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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…

AK47 Republic game at the Club

Posted on January 7th, 2018 under Posted by

After tinkering with this period for some time, we finally got the troops on the table down at the club today.Allan took the role of the People’s Democratic Front trying to depose my lawfully elected President-for-Life, Erasmus Fyfees.Ian Roberts offer…

Battle of Olustee : ACW Regimental Fire & Fury

Posted on January 5th, 2018 under Posted by

Our first game of 2018 !A few of us gathered at Rafael’s house today for a 15mm ACW game – Mike & Ian being the Federal commanders and I had the Rebs (sometimes assisted by Rafael who was also umpiring !). All troops and terrain from Rafael’s colle…

AWI Black Powder : Our Christmas game at Writtle

Posted on December 17th, 2017 under Posted by

Everyone turned up laden with lots of naughty nibbles for this our last game of the year.Rafael is trying to say how big something is !This game was loosely based upon part of the Battle of Long Island where British troops have been landed by ship to t…

English Civil War : Pike & Shotte rules

Posted on November 30th, 2017 under Posted by

Laid low with “man flu” and keeping out of the cold weather, I decided to get the ECW troops off the shelf and have a solo game.Two evenly matched sides face each other across the battlefieldWhich was a bit of a shock for a Gentleman and his Lady who w…

English Civil War : Pike & Shotte rules

Posted on November 30th, 2017 under Posted by

Laid low with “man flu” and keeping out of the cold weather, I decided to get the ECW troops off the shelf and have a solo game.Two evenly matched sides face each other across the battlefieldWhich was a bit of a shock for a Gentleman and his Lady who w…

AK47 Republic Update

Posted on November 30th, 2017 under Posted by

As I have promised Allan a game at the club next month, I thought it best to get the troops on the table and try it out !Its the original set of rules we will useIn this “trial” game, I decided the President’s troops will attack the Popular front at a …

AK47 Republic Update

Posted on November 30th, 2017 under Posted by

As I have promised Allan a game at the club next month, I thought it best to get the troops on the table and try it out !Its the original set of rules we will useIn this “trial” game, I decided the President’s troops will attack the Popular front at a …

Black Powder – Napoleonic Game

Posted on November 23rd, 2017 under Posted by

Steve Clarke and I managed to get together today and fight another Black Powder game – this time Napoleonic rather than AWI.This was at my Billericay War Rooms using some of my collection. Steve had the British force, me the French.Start positions, Bri…

Black Powder – Napoleonic Game

Posted on November 23rd, 2017 under Posted by

Steve Clarke and I managed to get together today and fight another Black Powder game – this time Napoleonic rather than AWI.This was at my Billericay War Rooms using some of my collection. Steve had the British force, me the French.Start positions, Bri…

Siege of Masada

Posted on November 16th, 2017 under Posted by

Yet more pics from our recent Med cruise – this time a shore cruise in Israel.En route to the Dead Sea, we stopped Masada to see where the Romans had attacked the Jews defending their mountain top fortress.Easier than for the Romans, we queued to get t…

Siege of Masada

Posted on November 16th, 2017 under Posted by

Yet more pics from our recent Med cruise – this time a shore cruise in Israel.En route to the Dead Sea, we stopped Masada to see where the Romans had attacked the Jews defending their mountain top fortress.Easier than for the Romans, we queued to get t…

Another Fort for you !

Posted on November 13th, 2017 under Posted by

Back to our recent Mediterranean cruise.Another fort I managed to persuade my wife and friends to look at was the one at the entrance to Heraklion harbour in Crete.Built originally by the Venetians, it has been beautifully restored and is now a very go…

Another Fort for you !

Posted on November 13th, 2017 under Posted by

Back to our recent Mediterranean cruise.Another fort I managed to persuade my wife and friends to look at was the one at the entrance to Heraklion harbour in Crete.Built originally by the Venetians, it has been beautifully restored and is now a very go…

American War of Independence : "Black Powder" game

Posted on November 12th, 2017 under Posted by

Today at Writtle we welcomed gamers from the Darkest Continent – well, north Essex actually !Graham Towers brought not only his collection of figures and terrain but members of his local club too so we could have a BIG Black Powder game.I had the Briti…

American War of Independence : "Black Powder" game

Posted on November 12th, 2017 under Posted by

Today at Writtle we welcomed gamers from the Darkest Continent – well, north Essex actually !Graham Towers brought not only his collection of figures and terrain but members of his local club too so we could have a BIG Black Powder game.I had the Briti…

Von Luck Campaign : Game Three

Posted on November 11th, 2017 under Posted by

Ian and I managed at last to get together to continue our Chain of Command campaign in Normandy.This scene is called “The Corridor of Death” as the British paras have managed to establish themselves in a built up area of solid Norman houses and high, s…