Thursday, 27 April 2017

Pastures New(ish)

Yes I'm on my hols in sunny Mytholmroyd|  It started to sleet just as I left Havercroft but brightened up as I reached Copley.  As I came out of the Co-op in Mytholmroyd the sky darkened and a hail storm commenced.  Since then there has been intermittent sleet.


Sunday 23rd April 2017 - Gt. Houghton

Three games of DBA versus Ian/Sonic in his underground bunker.  

First was a Dark Ages scrap (which I won by occupying a flanking steep hil).  

Second a Warring States civil war where I was annihilated 5 - 1 (including my general).  

Last was Radagaseus v Romans.  A more even game where neither of us could throw decent movement dice.  At half time we were both 2 elements down.  My situation was looking grim when the Romans came into contact but then the dice gods stepped in.  A 6-1 against a Roman psiloi opened up a flank.  Then came a 6-2 followed by another 6-1.  The surviving Romans fled the field.  

Of course it was my superior tactics that swept all before me - NOT.


Monday 24th April 2017 - WDW

The AGM tonight - yawn!!!

Bolt Action - Germans v Allies (British + Americans)
Trafalgar - ship action - models laid out and rules discussed
HotT - Orcs v Elves - Andrew & I won a game each (using the Elves); Jim didn't.


Thursday 27th April 2017 - Halifax

Took a bus trip to good old Halifax and its model shop - that wasn't there!!!  Well..the town was and, strictly speaking, so was the shop.  An empty shell with only an old sign above the door.  Disaster!  

After enquiring at the newsagents next door I was told that it had moved around the corner towards the railway station.  I hot-footed it to 25, Horton Street, Halifax. HX1 1QE  (01422 349157).  The premises are much bigger with more light.  In scope it reminded me of the old premises in the Piece Hall.

Only made one purchase - Strelets M052 Turkish Army (Crimean War).  Suitably painted they will join the ranks of my colonial Egyptians to fight the Mahdist hordes.  It also occurred to me that they might work for WW1 in Mesopotamia.  Hmmm!  Just what I need another period and theatre when I am trying to de-clutter.


Friday, 21 April 2017

Friday Post

Only a day late this time.


Monday 10th April 2017 - WDW

DBM - Macbeth v West Sudanese

Our newcomer commanded the (Scottish) Islesmen allies and the cavalry. Unfortunately the horse broke under a mix of archery, expendables and spears (Norman knights) but the Islesmen were one element shy of breaking a Sudanese archer command.

On the other flank, it was touch and go whether the Tuareg allies would break before the smaller Scottish Lh command did..

An enjoyable game which could have gone either way.



 Monday 17th April 2017 - WDW

The only game in town - "Bolt Action" WW2 Americans v Germans - the flow of the rules was easy to pick up (even for a mere observer).    Some of the troops thought they were auditioning to be Star Wars baddies -  giving creditably poor performances.

Entertaining, if frustrating, fare for an evening.


In the Future

I will be on holiday as from Tuesday.  Back in the Calder valley so expect reports on 'foreign' clubs (Lancastrians) plus a vist or two to the Halifax shop. 




Sunday, 16 April 2017

Yes It's Sunday!

Those with a long memory may have thought of Radio Luxembourg. Nobody under 50 need apply.



Monday 10th April 2017 - WDW

No, I wasn't there but am reliably informed that these games took place:

"Bolt Action" WW2 - a practice for the big game on Saturday
DBM - don't have any details
"Chain of Command" WW2 scrap with Andrew & Tim once again struggling with the rules.



Saturday 15th April 2017 - WDW

I called in around 1300 hrs to see what was going on.  Almost immediately I was grabbed by the chairman to collect the subs.

"Bolt Action" WW2 -  'Bastogne' -  Americans v Germans - played over an extended table in three sections
"Chain of Command" WW2 - A & T finally getting to grips with the rules but not being impressed by them.
Baroque -  English Civil War.



Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Words! Words! Words!

[ It's 01.18 GMT on Thursday 6th April 2017]


Monday 3rd April 2017 - WDW

"Chain of Command" - another wrestle with the rules by Tim & Andrew.  Brits v Germans somewhere in war-torn Normandy.
"Bolt Action" - American v Germans
DBM - Northern Dynasties Chinese v Huns (another fantasy game).  The terrain fell to my liking thereby constricting my opponents manoeuvrability.  Unfortunately my sub-general advanced his Sp(I) a bit too far - was softened up by Bw(I) then crunched by Kn(F). Seems that I am still on a loosing streak!


Wednesday 5th April - 2 'free' magazine issues have come out recently:

 (1)  "Wargames Journal" No.4 (2006)

https://ia802504.us.archive.org/11/items/wargames_journal-04/wargames_journal-04.pdf

At one time a commercial publication - the issues are slowly being archived,  Main articles in this issue are:

To Catch a Warlord - Somalia 1993 ............................12
Modular Battlefields .................................................. 30
Verdun 1915 ............................................................... 38
Crocodile Tears 1945 ................................................. 42
Where the Eagle Dies (Romans v Germans) ............. 52
The Vienna Bridgehead 1945 .................................... 64
Raze the Fort (Gallic Wars) ....................................... 78
The Zulu War of 1879 ................................................ 84
I Am Your King (Monty Pythonish Arthur) ............. 100
Brush Strokes (phalanx) ........................................... 106


(2) "Wargamer's Notes Quarterly" No.2.

Available from the authors at: wargamersnotebook@gmail.com

A new venture with a real 'old-school' feel to it. The contents list:

My Charge Mk2 Project..............................................................................3
Setting the Scene for Russo-Japanese Naval Armageddon - Part 2............7
Building Walmington on Sea .....................................................................11
Antares 2401: A Narrative Science Fiction Campaign...............................13
Quick tips: Black Outlining the Easy Way..................................................22
Converting Plastic 20mm WW2 German Paratroopers - Part 2..................23
Little Lead Men ..........................................................................................26
Slightly Irregular.........................................................................................27
Wargaming the Ninth Cape Frontier War - Part 2.......................................31
Call It Macaroni! The Test Game...............................................................37