Made my first trip to the Hereward show in Peterborough yesterday, putting on a To The Strongest! game with James Morris and Simon Miller, along with Matt and Doug.
James devised a scenario based upon the named action, where a column of Romans impetuously followed their Lusitanian foe into a valley where they were properly ambushed. I supplied the Romans, Simon is the author of these rather spiffing rules, and James brought his lovely Spanish army and all of the scenery - including the rather special mountain that was, of course, Keren in a previous life.
|View from the mountainside|
|The Spanish start to realise that the Romans aren't running away!|
|Simon doing the wargamers point|
|Simon explaining finer points of the rules|
All in all a very successful day. I didn't actually play - mostly hovering about chatting with punters and helping the gamers who joined in.
We all expected the scenario to pretty much lead to a Roman squishing, but the first game went on for ages and actually very nearly turned into a Roman victory as Tim (I think) , took grave offence at the audacity of these Iberians, and went on the offensive, not trying to withdraw his army at all, but rather crush the Lusitanians in toe-to-toe combat!
|The Romans get offensive!|
In the afternoon, a rather smaller engagement was played, using the leading legions , and I believe this went a little more to plan, with Matt being assisted by a young lady who took the glory.
Having picked up Sharp Practice 2 this year, I've yet to have a game, and I'm starting to work out the best way to do it. (I'd really like to collect stuff for the 'Maximillian adventure' but cost is a limiting factor).
A few crappy pictures from around the show..
|This was actually a very loud and fun game, doesn't look like it here does it?|
|I was just thinking.. 'Could I use Sharp Practice' for Mars? And Yes, yes you can.|
|A real masterpiece this one - Benfleet|
|Now that's what 'Saga' should look like!|