Thursday, 16 August 2018

15 August Games

Greetings

Still low on attendance, but enough to play The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey. I'd brought this in case there were too many present for the planned Necromunda game. Rob L ran out winner with the Bilbo Baggins character having gained the strength of Conan the Barbarian and a run of good luck on movement and combat.


Necromunda has been planned again for next week; Mike has asked if I could run an ACW naval game. This hasn't been out in a long while, so I'll bring that along. I'm still working on Sudan colonials for The Men Who Would Be Kings, but this will be a couple more weeks I think.

See yer soon

Neil

Thursday, 9 August 2018

8th August Games

Greetings

Still thin on the ground with holidays etc, but at least the weather has cooled down - for the moment. I ran the Space Hulk 'Beach Head' scenario primarily for Rob's benefit as he hadn't played the 'new edition' before. He ran the Genestealers while an unholy mixture of Steve S/Dave C/Mark ran the Deathwing, whilst also playing munchkin Marvel. As might be expected, this led to the Marines losing again! Suffice to say the Chapter Master is not impressed.

Next week, Rob has offered to run Necromunda, nothing else as yet but I'll bring along a backup game. Any other offers?

See yer soon

Neil

Thursday, 2 August 2018

1st August Games

Greetings

The holiday season and the return of the warm weather continues to affect attendance. Andy P ran his Asian skirmish game for a draw, whilst Steve H and I played Battle Cry (the Richard Borg ACW game); by losing First Bull Run for the Confederacy, I may have unwittingly saved thousands of lives . . .

Next week, I've offered to run Space Hulk again for those who missed the last game. No firm decision had been taken as to whether Andy P should run his Asian game or if Mark would offer one of his modern skirmishes; doubtless something will be offered. Rob L has offered to run Necromunda again in a couple of weeks, and I'm making progress with rebasing Mahdists and British for The Men Who Would Be Kings - plenty to come.

A reminder that we've been invited to attend A Writtle Bit of Lard at the Essex Warriors base in Writtle on 30/9/18. No game has been offered at present as this is a Too Fat Lardies special, so it would be an opportunity to try out some of their rules. The organisers have been kind enough to advise that since SEEMs has supported their Open Days for so many years, entry will be free - so wear those new badges!

See yer soon

Neil

Thursday, 26 July 2018

25th July Games

Greetings

Still low on numbers due to hot weather/holidays etc. Thanks to Mark for running his Retro Raygun sci fi game. Steve H and I played Rise of Tribes, a new game he had brought along - basically a colonisation game without some of the pitfalls of the Catan series of games. It would be better with three or more players but proved an interesting diversion.

Next week, Andy P wants to run his Asian (Samurai) battle game, I'll bring Battle Cry as a backup but if anyone else is likely to be along, please feel free to offer other games.

See yer soon

Neil

Monday, 23 July 2018

18th July Games

Greetings

A return to wargaming after the World Cup found us still a bit low on numbers, but since we're into the holiday season, I'm not surprised. I ran the Space Hulk game originally planned for last week (for those owning the current edition of the game, it was the Beach Head scenario). Suffice to say the Deathwing had an off day and had their shiny metal behinds handed to them by the 'stealers.

Next week, Mark has offered to run his Retro Raygun 1950's style sci-fi game (no Ed Wood films? Plan 9 From Outer Space anyone?) - I'm reading a lot on ACW ahead of a new Osprey rules set promised for next year, so I'll bring Battlecry as a backup game.

While I think of it, I have arranged with the SELWG club to run a Napoleonic naval game at the Crystal Palace show on 21/10/18. The game in question hasn't been out on the circuit for about 4 years, and given the sate it seems to be a natural choice. A bit of work needs to be done on the display material but other than that it's ready to roll.

See yer soon

Neil

Thursday, 5 July 2018

4th July Games

Greetings

Thanks to Dave K for running a further Mad Dogs with Guns game for those attending considering the American gangster wars for a future club game (appropriate for the 4th July!). My personal thanks to Rob L for bringing along the new version of Necromunda for a trial game. I got lucky and won the game, but as a first effort I would certainly play again using the full blown version of the rules. Might even paint some figures . . .

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mad dogs with guns board scenery gangsters game


I was able to distribute the first of the new club badges to members last night. These appear to have met with general approval from those who have recieved them thus far; I'll dish out the rest as people turn up.

Next week, I've offered to run a Space Hulk game for Rob as a thank you for this week's game as he hasn't played the most recent version yet. I'll plan a scenario which should accommodate up to three players. Steve S has offered to bring a Mars Attacks! related game, but as ever I'd welcome further offers.

See yer soon

Neil

Monday, 2 July 2018

27th June Games

Greetings

The planned Necromunda game was postponed due to illness (get well soon Bob) but the Mad Dogs game went ahead as planned. Mayhem ensued as usual.

I've recieved confirmation that the club badges have been sent so hopefully these will be avaliable next week.

Only confirmed game for next week is a further Mad Dogs with Guns excursion; possible Necromunda too. Any other suggestions or offers would be welcome.

See yer soon

Neil

Sunday, 24 June 2018

20th June Games

Greetings

A better turnout last night. Thanks to Dave K for running a Bolt Action WW2 game for the bulk of those in attendance; Chris, Steve H and I played a further game of The Men Who Would Be Kings using our respective Egyptian and British forces. The scenario required the British to execute a 'strategic withdrawal' (according to The Times at least) across the board in the face of Egyptian attempts to stop this. Given that the Egyptian forces are considered under the rules to be far inferior to the British (not necessarily the case I might add), they gave the British a hard time, particularly given that the British decided to stand their ground until their CO was killed when they finally deigned to join the withdrawal! No much to report on the WW2 game other than to report that it was apparently a hard fought game.

Andy P has advised me that his radio hamateur group (I think that was what he called it) have asked if the club would like to present a game at either Tilbury Fort or Coalhouse Fort later this summer as part of a display. I think that the Big Tanks game might suit this, but would welcome comment from anyone interested

I hope to place the order for club badges shortly as discussed at the AGM. Once these arrive I'll distribute some.

I have been advised by the Essex Warriors that although they will not be holding their Open Day this year, they are hosting A Writtle bit of Lard - a day of Too Fat Lardies games, which will be graced by the presence of Richard Clark himself. Although their is a charge of £3 for attendees, I have been told that SEEMs members will not be liable for this charge due to our longstanding support of the Open Day. A nice gesture which I think we might take up. Anyone thinking of attending, please let me know and I'll advise the Warriors.

Bob has offered to run a Necromunda game, whilst Dave K will run Mad Dogs with Guns.

See yer soon

Neil

13th June Games

Greetings

Bit thin on the ground again last night; thanks to Dave K and Steve S for providing the terrain and figures for another test game using the 'Mad Dogs With Guns' rules. Dave and others are considering starting a project for American gangster warfare, but need to work on their Chicago and Noo Yoik accents . . .

Dave has agreed to run either a Bolt Action or Border Reiver game next week. I'd like to have another game with Chris using The Men Who Would Be Kings rules if he is around.

See yer soon

Neil

6th June Games

Greetings

Thanks to Mark for running his Barbarian Fantasy game last night. Borrowing the dungeon complex from the Wayland setup for made for an entertaining game with plenty f mayhem. Bob and Andy P played Dark Souls, another happy game for a Wednesday. . .

We are likely to be a bit thin on the ground next week with holidays and so forth, so Dave K and Steve S have offered to run another Mad Dogs With Guns game for those attending. I'll bring Ludis Gladiatorus but if Chris is available for another TMWWBK game might ensue.

See yer soon

Neil

Saturday, 2 June 2018

30th May Games

Greetings

A busy night all round:

Dave K ran a Bolt Action game for the bulk of those present, whilst Chris, Andy H, Steve H and I played another Men Who Would Be Kings game using my British and Chris' Khedival Egyptians had the insufferable check to put up something of a fight this time, while some of the British were a little tardy in joining the fun. Despite the issues, the Illustrated London News will doubtless be publishing details of yet another British victory in due course. (That said, to say the action was something of a mismatch is an understatement).


Mark has offered to run his Barbarian fantasy game next week. I'm not sure what else might be on offer at present - Steve H has an updated version of Zombicide to try out, and if Chris can make it we may run a other TMWWBK game. I'd also mention Steve H and I are running a Battlefleet Gothic game at Broadside in Sittingbourne on the 10th June. If anyone is thinking of making the journey, I can arrange all day parking for £5.00 but I must know about this in advance as we onlu jabe one spare ticket available.

See yer soon

Neil

23rd May Games

Greetings

Mark and Dave K played Hordes of the Things while Steve S, John and Andy P played Pirates of the Crimson Coast last night.
Steve H and I got to grips with Guild Ball (which he picked up at Salute) didn't get too far into the game but it was certainly violent!

I gather a Bolt Action has been arranged for next week. I'm not sure if we can run another TMWWBK colonial game or not - are you available Chris?

See yer soon

Neil

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

16th May Games

Greetings

A first test of the Mad Dogs with Guns rules took place last night; I didn't see much of the game as Chris and I gave a run out to his Khedival Egyptians and my British using The Men Who Would Be Kings rules, Modesty forbids my commenting on the crushing nature of the British victory, other than to observe that the morale of the Egyptian is not to be trusted.

Next week, it's been suggested that we run a Pirates of the Crimson Coast game. I'll bring my Guild Ball as an alternative game to play with Steve H.

If anyone is planning a visit the Broadside show at Sittingbourne on 10/6/18, and intends to stay for any length of time, I can arrange all day parking with the organisers for £5.00. I require a pass (obviously) so if you are interested please let me know asap as we are limited to two.

As previously discussed, I can supply figures for the Resistance and Terminators for Terminator Genisys to anyone interested in painting for the proposed club show to air at Cavalier 2019. Please, contact me with details of what figures you require - ideally a mix of both.

See yer soon

Neil


Friday, 11 May 2018

9th May Games

Greetings

Thanks to Mark for running his SWAT game; this time it took on a Special Forces theme to infiltrate and 'neutralise' a terrorist base. A good game enjoyed by all.

Next week, plans are afoot to try a Roaring 20's gangster game using Mad Dogs with Guns, whilst Chris and I intend to give our respective English and Egyptian forces for the 1881 war a run out using The Men Who Would Be Kings rules. I've asked Scott to hold two tables for us, so we should be ok.

See yer soon

Neil

Thursday, 3 May 2018

2rd May Games

Greetings

We were able to run a further play test of the Terminator Genisys game last night: Steve S kindly organised two forces which meant the game went down to the wire, with the machines onlu winning at the last moment. If members are prepared to paint figures for a possible show game, I can supply Human Resistance or Terminators from stock I already hold, allowing squads to be built up.

I've asked Waylands to reserve a table for next week to allow Mark to run his SWAT team game, if anyone has any other ideas, please let me know.

See yer soon

Neil

Thursday, 26 April 2018

25th April AGM

Greetings

Thanks for everyone's attendance and assistance last night at the AGM. I thought I should summerise the items discussed, conclusions drawn and further action where appropriate:
  • Club Funds - I'm currently awaiting a response from Santander concerning the failure to supply statements and failing to honour our earlier request for Mark's access to the account. We also decided that following Andy's explanation of the subscription issues from 2017, no refunds would be made.
  • Club Badges - Please view the attached link to www.quickbadge.co.uk for details of the samples I showed last night. I think the 60mm x 40mm badge is our best best, but please take time to view the site and we'll discuss this further in due course.
  • Club Game - This is still under review, but it seems that from the point of view of a game for future shows Terminator Genisys has possibilities. As advised I have a large stock of Resistance Fighters and Terminators which I'd be happy to pass out for painting should this be a game we choose to present.
With this in mind, I've arranged that we should have a play test next week of the full TG rules to assess how much needs to be done. I've asked Scott to hold a table for our use in case the work in the warehouse isn't finished.

See yer soon

Neil

Thursday, 19 April 2018

18th April Games

Greetings

I ran a Dark Ages Lion Rampant game for the relatively low turnout last night; the idea was that the Norse and Saxon hosts were trying to hold multiple crossing points over a river ahead of the arrival of the main forces. A right old ding-dong ensued, with the Norse eventually winning but at a grave cost to themselves. I'll keep this in mind for the future . . . .

Next week sees what I call an AGM (on the basis that it happens once a year as a meeting of the membership - 'if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it must be a duck') albeit in rather different form to earlier meetings. Thus far the issues up for discussion are as follows:

  • Refund of the unused portion of 2017 subscriptions following our departure from the Hockley Community Centre.
  • Discussion of a possible club game for the various shows we attend. What form it should take, type of game etc.
  • Provision of SEEMS badges or polo shirts for members attending shows as a means of reinforcing the club's identity.
  • Any other business?
I'd like to start by 8.15pm. I can't see any reason why we shouldn't be able to find a corner of the Wayland site to have this meeting, and hopefully we can sort things out quickly.

See yer soon

Neil

Saturday, 14 April 2018

11th April Games

Greetings

Still a bit thin on the ground this week, but I was able to run a Poseidon's Warriors ancient naval game for Dave K, Mark and Steve H, while Steve S and Andy P played a Horror Wars (Victorian supernatural).

Poseidon's warriors ancient naval warefare game osprey



I've agreed to run a Dark Ages Lion Rampant game next week - any other offers to be advised, please.

As you're aware it's Salute at Excel in East London this coming Saturday. Although, we're not running a game I expect to see quite a few of you around and about, although, I would remind one and all that Chris, Graham and John are running a game under the league of Anti-Alchemists banner based on Garibaldi and the Italian Risorgimento.

See yer soon

Neil

Thursday, 5 April 2018

4th March Games

Greetings

Just enough in attendance last night to run a second Bolt Action game using Dave K's Americans and Germans. This week's scenario involved an American assault on a German position; this proved to be a grinding match with high losses on both sides, before the Germans scraped a draw despite high casualties.




I've offered to run a Poseidon's Warriors ancient naval game next, if anyone else has a game they'd like to run, please advise.

See yer soon

Neil

Thursday, 29 March 2018

28th Games Played

Greetings

Dave K ran his promised Bolt Action W2 game last night; I 'assisted' with umpiring and rules interpretation where necessary. Dave's collection of American and German late war troops clashed over the control of a crossroads. Uncle Sam's firepower eventually saw off the German forces for victory.


This was very much a trial game as we hadn't played BA for a while and the rules are more developed than the USSR rules I had used recently (although these are still the subject of attention as a low level alternative to BA).

Dave has offered to run a further BA game next week which I will support with terrain etc. Any other game offers would be appreciated. . .

See yer soon

Neil

21st March Games

Greetings

The return of warmer weather brought out a few more last night; as such we were able to run two games. Mark Ran his Victorian Horror game.



Whilst I ran the promised larger Bolt Action USSR game. I was primarily involved in the umpiring/rule interpretation of the USSR game - neither side was able to fulfil it's mission due to large numbers of pinned troops. Dave K's lousy dice luck continued, but he wasn't using my dice most of the game. Whilst not everybody agrees with the mechanics of the rules, the general feeling is they perhaps reflect the reality of small scale actions better than some other rules.

Next week, Dave K has offered to run a WW2 game using the successor rules to the above, which should provide a useful counterpoint to the recent games. I'll bring something else along as backup.

Following recent discussions, I'd like to hold a 'AGM' on Wednesday 25th April starting at about 8.15pm. I use inverted commas as the only matters requiring attention are the following:
  • The partial refund of 2017 subscriptions due to our move from the Hockley Community Centre in June last year.
  • The purchase of club polo shirts or badges for use at wargames shows.
  • The nature of a possible club project for an exhibition game.
See yer soon

Neil

Friday, 16 March 2018

8th March Games


Greetings

Sufficient on hand to run two games last night; Andy P ran his Asian Invasion game.


Whilst I took the opportunity to run the original Bolt Action WW2 skirmish rules for John and Dave K. This was the first time I had run a game using these rules for a considerable while, so progress was slow initially, but despite Dave's truly appalling dice luck (well, he was using my dice!) there was sufficient interest for the experiment to be repeated next week. The thing about these rules (not sure if this is reflected in the current version) is that the game is about the mission and troops are more likely to be pinned down by suppressive fire than killed. I've always been fond of the set and was pleased that the game went well.


With this in mind, I've agreed to run the game again with a larger number of troops next week. No firm decision about any other games, so suggestions are welcome.

I've consulted Andy H and Mark with a view to holding the AGM after Salute. More details to follow.

See yer soon

Neil

Thursday, 8 March 2018

7th March Games

Greetings

A return to normal proceedings this week after the short term Finbul Winter of last week, saw us play Zombicide Green Horde again. Great fun even if I did get a little too much into character as the barbarian fighter (but did keep all my clothes on!)>

Next week Andy P has offered to run his Asian Invasion game, whilst I'd like to go back to the original Bolt Action low level skirmish rules for WW2. With luck we can run a couple of games at squad level during the evening.

I note that e-tickets for Salute have now gone on sale. A £10 in advance, as distinct from £20 cash only on the door, this is well worth the while if you're proposing to attend the show. See the website www.salute.co.uk for more details.

See yer soon

Neil

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Big Tanks

Thank you for the game at Cavalier, here's a few pics, if you want a full Battle Report follow the link:
Big Tanks








Thursday, 22 February 2018

21st February Games

Greetings

Thanks to Steve H for running the cheerful mayhem that is Zombicide last night; this time the Green Horde (undead orcs) put in an appearance; great fun as always.


Special mentions to Rob and Mark who ran a Roaring Twenties gangster game using the new Osprey rules. Thanks to Andy P for a couple of card games he put on. Hopefully, we will be able to run something more substantial in the future.


This Sunday sees our first show of the year - Cavalier at Tonbridge. Our offering will be the Big Tanks WW2 participation game.
Next week, we'll run some Zombicide Green Horde again, while Andy P will offer his Asian Invasion game.

See yer soon

Neil

Thursday, 15 February 2018

14th February Games

Greetings

The scheduled games were replaced by Mark's Retro Raygun sci-fi game and a colonial game run by Chris and Andy H using The Men Who Would Be Kings rules. The more I watch the latter set of rules in action, the more I like them and find myself considering other periods in which they could be used; the American Civil War comes to mind. . .

the men who would be kings essex wargaming club



Next week, Steve H will run the promised Zombicide game, and Steve S and I will bring some backup. A reminder that we are attending the Cavalier show in Tonbridge on 25/02/18, where I'll run the Big Tanks game - and questions, please feel free to contact me direct.

See yer soon

Neil

Thursday, 8 February 2018

7th February Games

Greetings

The trial game of Terminator Genisys took place last night - thanks to Steve S and Dave K for organising and providing the scenery for the game. We were able to run two games, the second using the expanded rules intended for the game rather than the core set supplied with what is after all a starter set. This transformed the loss rate of the human resistance fighters! The idea is to run this as a game later this year at a show but we still need to work on the rules and the scenarios.

terminator genisys genesys wargame board game club


Next week, I understand that Andy P intends to run a Conan based game, while Steve H will bring a new version of Zombicide along. I'll bring something as backup.

See yer soon

Neil

Friday, 2 February 2018

31st January Games

Greetings

Thanks to Mark for running a Lord of the Rings game last night; Men of Rohan with Elvish support tried to hold a position in the face of an all out Uruk-Hai assault, which ended with thoughts of 'last stand' and 'massacre' crossing my mind. A game enjoyed by all nonetheless.



Next week, we plan another Terminator Genisys game; I'd like to offer this as a game for SELWG in October, so if Dave K can bring his zombie apocalypse terrain, I'll bring my figures and we'll see what we can plan.

See yer soon

Neil

Thursday, 25 January 2018

24th January Games

Busy night over at Wayland Games, but we were able to grab a table for Steve S' delayed Doctor Who game. The Tenth Doctor and UNIT were able to defeat a force of Darleks, but I think the Master may have made off with the prize.

Next week, Mark has offered to run a Lord of the Rings skirmish and I'll bring Memoir 44 as a back up.

See yer soon

Neil

Thursday, 18 January 2018

17th January Games

Greetings

Attendance this week was servery affected by seasonal lurgy - Mark and Steve H, hope you're both feeling much better by the time you read this. Steve S' Doctor Who game was set aside until next week, and we played two games of the initial Space Hulk scenario 'Bridgehead'. The Marines got their armoured botties kicked in the first game, but managed to win the second game.
As noted above, Steve S will run his Doctor Who game next week; I'll bring something else as back up.

With regard to upcoming shows, I have now received details for Cavalier on 25/2/18 in Tonbridge. We appear to be in the hall with the Bring and Buy - no bad thing for bargains! I've also received an invitation for Broadside on 10/6/18 at Sittingbourne. Given the table size restrictions at this show, I've decided to run the Battlefleet Gothic scenario we played a while back as this fits nicely on a small table.

Whilst typing this email, I took delivery of a new display stand for future use at shows. This will help to make our games look more professional at the shows we attend.

See yer soon

Neil

Thursday, 11 January 2018

10th January Games

Greetings

Mark ran his Barbarian Fantasy game for the bulk of those present - apparently the young woman who couldn't afford any clothes was rescued, but only after the demise of Jon's barbarian hero who was supposed to supply the muscle!


Mike C, Steve B, Steve H and I, played Lords of Waterdeep, which proved to be an interesting evening even if I did finish last.


Steve S has offered to run a Doctor Who game next week, whilst I propose to bring Space Hulk for those not participating in the former. Also, I note from the TWWS website that we have been offered a table at Cavalier 2018 on 25/2/18 to run my Big Tanks game. More details as I receive them.

See yer soon

Neil

Thursday, 4 January 2018

3rd January Games

Greetings

Just the Steves, Mark and I turned out last night (doubtless poor weather/post Christmas lurgi etc, accounted for the rest) which enabled us to try out the Terminator Genesys game. The rules (while not perfect) play a lot better than previous feedback had indicated - I'd like to look at this from the view point of a future show game later this year. Terrain supplied by Wayland Games which suited the post-apocalyptic feel of the game.

terminator genesys game wargame


Mark has offered to run his Barbarian Fantasy game next week, so I hope we'll see a few more of you onsite. I will bring something as back-up.

See yer soon

Neil