Thursday, 28 June 2012

20th June Games

Bit quiet yesterday, but thanks to Steve Slater for stepping up and running a War at Sea game since Dave Kightly couldn't make it. Likewise my thanks to Andy for his Dogs of War game.

Next week's offerings to date are a Malifaux game, together with the Angels 20 scenario I had planned for this week. Any other offers are appreciated. I might try to see if we can get three tables provided on a regular basis while we have multiple games on offer, but will have to speak to the centre staff about this.

See yer soon,

Friday, 15 June 2012

Wednesday 13th June

We almost looked like a club on Wednesday with three games on the go! Laurie had a couple of incredibly heavy boxes of Napoleonics with the result that a Shako based battle ensued - France against Prussia.

There was also a rather nice looking Warhammer 40K game (Space Marines versus somebody else - sorry I was rather busy to take more than a passing nod at this!) and Mr Fox supplied yet another Axis and Allies: Angels 20 game set over Normandy, 1944 (and great fun it was as well!).

Not sure what is on the line up for next week but there will be another air game set during summer, 1940, 20,000 feet over the Kentish countryside - complete with the obligatory 'sighing for a Merlin'.

Monday, 11 June 2012

Broadside 2012 Report

Broadside 2012 - the view of a roving attendee

What a difference a year makes! The show this year seemed to be far better laid out (not that it was bad before) in terms of trade and games - not sure if it was but it just felt somehow, roomier. As is usual I only spent a couple of hours wandering about and seeing what was on offer - both in respect of games and trade. I took the opportunity so trade a pile of books for some other titles and aside from a small foray into the Bring and Buy/Flea market I actually spent very little! The show itself has a real 'old school' feel about it so you can cheerfully jaw with traders and gamers quite happily and I only wish I had spent some more time doing so. I enjoyed the fact that many of the games looked like the kind of thing you would see at your local club and not the usual static dioramas on offer at the larger events. That is not to say they were in anyway inferior - they just had that more achievable 'club night' look about them!

Space, the final frontier....these are the voyages of the Starship Table Clutter (only kidding, they were still setting up!) - it looks suitably galactic and space opera-ish.

The legendary Mr. Fox in his 'despoiler of worlds and flayer of men's souls' guise....or even 'Darth A'Path - Imperious Bleeder'

Mr Fox had organised a truly epic Battlefleet Gothic game that was awesomely awesome in its awesomeness (I think the fleets were about a gazillion points a side!) and featured suitably large numbers of battling starships and a selection of very nice terrain provided by Mr Hardman. Mr Fox is of course the owner of the two star field mats in use and boy do they look effective! Mention of the large number of asteroids on display did have me mentally humming a certain rather well known tune and recalling images of a particular French 120 gun ship of the line of all things.....(pauses for a moment of sighing and misty eyed reminiscing....)

It was a great day out and for me, exactly what a good show should be rather than the rugby scrum of much bigger events. Here's to Broadside 2013!

(by Dave Crook)

Friday, 8 June 2012

6th June Games

A busy night last night - thanks again to Dave Kightly for providing another War at Sea game as Laurie's projected Napoleonic game hit a snag. Noisy lot, these naval gamers - must all be deaf due to the guns :)

I ran an Eastern Front Angels 20 game, which was based on an actual mission. It all seemed to work out OK, and I think everybody enjoyed themselves. One or two rules tweaks to amend, but otherwise a good game.

This weekend sees the Broadside show over at Sittingbourne. If you are intending to pop over, the link to the host club's website is

from which full details of routes etc. can be obtained.

Next week, I understand that Laurie's Napoleonic game is lined up, and a Warhammer 40K game has been proposed as well. I have a Normandy based Angels 20 scenario in mind - we may need some extra tables!

Anybody getting to Hockley early that evening, could you speak to the caretaker and grab a couple of extra tables just in case, please?

See yer soon

A few pictures from the games - 

In the Angels 20 game was a Russian Front battle between a German Bf110 (as a spotter plane) supported by two FW190's up against a rather desperate rabble of Russian's made up of two Polikarpov I-16's, four Yak 1's (one with a short lived rookie pilot) and a lend-lease P40.

The first rookie Yak 1 doesn't get far on its maiden flight...

...nobody is coming back from that.

The Bf110 completes its objective with a lend-lease P40 in pursuit... more Polikarpov I-16's ("Ishaks") join the fray.

Two more Yak 1's join the growing Russian force.

The Bf110 was constantly harried throughout the game.

But even this much fire-power could not bring it down!

It is finally destroyed but good support from the two FW190's has taken its toll on the Russians.

Final result was five Russian's downed (four Yak 1's and an I-16) to one German (the Bf110)

Focke-Wulf FW190.

Messerschmitt Bf110.

Polikarpov I-16 "Ishak"

Tomahawk P-40.

Yakovlev Yak 1.

A couple of pics from the boisterous War at Sea game on the other table -

See Dave Crook's blog for a write up of the Angels 20 game.

Monday, 4 June 2012

30th May Games

Bit quieter this week but two decent games. Thanks to Dave Kightly for stepping up and running a War at Sea game to cover the gap left by Laurie's postponed Napoleonic game. I ran my customary Angels 20 game, set over Malta with a dustup featuring Hurricanes and assorted Macchi fighters. Both went well so far as I can tell.

Next week, Laurie intends to run the Napoleonic game previously promised. I will offer Angels 20 ( a specific scenario requested by Dave Crook featuring Fw190's and mass destruction is promised). A further reminder concerning the Broadside show on the 10th June at this point;

Those attending for the full day, please speak to me re. parking as I may be able to help with reduced charges for three vehicles.

See yer soon,

A few pics from the Angels 20 game -

The Italian and Polish pilots fight for the airspace.

The damaged Macchi tries to escape but is soon shot down...

RF0 attacks as the Italian makes evasive moves!

The Italian fighter ace chases a damaged Hurricane only to be hazed by the other two!

Final result was one Macchi destroyed and one damaged (the Italian 'Ace' who survived several attacks) and two severely damaged Hurricanes.

A Macchi C.200

A Hawker Hurricane Mk1

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Broadside 2012

Just a quick plug for the upcoming BROADSIDE 2012 in Sittingbourne...

Sunday 10th June 2012 Swallows Leisure Centre, Central Avenue, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 4NT

10am to 4pm - Entrance Fee JUST £3.00!

For more information see the
Milton Hundred Wargames Club 

Neil will be presenting a Battlefleet Gothic game at the show.