Thursday, October 30, 2008

Games for 12 November 2008

So, onto the games for 12 November;

Epic: Bradley, Knuckles and Dude.

Napoleonic: Myself, Brett, Trainset and Chris.

BFG: Robin and Bookmark.

Bristol Show Test Game: Mick and Rob.

Club members who are not currently down for a game will be able to join in the above games on the night, especially Mick's game that is designed as a participation adventure, so see you there.



Due to the absence of so many of the club pyromaniacs on Guy Fawkes Night there will be no club on 5th November 2008.

Whilst the saying goes 'Remember, remember the 5th of November' it is also worth remembering that the 5th November is also notable as the date when William of Orange landed in Brixham in 1688 putting Britain on the path to modern government and monarchy, religious tolerance and better individual freedoms.

The 5th November is also the date on which the Battle of Inkerman was fought in 1854 during the Crimean War; a battle that gained notoriety as 'the soldiers battle' as the foggy weather conditions made command and control practically impossible with soldiers simply holding their ground including one Corporal Prettyjohns of the Royal Marines who resorted to throwing rocks in order to repel the attacking Russians earning him one of the first Victoria Crosses awarded.

Debrief for 29 October 2008

The Austrians make a stand against their old French adversaries in a tactical game of cat and mouse as both sides manouvre to gain a position of advantage in a game that ended in stalemate.
In the warmer climes of South Africa, a Boer Kommando waits in readiness to ambush the British.
The, just when you think you have enough trouble on your plate, the Zulus approach from the South West - dozens of 'em.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Debrief for 22 October 2008

With the snow melted from last week's clash of arms the Germans this week found themselves in trouble against the British.
Brad won his game of Epic as his opponent bowed to the inevitable defeat and decided to give it a miss. Or perhaps it was just the thought of playing a game of Epic.....

Meanwhile, 3 metres to the South East, a sinister looking door to door salesman approaches his customers. This is one of Mick's more normal games....

One hundred and sixty years after the event, the Mexican-American War continues to be waged in miniature. The climax of the battle is reached as US Infantry bayonet charge courageous Mexican Infantry resulting in the Mexicans beating a hasty retreat.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Games for 29 October 2008

Next week we have:

Napoleonic (Huzzah!) - Myself, Brett, Bookmark and Trainset.
Halloween Roleplay (Scary) - Mick and the Kindergarten; Luke, Guy, Connor, and Chris.
Epic - No-one.
Colonial (Fix.....Bayonets!) - Rob, Brad, Vince and Tony.
Maori Wars - Tom.
Chapultepec or San Juan Hill (depending on which is nearer at the time) - James.

By way of a look forward, the Warhammer Final will potentially be on 12 November.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Debrief (and Club Expeditionary Force Sitrep) for 15 October 2008

OK, so I wasn't there - but my spies were. Rob captured satellite imagery of the following action last Wednesday: above left, a Second World War snowball fight - without snowballs and to the right a game of Hide & Seek with at least a change of hairstyle in store for the losers (French-Indian style, of course).

If you are wondering where the Secretary was - a chance for Major General Von Tourism Adams to spend four days in Normandy seemed too good a
chance to miss.

This is me at German Strongpoint WN72 overlooking Omaha Beach at Vierville-sur-Mere (the vicinity upon which the opening sequence of Saving Private Ryan was based).

The Secretary hasn't been the only one on foreign shores. Young Ensign Tom Von Tourism Ferrero is in New Zealand. He sent this stunning photo of a Tyrannosaurus Rex chasing his car; at least it was - just seconds before he grabbed his camera......

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Games for 22nd October

As the secetary is AWOL again I was delegated to take over. Below is what should be on next week (spreadsheet to follow...)

Epic- Bradley, Gregg

Mexican/American- Brett, Smee, Bookmark and possibly Phil (if not AWOL again...)

Battletech- Mick, Vince, Dude and possibly Andy

WWII- Rob, Chris and Knuckles

Congratulations to Vince for winning the play-off in his part of the league, could of gone either way right to the end. He will now face Andy in the Final.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Debrief for 8 October 2008

I remembered to bring everything for the game - even remembered to re-charge the camera batteries; ah, the camera....
Luckily, Rob had his very nice mobile phone/camera/TV/ coffee dispenser/washing machine combo to hand so we have at least a couple of photos.
To the left, the opening phase to the battle fought around the village of Markgrafneusiedl (worth one million points in a game of Scrabble) - part of the Battle of Wagram of 1809. The Austrians, commanded by Rob, prepare to defend the heights from a French assault commanded by Chris.

Next table along, some 40K being fought between Robin and Brett with Mick and Dude doing the same next table along by way of a 'coming soon' feature advertised at the Nine O'Clock Meeting - the Annual 40K Tournament organised by Robin.
This evening's Warhammer contest between Brad and Trainset saw the Ogres being fought to a draw by the Elves. (I overheard Brad muttering something about 'bloody cannons misfiring' - now that is something I understand).
In revenge, Brad threatened to bring along a game of Epic next week!
Meanwhile, up on the mizzen deck, James and Bookmark were playing a worryingly quiet game of, well, Darth Vader and the Nazi Hordes invade Britain in 1940. When I asked if the Imperial Walkers goose stepped (a perfectly serious question), James said that I worry him. Hey, I'm not the one with Imperial Walkers goose stepping up Station Road in Hythe - in 1940.

This photo is pure self gratification and nothing to do with last night's battles - I took it at the Regimental Museum in Brecon a few weeks ago. Just part of a very nice diorama they have of the last stand at Isandlwana. Now once I have finished painting my Napoleonics......

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Games for 15 October 2008

Next week's line up will be as follows:

James and Trainset will be indulging in a spot of Lord of the Rings.

Mick will be putting on a 'silly game' with Robin and Dude - that I have to see!

Donning their tricorns for a Rogers Rangers French-Indian War adventure with Brett will be Myself, Bookmark and Andy.

Rob and Chris will be putting on their version of the Eurovision Song Contest - 1944 style.

But perhaps the battle of the night will be fought between Brad and Vince in the deciding game for their Warhammer League Group.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Debrief for 1 October 2008

Rob's Empire Pikemen - I took this photo at the beginning of turn one because by the time I got around to taking photos last week (turn two!!), Rob's army was already in pieces!

Robin's Tomb King cavalry bear down on Rob's Empire Army.

Believe or not, Billy No Mates here on the right is on the winning side - and he survived to tell the tale. Not sure to whom he told the tale cos they're all dead. But then they were all dead in the first place. Oh, I don't know - I'm a Napoleonic gamer!

Bookmark's Skaven army lined up and ready for the big off against Andy's delightful Daemons.

Two of the three concurrent Warhammer League games in progress. Andy (leaning across the table) moving his figures towards one of Bookmark's now infamous loaded dice experiences.

The Futile Empire Army takes to the field for the last time this League.

Some examples of my own outstanding dice throwing. The five dice to the right? Anything but a one, of course.

Top Tip: When Uncle Mick says, 'Throw the dice that scored low last time because they'll score high next time' - ignore him!

Example Two: Varghulf is within 10" of a Great Gun. Gun loads with grapeshot - anything but a misfire will at least hurt this evil entity - and wot 'appens? Gunners - useless !%*&$!!! Gunners then get eaten whilst running away.

Now, this is more like it; How to turn a Corpse Cart into a mobile Bar-b-que in one easy lesson.

And then James with his Sesame Street Vampire Counts started throwing the kind of dice that are remarkably familiar to me!

Din dins Fido! Just after this the Flagellants were hit by their own artillery - not that any of them noticed, of course.

Ah, a nice, quiet, sensible game of World War Two - the Comfort Zone....
And finally, quote of the evening goes to Dude:-
Dude: They are having a really heavy conversation over there.
James: What are they talking about?
Dude: I don't know, I wasn't listening.
See you all next week.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Games for 8 October 2008

OK Troops,

Debrief and phots from tonight's action to follow soon - however, in the meantime, here are the games for next week:

Warhammer League - Brad and Trainset.
40K - Dude and Mick.
Hordes - Bookmark and James.
Napoleonic - Myself, Chris, Rob and Vince.
Something unspeakable - Robin and Brett.

In a slight change to what was discussed, Andy G won't be at Club next week so Brett will be having a game with Robin.

Parish notices:

Many thanks to everyone for getting the Club's first annual subscription squared away. This will, amongst other things, allow the Club to gradually improve the terrain situation.

It is the intention of the Club to put on a game at the Bristol Show on 30 November organised by Mick, Brad and Chris; details to follow.