The South East Essex Military Society (SEEMS) is a wargames club based in Hockley, Essex (between Rayleigh and Southend) and has been in existence for 30 years.
The club meets at the Hockley Community Centre every Wednesday night from 7:30 onwards.
Contact: Neil Fox, firstname.lastname@example.org or the group direct on: SEEMS@Yahoogroups.com if you want to come along.
A distinct nautical theme to last night's meeting; thanks to Dave Kightly for the War at Sea game, using his USN and IJN collections. I started rather later than expected with a play test of a set of predreadnought rules due to the late arrival of Messrs. Fosker and Crook, together with the usual business transactions etc. Pictures of both games are attached; the War at Sea game ran twice and my play test went well, but there are changes and rewrites planned for this and a set of rules for the earlier ironclads.
Next week has an Old West game planned using the Warhammer Historical rules. I have had these for some time but have never played them. I believe I have a batch of player aids squirreled away on the PC, and will send these out when I can find them which might help to get things moving on the night.
Well, that one is done for another year! Thanks to John/Chris for the loan of the display stand (table layout features in accompanying photo) and to the two Steves, Laurie and John for helping with the three games we were able to run. Quite a bit of passing interest (including Henry Hyde of Miniature Wargames). On site trade was OK if not quite what I had hoped for but most people came away with a decent haul.
Thanks to Steve and Andy for the Flames of war and Dogs of War games they organised for Wednesday nights session; pictures are attached.
Steve tells me that Mark has proposed a SWAT game, while Steve will bring some board games. I will look at something similar (Memoir 44 or Battle Cry seem like good ideas), but any other offers would be welcomed.
Steve Slater kindly ran a Valley of the Dinosaurs game, which appeared to live up to its customary level of mayhem and apparent double-dealing.
I ran the Angels 20 Russian Front scenario which has made a few appearances to date; this time the Luftwaffe got the sharp end of the stick - both Fw190 escorts were shot down (see accompanying picture) but the Bf110 completed its mission and was able to exit relatively unscathed.
As you may be aware, the Broadside show takes place next Sunday. I will be taking Angels 20 as a participation game, and as always would welcome assistance in the handling of the game from anybody who is planning on attending the show.
I have attached the (rather stylized) route map, together with the layout of the Wyvern Hall, which is the first area you enter on arrival.
We had two games running - I ran a France 1940 Angels 20 game, pitting the Armee de l'Air against a Luftwaffe bombing mission. This was one of the larger games I have run, with 11 aircraft involved. The game was a spirited (and occasionally heated) affair, but the French managed to prevent the bombers getting through. The furball which resulted can best be seen from the attached picture.
Chris, Dave Weedon and Alan played a couple of Hordes of the Things games during the evening. Honours were even at one game all, a picture of the second game being attached.
I plan to run an Eastern Front Angels 20 game next week as a prelude to the Sittingbourne show which is on the 9th of June. If there are any other games planned, perhaps these could be advised?