This weekend has been all about wargames. Yesterday I had the pleasure of joining Simon Miller and Scrivs at the Polly for a splendid Romans vs Britons game. (In the morning I was able to be there for the start of the Chain of Command Spanish Civil War game that Scrivs describes on his blog.
We played a 'small' game (!) on a 12 foot table. I commanded the Romans, trying to rescue one of Caesar's legions who had been caught by some rather corn-possessive Britons as they escorted their baggage from a foraging sortie. Caesar was commanding the relief column which had to arrive and travel across the 12 ft to affect a rescue. (some video on Simon's blog)
We played Simon's own rules - due to be published soon. They use playing cards and a grid system - no dice, and no tape measures.. they proved to be great fun. Simon was using his rules again today to put on the huge Pydna game at Partizan.
Today was Partizan. Arriving a little too late (although still early) to help out Simon or Scrivs with setting up their games, I played through two very enjoyable games of Black Powder AWI with Steve Jones (the author of the recent Rebellion supplement - which I cannot recommend highly enough). Both games involved me watching over the rebels being properly rolled over by British bayonet charges - firstly led by James Morris (lately of Keren fame), and then by Matt.
|Scrivs explaining the finer points of CoC to Simon|
|Our little Roman game at the Polly|
|Simon setting up Pydna at Kelham prior to opening|
|Hobkirk's Hill just before the British and Loyalists routed the rebels|
|Pydna in full swing|
|A view of the big hall at Kelham from above.|
|James Morris and Scrivs considering whether to have another olive or spanish omelette from the Tapas!|
Pictures on my phone in the infamous Partizan gloom, so apologies for quality.
All great fun and a privilege to be able to play with Steve's truly gorgeous terrain and figures.
Still managed to do a little shopping. By chance I spotted 'Lion Rampant' and once that was bought of course I needed to get some medieval figures too, so a couple of boxes of Fireforge minis were snapped up. Also some generals from 1st Corps for my Romans - so not entirely off project!
Great to see lots of wargaming friends old and new, Partizan is always special. I don't know how the change of ownership is likely to affect the show in future.. maybe back to the Grove Sports Centre in Newark ? (my first ever wargames show.. maybe 1986?)