One or two of you may remember a post from February this year which I called 'Why We Wargame'. The post had some interesting responses, but its inspiration was a documentary film called Miniature Wargaming - The Movie'.
Saturday, 23 October 2021
Monday, 11 October 2021
Thanks to Dave Ryan at Caliver Books/Partizan Press, I had the opportunity to put on a demo game of Shadow of the Eagles at the re-scheduled Partizan Show on Sunday 10th October.
|"I heartily endorse this product".|
The man himself, Dave Ryan.
|Steve and Jon contemplate the task ahead|
for their Russian forces.
Tuesday, 5 October 2021
So the day finally came, two years after the last event.
|Tim Cull and members of the Farnborough Wargames Club presented The Battle of Sentium (295 BCE). 12' x 6' table with 6 well-briefed players.|
|At the other end of the scale was Steve Johnson's Napoleonic battle, |
using a scenario from Grant and Asquith's Scenarios For All Ages. 3' x 2' table.
|Stuart C and the Cirencester Wargames Club brought a Renaissance game,|
with Poles against an Ottoman army. 12' x 4' table
|This is JP's great-looking Napoleonic game, The Battle of Dollitz, using General d'Armee. |
Another biggie on a 12' x 6' table.
|Equally lovely was this ACW game led by Keith McWilliam.|
Another 12' x 4' game.
|Couldn't miss out the train. Nice!|
|My old buddy Paul put together a Cold War Commander game |
featuring a battle from the 1967 'Six Day War'.
|No wargames show would be complete without someone using a plastic beaten zone.|
|In the side room Dave Kenyon and friends had set up a 6' x 4' table |
with a Sharp Practice game set in the French-Indian War.
|Game 8 was Jon Billington's WW2 game using the old |
Battlegroup Panzergrenadier rules from 2002.
|Best Game and the Stuart Asquith Trophy went to Tim Cull. An impressive game,|
with a lot of effort put into historical background and player briefing.
Plus some very high quality figures.
|Best Figures - Steve Johnson. Tom was very taken by the 10mm MDF figures |
Steve was using, and felt Stuart would have loved them.
|Best terrain went to JP. A really attractive game which drew you in with its visual appeal.|
|Honourable mentions to the other 5 gamers who braved the fuel shortage |
to put on games we could all enjoy. Thank you gentlemen.
|Cavalry clash at the Battle of Dollwitz.|
|Crazy-good figures and models.|
|Dollwitz again. A fine spectacle.|
|The ACW game gets going.|
|Steve's now-famous MDF figures are from Commision Figurines.|
|More terrific figures in Dave's FIW game.|
|Gamers having fun.|
|The Arab-Israeli game from the Israeli side.|
|More gamers having fun.|
|Did I mention the terrific figures?|
|Oh, for goodness sake stop enjoying yourselves.|
|Jon's game used the 'Pont de la Croix' scenario from |
Gavin Lyall's 1976 classic, Operation Warboard. Very high nostalgia value.
|A man and his game. Dave Kenyon with his FIW skirmish set up.|
Saturday, 2 October 2021
|A smooth baize-like material on the inside, in a suitable shade of green.|
|Button up the poppers and there's your tray|
|The underside is a slightly shiny faux black leather.|
Size is about 6" x 8", which is just about right for me. Plenty of room for dice rolling without taking up too much room. It's obviously designed to be something you can carry around flat, for convenience, but I wouldn't want to keep using the poppers too much - they don't feel that solid. I'll keep it done up and ready to use. Otherwise, quality is actually pretty good for the price, with no flaws or manufacturing faults. And it works really nicely, cushioning the dice as they fall with a satisfyingly soft thud. Oh dear, I think I'm getting a little light-headed.
So, from now on, no searching for dice that have rolled onto the floor, no dice hiding under trees, and the dice you are actually rolling won't get mixed up with others that just happen to be lying around on the table. I'll be ordering a second one in time for my demo game at Partizan on 7th October.
'Til then, go well, and good gaming.
Sunday, 15 August 2021
The good news is that this event is going ahead as planned. The restriction in numbers has been lifted, and the only covid issues will be a requirement to sign-in and use hand sanitiser on entering and leaving the venue. Masks are not required.
An email has gone out to all on my mailing list. At the moment, 9 games have been offered, but not all are confirmed yet. We will have the use of a decent-sized side room this year which will give a bit more space, but I think I'll set a limit of 10 games to avoid overcrowding. If anyone not on the mailing list or who hasn't received an email wants to get in touch and/or swap contact details, I think the best plan is to send me a private message via the Honours of War website. If you have any problems let me know by leaving a comment here.
It's looking like it could be a great day. Not much to add to the post I put out on 12th April. If you've attended before, it will be the same format but with a smaller second room in use. If you're a new attendee, I suggest you bring some food (although the town is 2 minutes drive away and has a cafe, wine bar and pub if you prefer), and bring any stuff you want to sell or give away. And bring some cash to buy other people's stuff to replace the stuff you've just got rid of.
Ooh, I think I'm getting a bit excited!
See you there!
Friday, 13 August 2021
|I thought the new battle mat looked very smart!|
|The Prussian cavalry decided to stay west of Kutzdorf as they advanced, leaving their flank exposed. |
The Austrian infantry started to move off the ridge to form a south-facing line.
|The Prussian grenadiers decided to risk a lone charge at the nearest Austrian unit, and the gamble paid off. The supporting Austrian artillery scored no hits, but the Prussian dice rolling was decisive. 7 hits equals Austrian unit routed!|
|The 2 sides were soon facing off in a solid linear fashion.|
Apart from those Austrian cuirassiers dodging round to the east of Kutzdorf.
|Meanwhile the Prussian grenadiers continued into another Austrian battalion |
who were also bundled off the table.
|At this stage the Prussians were in high spirits. Having wrecked the Austrian right,|
the grenadiers were joined by the Freikorps in an attempt to exploit their advantage.
|The Freikorps skirmishers were re-based Stuart Asquith figures.|
|And here we go - the Austrian cavalry co-ordinate their charge|
and the Prussian dragoons are in trouble.
|Oops. The right hand Prussian dragoons rout, and they carry away |
the other regiment and the nearest artillery battery.
|The end. After 8 moves, the Prussians have lost 7 units and they have broken. |
The Austrians have lost 4 units, damaged but triumphant.
Sunday, 8 August 2021
I can't remember how long I've had my old 6' x 4' Games Workshop mat. Fifteen or twenty years maybe. Digging it out recently for a WW2 game I realised how tired it was looking - not to mention that its plain green colour was looking a little boring alongside the funky mats you can get these days.
The power of the internet soon led me to Geek Villain, who had plenty of good reviews online, were a UK-based family-run business, and had an excellent and established range. Their website works well and it's easy to choose the mat you want.
A slight downside is that the choice between their cloth and fleece mats is already made for customers - the cloth mats are currently unavailable! I understand they are a bit cheaper (£45 against £60), but I wanted the fleece mats anyway so this wasn't a problem. For the record, Mack at Geek Villain summed up the difference in an email:
"Fleece is more textured and drapes over an object a lot easier to create undulated terrain. Fleece does not crease as much as cloth.
Cloth mats are lighter and more flat, they will crease a lot easier than fleece.
Both are washable and both can be ironed."
Anyway, the £60 includes postage, and the mat arrived in 4-5 days (I wasn't counting). I chose the 'Autumn' finish - there's plenty of choice, and I was personally tempted by three or four different finishes before settling on this one:
|One excellent feature is that the mats come 2"-3" oversize in both length and width.|
Neatly hemmed, with a small and discrete logo (bottom left).
|The mat in use for a 28mm SYW game. |
You can see how well the mats fit over hill shapes laid underneath.
|Looking just as good with 15mm WW2 figures and models.|
Just to clarify a few features - the 'fleece' is a smooth material with no flock or pile of any kind. The pattern is photographically printed. The mat is neatly hemmed all round and feels like a quality product that will last a long time - probably a very long time! It can be washed and ironed. There were a few packing creases, but the photos you see were taken using the mat just as it came out of the packet.
The reverse side is a pure white colour - which I reckon will do nicely for the occasional 'snow terrain' game with the addition of a little green and brown flock scattered around.
Plastic and MDF bases slide along nicely, cardboard ones are a bit more 'sticky'. Using 20mm high hill shapes underneath the mat worked a treat - I couldn't have been more pleased.
Perhaps the only slight issue is that 6' x 4' is the only size available - gamers only needing a smaller size can't save money by buying a smaller mat; and if you have a big table you'll have to put up with a join between two mats. But frankly I'm struggling to find any downsides in this excellent product range. Customer service was friendly and efficient.
Highly recommended. Standby for a report on the SYW game shown above.
'Til next time.