Thursday, 20 July 2017

20th July Games

Greetings

Thanks to Mark for running his Retro-Raygun sci-fi game this week; I didn't have a lot of time to check it on the game as I was occupied elsewhere. Steve H, Alan and I sat in on a demo game for the new version of Wild West Exodus, which is due for release in a couple of months. WWE has interesting game mechanics - I've succumbed to the lure of the Confederate Rebellion faction (which will come as no surprise to those who know me) and bought some figures.


Wild West Exodus wargame demo wayland games


Next week Mark has offered to run his fantasy barbarian game, while I'll put on a Dark Ages Lion Rampant game. This will be open to any of the denizens of Wayland Games present on the evening as I have spoken to a few people about the game.

See yer soon

Neil

Thursday, 13 July 2017

12th July Games

Greetings

Thanks to Dave K for his WW2 zombie game, using Wayland's urban terrain set u - fought to the bitter end this time. I'd love to see a 28mm 1914 scenario on this terrain . . .


essex wargames club scenery basildon


Chris and Dave C were play testing 'Galleys and Galleons' using some of the models Chris made for the Armada game we ran back in 1988. Still looking good, though.


Next week, Mark will run his Retro Raygun sci-fi game. Wayland's are running a Wild West Exodus extravaganza which may be worth looking into; I'll bring backup as usual.

See yer soon

Neil

Thursday, 6 July 2017

5th July Games

Greetings

Turns out my Space Hulk idea wasn't required; Dave K had bought along his Victorian/Steampunk armies for Hordes of the Things which took care of most of those present; while Steve H and Alan were introduced to the joys of Wild West Exodus by Scott.



Dave K has offered to run his WW2 zombie game next week; so I've asked for the urban terrain table at Wayland's to be reserved for use; thanks Scott. I'll bring something as backup in case we have a sudden influx of new members.

See yer soon

Neil

Thursday, 29 June 2017

28th June Games

Greetings

I was able to run my planned Battlefleet Gothic game last night. The game did not reach it's full conclusion as we were a bit rusty with the rules, but based on Chaos losses I felt the Imperium had the edge at the close of play.
The layout of the table needs some work but the this is not insurmountable. My thanks to Chris who provided the planets and asteroids, and who has very kindly passed these to me for future use.


Next week; Andy P and Steve H will be trialling Wild West Exodus, whilst Mark has agreed to bring his Retro Raygun pulp sci-fi game along. I'll bring something as backup.

See yer soon.

Neil

Thursday, 22 June 2017

21st June Games

Greetings

The much anticipated move to the Wayland Games centre in Eldon Way, Hockley, took place this week in the searing heat; suffice to say I await the return of more sensible British weather with keen anticipation! We were a bit thin on the ground due to various domestic issues, but I was able to run a Lion Rampant Dark Ages game for those present, while Steve S ran Ticket to Ride and Kill Doctor Lucky board games for the remainder.

wayland games centre



Next week I will run a Battlefleet Gothic game, while Steve S will bring some board games.

See yer soon

Neil

Thursday, 15 June 2017

14th June Games

Greetings

Our final evening at the Hockley Community Centre was (perhaps fittingly) a quiet affair, with a few of us playing board games and organising the transfer to Wayland Games. This will occur next Wednesday 21st June; whilst there is a certain sadness in leaving the Community Centre; where we were based for about 14 years, I believe the move to Wayland will be of benefit to those already in residence and to ourselves in particular due to the wider range of influences and games.

Can I ask all members who have been storing club terrain etc. to bring this along next week, so we can arrange storage with the Wayland management team.

See yer soon

Neil

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Broadside 2017

Greetings

Steve H and I are home after a long day (and even longer drive home) but the 'Lords of the Wine Dark Sea' game was well received.



Broadside wasn't a bad show at all, even if the shopping was a bit patchy. I did find a few bits to buy though!

See yer soon

Neil

Thursday, 8 June 2017

7th June Games

Greetings

Last night was a busy one from the point of view of the club's future. I can now reveal that we are relocating to Wayland Games' premises at 17-19 Eldon Way, Hockley, SS5 4AD, with effect from the 21st June 2017. Suffice to say the decision was taken after much discussion and with regret after an extended residency at the Hockley Community Centre. Our impending departure meant that it was necessary to clear our storage cupboard, and for the various members to take temporary possession of the club's terrain pending the move and arrangements for the storage being made with the Hockley management. As a result the only game undertaken was Andy P's samurai game. The game is starting to look quite spectacular with all the scenery Andy has built; I hope to contribute to this in due course when I can start on painting some suitable figures.



Steve H and I have finalised our arrangements for the premiere of the 'Lords of the Wine Dark Sea' game at Broadside in Sittingbourne this coming Sunday. I'm not sure if anyone else is able to attend but I have requested two all day parking permits at 5.00 per vehicle; obviously, I will require one, but if anyone else wishes to use the spare, let me know and I will let the organisers know.

Next week will be our final night at the Community Centre; I'll bring either Battle Cry or Space Hulk, and would suggest anyone else running a game bears in mind that there is no terrain in stock at present.

See yer soon

Neil

Monday, 5 June 2017

31st May Games

Greetings

Fair turnout this week; Andy P ran his Samurai game with a test for a new scenario. Chris, Dave K, Andy H and I played a four handed Lion Rampant game using Chris' Scots vs my normans and a War of the roses retinue (odd mix, I know, but it was all we had to hand). the game was notable for some diabolical dice rolling for combat, morale tests and movement on both sides, and saw my Norman Cavalry either decimated or routed. I have since 'retired' the dice responsible.

Next week, I'll run a pre-Broadside Poseidon's Warriors game and sort out the details for the show on Sunday the 11th. Andy P will run his Samurai game again.

See yer soon

Neil

Thursday, 25 May 2017

24th May Games

Greetings

Enough of us on hand last night to run two games. Steve H and I played an Airfix WW2 board game - not with any great success on my part as I haven't read the rules in ages. Mark ran his barbarian fantasy game with a beautiful 3-D dungeon layout.

Next week; Andy P will run a Samurai game, whilst Chris and I have a Lion Rampant session planned.

See yer soon

Neil

Friday, 19 May 2017

17th May Games

Greetings

Fair turnout on a very wet evening this week; Dave K ran a further Pulp Alley/Sweeney game.


Whilst, Steve H and I tried some refinements to the Poseidon's Warriors game.


Next week, Mark has offered to flex his mighty thews and run his new Barbarians game (Crom!). Not sure what I will offer yet, but will advise when I decide.

See yer soon

Neil

Monday, 8 May 2017

3rd May Games

Greetings

A quick change of Games on my part this week; the Napoleonic naval game has been put back and a Poseidon's Warriors game substituted. Josh and Steve H played, whilst I umpired - both are happy with the way the rules work and we continue for the game's show premier at Broadside on 11/6/17.


Dave K ran a Sweeney inspired Pulp Alley game notable for the absence of kipper ties . . . .



Our AGM is scheduled for the next Wednesday to start at 8.15 sharp. Please try to attend as we have some serious issues to address, a few quick board games for afterwards might be handy as well.

See yer soon

Neil

26th April Games

Greetings

Reasonable turnout last night - Steve S ran a Car Wars game and I umpired the AWI board game ' Hold the Line'; we played the Lexington and Concord scenario, which resulted in a further win for the Crown forces. Bunker Hill next tim methinks.



We also had a visit from Tim who found us using Google-Fu but apparently knew of SEEMS from our days at the Rocheway Centre (when dinosaurs ruled the Earth!)

Next week Dave K will run a Sweeney based Pulp Alley game, whilst I will run a Napoleonic Naval game at Tim's request.

See yer soon

Neil

19th April Games

Greetings

Thanks to Dave K for running a Western gunfight game for those attending last night. Steve H and I had a quick run out with Poseidon's Warriors to give him a taste of how the rules work; this was generally successful.

Next week I'l bring the AWI board game 'Hold the line', while Steve S has agreed to run a car wars game.

Salute at Excel is this Saturday - I expect I'll see a few of you there.

Neil

Thursday, 13 April 2017

13th April Games

Greetings

Travel problems left us a bit short-handed last night; I put my Poseidon's Warriors game on hold to allow Steve S to run an experimental Star Trek game for those attending. The basic mechanisms work OK and Steve made notes during the game for a number of changes. i'm pretty sure I have a number of similar models in Area 51.1 (aka my loft) so I'll have a look and see what I can find.

Therefore, next week I will try to run my Poseidon's Warriors play test. Dave K has offered to run an Old West Gunfight using Pulp Alley rules. See you then.

Neil

Friday, 31 March 2017

29th March Games

Greetings

My thanks to Steve S for hosting a board game last night; whilst I ran a 36AP Lion Rampant Anglo-Norman vs Norse game for Josh, Alan and Dave K. Both sides suffered with poor movement dice rolls at various times, but Dave was able to inflict serious casualties on the Norman cavalry (guys-charging shield walls hurts!), although he couldn't complete the scenario requirements for victory in the time available. I still gave him the benefit of a winning draw for a gutsy fight . Based on last night the Normans can be very effective, but require careful co-ordination.


lion rampant normans norse viking club game gaming historical


No firm decisions for games next week as yet; I hope to be able to run Poseidon's Warriors (ancient naval rules by Osprey) provided a play test this weekend goes OK.

See yer soon

Neil

Friday, 24 March 2017

22rnd March Games

Greetings

Fair turnout last night;

Dave K ran 'Last night on Earth' for the followers of zombie (un)consciousness.


Whilst, Steve H and I tried the Lexington and Concord scenario from the AWI 'Hold the Line' board game. For those unfamiliar with the period, this is the first action of the conflict when British troops from Boston attempted to seize arms and ammunition held by Patriot forces. This time, I am pleased to inform, His Majesty's loyal subjects that a serious defeat was inflicted on the rebels, but not severe enough to crush the rebellion. More anon. . . .


Next week, I've been asked to run a further Lion Rampant game, which I'll try to run with forces of 36AP as a distinct from the usual 24, thus providing sufficient forces for four players. Steve S has offered to bring a selection of board games as a backup.

See yer soon

Neil

Monday, 20 March 2017

8th March Games

Greetings

Fair turnout last night. Steve S and Andy P ran board games, whilst I 'entertained' Steve H and Josh with a Space Hulk mission. Suffice to say that Genestealers rule OK!

Current plans for next week are for a 15mm WW2 game to be organised by John, while I run a Lion Rampant game expanding on the rearguard action I offered recently, primarily to give my new Norman force a runout. Book your place to avoid disappointment.

See yer soon

Neil

15th March Games

Greetings

We ran two games last night; John presented his early WW2 15mm game involving a French counter attack on the German armour advance.


Whilst I put on a Lion Rampant Norman vs Norse game for Dave K, Steve H and Josh. The Norse got away with the relics of St. Haribo again, in spite of some truly appalling movement rolls. An enjoyable game, but the scenario still needs work to give the Normans a decent chance of stopping the Norse escape.


Next week; Dave K will run 'Last Night on Earth', and everyday tale of zombies in America. I'll bring Hold the Line, an AWI board game I picked up at Cavalier recently.

See yer soon

Neil

Thursday, 2 March 2017

1st March Games

Greetings

There were enough of us present last night to run a further test of Mark's fantasy barbarian skirmish game; debate over proposed rule changes was (as usual) 'lively'.



The nature of next week's games is currently uncertain; Steve s has agreed to supply some board games. i can bring 'The hobbit' game, but will have to think about alternatives and post this in due course.

See yer soon

Neil

Cavalier 2017

Greetings

Well, that's the first show of the year out of the way! The zombie apocalypse game was well received, if not appreciated in the Best Game category. my thanks to Dave K for preparing and running the game, assisted by Mark, Andy, Josh and the Steves; we certainly had the interest and those who played all appeared to have enjoyed themselves.



And yes, I had a lovely retail therapy session.

Wednesday night's game will feature Mark's on-going barbarian fantasy game with some rules tweaks he has made; I hope to bring a new AWI board game as aquired on Sunday as back up, but I'll find something in any case.

See yer soon

Neil

Friday, 24 February 2017

23rd February Games

Greetings

Only four of us this week - was it something I said?

Dave K, Steve S, josh and I settled down to run through the scenario Dave had put together for the game at Cavalier on Sunday; this worked out well and we should be able to run the game OK. If anyone has any problems regarding the show, please let me know asap. show details can be found at www.twws.org.

No decision has been made as yet concerning the games for next Wednesday due to the reduced numbers this week. Something to be discussed on Sunday, but if anyone has any ideas, let's hear them!

See yer soon

Neil

Sunday, 19 February 2017

15th February Games

Greetings

Reasonable turnout this week;

Andy P ran his samurai skirmish game, held over from last week.


While I ran a Lion Rampant game to introduce my recently completed Norman force to the rules; Josh was able to get his Viking warlord off table with the fabled relics of Saint Haribo, but lost the bulk of his force to achieve this. The Normans will take a bit of getting used to, but I enjoyed the game.

Next week, wth the run-up to Cavalier on 26/2/17, Dave K has agreed to run a trial game for the zombie apocalypse scenario he has been working on. I have been able to put together a sign for the game and will provide backup table bits where necessary. Any other game offers?

Finally, I would like to offer our congratulations and best wishes to Dave Crook and his long term/long-suffering partner Laurel, who were married on Monday last. I was fortunate enough to attend the wedding and I am sure they will be very happy together.

See yer soon

Neil

8th February Games

Greetings

Reasonable turnout this week;

Steve H and I had a quick ACW naval game while discussing possible amendments to the rules in the event of a future display game.

While Mark ran a further play-test of this fantasy skirmish rules.



Next week I'll run a Lion's Rampant game to christen my recently completed Norman force; Steve S has offered to bring some board games, but another game would be nice . . .

See yer soon

Neil

Thursday, 2 February 2017

1st February Games

Greetings

Bit quiet last night:

Steve S ran a Wings of Glory WW1 air combat game.


Whilst I inveigled Steve H and Josh into trying out my new Cold War naval game 'They Come Unseen', purchased from Osprey games recently.


I got chatting in the bar at the end of the evening, and thus remain unaware of any games organised for next week; can some kind soul please confirm the details?

See yer soon

Neil

Thursday, 26 January 2017

25th January Games

Greetings

Fair turnout on a bitterly cold evening (roll on summer).

Mark ran a game of the Lord of the Rings.


I ran a small game of TANKS for Chris and Steve H, giving me the chance to drive a Tiger 1 against the two Shermans. All vehicles took damage in a game with some manoeuvring - and correct use of the Initiative rules this time! - before close of play.


Next week, Steve S has agreed to run a Wings of War WW1 aerial game. I'm not sure what I'll bring as I have taken delivery of the Osprey submarine game 'They Come Unseen', and may try that out.

See yer soon

Neil

Thursday, 19 January 2017

18th January Games

Greetings

Fair turnout last night:

Dave K ran a play test for his Zombie Apocalypse participation game - this has been requested by the Tonbridge club for the Cavalier show on 26/06/17, so it's time to start sorting things out!


One of our visiting members - Mark S - brought along a pre-production version of a game called Feld Marschal, which covers the German invasion of Russia in 1941. The game has been under development for an extended period, having been started by Mark's father many moons ago. An opportunity for a play test was too good to miss, together with a discussion on marketing and a possible Kickstarter. Sorry, Chris, I couldn't get your good side in the photo.

Feld Marschal play test

Next week, I'll run a 28mm Tanks game, so if you have any available models, bring 'em along!

See yer soon

Neil

Thursday, 12 January 2017

11th January Games

Greetings

Decent turnout last night for the time of year - it was my first meeting of 2017 due to illness last week. Mark ran a play test of a set of barbarian fantasy skirmish rules he is working on; this provoked 'lively discussion' as is often the case in these situations.

I ran a small scale TANKS game in 15mm using two Shermans against a single Pather; couldn't supply anymore as the necessary models are currently out of stock in most places.

The situation regarding the club's attendance at Cavalier in February has taken a turn for the better. We will probably be running Dave K's zombie apocalypse game at the specific request of the organisers; more news on this anon.

Dave has suggested we run the zombie game next week ahead of the show to sort out scenarios, terrain etc. So I'll sort out something as a backup game.

See yer soon

Neil