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Monday 30 December 2019

How went 2019 ?

So going down my list

Played 119 miniatures games and 2 board games so very pleased with that.

Managed 5 new places including  the medieval day in Leven in January, the new Glasgow show and an ECW day at Galashiels and got to over 100 different paces gamed overall

 Lots of differnet rules systems.  Enjoyed the Battle Companies finale and other campaigns including the Wars of the Roses and 7YW sugar islands both of which are continuing into 2020. Also good to get down to Washington Wargames Club for a couple of days of Lion Rampant

 Painting went OK - still want to do more.

 Blogging was minimal

2020 targets to follow soon!

Friday 29 November 2019

Visit to Glasgow Phoenix

I try to get over to the Phoenix club a couple of times a year to play DBA or HOTT.

On Tuesday I had 4 games of DBA against Mark.  I normally take along a historically matched pair of armies and something to take on his Wars of the Roses army.  All 25mm of course.

The first clash was Syracuse v Later Carthaginian.  Mark had the Africans bravely charging forward against their opponents some of whom had the advantage of being on a hill.  I threw a lot of sixes and blew them away in very short time.

The first game was a typical DBA line v line clash.  I tried something different for the rematch and split the Carthaginians into two groups with a gap in the centre.  I then refused the right flank made up of my Spanish auxillia and put cavalry on the right flank.  Finally I left my cavalry general in the centre.  The plan worked pretty well with my left flank winning the game helped by the general who sneaked through the centre and was able to get to the rear of the Italians.  Rolling more sixes helped.

By this stage I was quite embarrassed at my excessive rolling of 6s.  I actually changed my dice twice but it made no difference.

Mark was to have his revenge in the second round of games.  I started using Scots Common Army but although the spear held up well losing only one element the loss of my Highland Archers, Horde and Knights (on a draw v Blades) was enough. 

Using the Tudor army for the final game I tried the split army trick again massing the missiles on my left and the rest on the right.  All that firepower only managed to take out the hordes and the death of my general hastened me to a second defeat.

We each won two games so honour was satisfied on both sides.

Games played this year 113 miniatures 2 board

Systems played 36 miniatures 2 board

Thursday 28 November 2019

Blogging again

Lets see how long I can keep this going – the intention is to try and blog after every gaming session.

Had a game of Vanguard against Kev at the club, my elves against his Northern Alliance. My games are noted for extreme dice rolls but this time we both enjoyed/suffered big ups and downs.

To be fair to Kev I had the better of the luck which started with my first set of shooting against his scout – 4 hits none saved and nerve test also failed so dead.  At one stage it looked as if it was all going to be over very quickly but then the roles were revered for a while and Kev clawed his way back into contention.  It didn’t last though and I ended up victorious having won the scenario by finding  and holding on to the spy’s missing papers.

We are intending to do a 7 game Vanguard campaign next year which I am looking forward to

Games played this year 109 miniatures 2 board

Systems played 36 miniatures 2 board

Friday 27 September 2019

What I am working on 27/09/2019

Inspired by another blog I thought that I would post a list of what I am currently working on

WW2 British            10mm        Blitzkrieg Commander
Medieval Scots         25mm       DBA
Greek ships               large         Fleet of Battle
Austrian 19C            15mm       Field of Battle
Austrian Nap            15mm       Field of Battle
Danish 19C              15mm       Field of Battle
British Nap               15mm       Field of Battle
Wars of the Roses    25mm       Field of Battle
Beastmen                 28mm       Hostile Realms
Chaos Warriors        28mm       Hostile Realms
Elf                             28mm      Hostile Realms
Men                          28mm       Hostile Realms
Jason                         25mm       Hordes of the Things
Jason's enemies        25mm       Hordes of the Things
Fantasy Viking         28mm       Of Gods and Mortals
Carthaginian             25mm       Pulse of Battle
Republican Roman   25mm       Pulse of Battle
Late Roman              25mm       Pulse of Battle
Goth                          25m          Pulse of Battle
Ghosts of Gaia          28mm       Rogue Stars
Elf                             25mm       Vanguard

I hope to game with most of these in the next 12 months

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 café 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!