules and miniatures. Damond Crump and Lawrence Bateman ran a WW2 skirmish game using Damond's home-brewed rules Fire and Manouver.
|Fire and Movement game with a MiG 29 in the background|
|Air gaming with a Ki-43 "Oscar" in the background|
|Dave and Kevin's Action Stations! game|
After my game in the morning, lunch was provided in the parking lot by Michelle Wheeler and Hugh Singh of Stonehouse Miniatures. Michelle prepared two excellent barbecue options with fixin's. After lunch, I took the opportunity to browse the collection. We were in Hangar B with the tanks 'n' stuff. Hangar A is devoted to planes and a few rockets.
The tanks were amazing. All in all, the collection has a German Jgpz 38(t) Hetzer, a RussianT-34/85, and American M4A1 Sherman, a German kettenkrad, and two German Flak 37 "88"s.
|Nothing says "Welcome" like a Hetzer at the door|
Despite being a guy who likes tanks 'n' stuff, apart from the collection at Ft. Lewis, I haven't seen any vintage tanks up close. Having the Hezter and T-34/85 right there was like seeing PanzerBlitz come alive.
|T-34/85 in winter white|
|The flying tank|
|The Me-163: dangerous to friend and foe alike|
I left after I took my tour and didn't stay to play in the afternoon games.
I'll have to come again and bring my dad. The FHC is only a stone's throw from where I live. The planes in the collection take off from Paine field and I have often seen them flying over the skies of Lynnwood.