Thursday, March 26, 2009

Debrief for 25 March 2009

The 'Something Else' Game booked last week turned out to be a late 15th Century scenario that for the first eight turns had both armies having a world record staring competition as some abysmal generalship dice throws failed to get either side moving. Understandable really - those battles could get quite nasty so who wants to rush into ouch time?

In amongst the constantly moving asteroid fields there seems to be a Necron Civil War going on - I try to avoid playing this game because I always end up parking my ship on an asteroid.

It's Hornblower but not as we know it. A Franco-Spanish treasure laden fleet (closest to camera) is tasked to make a dash to the far end of the table. The Royal Navy (furthest away) sails to intercept it. Battle has already commenced between the respective vanguards.

We had to include the conclusion of this shameful engagement as the uncharacteristically aggressive Franco-Spanish leave the British Fleet looking like a garden shed after a drunken bar-b-que. What would Nelson have said?

Next Week:

Future War: Rob, Mick and Bradley.

Napoleonic Naval: Chris, Tony, Myself, Bookmark, Tom, Gregg and Brett.

40K (Postponed from this week): Vince and Andy B.

Warhammer Border Patrol: James, Trainset, Bob (volunteered in absentia), Andy G.

Parish Notice:

Warhammer League 09 Army Lists to be e-mailed to Brett by 1 June, please.


Games for the first quarter 2009

I know you're all waiting with baited breath - and this seemly pointless obsessive exercise does give visitors to the blog an idea what games we play, and inform the scenery arguments.

1 WFB 5
2 Others (Risk, Wars of Religion, Samurai, Future War Commander, Wings of War) 5
3 ACW 4
4 At Close Quarters 3
5 WAB 2
6 BFG 2
7 Naval 2
8 Napoleonic 2
9 Space Hulk 2
10 Epic 1
11 LOTR 1
12 Warmaster Ancients 1
13 FPW 1
14 WHQ 1
15 7 years war 1
16 Hordes 1
17 FIW 1
19 Boxer Rebellion 1
20 Mexican American War 1
21 Pony Wars 1
22 Vietnam 1

Friday, March 20, 2009

Debrief for 18 March 2009

It only seemed right and proper that seeing how we had our French guest, Pierre, visit tonight that we should put on a Napoleonic scenario to make him feel at home. There were plenty of 'Vive L'Empereur' moments and Pierre departed convinced that the British really are insane.

What's Austrian for 'They're behind you!'?

Instead of the 40K game as planned, Vince brought in that all time favorite, Wings of War, with players vainly trying to get their flying machines at the right time at the right place to achieve that killer shot complete with player generated authentic sound effects (dakka-dakka-dakka: cue debate about the correct sound made by First World War machine guns).

'Craaaaaaaaaap!!!'. This is why pilots should have parachutes but, according to Baron Von Blackmore, parachutes are for poofs and besides, it's less than three feet from the table top to the floor.

James and Trainset were sat quietly at their own little table and I thought, 'Great, Crusades - historical'. And then I saw the Stargate. 'Well, it is kind of historical', says James which is not helped when Rob calls across from the other table that The Clone Wars were historical 'cos they made a film about it so it must be true.

This is the moment James won the battle. I was more impressed by what he made the Stargate out of - answers on a postcard will be duly ignored. (It's a petrol cap, by the way!).

A Steam Tank about to run over some famished looking infantry identifies this as a game of Warhammer.

Waterloo was never like this......

Games for next week:

Napoleonic Naval: Chris, Tom, Bookmark and myself.
40K: Vince and Andy B.
BFG: Robin, James, Bradley and Trainset.
Something with Aliens: Mick and Dude.
Something else probably without aliens: Brett and Rob.

Parish Notices:

The Warhammer League 2009 will commence in July. As discussed, there will be no named characters this time around. The belligerents will be as follows:

James - Warriors of Chaos.
Mick - Warriors of Chaos.
Bookmark - Skaven.
Bradley - Ogres.
Trainset - Lizards.
Vince - Orcs and Goblins.
Robin - Tomb Kings or Ogres.
Myself - Empire (the only half normal army!)
Dude - TBC.
Andy G - Chaos Daemons (Boo! Hiss!!).
Bob - Dwarfs (New bloke - welcome to the Club).
Brett - Dark Elves (if required to balance the numbers).


Friday, March 13, 2009

Debrief for 11 March 2009

After last week's disaster of having an entire evening of nothing but historical games (and you can't blame me cos I wasn't even there!), incredibly muscled characters with the blasters, unfeasibly large swords and black body armour were once again seen advancing through the woods.

However, the historicals were again out in force with this American Civil War scenario that cleverly re-staged a version of the Battle of Chancellorsville in which the Union forces deploy on the terrain initially set up and then the Umpire changes the terrain leaving the Union flank in the air and vulnerable to the Confederate attack.

Union formations are caught facing the wrong way when the Confederates arrive - typical shabby Rebel trick!

The Close Quarter Battle games continue to develop with the addition of the Bradley Fighting Vehicle and heavy weapons for the Insurgents. Here, the Insurgent Commander faces off against the 25mm Chain Gun, 7.62mm Machine Gun and TOW Missiles of the Bradley - with his Megaphone (I Keel You!!).

We hopefully have a French guest, so:

Napoleonic!: Myself, Chris, Andrew and Brett.
There was an almost overwhelming temptation to do Agincourt AND Trafalgar as well, but the other games will be:

Hordes: James and trainset.
Future War Commander: Rob and Mick.
Warhammer: Robin and Tom.
40K: Vince, Bradley, Bookmark and Tony.

Voyez-vous tout la semaine prochaine.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Games for March 11th

In the absence of a grown up, here's the blog entry.

This week saw a lamentable ammount of "proper" wargames, including FPW, Nappy naval and ACW. Only the LOTR in top bar saved the club from disgrace - try harder, gentleman.

Next Week -

T - Close Quarter Battles (Phil, Brett, Trainset, Bookmark, Vince and Andy G)
Vietnam (Tom, Greg, Chris and scribble [new member, Mark?])
Something else - (Bradley, Rob, Tony, Andy B)
S - laughter, dice rolling, beer drinking, high levels of personal abuse. Hopefully a French defeat.
D - Likely to be too much "proper" wargaming again.
A - Let them get on with it.
N - Must play Hordes, GASLIGHT, or ideally Worms very soon
C - must remember, it's only a game!