Friday, September 26, 2008

Debrief for 24 September and Games for 1 October 2008

Ok, I know, this is late getting published - my horse got shot from under me and then I got robbed by a passing Prussian Fusilier. I wouldn't have minded except that he is supposed to be Friendly Forces. I suppose he did say, 'Danke mein kamerade' when he had finished fleecing my pockets and cutting away my gold bullion epaulette.....
Back to the present; it is said that a picture paints a thousand words, so this week I have decided to start photographing the games played at the Club and posting them on the blog as a snapshot of games played at the Club.
This will facilitate gaming veterans to look back on an evening and say, 'Ah yes, I remember when.....' and will also allow Club Members to poke fun at Tom when he turns up with unpainted figures and bases that don't even have figures on them at all, but 'will do in a few weeks time - is it ok to use them in this Warhammer League Game?'!!

It would be rude not to start with a Napoleonic scenario and here we have the French (in blue) caught out by the Austrians (in white) whilst crossing a river. French Dragoons and Cuirassiers deploy to threaten the Austrian left. The infantry take cover in the buildings hoping to hold on until reinforcements arrive across the single bridge that the Austrians can attempt to destroy, with barges loaded with rocks, at the beginning of each movement phase thus preventing French reinforcement that turn. (Based on an historical event - answer below)

An array of Austrian artillery........ stark contrast to a disarray of Empire artillery (cheap gunpowder!)

The Club Committee - see if you can guess who is who?

Brad's Ogres advancing towards
the remnants of Rob's Empire Army
for some ouch time.

Meanwhile, next table along, neighbours from hell!


I am unable to include any photos of the Warhammer Quest Game that took place on the Quarterdeck. It was upon hearing one of the participants asking, 'If I put my finger in it, can I wiggle it around?' that made me think that this game might not be fit for public viewing!
Next week, a hatrick of Warhammer League Games: Myself v James, Bookmark v Andy and (in a change from what was discussed) Rob v Robin.
Brett will be acting as UN Peacekeeper for the Warhammer League Games.
Vince will be putting on a Flames of War (Second World War to the uninitiated) with Trainset and, of course, Brad.
Mick will be putting on one of his special games with Dude (welcome back) and Chris.
Oh, and the Napoleonic battle? Aspern-Essling, 21-22 May 1809 - Napoleons first personal defeat and, arguably, the turning point in the Napoleonic Wars.

Friday, September 19, 2008


The new Club t-shirt in action at Colours 2008.

Dave Fielder on covert Ops!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Games for 24 September 2008

Tomb Kings beaten by Chaos Daemons, Tomb Kings fought to a draw by Orcs, Indian elephants fighting Macedonian Pikemen in earshot of Pirates stealing treasure from Undead Pirates (all in authentic headgear - of course) and the usual spectacular display of dice throwing from myself. All in all, a good fun night. Next week:

Brad and Rob: Warhamer League

Vince and Mick: 40K

James, Andy, Trainset, Brett, Bookmark and Chris: Warhammer Quest (it should be noted that Robin wanted to play but cried off with the lame excuse that it is his Wedding Anniversary - bring her along; the perfect surprise night out!!).

Myself and Tony: Napoleonic (where the magic phase is called 'Cannister').

Good luck to Tom who is sailing off to discover new lands for Club, Queen and Country. Tom says that he will call the place 'New Zealand' - a rather snappy name.


Thursday, September 11, 2008

Games for 17th Sept

Next week we have-

Vince and Robin- Warhammer league game

Tom and Andy- Warhammer league game

Rob, Tony (try to remember this time mate!) and Bradley- Ancients

Mick, James, Smee, Bookmarc and Chris- Legends of the High Seas (pirate dress a must!)

Brett and Phil- something...

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Details of the Orc v High Elves Battle just in by galloper...

Just to say that Trainsets High Elves were not helped by some good die rolling from me and some bad from him. Also I had to resort to a couple of dispel scrolls when my astrologers spotted comets changing course............

Man of the match for me was the brave Doom Diver, who heroically landed on the Dragon Princes killing nearly the whole unit. Oh, and the Snotlings routed the repeater bolt thrower crew and then ate the survivors (hey, it's a victory when you are less than 3 feet tall !).

Bizarrely it was the only game I have ever played where not one Orc unit got into combat. Gork was so upset he stamped on one of the boyz to "encourage" them to do better next time ! Luckily the night Goblin fanatics, bolt throwers, doom divers and magic users had not been to "Anger Management" classes.

[By Phil - the above having been written by Vince, this is a classic example of history being written by the Victorious]

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Debrief for 3 September and Games for 10 September 2008

Tonight was going so well right up until Robin popped in for a few minutes, looked at the Empire Army lined up against the Scaven Army and said, 'I will expect The Empire to push The Skaven off the table'. The proverbial kiss of death - he doesn't even have to physically touch the dice any more!

Two turns later, The Skaven had blasted one Wizard off the table, the second Wizard miscast on THREE ones and blew up everyone around him including the Warrior Priest whilst selfishly leaving himself unscaved, the Knights then charged and even a moderatetly reasonable dice throw would have won the combat but they ended up losing the Close Combat by TWO points and then ambled away having thrown six on THREE dice and were promptly overrun and destroyed by the pursuing Skaven. As a result, the Flagellents then found themselves beset on two sides and lost so many figures that they were unable to fight back. The Empire being well on its way to quite literally going to rats decided to call it a night a conceded the game.

The Empire was only just consolled by the news that the High Elves on the other table had just been defeated by the Orcs thus maintaining their unbroken and distinguished record of defeat during this current League.

Next table along saw the Americans battling the Germans in the bocage using Chris's very nicely painted figures and tanks. With both side beating each other into the ground, this particular engagement ended in a draw (and probably a radio call for naval gunfire support from the Allies - that'll learn 'em).

And finally, the Romans were still fighting the Carthaginians at the end of the evening in a game put on by Rob (one day we are going to find a period that Rob does not have models for!!). Liked the elephants too!

Onto next week;

Vince and Robin along with Tom and Bookmark will be playing the next round of Warhammer League.

Rob will remain in the Ancient period with Mick.

Chris and everybody else able to make next week (including Brett, Brad, Trainset, Tony, Knuckles and James) will partake in a game of Retinue. For the uninitiated, that is Medieval Skirmish.

A couple of parish notices:

Please remember what games you volunteer to play the following week in order to assist the game organiser.

Please remember to bring £20 each next week in order for Brett to collate funds for the Club Game. The figures for the Boxer Rebellion will be ordered at the Newbury Show later this month.

Please remember to never invade Russia in the winter and definitely keep Robin away from your dice! Oh, and now that we have the new Club t-shirts, don't be afraid to wear them on Club night; you don't need to save them just for wargame shows and wedding anniversary dinners.