Thursday, January 29, 2009

Debrief for 28 January 2009

Just a short debrief this week as we prepare for the Plymouth Wargames Show on Saturday that, as well as the ever popular Zombie Game, will also see the inaugeral appearance of the Club Project; The Boxer Rebellion.

It seems like only yesterday (actually, last July) that we decided to have a Club Project. The Boxer Rebellion is in many ways a rather quirkey period that provides for both discerning historical and fantasy wargamers. Well done to everybody for their input on the organising, painting, basing and scratch building fronts and for achieving the aim on schedule and all without having had to resort sending people to the Eastern Front for not producing the goods.

This evening was spent test playing the game whilst an American Civil War battle raged on the next table along. Sorry, no photos this week but there will be plenty of photos in the Plymouth Show Debrief Special.

Next week there will be the following games:

Close Quarter Battle: Myself, Vince, Chris (and Bookmark?).

Second World War: Mick, Gregg and Andrew.

A Surprise Game: Bradley and Rob (2 - 1 favorite on Epic).

Stragglers can be attached where necessary.

For those who are about to go to Plymouth (we salute you!), Brett and Myself will start pick ups as discussed at 8am Saturday. Don't forget to wear your Club T-Shirt.

By the way, it is said that Robin has been painting historical figures - surely this is just a malicious rumour designed to sully his good name, but then again....


Thursday, January 22, 2009

Debrief for 21 January 2009

130 years ago the British launched a premptive invasion of the independent South African Kingdom of Zululand. On 22 January 1879 the British camp at Isandlwana defended by 1800 men was unexpectedly attacked by a Zulu army of around 25000. By the end of the day and despite horrific losses themselves, the Zulus had outmanouvred the garrison and overrun the camp. Less than 400 of the camp's defenders survived having fled for their lives after one of the most shocking defeats ever suffered by the British Army.

Considering the anniversary, it seemed appropriate for the Club to refight this evocative battle (and to give it a little more than the usual coverage on the Blog!). So with Rob providing the 10mm figures and setting up the terrain and scenario (Colonial wargames rules based on 'Pony Wars'), the remainder donned pith helmets or hefted oxhide shields.

British picquetts see Zulus approaching from the North. The British remain close to the camp with orders to defend it.

As the scale of the 'off table' Zulu attack becomes apparent, the British realise that they are unable to cover the whole front, so tents are collapsed and the British redeploy around the wagon park with the unsteady Natal Native Contingent sheltered behind the regular British troops who in turn anchor their flanks on the southern slopes of Isandlwana mountain.

The Zulu left horn and centre launch piecemeal frontal assaults on the British line suffering very heavy casualties.

British mounted forces are busy harrassing the Zulu flanks and disrupting their attack.
The Zulu left horn and centre are pushed back by the overwhelming concentrated fire power of the British redcoats just as the Zulu right horn appears to begin its own attack from the west.
At this point, the 'what if' element arrived. Unlike what happened historically, Lord Chelmsford has marched from Mangeni Gorge and arrived back at Isandlwana. The arrival of these reinforcements secure a British victory.
In an odd way it is just as well that, in reality, the British were defeated because without the Zulu victory at Isandlwana, there would never have been a defence of Rorke's Drift and therefore no film called 'Zulu'.......
An interesting game that demands a refight but with the combatants swapping sides!

Meanwhile, next table along was the Final of the Warhammer 2008 Tournament. However, time ran out to fight the battle to a finish. So instead, this evening was used as a warm up encounter with a view to fight the actual final battle within the next few weeks. In the meantime, here are some images to keep you awake at night.....

NEXT WEEK - will be the Test Play of the Boxer Rebellion Game in preparation for the Plymouth Show. Many thanks to Mick and James for basing the figures and to everyone else for getting their figures painted in the nick of time. With Chris's buildings, it should all look quite good. Thos not doing Boxer Rebellion will be with Uncle Brad who will be putting on an American Civil War game using Volley & Bayonet Rules. See ya'll later.


Thursday, January 15, 2009

Debrief for 14 January 2009

That indeterminable thing that Von Clausewitz called 'friction' made this evening a case of 'no plan survives first contact with the enemy' (ok, so these are the view of two Germans and what do they know about winning wars - discuss?!).

The enemy in this case being 'Life' which got in the way of what we had planned from last week so - all change. I also forgot my camera so we are a bit sparce on photos this week. Something is better than nothing, so I did a faithful re-enactment of the final phase of the Close Quarter Battle skirmish as US troops storm into a Taliban held house (Americans win - of course!).

Rob's own change of plans enabled him to attend and bring along a bunch of late 16th Century religious nuts in a bloody fight about whether to follow the Sandle or the Gourd.

The BFG protagonists, meanwhile, had a relaxed game dodging the asteroids.

Next week is the long anticipated Grand Final of the 2008 Warhammer Tournament as Andy's Daemons (boo, hiss!) confront Vince's Orcs (boo, hiss!). Journalistic impartiality maintained there, I think.

The rest of the Club whose names were mentioned last week plus Gregg will be participating in Rob's 130th Anniversary game of The Battle of Isandlwana (or Asdawana if you are Bookmark - cretin!). Don't forget your tissues.


Thursday, January 08, 2009

Debrief for 7 January 2009 (See ammendments in Bold print)

A big, warm Exmouth welcome to 2009 - at least it is inside. The nostalgia of Christmas Past was very apparent on this first Club Night of the New Year with a game of Risk seeing His Imperial Highness Emperor Mick The Terrible and his Mongol Hordes swarming across Asia, Australia and most of America.

Next table along the New Year was celebrated in good old fasioned Napoleonic style with French Imperial Eagles advancing towards the silent line of British Infantry on the ridge patiently waiting to unleash a storm of volley fire.

The British still lost and lost a general killed, though, so Marechel Le Brett will be happy for the rest of the week - shame about his cavalry, though!

......and Bradley brought along a game of Epic; yes, another fun packed year ahead!
There was also a game of 40K Quest on the mizzen deck but the photo had a 'I've had too much to drink' look about it - sorry chaps. But I did here lots of exhortations for Sigmar and rumours of friendly fire being excused with 'but he was a dwarf' as if that makes it all ok - so it must have been fun. Also, Sideshow Bob (don't ask) asking about the technical attributes of the three sided dice (again, don't ask).


Close Quarter Battle (Modern!): Myself, Trainset, Tony, Tom, Vince and any Stragglers.
Battle Fleet Gothic: Neil, James and No Stragglers.
40K: Bookmark and Robin with Mick as Umpire.
World War Two (all of it!): Brad and any Stragglers.


1. The Warhammer 2008 League Final will be fought on 21 January between Vince and Andy.

2. The Plymouth Show is on 31 January and will be attended by the following (logistical details to follow):
Brett (Driver)
Myself (Driver)

3. 40K Tournament - All participants who have not done so are requested to e-mail their Army Lists to Robin ASAP otherwise he will crush you with a Baneblade.

4. In the finest traditions of the United Nations - the final, final, final deadline for the Boxer Rebellion kit to be given to Mick and James for basing is 14 JANUARY.
Please keep in mind that we need to have a test game with the figures and buildings on 28 January.
This will be the only opportunity that we will have to play test the game before the Plymouth Show so it is imperative that figures are given to Mick and James on 14 JANUARY! Thank you.

5. Rob is organising the Zulu War game on 21 January. As mentioned before, this will be based on The Battle of Isandlwana. The list for participants is now closed and consists of:
Myself, Trainset, Brett, Tony, Bookmark, Chris, Brad, Tom and James.
Rob will Umpire the game but needs a Lt Col Pulleine to command the British and a Ntshingwayo kaMahole to command the Zulus - any takers? Whoever wants to be Pulleine will need a fast horse!