A busy few days: Recon show, Necromunda, The Great War and Wargames magazines.

Last weekend I, with Paul, flew the flag for Pennine Megagames by taking the demo version of ‘Harrying of the North’; it is a simple map movement and battle board participation game.

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The Normans have to hoover up supplies whilst Saxons under Edgar the Etheling try to stop them. It is mainly to show off the combat mechanisms I plan to use in the future megagame. Be honest about it, whilst the game works, it take too long for what would be available in a megagame turn so it needs streamlining more. However, with Fall Blau on the horizon I am devoting my energies into that. I plan to take a demo version of it to the Hammerhead show at Newark and possibly Chillcon in Sheffield. Pleasingly the paper figures that I cut out seemed to be very popular with the punters at Pudsey. Given how little time they took to construct I’m really pleased with how they turned out.

A couple of posts ago I mentioned that my sense of nostalgia had been tweaked by Games Workshop’s reissue of Necromunda. Well my friend Jonathon has a copy so I popped round to have a game.

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Having got such fond memories of the original and gaming in my teenage years I was hoping that it lived up to the hype.

I quickly came up with a Goliath gang and got on with it, I’m pretty sure a few of the subtleties of the rules were missed but it was good to get a feel of the new version.

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The production quality is outstanding, as it should be for such a company, and the new figures are miniature works of art. My choices for the gang weren’t ideal and as the Escher were so very good at ranged combat I took heavy casualties until I got into close combat. Still it was a learning experience and I know what I’d do differently next time.

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I’m really tempted to get the game- sadly running out of space means I may not. I’d love to make a detailed vertical board for it but the question is where to put it… I guess I really should sort out my shed. It may be the impetus I need. Either way I may start with a Goliath gang of my own for a starter; it shouldn’t be too hard to find space for ten figures.

I also played a quick game of PSC’s The Great War with Evan. Given the kickstarter I mentioned has been funded it was good to get it on the table again. The scenario we chose to play was based on the famous action of a tank named ‘Fray Bentos’ at Passchendaele:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/world-war-one/10358335/WW1-The-siege-of-Fray-Bentos-at-the-Battle-of-Passchendaele.html

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My Germans, despite getting off to a good start, failed to achieve much. Aggressive infantry backed up by the immobile but still shooting tank completely outclassed me. Another game I’ll do better at next time….

I also picked up two of the three big wargaming magazines, it is not something I often do but they both had articles that looked interesting, the differences between the two are quite marked though.

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Wargames Illustrated has by far the better production but the depth of the articles left something to be desired: the Russo-Japanese one, whilst featuring some lovely photos was a bit shallow so to speak. The campaign on the fighting in Prussia in WW2 was interesting but could have done with some better editing. Great eye candy though but little in I’d refer back to later beyond the campaign.

Miniature Wargames has undergone a few changed from when I used to buy it; it looks far more professional now. It always had the best articles in but was often let down by poor photos. Under new owners and editorship that has changed. The reason I bought the magazine was that it featured an article on the Warsaw battle 1944 by Jim Webster, he is much under rated as a games writer in my opinion. I’ve always found his writing to be worth the price of admission alone. His ideas on gaming urban warfare are no exception and something I’ll try out on my own table top soon hopefully.

 

Cheers,

 

Pete.

 

 

 

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Triples, Sheffield, 2013.

I’ve just spent the weekend in Sheffield at the Triples show. Not a bad weekend- though it did seem a bit quieter than last year.

I didn’t take any pictures- mainly because I’m terrible at photography, however there are many good photo sets in the blogging community out there.

I was particularly taken with a large scale Mad Max participation game that re create the classic assault on the oil tanker that makes up the climatic ending of the second installment. Shame I didn’t find the time to have a go myself- kicking myself now. Loved the film inspired costumes too.

That said I did spend a very pleasant half hour playing the Wargames Development’s participation game called Ten Rounds Rapid. Based on an abstracted grid the game saw a brave Battalion of the BEF try to hold off the advancing Picklehaube’d Germans.

Even with my typically bad dice rolling the game was closer than I expected. The seemingly endless Germans advanced as I tried to pin them (to slow their advance) or kill them before they got to my hastily dug scrapes that formed my defence line. Extra machine gun fire and artillery for each side was determined by a random card draw. The game came to a conclusion as the Germans were assaulting my defence line, the Colonel, representing me, was sent into the line to personally lead a counter attack, this held the line until the end of the game but turned out to be a posthumous victory as me/ the Colonel was killed in the counter attack.

All great fun but given the 100 year anniversary of the start of WW1 is next year I couldn’t help but have the sober reflection that I was now one of the many names carved on the war memorials in practically every village in the country….

Other games looked good too- another WW1 themed game- this time biplane dogfights proved very popular as did a Stalingrad game in 15mm. An game set in 1920s Central America got my attention too- unusual periods always appeal and the execution of the game was good. A modern Iraq game proved interesting with some rather ingenious card terrain.

I bought a bit- I had some cash from a recent birthday: I picked up a couple of books, some resin terrain, WW2 Hungarians for a Budapest project (more of that later) and a few support weapons for a WW2 Polish platoon I’m raising. I picked up a few 1/600th aircraft for Evan and got a few for myself- 1995 Cenepa War- seem what I mean about liking obscure periods.

Cheers,

Pete.