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Sunday, 7 July 2019

100 Years of War - 20th Century wargames event in Scotland

This is the 7th year I have run this event and its always a fun day of wargaming.  Please comment below or send me an email if you are interested in taking part

Details are:

Date: Sunday 29th September 2018

 Timing: 10:00 – 17:00 (2 gaming sessions with a short break in between for lunch)

Venue:  Newlands Community Centre, Montgomery Street, Grangemouth, FK3 8QR

Cost: Free – tea and coffee (and possibly biscuits!) will be available without charge from the kitchen

 Notes for Those putting on games

Each game should be capable of being run in full in one of the 2 gaming sessions and will normally only run once.  The expectation is that games will be run by individuals or small groups.  Think participation game rather than demonstration game.  Any system from 1900 onwards, land, sea or air.

  Those taking part will have varying levels of experience as wargamers and might have not played the rules system before – indeed some people use this event as an opportunity to have a go at a new system so please bear this in mind when designing your scenarios.

Tables and boards are available as is some club terrain if needed

 If you put a game on hopefully you will be able to take part in another game during the other session and you will have first choice of which one you want to take part in

 Please contact Dave Knight with details of the game as soon as you can.  An initial statement of intent is helpful but please forward details of those putting the game on. period, scale, board size and number of participants as soon as you can and by mid-September at the latest if at all possible.   An example would be John Smith and Joe Brown, Normandy 1944, 15mm, Chain of Command 6 x 4 table 2 – 6 participants.  Also advise if you expect to play in the other session.

            Notes for game participants

You will have the opportunity to play 2 games during the day, although if you can only make one session this is no problem.

 You will be able to state a preference of which games you want to take part in nearer the time, but please be aware that your first choice may not be available and you may be asked to take part in a different game. If this causes you a major issue please have a quiet word on the day.

Part of the fun is to mix people from different clubs and for you to have a chance to play something new, but the primary aim is for us all to have 2 fun games so no strict rules apply other than normal sensible behaviour.

Saturday, 29 June 2019

I have now played wargames in 100 different places !

I am an unashamed lister and summariser of my wargaming activities and one of the things that I track is where I play my games.

I attended the Glasgow Games Gathering at Bellahouston Leisure Centre and took part in the Falkirk Club's Boxer Rebellion game,  This got my 100 different places up.

It has taken a long time.  I wonder if I can get to 200?

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Vapnartak show report

Since the 2013 show the Falkirk club has sent a bus down to Vapnartak.  It is our only club day out of the year and it is paid for by club funds.  About 20+ normally make the trip - some are perhaps put off by the early start (5am from Falkirk).  I have gone down every year but one and have always enjoyed my day out.

The trade presence is fantastic with York being as far north as some traders venture.  The flea market style bring and buy has always been pretty poor with the sellers crammed into a very tight space.  There is a bar and a cafĂ© with a reasonably sized seating area – not wonderful but as good if not better than most wargames shows.

Until 2019 I have also normally been pretty impressed by the number and variety of games.  This year I was very disappointed.  Few of big set piece games attracted my attention and in fact didn’t seem to have changed much since last year.  Quite a few people have commented on the lack of engagement with the public by those taking part.  The number of games in total and participation games in particular seemed well down.

My verdict on the show

Trade – very good but not what I go for - the purchases that I made could just as easily have been done online

Games – much poorer – I was disappointed by only being able to get in to 2 participation games and I was not engaged by the demonstration games

Venue – pretty good – a bit crowded in places but no real issues

Bring and Buy – the flea market format is good but the set up is appallingly bad and this year virtually nothing tempted me (£2.50 spent)

If it was not for the fact that it is a good day out with mates from the club I am not sure that I would go in 2020.  By the way I have been involved in running a number of wargames shows myself, absolutely recognise the hard work done by the York club in putting Vapnartak on and thank them for that.  I am sure that the main attraction for the majority of the attendees is the trade element.  However for myself and other less interested in that aspect the attraction was somewhat less in 2019 compared to previous years.

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

2019 Plan

I hope 2019 will follow fairly seamlessly from 2018.

Target games played is still a minimum of 100, but I will try to get up to 120.  This will rely on gaming 2 weekday nights more often and perhaps getting along to the new Stirling Wargamers venue a few times

I hope to get to 3 or 4 new wargames shows/events in 2019.  With the medieval day in Leven in January, the new Glasgow show and the Waterloo event (FDWC are putting on a couple of side participation games) this should be doable. This should also let me achieve my target of 3 new places wargamed

Rules systems should be many and varied.  The Hannibal and Battle Companies campaigns should conclude and I hope to start a couple of new ones towards the latter half of the year.

My painting target will be a bit bolder - the 100 painted from scratch again but this time I am going to go for 1200 finished off.
Blogging after each game proved difficult in 2018.  I will give it another go in 2019 even if some of the posts are quite short
Wish me luck!

Monday, 31 December 2018

How went 2018??

First of all another good year in terms of number of games played, 112 miniatures and 2 board giving a total of 114.
In terms of rule systems I managed a good deal of variety with 38 miniature sets and 2 different board games.
At the club I have been involved in a Middle Earth Battle Companies campaign which whilst not as much fun as the multi player Mordhiem campaigns of the past have still been enjoyable.
Away from the club I enjoyed some good game at Tim’s (with Tim, Doug and Aiden) including most of the Jacobite rebellion battles and the start of a Hannibal campaign.  Another highlight was a trip to the Naval Wargames Society weekend at the Fleet Air Arm Museum which was well worth seeing in itself.

Following on from organising a public participation game at our local Big Roman Week I wrote up the event in an article for Slingshot which was published.
In painting terms I only managed 21 fully painted figures (target 100) but did a lot of tidying up and basing which let me claim 679 completed figures (target 600)  in the year which is a lot better than my normal output.
Blogging went very well with a post after every game until August when I developed a bit of a backlog and just about stopped.  

My target of playing in 5 new places to get my lifetime score up to 100 ended up being a disappointing 2, so I am now stuck at 97!
Overall a pretty good year as my main objective is as always was to play lots of enjoyable games with friends old and new and in that I very much succeeded

Sunday, 23 December 2018

Miniatures games played 2018

This is what I have played this year - a good number of games (112) and selection of rules (38)

Lord of the Rings 17
DBA 3.0 14
Wings of War 12
Lion Rampant 9
What a Tanker 9
Field of Battle 6
Bandits High 4
Pulse of Battle 4
Saga 2 3
Cartouche 2
Full Thrust 2
L'art de la Guerre 2
Sharp Practice 2
War and Conquest 2
Archon 2 1
ArcWorlde 1
Ball and Chain 1
Blitzkrieg Commander 2 1
Bolt Action 1
Chain of Command 1
Check Your 6 1
Coastal Patrol 1
Din of Battle 1
Dragon Rampant 1
East Neuk Irregulars 20th Century 1
Fire and Fury 1
General Quarters 1
If the Lord Spares Us 1
In Her Majesty's Name 1
Jump or Burn 1
Kiss Me Hardie 1
Rogue Stars 1
Sails of Glory 1
Songs of Blades and Heroes 1
Strongsword 1
The Men Who Would be Kings 1
Wargaming Nineteenth Century Europe 1815 - 1878 1
Zeebrugge 1

Monday, 1 October 2018

100 games up by 1st October

2018 has been a good year for gaming so far and I am very pleased to get to the 100 game mark in record time with a fun game of WW1 Bolt Action v Kenny ably hosted by Bill.

Lets see if I can get it up to 120+ !