Thursday, April 30, 2009

Debrief for 29 April 2009

Just in case anyone was wondering, I was working in Scotland last week and I thought I might share this image with you of Ruthven Barracks where, in August 1745, one Sergeant Molloy and twelve British soldiers succesfully fought off an attack by 200 Jacobites. In February 1746, the Jacobites returned, this time with artillery. The now Lieutenant Molloy, was sensible enough to realise that his barracks were not designed to withstand an artillery bombardment and surrendered. The Jacobites parolled Molloy and his men and then burnt the barracks down which have remained untouched eversince. Anyway, a great place well worth the visit and I thought you might like the picture.

This week started with a bang with this charming looking artillery piece that you would not find anywhere near Horseguards Parade - a shame really because it would make Trooping the Colour so much more fun to watch. Imagine the commentary; "And now the Royal Horse Artillery will pass in review order pass Her Majesty......What The .....?!%$

And if your artillery does not have wheels, just employ some large gentlemen to carry the barrel instead. This has all the makings for claims being submitted for repetitive strain injury.

Rob brought in one of his magnificent prolifery of periods with this very nice rendition of (correct me if I'm wrong, Rob) what became known as 'The War of English Succession' that occured in the immediate aftermath of William III gaining the throne of Britain. This was to be the first of a series of wars fought between the British and French over the next 125 years wars that only ended at Waterloo in 1815.

Postscript: Andy B kindly corrected me that the figures he painted are from 'The War of the Grand Alliance'. I wanted to find out more and found that, like other events in history, this is one of those events that has been given a number of titles over the years. For example, whilst the British and Dutch call their battle of 18 June 1815 'Waterloo', the French and Germans often refer to it as 'Mont St Jean' and 'La Belle Alliance' respectively. The war fought between
1688 - 97 is variously called 'The War of the Grand Alliance' (the title most used today), 'The War of the League of Augsburg' or the 'The Nine Years War' whilst older texts (including my dusty old history book) refer to it as 'The War of the Palatine Succession' or 'The War of English Succession'. Call it what you may, my dice still hate me!

Ok, this is not Waterloo but it has got blokes dressed in red. So either they have got something right or they just think that the concept of Camouflage and Concealement is for big girls blouses. The storage containers stacked up on the left are a nice aesthetical touch.

It's Boxer 'Chippy Choppy Time' again! This was a test game for Legionary 09 that is being held in Exeter this Saturday (see for more details) where this game will be open for anyone who wants to play the part of the Western Powers and feels brave enough to face the terror of a Boxer attack. See you at the barricades!


Napoleonic Naval: Chris, Tony, Tom (plus room for one other).

Napoleonic Land: Myself, Brett, Trainset, Andy B.

Necromunda: Mick and Robin.

Game tbc: Brad, Rob, Bookmark and Vince.


Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Games for 29th April '09

No photos this week as our secertary has gone north across the border muttering something about skirts...

This week saw the Heroquest players dice throwing up to its usual standard, terrible!

On another table a Space Marine force, or what was left of it, retired off the field of battle after the end of turn two due to major losses against the Eldar firepower and Harlequins...

The zombies seemed to have fed well this evening as the human survivors raced for the helicopter.

And the final game was a very nice looking Lace Wars which all the players seemed to thouroughly enjoy (be warned though, they dont like it when you mention that they all seem to be wearing highwaymen hats...).

Next week we have-

Boxer Rebellion- Brett, Phil, Trainset and Chris

40k- Robin, Mick and Andy

Warhammer- James , Bradley and Bookmarc

Volley and Bayonet- Vince, Rob, Tom, Knuckles and possibly Gregg

Please remember, club t-shirts and best behaviour for our possible guest next week (somebody will need to gag Robin- at both ends!) :-)

We also need two volunteers to play Warhammer against our two newest members Bob and Kieron on Weds 6th May.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Debrief for 15 April 2009

This Wednesday evening was one of those evenings when you get home afterwards and wonder if everyone at the Club is actually stark raving bonkers - you then look at yourself in the mirror and realise with horror that you are one of them too!

My suspicions were first aroused after last week when James posted the update in my absence. An e-mail then turned up regarding the proposed Second World War game with promises of The Panzer Lied song accompanied by obligatory stamping of feet (if you have seen the Battle of the Bulge film - you will know what I mean). All bluff and posturing, I think rather naively.

The night of the game arrives and the last model panzer is hardly placed when there it is - The Panzer Lied song that someone (who will remain anonymous) has on their mobile phone. Then, the model Stuka arrives on the scene and, guess what? The strains of Ron Goodwin's wonderful Luftwaffe March can be heard from same said mobile phone. This is then made worse by another anonymous club member saying, 'Oh yeah, I've got that one on my phone as well as a ring tone...'. As I said, they are all stark raving bonkers. On a serious note, however, it does prove somewhat that the bad guys always have the best tunes - just listen to The Imperial March in Star Wars - pure evil accompanied by a snappy tune!

With the strains of German martial music still ringing in our ears, the remaining games were as follows:

The Club Boxer Rebellion Game had an airing with a new set of homespun rules being developed 'on the hoof' so to speak in readiness for Legionary 09.

The result was absolute carnage at the barricades that left everyone dead apart from three French sailors at the far end of the Legations who were left wondering who was going to clear up all the mess and Dave Fielder (from the Exmouth Wargames Club - Portsmouth Detachment) staring at all his German and American marines who were lying around the table looking like unwanted cocktail snacks.

Staying in the Far East albeit sixty years later was this game set in Vietnam with the Americans trying to bridge a river with the Vietcong (approaching from the right in this aerial reconnaissance picture) pouring in around their ears

But the 'getting chippy choppied the most' award goes to James's sole remaining character who can just about be seen here in the middle of this nasty bunch of blokes dressed in matching dressing gowns.

Next week:

40K (1500 point): Mick and Greg.
Warhammer Quest: James, Andy G, Rib, Chris, Bookmark and Andrew.
20mm Malburian (also known as 'Napoleonic in slow time'): Brett, Trainset, Vince and Brad.
Zombies: Bob, Tom and Tony.


Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Games for 15th april

In the absence of both the Seccy and the Treasurer; several games were played tonight. I lost GASLIGHT, obviously, although not by 3 goals to 1! Bradley won WFB and treated me and Bookmark to a dice by dice replay in the bar later; and some people flew planes. Including Knuckles.

Next week - my birthday; gifts and pints Stella welcome;

Lord of the Rings Battle Companies - JDE and Bradley
Something Hysterical - Brett, Phil, Trainset and Andy G
WFB 1500 points - Robin and Bob the new bloke
Vince, Andy B, Bookmark and Tom - Flames of War
Rob H/Chris/Knuckles and stragglers - whatever Rob brings down (sorry Rob!)

Have a lovely week. Cakes at Rougemont on Wednesday lunchtime.


Thursday, April 02, 2009

Debrief for 1 April 2009

It's Future War - tiny scale.

Brad's unique wargamers ruler for Legionary 09. The next job is to list 101 ways that you can use your Bradometer.

G20 protestors missed by the BBC cameramen.

Orcs close in on the Imperial Guard.

With a fistful of dice like this, it can mean only one thing.....

....Triple Shotted with Master Gunner Napoleonic Naval! Incredibly, the Spanish ship with lots of fuego markers was still afloat at the end of the battle which is more than can be said for the British ship firing at it (incidentally, a Franco-Spanish Fleet victory - again!!).

Warhammer: Chaos v Chaos = Absolute Chaos.

Terrain issues - MEDIC!!

Games for next week:

Wings of War (Second World War): Bookmark, Chris, Rob, Tony, Vince, Andy B.

Warhammer Fantasy: Tom and Brad.

Something that will involve dice and carnage: Brett, Trainset and James (who says that he has nothing against plastic figures).