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Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Boom Boom

We had a lot of snow last week and although it is starting to clear our planned Monday night game was somewhat curtailed as the organiser, Tim, has boiler problems and had to wait in for an engineer.  The plan had been to fly big bombers in Wings of Glory.

I was not quite sure who else might be expecting to play so I picked up my modest box of  planes before heading out.  The answer was no one else who made it in!  However the other Tim had come down to pick up a couple of books and agreed to have an introductionary game.

We played the simplified version that the club uses for public participation events where we ignore all shooting effects other than points of damage.  Both games were quite short as we manoeuvred into position and exchanged shots Tim was unlucky enough to draw the Boom card signifying instant destruction on both occasions!

Games 16
 Rules played 13 New 7
Places played 3 New 0

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Gegenes Painted

Any regular followers of this blog will know that I always have a number of slow burn projects on the go, most of which crawl along at a snail's pace if at all.  However I can today announce real progress with HOTT and Jason and the Argonauts.

I have completed the Gegenes who were Jason's first foes.  They are described as multi-limbed wild men but such figures are hard to find and have limited alternative uses.  A compromise was to use cavemen.  24 figures each mounted on 30mm square bases makes a HOTT army and allows other uses.  Some have already appeared as barbarians in Broken Legions.

Now 24 figures may not seem that many but I honestly cannot remember when I last bought that many figures bare metal (these are Copplestone) and painted them up.  It may be decades. My painting standards are not very high but they are table ready.  Now I just need to finish the Argonauts!

Friday, 2 March 2018

Hostile Realms Fantasy Wargames Rules

When I went on a buying frenzy of Piquet rules before Christmas the fantasy version was a little bit of a left field pick.  Piquet is very different to any of the Fantasy system that I have played and although Tim, the clubs Piquet guru, will play I don't think his interest will extend to buying any armies.

My plan is to make this another of my many slow burn projects.  If I can get my Elves painted up I should be close to being able to field both High Elf and Wood Elf armies with a smaller Dark Elf force.  In the meantime I will keep an eye out at Bring and Buys for painted and inexpensive reinforcements.  If necessary I can pad the armies out with some allies.  Once done I can hopefully have a couple of games with Tim and take it from there.  

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Middle Earth Battle Companies

A number of Falkirk club members are interested in running a campaign based on the new Battle Companies supplement for the Middle Earth strategy battle game from GW. The core rules are very similar to their Lord of the rings game and in fact the only issue with using these rules is that some of the 22 companies are not covered by ealier versions.  However I don't think that most people will rush out to buy anything new and we will muddle through with what we have.

The basic companies are 5 to 6 models but the idea is to run a number of games from which they will gain experience additional gear and new recruits. Anyone familiar with Mordhiem will notice many similarities.

The campaign has not started yet so I wanted to try a couple of practice games to remind myself of the rules. Richard obliged with his (nasty) dearfs.  The starter companies are actually rather small and the games were pretty quick once we had decided on a basic scenario and got started.  We ran the scenario again with opposite sides (shock horror I got to play dwarfs against elves).  On both occasions the elves seemed a bit better powered than the dwarfs and won.  I forgot to take pictures I am afraid

If the games were all at basic warband level I would not be too interested but I think as warbands develop they the games will get a little more complex and interesting

I used Lothlorien against Richards Durin's Folk.  In the campaign I expect to use Rivendell and with that in mind have purchased some early High Elf figures from John.

Games 14
 Rules played 12 New 7
Places played 3 New 0

Saturday, 24 February 2018

12 games 12 sets of rules

I have had a good start to my wargaming year so far, managing to play 12 games.  Variety is something I enjoy and I have been quite chuffer to have a run of playing different rules, with 7 of them being new to me.  The balance has been 7 historical and 5 not which is also good.  The sequence will be broken on Monday as I am plying a game with the new GW Battle Companies expansion.  Allthough the name of the rules have changed this is essentially Lord of the Rings which was my first game of the year.

The last game of the sequence was a Pulse of Battle game against Doug, hosted by Tim.  Thanks to Tim by the way as 4 of the games have been at his house using various incarnations of Piquet rules.  They tend to attract a rather narrow playing base as the flow of games can be very unpredictable and many find them rather frustrating.  A heavy dose of Fog of War and the inability of generals to get their troops to act when needed is not everyone's cup of tea.

The game used the same armies as the Archon game the previous week.  This time I took the Ancient Britons and Doug took the Romans.  I had the advantage in both games in that the Romans were markedly superior under Archon and much less so under Pulse of Battle.  In both games I benefitted from poor combat dice being rolled by my opponent and won the games as a result.  The picture below shows my left flank where my 'Ancient British Panzer Division' (who remembers that quote?) won the day for me.

Games 12
 Rules played 12 New 7
Places played 3 New 0

Friday, 23 February 2018

First Game of Archon 2

It was over to Tim's again to try out another of the Piquet stable. Archon covers the period up to 500 AD and requires the Piquet master rules to play.  Our battle pitted Ancient Britons against Early Imperial romans.  Crudely the Britons had the advantage of numbers and the Romans the advantage of armour.

Peter ran the Ancient Britons.  Like myself he is happy to live with the frustrations and lack of control inherent in Piquet rules to enjoy the ebb and flow of battle that the system is so good in portraying.  This being our first game we both pretty much lined them up and set tem off against each other.  Peter had a very mixed bag of luck.  He won the vast majority of the activation rolls enabling him to do more things.  However when it came to combat his rolling was absolutely abysmal.

The first combat illustrated the above very well.  My army included two light war engines and I pulled the 'move war engines card' early on.  Realising that I might not get a chance to move them again for some time I advanced them in march formation ahead of the army.  The Britons were a long way away and I expected to be able to move up infantry in support before two long.  Peter, utilising multiple activations, was able to quickly move up a unit of light cavalry to take out one of the engines.  The light cavalry is not particularly powerful in melee but were still throwing a D12 against my D4.  However Peter managed to throw a 1 against my 3.  Initially we moved the cavalry away in rout but after a bit of head scratching and reading of the rules we realised that the war engine could not defeat the cavalry, it just had not lost.  The cavalry were reinstated into contact and awaited a later opportunity to draw a melee card and have another card.  However before that could happen Peter drew a 'courage' card which obliged him to do a test on his units in contact with the enemy.  Another roll of a 1 and the cavalry failed and this time routed away for good!

The game proceeded in similar vein and despite the Britons having some success on one flank with chariots the Romans were able to grind out a typical Roman style victory.

I did a fair bit of rebasing work on my Celts as we are looking to run a 2nd Punic War campaign that will use them.  It was fun working on figures that were among the first I ever purchased with some of them being 40+ years old and still going strong.  Thanks to Tim for hosting and Peter for remaining a great opponent evenin the face of such appalling luck

Games 10
 Rules played 10 New 7
Places played 3 New 0

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Another brush with nasty dwarfs

This time it was Dragon Rampant with Andy running the diminutives against my proud Wood Elves.  The scenario was 'Cooking Pot' from the rules with me defending said pot and slowly eating the contents whilst the dwarfs attempted to take it.

For some reason this tale has not been well preserved in elvish archives although rumours have circulated which have somewhat tarnished the previously unsullied reputation of our champion (failed to activate all game!). 

Revenge will be all the sweeter in our next encounter

Games 11
 Rules played 11 New 7
Places played 3 New 0