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.