Midland Open DBA competition Bakewell

A great turnout with 28 people, including myself, playing.  I do not recommend organising and playing in a tournament!!!

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Here is a hall full of DBAers!!

Final rankings as follows:

1 Arnaud Marmier             Tamil
2 Martin Smith                    Tamil
3 Tony Green                       Lydian
3 Martin Myers                   New Kingdom Egyptian
5 Scott Russell                      Late Tang
6 Craig Allen                        Ariarathid Kappadokian
6 Phil Johnson                      Palmyran
8 Colin O’Shea                      Zanj Revoly
9 Paul Murgatroyd             Hindu Indian
9 Tamara Fordham             Italian Condotta
11 Phil Steele                       Timurid
12 Richard Pulley               Palmyran
12 Patrick Myers                Lydian
14 Graham Fordham         Early Achaemenid Persian
14 Mark Skelton                Wu
16 Keith Murphy                Italiot
17 Tim Kohl er                   Late Achaemenid Persian
18 Philip Donald                Late Roman
18 Keith Brown                 Mongol Conquest
20 Simon Wilson              Early Polish
21 Reese Bettison             Later Carthagenian
22 Baldie Storey                Ancient British
23 Dale Needham             Norman
24 Tim Rogers                 Alexandrian Macedonian
25 Rob Rush                     Hatra
25 Nick Wright-Carter     Post-Monol samurai
27 Tris Gale                       Marian Roman
28 Andy Wheeldon          Norman

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May 2018 update – or, in other words, where has the first half of this year gone?

Well, so much for that New Year’s resolution!

It has actually been a good wargaming few months with the Mercian and Northern Cup DBA tournaments,  games of BBDBA at Chesterfield Open Gaming Society, and games of Bolt Action and Chain of Command with Sean, my trusty wargaming partner.

I have just had a couple of enjoyable DBA games with my nephew, Tristan who is really getting the hang of the game.  Today it was one game win each,  playing with III/23a Khmer and IV/37 Indonesians.  In both games, attempts by the Khmer 4Ax to quick kill the elephants were foiled as the Ax got clobbered by the Indonesian 4Wb.  Here are some pictures of the game.  The Khmer are 15mm Outpost Wargame Services and the Indonesians are Grumpy miniatures, sadly no longer available in the UK from East Riding Miniatures.

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The Indonesians are in the foreground 
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The Khmer general concentrates on looking cool on his white elephant.
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The Indonesian warband punch through the Khmer auxiliaries – confident in the knowledge that the illegal Khmer side contact is about to be sorted! 

The 15mm DBA army collection is growing.  I have recently painted Marian and Spartacus armies from Donnington and I am just about to finish a Donnington/Lancashire/Forged in Battle (FIB) Dacian army.  The FIB elements are Sarmatian allies that I flukishly won at the Northern Cup, along with the next army up for painting, an ancient German army.  Lots of fast moving warband – lovely!

But .. the next priority is finalising the details for the Midlands Open DBA tournament that I am organising on June 16.  It is promising to be a good turnout with 25 players lined up.  I daresay that that will be the subject of my next blog entry.

 

Bakewell October DBAfest

Saturday 14 October saw 14 players come to Bakewell for a matched pairs tournament.  The idea was that you brought two historically matched (and hopefully reasonably balanced) armies.    If you and your opponent had used own armies the dame number of times, you diced to see whose pair was used.  If one player had used their own pair less times than the other, that player got to use their own pair.   The person who didn’t own the armies in play got to choose which one to use.

Here are the full rankings and army pairs:

  1. Paul Murgatroyd                II/5c Theban & II/5d Thessalian
  2. Scott Russell                     II/2 Mountain Indian & II/3 Classical Indian
  3. Rob Rush                          1/6b Midianite & i/60a Early Achaemenid
  4. Phil Johnson                      II/52 Dacian & II/56 Early Imperial Roman
  5. “Baldie” Storey                  II/5l Black Sea Greeks – two armies
  6. Mark Johnson                    II/74a Palmyran & II/69b Sassanid Persian
  7. Phil Steele                         II/62a Axumite & II/23 Later Pre-Islamic Arab
  8. Reece                                III/3 Italian Ostrogothic & III/4b Early Byzantine
  9. Graham Fordham                IV/3 Anglo- Norman x 2
  10. Frank Shaw                        II/7 Early Spartan & II/12 Alexandrian Macedonian
  11. John Saunders                    II/32b Later Carthagenian & II/39b Celtiberian
  12. Nick Wright-Carter              II/64a Mid Imperial Roman & II/78b Late Roman East
  13. Tristan Gale                        IV/79d Late Swiss & Iv/82b French Ordonnance
  14. Tamara Fordham                 I/6b Midianite Arab & I/22a New Kingdom Egyptian
Jeff from Outpost Wargame Services kindly contributed to the prizes.  As overall winner, Paul won an Early Tang Army and Tamara won the good humoured resilience award – a Pictish army.

Unfortunately, my phone ran out of juice during the event but here are some of the pics I did take!

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Mark Johnson tries to stay awake while Paul Murgatroyd goes through the rules with a fine tooth comb!
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Phil Steele notices that one of Graham Fordham’s figures has a top button undone.
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Nick Wright-Carter wonders whether Phil Johnson’s coffee cup is in fact an edifice
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Scott Russell gazes tenderly at his lucky red dice of death  while John Saunders works on a battle plan based on his opponent throwing only sixes.
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Robert Rush checks the lever on his ejector seat in case Frank Shaw comes throws a 6:1.
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Tris Gale makes sure he looks down at his Later Swiss to avoid the glare from Baldie Storey’s pink polo shirt

Latest DBA Army

Here are some pics of my newly completed Prussian Army IV/28.   The figures are by Blackhat Miniatures.  I think my next army will be Early Polish.  These guys should get their first outing at Britcon in a week or so time.  The army consists of 4Wb General,        1 x 4Wb, 4 x 3 Wb, 4 x 3Ax and 2 x Ps.  The 3Ax or a sub-set of them can also be exchanged for more 3Wb.   Not exactly a killer army!

The army camp

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The General and 4Wb

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The skirmishers

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The Warbands

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The whole army

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A Squarebashing summer

I have been playing quite a lot of Peter Pigs excellent WW1 Squarebashing rules this summer.

I took part in Lurkio’s Squarebashing day on 24 June – a great event with a friendly wargaming crowd.  Here is a good report:

http://rulesforcommonman.uk/smf/index.php?topic=685.0

This was followed up with a very well-researched game for Oppy wood organised by James Morris with myself and Tom Webster-Deakin taking part.  I also played James’ Fort Vaux Verdun scenario earlier in the year at the Burton wargaming club.  Tom’s report  for Oppy Wood can be found at:

http://tomstoysoldiers.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/Square%20Bashing

I have now finished my very own first two Squarebashing armies – late German and British using the rather nice Kallistra 12 mm range – here are some photos of a very recent game with my son.  The buildings were simply made with cork tiles and filler, painted with cheap poster paints. The battlemat was also poster paint daubed over a cloth.  Roads kindly provided by that perfect gentleman Ray Boyles.  The Mk IV tanks are by Butlers Printed Models – these 3D prints can be made at any scale.  Hasty defences by Pendraken 10mm. Blasted woods from my hedge!!

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End of the year

OK – so one New Year’s resolution is going to have to be to write this Blog more frequently!

Since the last entry in June, the wargaming front has been a bit quiet – so another resolution must be to PLAY MORE GAMES!

Back in August, I helped run a DBA tournament at the BHGS Britcon event in Manchester.  I put the fact that I came bottom down to me organising, umpiring and playing – a bit of a stretch on the multi-tasking front.

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The nest event I attended was a battleday with the Peter Pig Square Bashing rules in Daventry and organised by Simon Clarke.  Although I bought the rules a few years ago, I had never played them apart from the participation game at York when I was seduced into buying them.  Anyway, I am glad I did as I thought this was a brilliant game.

More pictures can be found on the RFCM forum at:

http://rulesforcommonman.uk/smf/index.php?topic=390.0

I am already looking forward to the next day in June and I have also asked for (and got) some Christmas 12mm Kallistra Late war Brits and Germans to play the game with.

My old mate and gaming partner Sean has introduced me to Art de la Guerre and that is also a game I will be playing more of.

My son James has been home for Christmas and New Year and so we got some assorted games in.

Firstly, a game of Irregular Wars by Nic Wright.  These are focused on various small actions  in the period of discovery and conquest in the age of discovery in 16th and 17th centuries.  We played an action from the conquest of Siberia with Cossacks against Koryaks – NE Asian headhunters.  Great fun!

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More details about Irregular Wars – Conflict at the World’s end here:

http://irregularwars.blogspot.co.uk/p/irregular-wars-conflict-at-worlds-end.html

Next game up was a chance to get out my long-neglected 15mm Crimean war figures to try out the Neil Thomas Simplicity in Practice rules.  Although vert simple – and in the old school tradition – they gave an entertaining game.  We used a scenario from Neil’s 19th Century Wargaming book – one of my favourite wargaming books.

And finally, a game of Lion Rampant.  We played the fugitive scenario – as it seemed to be over quite quickly with me locating and finding the fugitive before James’ hunters were anywhere close, we continued the game as the Bloodbath Scenario.

On the painting bench right now are a couple of DBA armies – Late Swiss and French Ordonnance in preparation for the Mercian Tournament in February, with the Italian Wars as the theme.   After that i will be getting on with my Kallistra Late WW1 Brits and Germans.

Hopefully there will be less of a gap bef0re the next Blog entry than there was since the last one!

 

 

 

Bakewell DBA Tournament 18 June

As a relative newcomer to DBA, it was with no little trepidation that I offered to organise a tournament.

The theme was based on a dreadful pun (Bakewell TARTars and T’ARTillery) after the local delicacy.  This meant that armies had to have at least four Light Horse and/or Artillery elements.  In order to give LH room to roam around the flanks and give elements the chance to stay out of artillery range, the boards were large ones at 800mm square.

On the day, 14 gallant competitors cantered in on their light horse, some dragging their artillery with them – in some cases (well Arnaud to be precise!), dragging quite a lot of artillery.

The players:

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Back row, left to right – Tom Whitehead, Paul Murgatroyd, Richard Pulley, Scott Russell, Pete Whyman, Neil Mason, Graham Fordham, Tristan Gale (observer), Phil Duncan, David Constable (obviously worried about being seen at a v3 event as he tries to edge out of picture!)

Front Row – me, Tamara Fordham,  Arnaud Marmier (the winner),  Martin Myers (edging forward and trying to look like the winner!), Pete Duckworth and Phil Johnson.

The prizes were kindly donated by John Roberts of Naismith and Roundway (http://naismithandroundway.co.uk/ ).  First prize was a 15mm Late German army IV/13d – hopefully to be seen at the next Mercian tournament when the theme will be the Italian Wars.

The results:

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A few photos from the event:  (Pictures of the armies to follow)

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The games get under way – partially obscured by Arnaud’s big hair
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Paul looks in horror as his first throw is a 1 and that plough mysteriously turns to mud!
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Richard tries to guess which of Arnaud’s three artillery pieces will blast him first.
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Martin looks on, amazed as he witnesses David, former v2 infantryman, enjoying a v3 cavalry game!
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Neil and Graham take a brief respite from the game to discuss beard trimming techniques
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Arnaud and Neil practice levitation – or is that an ouija board?
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Pete squints to avoid snow blindness while trying to stop his sleeves catch the table edge
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Tom uses his magic wand on his d6 to make sure it continues to throw high while Phil J reaches for the brandy.
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Tamara helps Scott understand what a base width is.
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Scott gets ready with his canister of sevoflurane in the hope it will knock Graham out at the critical moment.
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Phil D looks on aghast as more Lithuanian LH reincarnate as 3Bw

Long time – no posts!

I can’t believe it is seven months since my last post!  perhaps things have been a bit too busy on the wargaming front (and other things!) to stop and write about it.

I guess the main bits of wargames news are:

  • Two excellent DBA tournaments – the Mercian organised by Pete Duckworth and Alton arranged by Martin Smith.  My North Welsh didn’t come top, but they didn’t come bottom either!
  • My old chum Hugh Harvey from Minneapolis visited us for a heavy wargaming weekend, introducing me to Art De La Guerre (liked) and Aurelian by Sam Mustafa – really, really liked!
  • I have bought a couple of nice Oriental DBA armies – Khmer from Outpost and Malay from East Riding Miniatures/Grumpy.  Also on the painting bench are some Perry 28mm plastic Arabs for Saga and a long unpainted 15mm DBA Dynastic Bedouin army.
  • This coming weekend (18 June) I am organising my first DBA tournamenr in Bakewell – currently 16 players are signed up for it.  Full report to follow soon – i promise!  The theme is armies with at least four Light Horse or Artillery.
  • I am also helping to run the first DBA tournament at Britcon in Manchetser on 13 August.

More news – and perhaps a few photos to follow soon.