Sunday, June 3, 2018

20th May, Newark

Back at the Newark Showground after what is a very short break for Partizan.

Here we add the Lance and Longbow Society and Battlefields Trust to the mix and comprise a fair chunk of the History Zone.

(the Society of Ancients at Partizan 2018)

As the 1960s flats had not been to Newark before (and proved such a rich talking point at Campaign) we took along the same set up to Partizan ... albeit with some improvements and variations.

(original flats by Phil Barker from Phil's 1960s collection) 

We had all the kit there on the Northampton Battlefields Society side of the zone ...

... and the Northampton 1460 participation game ...

We were joined by the Newark Civil War Centre and by Tony Pollard's Waterloo Uncovered/Waterloo Replayed project (on which I am the Battlefields Trust link) - it all does hang together sometimes ...

(the little acorn from which a record breaking number of figures will emerge)

(Partizan 2018 ... working, networking and putting helmets on children - again!)

All that - and there was a wargames show too ... 

There were some nice Civil War games ... here, Simon Miller's For King And Parliament (a development of his popular card-driven ancients game To The strongest) ...

... available to play in 10 or 28mm!

(Partizan 2018 - Wargame Developments)

... and around the show ...

(a very convincing woodland glade on the Perry's 18th Century table)

And I've never been shy about my soft spot for armoured trains ...

... or old planes (same game)

... and a gratuitous piece of scenery ...

Meanwhile here's our old friends at Burton and District adding another ECW contribution ...

The game was FoG-R ... a good and very popular set of rules that handles 'Pike and Shot' very well - but doesn't get seen that often at shows (or indeed in 28mm) - so a big thumbs up for that.

A great show ... although there was so much in the wink of an eye it was over.   

Thanks to everyone involved.

Next we will be on the move to Derbyshire to play DBA in Bakewell.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

DBA Special ... II/49 Marian Roman (10mm)

As promised, here is a standard 12 element army from the Pharsalus game - and as used in the last set of general games ...

The legionaries are nearly all from New Line Design but the figures are otherwise a mix of A.I.M, Magister Militum and Pendraken.

(Gallic, Spanish, Macedonian, Greek or similar auxiliary cavalry (Cv) or javelin throwing) Numidian, German, Illyrian or similar Light Horse (LH)

(10mm Legionaries from Newline.  Yes I do like these figures)

(Numidian elephant, wild Gauls, cavalry or requisitioned city bolt-shooters)

Monday, May 28, 2018

2018 so far - some more DBA

No update on what's going on round here would be complete without the local DBA games that we use to keep our ancients collection in use and fill in the odd Monday night.

We have DBA armies in most scales but usually play either in 15mm or 1:72 ...  but I do like the slightly more 'proper battle' look of 10mm (on standard 40 wide bases) ...

Here's a typical evening from a week or so ago ...

Game 1 ... 

My Goths took on Treb's Byzantines ... both 15mm armies had been stood down for a while so it was good to get them fighting.  I think Belisaruius was a bit slow to come up from reserve.  It didn't go well.

Game 2 ...

Treb's  15mm Burmese and Khmer ... this was the start of our conversation.  I recently played with and lost with Burmese at the Northern Cup.  I got the Khmer this time.  The Burmese still lost.

Spectacular Irregular figures ...

Game 3: Roman Civil War

This is my 10mm Pharsalus set respun as a 'by the book' 12v12 DBA table.

Treb rolled a 1 as defender so the plough he assumed would be irrelevant wasn't.

(10mm DBA ... Marian Roman)

I thought I had this one as Caesar ... Pompey let the muddy ploughed slow his flanks so ended up with is centre over-exposed (or so I thought).  I felt ready to pounce.

But, notwithstanding some early successes, I struggled to make real capital out of the advantages (DBA can be like that) and eventually Treb got into a winning position ...

(Legionary slogging action)

It was a good game.  romans are hard to beat ... even with Romans.

See what I mean about the extra sense of mass 10mm can get you ... 

Also out and about recently ...


(Pre Feudal Scots) 

(Medieval Germans) 

All 15mm armies.

We usually collect armies in battle related pairs.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

19th May, Northamptonshire

After a while in the planning, on the 19th May, we played the Shedquarters Paraitakene game with Basic Impetus.

The game was played with Trebian's classic 1/72 plastic Hellenistics (specially expanded since the playtests to provide both armies) ... and I am sure you will be able to follow the thinking and chat on Wargaming For Grownups ...

Here, I'll post a few pictures, comment that I think Impetus better suits Medieval games  ... comment that I like Basic Impetus but that our Paraitakene game was so blighted by wild die rolling that it was difficult, at times, to hold the narrative together.

(Basic Impetus: 3 javelins chucked with little hope at Eumenes' Companion Cavalry) 

... which is fine.  There were some amendments ... evading was cleaned up (and played out very sensibly ... well done, Treb.), the elephants were toned down (and the Silver Shields improved a bit).

(Paraitakene: the hotly contested Eumenid left ... elephants rout)

A lovely game but not the most historical when viewed alonside the games at Bletchley.

(Paraitakene: the Eumenid centre)

Time to get your favourite game represented. 

The astute will recognise the date - yes we were 'Royal Wedding Dodgers' ..

Saturday, May 19, 2018

12th - 13th May, Milton Keynes


Yes ... as 2018 rushes by, last weekend was spent in the middle of a shopping centre meeting the public as exhibitors at MKWS's unique free wargames show.

At this time of year we combine up as The Naseby Project, The Battlefields Trust, Northampton Battlefields Society and The Society of Ancients ... basically historical wargaming and battlefields history.   And we hope to get people interested.

Although politicians, news organisations, pundits and statisticians institutionally ignore it, this is the kind of thing that interests people.   People love their heritage and, in all the shows and events we do, I've yet to meet a member of the public that didn't care - and, where heritage is under threat, who didn't think 'something should be done'.

(Naseby Battlefield displayed at Campaign 2018)

So it's important we get out there and let them know what is going on.  People care.  Mostly, though, they just don't know.

(The Society of Ancients display at Campaign 2018)

For the SoA we took along the Tony Bath 'flats' game (which hasn't been out for a while and which hasn't been to Milton Keynes before) ... the repsonse suggested it was a good choice. 

(the figures in this game are mostly by Phil Barker with some by Tony Bath and some by Deryck Guyler)

(Celtic cavalry in horned helmets and surprising colours from the brush of Tony Bath)

(Elephants and ... err ...)

(... more elephants)

The best known version of the Bath wargame is, of course, in Donald Featherstone's classic guide - if you don't have a copy it is generally available second-hand (usually the prices are a snip) or John Curry has done a reprint.

For Northampton Battlefields Society we took along the 1460 Participation Game.

(Northampton 1460 at Campaign: Graham gets the shoppers wargaming)

Of course a lot of what we do is getting people interested by encouraging them to handle reproduction weapons and equipment, pose for selfies (and, apparently, talk to Imperial Stormtroopers!)

And talk to people ...

Mike, Peter (in the archer's garb) and Corin came along on the Sunday and increased our level of expertise

It's a nice event, and at times we were quite busy.  Which is encouraging.

(the battlefields societies and Society of Ancients at Campaign 2018)

Out and about during my breal I caught up with some familiar faces ...

(Lynne on the DL Books stand - a cornerstone of the Campaign show)

There's always a competition here ...

(Campaign 2018: wargaming the BHGS way)
... and some other games to distract you ...

Well done to all of them.

Campaign is probably the most important show on the wargames calendar.  It is the only one I know which really tries, heat on sleeve, to get people interested.  Support them.  Come next year.  Run a game.  Meet and talk to people.

Here are some links: