2015 North American Masters Player Profiles

2015 North American Masters

2015 North American Masters
Player Profiles

With the North American Masters coming up next month, let's meet some of the players.

Find out more about the North American Masters here...

2015 US Masters Player Profiles - Andrew Hopson 2015 US Masters Player Profiles - Andrew Hopson

Current City/State: Indianapolis, IN

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Current job title: Associate Professor of Sound Design, Indiana University

Club Name: Able Kompanie

Years playing FOW: 5 years

How many Masters have you been to? One 

Favorite Army: British Infantry and Romanian Armor

Favorite Time period: Late War 

What are you looking forward to at Masters?
Seeing friends, tough games and a good dinner.

What is your favorite type of tournament?
Themed for general play, but Iron man format makes planning the long game critically important. Doubles tournaments are also a lot of fun.

What do you think are some of the most competitive armies for you to play with/against?
I like to run British Infantry, backed by good AT guns and armor. I generally find it is the player and not the army that makes the game tough. There are no “super lists”.

Do you have any tips for players who are looking to play at Masters in the future?
Play a lot of tournaments. Getting smashed by stronger players makes you a good player quickly -- if you can figure out how they did it.


2015 US Masters Player Profiles - Benjamin Gobel

Current City/State: Annandale VA

Hometown: Annandale

Current job title: Computer Technician

Club Name: Throck of War

Years playing FOW: 4 years

How many Masters have you been to: 1

Favorite Army:  Armoured Car Squadron (Guards) 2nd Household Cavalry

Favorite Time period: Early war

What are you looking forward to at Masters?
Pushing a ridiculous army

What is your favorite type of tournament?
(Points, theme, time period, style, etc.) Points

What do you think are some of the most competitive armies for you to play with/against?
With whatever is unexpected, and against Remagan

Do you have any tips for players who are looking to play at Masters in the future?
Play as many games as you can, and don’t lose


2015 US Masters Player Profiles - Chris Jackson 2015 US Masters Player Profiles - Chris Jackson

Current City/State: Leesville, LA

Hometown: Pasadena, TX

Current job title: US Army, Retired

Club Name: Tough Ombres

Years playing FOW: 9 years 

How many Masters have you been to? This will make 3

Favorite Army: Italian Bersaglieri

Favorite Time period: Mid War

What are you looking forward to at Masters? Seeing the gang

What is your favorite type of tournament? (Points, theme, time period, style, etc.) 
I don’t have a points level preference, I do like doing a themed event, red/blue from a specific campaign.  Doesn’t matter which time period.

What do you think are some of the most competitive armies for you to play with/against? 
I have been very successful with aggressive infantry armies.  Udarny Strelkovy, Boat Weasels, FJ, SS Panzergrenadiers.

Do you have any tips for players who are looking to play at Masters in the future?
Play people who kick your butt as often as possible. You learn from those who are better. Remember what works and what doesn’t.


2015 US Masters Player Profiles - Chris Novak

Current City/State: Indianapolis, Indiana

Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana

Current job title: Delivery LP

Club Name: Able Kompanie

Years playing FOW: 8 Years

How many Masters have you been to? None

Favorite Army: 653. Schwere Panzerjagerabteilung 

Favorite Time period: Mid-War

What are you looking forward to at Masters?
Meeting new people and catching up with those I already know.

What is your favorite type of tournament? (Points, theme, time period, style, etc.)
I enjoy themed tournaments (Sicily, Market Garden, Anzio)  

What do you think are some of the most competitive armies for you to play with/against?
Well played american armored rifle is always a tough opponent. 

Do you have any tips for players who are looking to play at Masters in the future?
Seek out skilled opponents.


2015 US Masters Player Profiles - David Vigor 2015 US Masters Player Profiles - David Vigor

Current City/State: Haslett, Michigan

Hometown: Detroit

Current job title: Staff Psychiatrist at the Battlecreek VA

Club Name: Able Kompanie

Years playing FOW: Since 2007

How many Masters have you been to? 5

Favorite Army: Soviets

Favorite Time period: All Periods

What are you looking forward to at Masters?
Renewing acquaintances, making new friends, and enjoying new challenges.

What is your favorite type of tournament? (Points, theme, time period, style, etc.)
About 1500, all periods, infantry usually, sometimes armor or Fortified but not Mechanized.

What do you think are some of the most competitive armies for you to play with/against?
British Infantry with Crocodiles, American Armored Rifle.

Do you have any tips for players who are looking to play at Masters in the future?
Be able to learn and appreciate what an adversary can teach you.


2015 US Masters Player Profiles - James Best Jr. 2015 US Masters Player Profiles - James Best Jr

Current City/State: Virginia Beach, VA

Hometown: Louisa, VA

Current job title: Delivery Driver

Club Name: 757th Rangers/ Atlantis Comics, Norfolk, VA

Years playing FOW: 3 years

How many Masters have you been to? None

Favorite Army: Canadian

Favorite Time period: Late War

What are you looking forward to at Masters?
Playing against people I have not played with in a while.

What is your favorite type of tournament?
I like all tournament play. Early War to Late War.

What do you think are some of the most competitive armies for you to play with/against?
I have issues with Russian Infantry, and occasionally American Armored Rifles.

Do you have any tips for players who are looking to play at Masters in the future?
Have fun!


2015 US Masters Player Profiles - Lance Matthew 2015 US Masters Player Profiles - Lance Matthew

Current City/State: Regina, Saskatchewa

Hometown: Weyburn

Current job title: Client Care

Club Name: FoW Regina Rifles

Years playing FOW: Four

How many Masters have you been to? This is the first one

Favorite Time period: Arab – Israeli Era 

Favorite Army: Sperrverband 

What are you looking forward to at Masters? Just being there

What is your favorite type of tournament? (Points, theme, time period, style, etc.)
Variation – I like them all

What do you think are some of the most competitive armies for you to play with/against?

With:
Panzergrenadiers
Sperrverband

Against:
American Armoured Rifle Company
Rifle Company (2 ID)

Do you have any tips for players who are looking to play at Masters in the future?
Not yet


2015 US Masters Player Profiles - Miles Cowart 2015 US Masters Player Profiles - Miles Cowart

Current City/State: Hockessin Delaware

Hometown: Landenberg Pennsylvania

Current job title: Senior Research Associate, DuPont Pioneer

Club Name: Ice House Warriors

Years playing FOW: 6

How many Masters have you been to? This will be my second masters event.

Favorite Army: The Heer Panzergrenadierkompanie out of Eastern Front.

Favorite Time period: Midwar

What are you looking forward to at Masters? Playing and talking about FoW!

What is your favorite type of tournament? (Points, theme, time period, style, etc.)
I like them all! Mostly, I like them to be varied. I don’t want to play the same format over and over again.

What do you think are some of the most competitive armies for you to play with/against?
It depends on the period. In midwar I usually play German infantry, but I think the strongest nationality is the Finnish. In latewar I usually play British infantry, but I think the strongest nationality is the Americans. I’m still figuring out earlywar. It seems to be a lot more rock/paper/scissors.

Do you have any tips for players who are looking to play at Masters in the future?
Don’t get discouraged and play the best players you can find. There’s nothing wrong with losing a lot (I certainly do). As long as you’re learning from each game its ok. If you can, go over with your opponent what you could have done differently, and what they could have done differently. After each game think about the changes you could make to your list. Did you lose because your list lacks the right tools? Make sure you don’t get caught in the trap of blaming the dice. Yes, bad (and good) dice rolls happen. But overall, it’s not the dice’s fault. 


2015 US Masters Player Profiles - Phillip Messier 2015 US Masters Player Profiles - Phillip Messier

Current City/State: Pawtucket, RI

Hometown: Fall River, MA

Current job title: Historical Interpretor at Plimoth Plantation

Club Name: CT Valley Gamers

Years playing FOW:  Nine years

How many Masters have you been to? This is my fourth US Masters

Favorite Army: German PanzerSpah

Favorite Time period: Late War

What are you looking forward to at Masters?
Getting to see and hang out with players from accross the country.

What is your favorite type of tournament? (Points, theme, time period, style, etc.)
I like all sorts. Different tournaments change the types of lists. Variety is what keeps the game fresh and dynamic.

What do you think are some of the most competitive armies for you to play with/against?
I prefer aggressive, mobile lists. The attacker's skill level is more important than the defender's after a certain point. Being the attacker offers more advantages than defending generally does. Being able to use the objectives to pin the defender to, and controlling the pacing and initiative is key to winning as an attacker.

My least favorite list to face is artillery parks. While Arty parks are effective at winning games, they just aren't mobile or all that interesting seeming. 

Do you have any tips for players who are looking to play at Masters in the future? 
Firstly, attending as many events as possible is critical. It not only gets you higher on rankings, but it gets you experience with playing against different forces and different play styles. I'd also recommend talking to other players during the tournament to get tips. 

Finally never underestimate/overestimate your chances in a particular game. Always remember, even the newest player can beat an expert if the expert gets cocky. The same goes for matchups that strongly favor one player. Never give up!


2015 US Masters Player Profiles - Noah DeZwart

Current City/State: Littlestown, PA

Hometown: Littlestown

Current job title: Student

Club Name: Independent

Years playing FOW: 3

How many Masters have you been to? None

Favorite Army: American

Favorite Time period: Late War

What are you looking forward to at Masters? A good time

What is your favorite type of tournament? (Points, theme, time period, style, etc.)
I prefer somewhere between 1500 points and 1900 points, using the basic tournament layout. Late war. Singles.

What do you think are some of the most competitive armies for you to play with/against?
Artillery filled lists, and Schwere Panzer/Panzer Jaeger lists.

Do you have any tips for players who are looking to play at Masters in the future?
Have fun with the games you play.


2015 US Masters Player Profiles - Ron Wismer 2015 US Masters Player Profiles - Ron Wismer

Current City/State: Newark, Delaware

Hometown: Wilmington, Delaware

Current job title: Firefighter/Paramedic

Years playing FOW: 6?

How many Masters have you been to? 3

Favorite Army: Stuarts

Favorite Time period: Late ware you been to? This is the first one

What are you looking forward to at Masters?
I’m looking forward to seeing and playing games with people I only see a few times a year.

What is your favorite type of tournament? (Points, theme, time period, style, etc.)
I would have to say I like open tournaments the most. I think sometimes it is too easy to game the meta with some of these themes.

What do you think are some of the most competitive armies for you to play with/against?
I love to play mobile armies, I find static armies very boring. I think those lists that are highly mobile are the most fun to play against as well.

Do you have any tips for players who are looking to play at Masters in the future?
Play a lot of games. Find an army you enjoy and play that army a ton. Try to stick to one type of army and avoid playing too many different types of armies until you get more competitive.


2015 US Masters Player Profiles - Scott McLemore

Name: Scott Mclemore

Current City/State: Annandale / VA

Hometown: Annandale

Current job title: FullTime Student

Club Name: Throck of War

Years playing FOW: 2

How many Masters have you been to: 0

Favorite Army: German Bridge at Remagen 512.
Schwere Panzerjager (2. Kompanie)

Favorite Time period: Late

What are you looking forward to at Masters?
Playing against strong opponents

What is your favorite type of tournament?
1700-1900 points that is an open format and late war

What do you think are some of the most competitive armies for you to play with/against?
A well balanced list that can deal with any situation.

Do you have any tips for players who are looking to play at Masters in the future?
Understand the rules deeply and play around with building lists

 

 


 

2015 US Masters Player Profiles - Leo Colon 2015 US Masters Player Profiles - Leo Colon

Current City/State: Orlando, Florida

Hometown: Levittown, Puerto Rico

Current job title: System Administrator

Club Name: Independent

Years playing FOW: 8

How many Masters have you been to? None

Favorite Army:  HG Panzer Kompanie

Favorite Time period: MW

What are you looking forward to a Masters?
To challenge myself against very experienced players and having a good time in the process.

What is your favorite type of tournament?
Themed Tournaments using I95 group idea of Domination scenarios. I think they make players more aggressive in their play and more Challenging. 

What do you think are some of the most competitive armies for you to play with/against?
Fast-moving armies are always fun, you dictate the tempo. Example; I love playing Cromwell Tank list with Stuarts Recce and Challengers. Either you win fast, or die fast. One way or another, it's fun.

Do you have any tips for players who are looking to play at Masters in the future? 
Remember, your play FOW for fun. So enjoy it and seek competitive opponents/Tournaments and learn from those games, and all will fall in place.


2015 US Masters Player Profiles - Chris Fretts 2015 US Masters Player Profiles - Chris Fretts
Current City/State: Indianapolis, IN

Hometown: Arlington, VA

Current job title: Technical Director, Indiana Repertory Theatre

Club Name: Able Kompanie

Years playing FOW: 6

How many Masters have you been to? This will be my second. 

Favorite Army:  EW French

Favorite Time period: EW

What are you looking forward to at Masters?  The fun of 6 challenging games against very skilled opponents.

What is your favorite type of tournament? 
Tournaments with some kind of twist – like this Masters format. I like the extra challenge beyond running a single list.

What do you think are some of the most competitive armies for you to play with/against?
Almost any list can be competitive, it always depends on the human opponent, the table and the list it faces across the table.

Do you have any tips for players who are looking to play at Masters in the future?
Get out and play in Tournaments.  Tournaments are a great opportunity to play a number of games in a short period of time helping you to learn what you really know and don’t know about the game.  They will expose you to a larger variety of players and lists than most people play in their local groups. 

Search out the better players in your area and play them – you can learn quite a bit by losing, or winning, to a better player.
2015 US Masters Player Profiles - Chris Fretts

2015 US Masters Player Profiles - Sean Froc 2015 US Masters Player Profiles - Sean Froc

Current City/State: Regina, Saskatchewan

Hometown: Lumsden, Saskatchewan

Current job title: Account Manager

Club Name: Regina Rifles

Years playing FOW: Three

How many Masters have you been to? None

Favorite Army: British Guards

Favorite Time period: Mid War

What are you looking forward to at Masters? Meeting new people

What is your favorite type of tournament?
Approximately 1700 pts mid-war tournament

What do you think are some of the most competitive armies for you to play with/against?
German veteran infantry or mechanized

Do you have any tips for players who are looking to play at Masters in the future? 
Learn, practice, and have fun!


2015 US Masters Player Profiles - Sean Froc

2015 US Masters Player Profiles - Joe Lewis 2015 US Masters Player Profiles - Joe Lewis

Current City/State: Indianapolis, IN

Hometown: Highland, IN

Current job title: IT Manager for Honda Logistics of North America

Club Name: Able Kompanie

Years playing FOW: 6

How many Masters have you been to? This is will be my fourth.

Favorite Army: German

Favorite Time period: Early War

What are you looking forward to at Masters?
Six great games and hanging out with some great people.

What is your favorite type of tournament?: 
Something with a twist.

What do you think are some of the most competitive armies for you to play with/against?
An opponent who puts together  a list that matches their playing style with lot of forethought on how to match up against other lists/missions are the most competitive. Then it comes down to the board and execution (and those pesky dice). 

Do you have any tips for players who are looking to play at Masters in the future?
Get out and play other people outside your local gaming group. Tournaments are great way to see different playing styles. Win, lose or draw, learn from each game and find ways to improve your game. Then you can figure out how to win matches even when the odds are against you.


2015 US Masters Player Profiles - Kurt Reese 2015 US Masters Player Profiles - Kurt Reese

Current residence. Wallingford, PA.

Current Job title: Property Manager

Club name: Wargamers Assoc. of Media PA.

Years Playing FoW: 9

How Many Masters: This will be my third

Favorite Army: I prefer German armored panzergrenadiers.

Favorite Time Period: mid war

What are you looking forward to at Masters?
The unique formats and competing with the top players in North America.

Most competitive armies to play with/against?
I'd say one of my most successful lists have been veteran panzergrenadiers. To play against I have to say US Veteran armor.

Tips for those seeking to play at masters:
Play in as many tournaments as possible. Look for ones that attract large numbers of players (such as at HMGS events on east coast) or play in BF nationals.


2015 US Masters Player Profiles - Jesse Sheaffer 2015 US Masters Player Profiles - Jesse Sheaffer

Current City/State: Philadelphia , PA

Hometown: Drexel Hill/Westbrook Park

Current job title: Senior Studio Artist

Club Name: N/A

Years playing FOW:  8+

How many Masters have you been to?
This will be my second Masters after attending last year's.

Favorite Army:  Italians - Squadroni Esplorante

Favorite Time period:  Mid-War

What are you looking forward to at Masters?
Getting to play some games with a great group of guys.

What is your favorite type of tournament? (Points, theme, time period, style, etc.)
I like Doubles tournaments. Something about you and a buddy taking your armies together and working with one another to get the win! Points and Theme don’t matter as long as you’re having fun.

What do you think are some of the most competitive armies for you to play with/against?
Well, as far as Armies to play with, that is a difficult to answer. I used to play mainly infantry armies and a ton of Always Defends. But nowadays  I run more mobile list’s and “try” to keep to a combined arms in mind. I like to have an anchor unit in my armies and then units to respond wherever.

Do you have any tips for players who are looking to play at Masters in the future?
Just play games. Go to tournaments, play pick-up games, explore different unit options and lists, think outside the box! Just have fun and let that drive you to better yourself in the hobby. 

2015 US Masters Player Profiles - Jesse Sheaffer


Last Updated On Wednesday, November 18, 2015 by James at Battlefront