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The Battle of Yeah But

Posted on May 18th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

Kevin came up yesterday for our Thursday afternoon bash, back to War and Conquest after Bolt Action last week. I was looking forward to this battle and had decided to completely change my tactics, this time I was going to attack the enemy centre not go…

A Ripping Yarn

Posted on May 16th, 2018 under , . Posted by

We arrived at the club to find Rob with case on case of ‘stuff’, the table was set up as the village of Nateby, Lancashire, 1938 when the Civil War broke and turned the country on its head. It transpired that the Bishop of London had ‘acquired’ the Cro…

Kickstarters

Posted on May 16th, 2018 under , . Posted by

How do you feel about Kickstarters, I don’t like them. Once again I will probably find myself in a minority, I am not a patient man when it comes to my wargaming and I have fallen foul of this trait a few times. Look at the fifty odd aircraft, all repa…

A Convoluted Process

Posted on May 14th, 2018 under , , , , , . Posted by

The original plan as you know was to finish my Seleucids this year and call it a day apart from the odd tidy up until at least next year, money, commonsense and the missus dictating that I did not need any more wee sojers. Well as of this weekend that …

George’s Marvellous Day Out

Posted on May 13th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

Possibly over egging it a bit there. I have decided to get out and about a bit more at weekends during the summer, or if we are lucky to get a good weekend. Last week during the beautiful bank holiday weather we went to a food festival in Lancaster, a …

Did You Remember the AP?

Posted on May 10th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

Put the final touch to a few priority maps this morning with plenty of time to set up a game of Bolt Action, not enough time however to give a lot of thought to the game so a simple BA scenario with three objectives to fight over. Four infantry squads …

Frustration II: Talavera

Posted on May 9th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

Rob had deserted us again for Club Night and selfishly taken himself off to enjoy the delights of Naples and the Amalfi Coast, Stuart stepped into the breach and brought an ‘epic’ Napoleonic boardgame which could supposedly keep eight players in play.W…

Combat Fatigue

Posted on May 4th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

After the high drama of our last game I suggested a Dark Ages set to with no giant beasts, wheeled blades or large pointy sticks, to this end we went with Romano-British (Kevin) and Saxons (me). These two armies are similar in that they are ‘shieldwall…

Nervous Energy

Posted on May 3rd, 2018 under , , . Posted by

I have nothing to paint and am reduced to trawling Netflix for entertainment not just background noise, I am fumbling about at the bottom of the barrel. In my game against Matt last month I put my Roman cohorts into testudo formation and had no markers…

Setback for the Republic

Posted on April 28th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

 Kevin and I managed to catch up today for a War and Conquest game, it seems a long time but it hasn’t really although I have managed a couple of new units since we did play. Kevin again brought his Republican Romans and it was a proper heavy infa…

Those Cowboys are Mexicans

Posted on April 25th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

Winter has not done with us here in the Northwest, after one beautiful day at the weekend we are back to cold, grey and rain, as I type the heaven’s are just waiting to dump on us. We got to the club early last night and had to go back to the car other…

Top Secret

Posted on April 20th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

Beautiful day yesterday, the first really nice day of 2018 and we are only a quarter of the way through, paradise, while the rest of you are ‘beeking’ the new word for basking presumably (why?) I have just had to go and get a jumper because I am cold. …

Shadespire

Posted on April 18th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

I was on my own again for the club meet last night and had not managed to sort anything out, I could join a tryout of ‘What a Tanker’ from Too Fat Lardies, despite being a rough Jack Tar and North Sea Tiger in my day the childish play on words annoys m…

Gangs of Rome

Posted on April 11th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

When I first heard of Gangs of Rome I was intrigued then thought why do I need another skirmish game, also I thought the figures were a tad expensive. Julian at the club has dived in with both feet and he brought the game along last night so that I cou…

Levy Getting a Rep

Posted on April 8th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

Off to my son’s this morning, early, with a car load of troops both Roman and Seleucid for a Classical show down, I dropped the missus off and then we headed for Stewart’s posh offices on the Zetland Estate where we use the conference room table with a…

View From The Window

Posted on April 8th, 2018 under , . Posted by

We have at last had a couple of lovely days, still a bit cool but it has been a long winter, I hope we don’t get hit with all this again next year as round about this time I am off to Vietnam. I really must make an effort this year to get out, even if …

Not Nearly Finished

Posted on April 7th, 2018 under . Posted by

About a month ago I was congratulating myself on how fast I had managed to paint the new army and get it on to the battlefield, I was a tad overconfident. Since then I have added more skirmishers, officers and mercenaries, as you know I have the Compan…

Desperation in the Desert

Posted on April 4th, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

Rob turned up at the club last night and kindly brought his Sudan Colonial troops and an exciting scenario. The British governor and his wife, Lady Black, the mother of Lord George Black, a family which now pops up in most of our turn of the century sh…

View From The Window

Posted on April 1st, 2018 under , . Posted by

Well, it’s been a wee while and it is cold outside. Washington House has sold, yes, over two years I think and it has gone, I had a look inside about a month or so ago when I fixed a sticking door for the brother of the owner, an old gent, ex doctor, s…

Republic Defeated

Posted on March 29th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

An exciting day for both myself and Kevin, at 3,000 points I could get all sorts of Seleucid goodies to see how the army worked, I took a chance and brought an elephant and a scythed chariot, the latter because I have one and what’s the point of that i…

Target Germany!

Posted on March 28th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

I don’t seem to have enough hours in the day at the moment, no sooner have I finished two large map projects than I get hit with two more, one being 24 maps and I have not really checked out the other but it is a continuation of a history of the Luftwa…

Scratched an Itch

Posted on March 23rd, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

I am in the Doldrums at the moment, I always find coming down from the excitement of a wargame weekend away a bit of a bind as I enjoy them so much, new armies, new people, good games and usually a social evening discussing rules, armies, tactics and b…

War and Conquest Weekend Bristol

Posted on March 18th, 2018 under , . Posted by

Sadly it wasn’t a weekend, the Gods chose this weekend to dump a mini snow storm right on the area around Bristol, while the Met Office gleefully told people not to travel and gave out Defcon 1 warnings all the way up and down the motorway. Despite thi…

Frustrations

Posted on March 15th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

Mate Simon has fixed my broken PC and put the blame on the last people to touch it, that was the original firm, but as with putting my car into a service I have no idea what happens to it, but it has cost me dear and I have probably spent a lot of mone…

Under Pressure

Posted on March 12th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

Doing a bit of catch up over the past week I should be finished several units by now and looking at getting a few more extra’s for the Seleucids but I slipped up on a couple of fronts. I got some unarmoured peltasts from Crusader but they arrived witho…