Tuesday, June 13, 2017

10th June, Bakewell


I guess you could say it was a piece of cake.  Given an early tart.

So, 'yes'  ... good trip up, nice day out - lovely venue, lovely pudding - Round 8 of the SoA's league was a success and very well attended.  It is great to see the league initiative spreading out and engaging more enthusiasts in the big family of wargamers.

(my DBA 3 Later Pre Islamics ... )

While other forums continue to bemoan what they see as a greying mono-culture, the DBA community just get out and play, with everyone welcome ...

Plenty of grognards, true, but actually a diverse mix of ages and backgrounds ... appealing to veterans and newcomers alike.  And it seems like everyone enjoyed it.

So, well done to Simon for organising this round, and well done to the Society of Ancients for getting this whole series of events off the ground.

The event was 'open' and I took along some early Arab Nomads.  I thought they might prove a handful for the knightly armies - but though there were some, I didn't encounter them.

Here are the battles I fought.

One little word, though ... I packed the wrong sort of swordsmen (Fast not Solid, if you know your DBA ... ) so the pictures don't look quite right.  I verbally noted this to my opponents and we played them as they should have been with no issues.  Thanks everyone (it was a packing error after the BattleDay/Arsuf outing which had borrowed from several of my Arab and Islamic boxes).

That last one was a big battle in the desert (I guess you could call it a 'dust up') ... Richard 'flat lined' me with his highly rated camel army ... generating 20 combats over just 2 turns.  That was enough to settle it in my favour.  All skills engaged!

So around half 'plausible what ifs', half time warps into Asia ... all fairly abstract stuff, all pretty good games. 

Simon had lots of prizes to give out ... all the top ten got something.  Here's a look.

Well done Tamara for a personal best, top 'non-bloke' and a break into the upper half (top ten indeed).

The 'podium' comprised ... 1st, Pete Duckworth; 2nd, Neil Mason; 3rd, Mark Skelton.

Well done to them.

Here's all of us, assembled in the car park:

I took home some authentic Bakewell puddings and very good they were, too.

The next League event is in Portsmouth in a couple of weeks.  Check the link for what's on near you - and come join in.

Our sponsors are The Society of Ancients ... thanks to them (so follow the link and join up)

And maybe have a closer look at my Arabs


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

21st May, Newark Showground


For some years, now, we have jointly booked Partizan with the Lance & Longbow Society and Northampton Battlefields Society.   Latterly, the organisers have created a 'history zone' to accommodate the historical wargaming societies and military heritage stands.

(Northampton Battlefields Society)

So this year, the key zone offered you ...

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 (the History Zone at Partizan)

Northamptonshire's most famous battle is Naseby ... arguably the most important battle in British history ... it has its own charity but is also a key project for the Battlefields Trust ...

(The Naseby Battlefield model)

Equally important, but firmly imbedded in the Participation Games zone, Wargame Developments is another volunteer association encouraging game designers and rules innovation.

Games at Partizan:

 Outside the ancmed brief, so for more pics of Phil's Naseby, go to the ECWBattles blog

(Northampton Battlefields  Society/Lance & Longbow/Society of Ancients: Northampton 1460)

(More ECW: Edgehill in 12mm)

(... and more ... Cropredy Bridge in 28mm)

Plus ...

How about this?

And regular readers will know I couldn't resist this ...

(click on the picture for a larger image)

So, a wonderful History Zone, and surprisingly lots of ECW ... but not so much in the ancients and medieval periods at Partizan this year.

Nevertheless, the Society of Ancients did well and the L&LSoc had a splendid day ... NBS and the Battlefields Trust also had a lot of interest - so thanks to everybody who stopped by.


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Most ancient and medieval enthusiasts give The Society of Ancients a try at some stage - the majority like and most stay ... if you are not a member, try clicking on the link.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

6th and 7th May, Central Milton Keynes


The show in the shopping centre.  Yes, and a great opportunity to reach out to ordinary folk and engage them with wargames and military history.

To do that we team up with the Northampton Battlefields Society and the Battlefields Trust ...

( The Battlefields Trust reprised Phil's wargamable display of the 1645 battle at Naseby)

(Northampton Battlefields Society added a participation game of Northampton 1460 by Graham Evans)

(medieval weapons and equipment from the Northampton collection)

(while the Society brought out the Kadesh game 'Call it Qids')

We were busy all day Saturday and both games got played a lot.  The displays attracted a lot of interest - feeling the weight of the swords, trying the helmets etc.

On Sunday we were joined by another of the Northampton team, Peter, the archer who answered questions on the longbows, demonstrated fletching etc.

Here are some more pictures of the games and exhibits

There was a nice mix of scales and resolutions ... blocks for Northampton, 6mm figures for Qids 

(Call it Qids: 6mm Hittites from Baccus)

(showing members of the public how wargames work - and letting them enjoy some history)

(Northampton 1460)

Elsewhere in the show:

This 15mm game was DBMM at the Teutoburgerwald on hex terrain.  Lots of trees.

And some nice scenics and figures in 10mm

But if you want bigger figures, Skirmish wargames had these 54mm ...

Next to our Wars of the Roses displays, Bedford Gladiators put on this 28mm Barnet

Nearly all lovely ancient and medieval games but I also like this 54mm colonial bash...

For more of the Naseby, see Phil's ECWBattles blog.

See NBS, SoA and the Battlefields Trust/Naseby at Partizan next weekend 

Call it Qids is available from the Society website.