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Saturday, 30 January 2016

I'm organising a friendly 25mm DBA 3.0 tournamet

It will be held at the Falkirk club's usual venue on Sunday 24th April from10:00 to 17:00.


I will be providing historically matched opposing armies with fixed terrain and the players will rotate around the tables


It's friendly because none of the players taking part have that much experience with the rules and it is really an excuse for us all to play a few games and for me to get my 25mm figures on the table.


The title of the event is Antonine's Folly  which is the same name as I used for the Impetus competitions that I used to run - this one is definitely DBA 3.0!


There is enough interest so far to mean that this event will run but there is plenty of space for more participants.


Please contact me if you are interested in taking part


Sunday, 3 January 2016

2016 plan


Simply put get more done!  So (a) more time on the enjoyable stuff, (b) do the necessary but less enjoyable stuff quicker and (c) do a lot less of the time wasting stuff.

In the wargaming context this means (a) play more games, (b) finally get the attic fully organised so I know what I have got and can find it quickly and (c) cut down internet browsing significantly.

On the games front my aim is to hit the magic 100 games played this year.  This basically means taking every opportunity to get games in.  For instance in 2015 I attended 6 shows and played 4 games.  I could probably have played 14 and certainly at least 12.  Fit another couple of shows in and I could get close to 20.

It is not all about games at shows of course.  Applying the get more done principles to my non wargaming life should free up time to look for other opportunities without unduly impacting my family life – my wife is very understanding about my hobby time but I certainly don’t want to take that for granted. 

It is not all about quantity of course – quality is just as important.  I hope to get involved in more campaigns at the club (Falkirk and District) and perhaps even run one myself.   Also a good number of historical refights.   I am running a DBA competition for the first time (April 24th) which I am looking forward to and expect to run 100 Years of War again in September.

More blogging would also be good and I want to write an article or two for the publications of the various societies of which I am a member.

So here is looking forward to a good (perhaps very good) year.  I hope all the readers of the blog are able to do all they set out to do in 2016 as well.   Happy New Year!

Saturday, 26 December 2015

Games played in 2015



List of games played in 2015.  Fewer than in the last couple of years but still good variety

Necromunda
7
Wings of War
6
Algernon Gets it Off 2nd ed
5
Lion Rampant
5
Force on Force
3
Dux Brittannicum
3
Chain of Command
3
Bolt Action
3
Check Your 6
3
DBA 3.0
3
Sword and Spear
3
Malifaux
3
Kiss me Hardy
2
Rapid Fire
2
Corvus
2
Irregular Wars: Conflict at the World's End
2
Washington Club WW2 Naval
2
Dungeon Saga
2
WRG Ren 2nd
1
King of the Battlefield
1
Band of Brothers
1
Bloody Barons
1
Lord of the Rings
1
In Her Majesty's Name
1
Kings of War
1
Galley's, Guns and Glory
1
Muskets and Tomahawks
1
The Gatling’s Jammed
1
Guns at Gettysburg 2nd ed
1
Arc of Fire
1
Naval War
1
Red Dawn
1
Mythotopia
1
Legion of Battle
1
Daisho
1
Bathgate Club Pulp
1

 

Ah well

I haven't posted for a while - after spending ages trying and failing to get photos onto the blog I had rather given up  - decided to come back for  review of 2015 and look forward to 2016


Watch this space..............

Friday, 29 May 2015

Gaming update

Since my last post I have upped the gaming tempo playing the following






Wings of Glory (WW1) x4


Algernon Pulls it Off  x3


DBA 3.0 x3


Necromunda x2


Corvus x2


Irregular Wars


Check Your 6!


Washington WC House WW2 Naval


Malifaux


Guns at Gettysberg


King of the Battlefield


Bolt Action


Chain of Command


Sword and Spear






So that is 23 miniatures games and in addition I also played a couple of board games as well.




A highlight was a trip to London where I managed to fit in a game on each of my free evenings.  Thanks to Central London Wargames Club and Gavin McKenzie in particular for taking me through a game of King of the Battlefield. Loughton Strike Force were also gracious hosts and it was very interesting to take part in a playtest of the second edition of Guns at Gettysberg in a multiplayer gaming including the author Dave Brown.  I will certainly be looking forward with interest to the final version. I must also thank Gary for helping me get too and from the venue.  Two cracking clubs that I hope to get back to again sometime.






The Falkirk annual trip to the Scottish National Museum of Flight was a great day out with lots of participation in our Wings of Glory and Bolt Action Tank game.  The key to these public events really is to keep the rules as simple as possible.  A number of visitors went away with details of the rules so we may have planted a few seeds there.


Last, but by no stretch of the imagination least, is Carronade, the annual show hosted by the Falkirk club.  For my sins I am on the organising committee and am pleased to report that, to coin a phrase, it was our best show ever.  More visitors, games, traders, flea market tables sold and painting competition entries.  Including visitors, people putting games on, traders and club members we must have had best part of 1,000 people attending which was great.  There is going to be a spread in August's Wargames Illustrated so keep a look out for that.
Hopefully I will start to up my posting count over the next few weeks.  I have still not fixed the problem which has made it impossible to attach photos - if I can get that done it will give me more incentive to post regularly. (edit)  Getting the spacing right also seems to be a pain

Monday, 9 March 2015

Variety is the Spice of Life

I have had a good start to the year playing a variety of games, namely:
Check Your 6!
Piquet Band of Brothers
Force on Force (twice)
Sword and Spear
Arc of Fire
Necromunda (twice)
Irregular Wars: Conflict at the World’s End
Lion Rampant
Legions of Battle
Muskets and Tomahawks
Wings of Glory
Lord of the Rings
The Gattling’s Jammed
Washington Club WW2 naval
Sixteen games is a bit behind the pace if I am going to hit the target of 100 in the year but the most important thing is that I am getting an awful lot of fun from my games.
The highlight of the year so far had to be on Saturday at the Albanich show in Dumfries.  The Falkirk club put on an Indian Mutiny game and I was one of the leaders of the ‘Freedom Fighters’, defending a couple of villages against the Imperialists.  Throwing caution to the winds I threw the tribal levies forward on the left flank and, despite taking horrific casualties, managed to break a brigade of Ghurkhas.  Great fun and we were pleasantly surprised to win ‘Best in Show’ for the game

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Irregular Wars – First Impressions and Plans


We had our first run out of Irregular Wars – Conflict at the World's End last Monday.  They simulate small battles fought in the 16th and early 17th centuries and in particular in the New World, North Africa and Asia, although the fringes of Europe are also covered.

 To be fair we had a few issues.  The first was of our own making as we did not really have enough figures so there was only one 28mm figure per 60mm square base which made it look more like a skirmish.  Also we played Northern English v Lowland Scots so there was not the variation in troop types that would be normal under these rules.

The game itself went OK.  We had the usual issues of finding our way around a new set of rules.  The difficulty that superior troops had in breaking inferior ones in melee induced a bit of head shaking around the table, as did the general ineffectiveness of missile fire.  The element of uncertainty caused by the pre game rolling for disease, desertion etc and by the use of chance cards was more favourably commented on.  We played 2 v 2 with another friend trying to keep us right on the rules.  The general consensus at the end was not entirely convinced but most felt that it was worth giving them another go, which at least 2 of us will do in 15mm (Spanish v Aztec) fairly soon.

This is a set of rules that I do really want to like as the army lists really catch my imagination.  Although I normally prefer more troops on the table (this will look a bit like DBA) the premise is indeed small scale actions with 1000 – 2500 troops represented per side.  I can use some of my existing forces for a number of the armies so if I can persuade people to give the rules a go I certainly intend to play a few more games in 25/28mm.

I have a fair few Elizabethan types who can proxy for general European style troops.  I probably need to paint up about 30 – 40 of them.  My medieval Arabs can be used (and they are painted) I bought some Foundry Matchlock men at Vapnartak to add some shot.  Finally I have some part painted Muscovites, painted Cossacks and painted Mongols that can serve as Tartars.

This gives me Spanish v Berbers, Portuguese v Arabian and Muscovite v Tartar and some progress on painting figures that have been part of the Lead Mountain for a while. If after playing these games (and a couple in 15mm as well) the rules don’t seem worth persevering with then we will call it a day.  However if we like them I can see a wide vista of new armies and possible campaigns opening up.