Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell a Board Game of English Magic is somewhat of an enigma, a puzzle, not simply in terms of what you, as players, do in the game itself to thwart the Gentleman with the Thistle Down Hair, but rather, given its ...pedigree...how it ballsed it all up so magnificently.Read more »
Osprey’s Last Days is a great Zombie game, a few bands of survivors battling against each other and any random undead attracted by the noise. Mad Lemmey’s ruined Petrol Station from TT Combat is a great centre piece to set up a board around. In this game we had several gangs coming from different edges to grab some swag and make off back to their bases. I really need to get some proper survivor models rather than the random assortment of figures I am using, Hasslefree do a great range, Mad Lemmey has a nice selection including (below) a kid with dustbin lid and club, a Kev with an axe and PC Dibble. And don’t get me started on his Young Ones models, a set of which he very kindly painted and presented to me some time ago!
We played our first proper game of Ospreys "the Men Who Would Be Kings " last night at Sheffield Wargames Society . I Umpired whilst Ian took the part of the British and John over saw the Zulu Impi , we used the Run to the Hills scenarios ,with afew amendments for the AZW not in the main rule book . Ian had 3 British Regular units one with the sharpshooter trait and 2 NNC units ,Johns Impi consisted of 3 married and 3 unmarried regiments .Things got off to a bad start for the Brits with each unit rolling for thier leadership trait which consisted of Drunkards ,Brutal and Ugly leaders ,the Zulus faired a lot better .Surprisingly the first kills of the game came from a unit of NNC taking out 3 Zulus ,after that things went down hill quickly for the British with a lot of bad dice rolls and the Zulus making good use of the go to ground rule to get close to the red coats. The game only lasted 6 turns before the Zulus over ran the galent forces of Queen Victoria ,one unit of NNC fled the field but everyone el
Men of Bronze is the latest set of rule from Osprey Wargames, and is aimed at battles set in Ancient Greece.To me, hoplite warfare seems to be tricky to convert to a game. The clash of phalanx upon phalanx can lead to some boring engagements, and games that focus on a broad sweep of ancient history naturally tend not to give this problem too much thought. Men of Bronze is one of two games that have been released very recently, Mortal Gods being the other, designed with this period in mind. Hopefully one of them, at least, will give us a good game for hoplite warfare. Overview - the book.Men of Bronze is a 64 page book. After a few pages covering ‘first principles’, ie what you need to play, basing, measuring, rounding etc, 4 pages are dedicated to a brief history of the warfare and soldiers involved.The core rules take up the next 17 pages or so, with a further 4 with advanced and special rules.The 13 unit types are then described, followed by 9 lines of battle, or army lists, and 7 sample armies.The boo
Just a quick shout out to these fine plastic kits being put out by North Star Military Figures for Ospreys games , Frostgrave. I know I have previously mentioned my dislike for plastic kits, as I like to say I have gotten too old to be fiddl...