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Thursday, 23 June 2016

Mordhiem Round 2

We all went down to the woods on Monday and the big surprise was the effectiveness of the wandering Dryads who took out more opponents than the 6 warbands together.  I only lost 3 figures all to one wandering Dryad.

My forces reputation obviously preceded them as almost all the other warbands headed for the hills after minimal contact.  Even the hated Witchhunters whom we had been hoping to get stuck into ran off rather than fight us.

There was talk of a casket of treasure but we never saw it, probably just duff intel.

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Dance of Power First Campaign Season

Red Orm's fame preceded him to the lands of the Anglo Saxons who were happy to pay him and his raiders off further boosting his already impressive reputation.

'As it should be' he mused on his return - 'now where to go a Viking next?'

Saturday, 4 June 2016

DBA/HotT good SAGA bad

Last Monday saw the first of our 'last Monday in the month' DBA/HotT events.

Myself, Frazer, Gordon and Andy K got through 3 games of 25mm DBA. We played a round Robin with Andy and Frazer winning 2 games each  and myself and Gordon 1.  We still have a lot to learn but it was fun.  I got 2 new armies (to DBA) on the table, Early Achamenid Persian and Seleucid.

The 4 playing 15mm fantasy were Andy W, who provided the figures, John M, Ric and Doug.  I think they only got 2 games in but once again all seemed satisfied. 

The next event is scheduled for 27th June.

Bad news on the SAGA front, 2 Mondays with work commitments and other campaign nights mean that I am probably going to have to pay Danegeld for the first round!

Looking forward to tomorrow as we are taking a couple of games to the Wartime Experience event at the National Museum of Flight.

Friday, 27 May 2016

SAGA game plus DBA plan

On Monday I had a final rehearsal game of SAGA before the campaign kicks off.  It was my opponent's first game of SAGA and I of course took advantage and soundly thrashed him.  To be fair rolling lots of 6s helped.  I now have a catch phrase for the campaign 'The Viking Way'.  This means that my plan is to ignore scenario's victory points etc. and just get stuck in at every opportunity.  We will see how well that approach works! 

We have a good turn out for Monday 30th and our first DBA/HotT night.  There are 4 playing 25mm DBA and 4 15mm HotT.  I have been working up some new armies so we have Achemenid Persian v Hoplite Greek and Seleucid v Roman. Although most of the figures are painted some need finishing off and others based up - DBA has certainly increased my output compared to previous years.  I will probably bring along another couple of armies in case anyone else wants to join in.

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Blog Relaunch

The blog has been very quiet recently – largely due to my difficulty in getting pictures onto it.  Some time ago I found that I was unable to post photos saved on my laptop onto the blog.  This was compounded more recently when I could not even download photos from my camera to the laptop.  I am afraid that I have very little patience with computer issues and when a couple of attempts to fix these issues failed I have simply parked them for another day.

So what has changed?  Well firstly I have made a resolution to have another serious go at solving these problems.  More importantly I want to record my progress on current projects and the blog is the best place to do that. So these projects are:

Mordhiem campaign.  This will be my second campaign of this system at the Falkirk Club.  The games are always relaxed and fun.  I picked up some old citadel medieval/fantasy types at the Carronade flea market for a song (nicely painted as well) so these have formed the basis of my Marienburger warband.  We had our first outing on Monday with 6 of us on the table with a simple treasure hunt.  I paired off against Andy’s Skaven and we quickly knocked each other to pieces.  I departed first with no treasure quickly followed Andy who did rather better – however in the post game phase Andy lost 3 killed whilst the worst that happened to me was that one of my heroes was knocked stupid.  Kev and his Undead were the winners.  Next game 20th June.

SAGA campaign.  Tim, another Falkirk club member, picked up the SAGA campaign system pre release at Salute and has organised 8 of us to fight it out over 6 seasons.   I had the figures, have played a couple of games which were quite fun so decided to give it a go.  It looks as if it will be June before the first game.  One added bonus is that with the exception of Tim I have not played any of the participant before, some of whom have only been down to the club a couple of times.  Playing new people is always fun.

DBA gaming.  This one is not a campaign, more an opportunity to get a lot of myf25mm figures on the table for the first time in years.  This has also involved a little bit of painting and basing resulting in me being my most productive for years.  I ran a fun tournament back in April where I provided the 12 armies and it was well received.  This also resulted in me getting some contact at the Glasgow Phoenix club and visiting them a couple of times which I very much enjoyed.  I have a plan to play DBA (and HotT) at Falkirk on the last Monday of the month for the remainder of the year and am hoping to get a good turnout on the 30th May.  All welcome, by the way, whether Falkirk club members or not.

Jason and the Argonauts.  This is the one that I am most excited about.  I am a member of the Society of Ancients and the last 2 issues have included the first parts of a series on the classical Greek story.  For some reason this has really caught my imagination.  As well as a lot of background information the articles include ‘actual’ and what if scenarios with maps and army lists for use with the Hordes of the Things system.  There were 3 such in the first article and 6 in the second.  My rather ambitious plan is to follow the series through to the end refighting all the battles hopefully several times.    More on my progress in a future blog.

Thanks for reading – sorry about the lack of pictures – hopefully that will be sorted before too long.


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!