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The Official Grand Opening : Goldhanger War Room

Posted on July 6th, 2018 under Posted by

Last Tuesday, Steve C had the “launch” of his new war-games shed and we were asked to put on Freeman’s Farm again – the game we had presented as Essex Warriors at Salute in April.Bob and I provided the British & American troops, terrain bybSteve an…

Maximillian Adventure : A Sharp Practice game

Posted on June 17th, 2018 under Posted by

Having bought and painted the wonderful Gringo40s figures, it was time to put them on the table.Bob and Allan chose the Mexican Republicans so Mike and Ian took control of the Maximillian Imperialists.The Maximillian forces possess the fort top left of…

Macron v Merkle

Posted on June 2nd, 2018 under Posted by

Yesterday saw another visit to Steve’s Goldhanger War Rooms for a further game of Black Powder.He had the French under the command of the masterly Marshal Macron whilst I had a combined Austrian & Prussian command commanded by General von Merkle.He…

Errata – Partizan

Posted on May 21st, 2018 under Posted by

Apologies – Partizan was in fact 20th May, not 19th !!!

Partizan, Newark, 19th May 2018

Posted on May 21st, 2018 under Posted by

Yesterday, a few of us from Essex Warriors made the trip up the A1 to Partizan – arguably one of the best war-games shows since their move to the Newark Showground.Yet again it didn’t disappoint with a wide variety of games & traders.  I think…

The Picts Are Coming !

Posted on May 6th, 2018 under Posted by

Too Fat Lardies Dux Britanniarum today, using the Picts, Scotti & Irish Raiders Supplement.Allan brought along his Pictish force and Bob assisted him in the game, I had my usual Romano-British.The Picts were raiding and seeking treasure trove in th…

French v Prussians : Black Powder game

Posted on May 4th, 2018 under Posted by

To get the Bank Holiday Weekend off to a good start, I hosted a game at mine today.Mike and Steve brought their Prussians, Graham some Dutch Nassauers, I provided the French.We chose sides – Steve and Graham had the French, Mike and I the Prussians plu…

ACW Sharp Practice

Posted on April 30th, 2018 under Posted by

With several members still recovering from Hammerhead up at Newark yesterday, we did not expect too many members at the club today, so Allan and I had opted for a small skirmish game.As it happened, Graham and Ian looked in and helped out.  Also n…

New Wargames Shed !

Posted on April 27th, 2018 under Posted by

Not mine, but Steve Clarke’s, which has been many months in the making.Yesterday, we had a “soft opening”, a trial game before the much heralded official opening which will doubtless be attended by royalty, members of government and celebrities from fa…

Salute 2018

Posted on April 22nd, 2018 under Posted by

Essex Warriors put on an AWI game at Salute this year – the Battle of Freeman’s FarmHere’s Steve, Graham and Bob setting upterrain and most of the figures were supplied by Grahamand we’re off ! British troops march to attackskirmishers to the frontan a…

Romans v Gauls : Hail Caesar game

Posted on April 22nd, 2018 under Posted by

Essex Warriors club day today.Mike and I brought along our Romans and Allan his Gauls with Steve C lending Allan a helping hand.Our Romans are defending a hill linewith cavalry on the flanksskirmishers out frontready for anything to be flung at them !l…

Spanish Civil War : Chain of Command

Posted on April 8th, 2018 under Posted by

Today, Ian brought along his amazing Spanish Civil War collection to the club for a game of CoC in Spain.  Allan and Steve C had the Militia and Guardia Civil, Mike and I the Nationalists.Here’s the view from Allan & Steve’s endThis the view f…

Chancellorsville : Donald Featherstone Memorial Weekend

Posted on April 3rd, 2018 under Posted by

Two weekends ago, we gathered at the Wargames Holiday Centre for our annual get-together to remember Donald Featherstone and the immense contribution he made to our hobby.This year, Mark Freeth had laid on a refight of Chancellorsville for our delectat…

Battle for Futtock’s Mill : ECW Pike & Shotte game

Posted on March 18th, 2018 under Posted by

Graham brought along some of his fantastic ECW collection for a game at Writtle today – Futtock’s Mill was the game, not one you will find in any history book, I hasten to add !Graham and I were the Royalist commanders – I had the cavalry on our left w…

Muddy CoC : Chain of Command WWI

Posted on March 12th, 2018 under Posted by

Yesterday at the club we tried out the WWI adaptations for Chain of Command as published in the Too Fat Lardies Christmas Special back in 2014.Mike and Allan prepare to do battle – Mike is putting on his first Germans as Allan has his British hidden in…

Cavalier Wargames Show : Tonbridge

Posted on February 26th, 2018 under Posted by

Four of us set off nice and early for a trip “across the water” to Tonbridge, Kent – well OK, we only had to drive over the Dartford Bridge !Leaving at 0830, we had an easy traffic free drive and arrived for bacon butties & coffee by 0900.Definitel…

More Dux – this time introducing Tim and "Yorkshire" Ian

Posted on February 19th, 2018 under Posted by

Tim had asked for a game of Dux so we duly obliged at Writtle yesterday – and Ian sat in too as he had never played.A reminder of the Too Fat Lardies rulesetWe started with a Saxon raid as a simple intro to the systemSteve Clarke “mentored” Tim on how …

Seven Years War – Black Powder

Posted on February 14th, 2018 under Posted by

Steve and Mike called around earlier this week for a quick game of Black Powder, so we used what troops I had to hand.Steve had the Austrians & French seen arriving on the back of the boardwith some French skirmishers in the woods in the foreground…

French Indian Wars : Sharp Practice

Posted on February 11th, 2018 under Posted by

Today was Essex Warriors AGM but gaming comes first so plenty of activity before the Committee called us all to order.Ian kindly brought along his French Indian Wars stuff for us to play Sharp Practice.Here’s the set up. Ian to act as umpire.Plenty of …

Wars of the Roses : Lion Rampant with a Twist

Posted on February 6th, 2018 under Posted by

Rafael has been adapting Lion Rampant rules to use with bigger armies, so today we tried out his amendments and he brought his troops along too !I had this Lancastrian forcecommanded by this LordPikemen away on the leftAnd here’s Rafael’s beloved Yorki…

Breaking Bob’s Dux

Posted on February 1st, 2018 under Posted by

Bob Pace came to the Billericay War Rooms today for his first game of Dux Britanniarum.We did the Church Raid scenario and Bob chose the Saxon attackers.We played out the pre-game events of Speeches, Drinking & Consulting the Gods (not the Champion…

Wars of the Roses – using Hail Caesar rules

Posted on January 29th, 2018 under Posted by

Rafael came over this afternoon and we played a quick Wars of the Roses game – before I head off to see Darkest Hour at the cinema tonight !Rafael had the Lancastrian forces left of this pictureThis is the cavalry on the Yorkist right flankYorkist cent…

AWI Action at Graham’s

Posted on January 25th, 2018 under Posted by

Bob, Steve and I descended on Graham’s place today, to get in some practice with Black Powder American War of Independence fighting as this is what we will be putting on at Salute this year.Graham and Bob played the Americans, Steve and I the British. …

English Civil Wat at Writtle

Posted on January 21st, 2018 under Posted by

Club day again and today we had agreed to put on an ECW game using Pike & Shotte rules.Bob and I provided the figures, Allan the terrain & buildings.Steve & Ian picked the Parliamentarians but Bob, Allan and I got the initiative for the Roy…

Von Luck Campaign Continues

Posted on January 15th, 2018 under Posted by

Ian and I got the troops out again for the next instalment in this Chain of Command “Pint Sized Campaign”.Last time the British Paras managed to give the German Panzergrenadiers a bloody nose in the “Corridor of Death” scenario which meant the Paras he…