Wednesday, May 7, 2008

A Weekend of Gaming

Over the Queensland May Day long weekend the Lonely Gamers Club managed to slip in two big games. On the Sunday we played a large game, of Andrew Parr's, 'Tactical Napoleonic Battle' which is becoming very popular with the boys here in Townsville as a great fast playing Napoleonic wargame. Then on the Monday we played a large 'Fall of the West' Warhammer Ancient Battles game. Both games were hosted by John Maguire and also played in his garage, plus he owns about 80% of the figures used over the two day event -Thanks John. Our numbers for the weekend were not huge but the regulars all turned up for a bash, Leroy Simpson (who painted a large number of the figures used in both games), Oliver and Kevin Jowett from Battleline Scenics (up from the Glass House mountains), Jeff Smith, Brian Buskell and myself.

Elite Miniatures Austrians (painted by Leroy) repel an attack by Two Wargames Foundry French Columns.

From left to right - Brian Buskell, Oliver Jowett and Kevin Jowett (from Battline Scenics) enjoy Andrew Parr's 'Tactical Napoleonic Battle' rules.

Our Napoleonic game, which was played on the Sunday, consisted of five infantry brigades (four battalion each) two cavalry brigades (three regiments each - one light and one heavy) and three batteries of guns for both sides. The opposing forces were French VS Austrian and totaled about 1600 points, using the point system for 'Tactical Napoleonic Battles'. It was a large game with a lot of moving parts. Both sides used flank attacks and the compulsory reserve units, which have to be off the table, but can be rolled for on the first turn of the movement phase. The flank attacks also have to be rolled for but only from the second turn. Just to show how fast the game flows, we started at about 1130am and were finished roughly four hours later and had gained a deceive result. Which does not always happen in other Napoleonic rules.

Blacktree Late Imperial romans (part of Johns' collection)

Mondays game was also huge, with one side playing as Saxons and the other Late Imperial Romans. We did not use the point system for this game from WAB, as we were just keen to get all our painted troops onto the board and play a massive game. The end result was the Romans going down in a big way and the Saxon hoard gaining a victory similar to the Goth victory at Adrianople in 378AD. Plus it was another loss to me.

Imperial Romans go into shieldwall as the Saxon battleline prepares to charge forward.

Anyway we all had a great weekend and got some great pictures of the games, which I will put up on the blog soon. Thanks again to John for hosting the weekend and Kevin for making the trip up to Townsville.

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