Friday, 5 January 2018

HOTT Times Three

The first Gong Garage Gamers meet of 2018 saw just three of us; the post-holiday season still eats into everyone's availability for gaming, especially as Australia effectively shuts down until the end of January.

We played three games. the first was very short. Geoff used Dark Elves with a hero general against my Dwarves. I had two pieces of artillery. Geoff deployed his general opposite the artillery. The first cannonade killed him.


On to the second game. Geoff switched the mantle of general to his magician (a magnificent spider-thing).

We both had a core of blades, and had knights facing each other on my right flank.


On the other flank our missile troops face off. The Dwarves would eventually wear down and destroy the Elven archers, but it was a long fight.And they never got back into the battle.


On the other flank the Drawves' giant rollers (knights) were up against Elf knights and a hero. They pushed backward and forward for several bounds.


An overview of the battle.


Eventually the Dwarves managed to destroy an element of Elf knights, and exploited the gap to turn onto the flank of the Dark Elf magician general.


This was a good long fight, with plenty of shoving back and forth, and attempts to exploit overlaps.

The third and final game saw a different iteration of my Dwarves (the artillery and knights were swapped out for a hero and a behemoth) face Caesar's Zulus. These were mostly blades, but with a magician and a dragon in support.


My behemoth was driven off by Caesar's magician.


The two lines of blades closed with each other.


The Dwarven hero caught some Zulus in the long-grass and slaughtered them.


This allowed him to swing onto the flank of the magician, and assist some blades in killing him.


Fierce fighting up and down the line saw the Zulus come off worse. Blades are good in a fight, but when an army has lots of them it's slow to react to a disaster on one of the flanks.


The Zulu line was broken up and the army fled, giving my third win of the evening.


I hadn't had my Dwarves out for a game of HOTT in ages, so it was fun to use them again. I have a few more elements to add to the army; I must complete them sometime.

Thanks to Caesar and Geoff for the games.

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Cancon Aussie Bloggers Meetup

In previous years to this one, Paul of the Man Cave has organised an Aussie bloggers meetup at Cancon on the Saturday. Sadly it appears that he won't be able to make it this year, but would people still be interested in getting together just to say Hi and compare loot? It's a chance to appear in the most prestigious Australian wargames photographic event of the year - The Cancon Rogue's Gallery.

Here are previous years' pictures, courtesy of Paul's blog.



In previous years some people have got together in the evening for food and drink as well, but I'm not sure my organisational capabilities are up to that. However it's an option.

So how about it? Is anyone but me up for a meet on Saturday 27th January?

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Portable ECW

This evening I tried another portable wargame, this time using the Ancients rules from the second book to try an ECW battle. Basically I ran the pike and shot as shooting heavy infantry, the horse as a form of heavy cavalry and dragoons as a kind of fast-moving light infantry. I kept changing rules as I played, forgot key things and generally made a dog's breakfast of the whole thing, but it's given me some food for thought and there should be a passable version of the Portable Wargame in there.

I used 3" squares on a 2' x 2' board, with four pike & shot, three horse a dragoon and an artillery unit on each side. Plus a commander each. To be honest for a trial game I probably made the terrain too complicated, and will try an open battlefield next time.

I took a couple of pictures, because a blog post isn't half as interesting without pictures.




Six by Six - December

And that's it! The 2017 Six by Six Challenge is over!

Thanks to everyone who took part. Despite the fact that I won't be running it again in 2018, the Challenge was fun to administer and follow, and achieved its objective of providing blogged game-reports to offset the seemingly endless painting posts.

Normally I provide a rundown of what I achieved  in the month, followed by a survey of what other people did. But this month has been pretty quiet. This was inevitable, since it's a busy month for a lot of people and, obviously, if you've got to December with a lot of the Challenge left to do, the incentive to try and finish any of it is obviously going to be quite low. I entered the month with one game left to play, but with the proviso that I had to produce a new army in order to play it. This was a tall order for me since not only was I away on holiday for a third of the month, and obviously tied up with family stuff towards the end, but I'm also a lazy painter who really has to be in the mood. However I knuckled down over a couple of days, and whilst I didn't complete a completely new HOTT army, I added new elements to an existing one, and redid the painting and bases on existing elements. I then squeezed in the remaining HOTT game on the 30th December, to finish the Challenge.

In doing so I became the second person to complete all 36 games. A third person went to the wire and played their last game on 31st December. So the three Challenge finishers, in order, are:

Peter - Grid-based Wargaming
Me - The Stronghold Rebuilt
Sun of York - One-Sided Miniature Wargames Discourse

And do you know what we all have in common? We all live in Australia!

Since the aim of the Challenge was to play games, even playing one can be considered a success of sorts. But I thought I would give a shout-out to all those people who played 24 games or more. So, in order of games completed, everyone please give a big hand to:

Kevin Kearney - 32 games
Sean Gewecke - 30 games
Ski - 26 games
Natholeon - 25 games
Brian Hamilton - 24 games
Shaun Travers - 24 games

In doing the stats for this post I found that a few people had done end-of-year roundups covering the Challenge (or mentioning it). These are the ones I found:

Warwell's Wargames
Last Stand At Cairngorm
By Brush and Sword
Natholeon's Empires

And finally, the final list of games played, with a link to each an every report.

Well done everyone, and thanks for taking part.

Update:
I have found two more bogs where people were doing the Challenge. They were:

Jeffrey - Armchair Commander
Christian - Pimp My Boardgame

Congratulations to Christian who actually completed the Challenge and isn't even Australian (as far as I can tell).

Kaptain Kobold - The Stronghold Rebuilt

1 - HOTT
 Game 1 - Game 2 - Game 3 - Game 4 - Game 5 - Game 6
2 - Neil Thomas Pike and Shot
 Game 1 - Game 2 - Game 3 - Game 4 - Game 5 - Game 6
3 - The Rampant System
 Game 1 - Game 2 - Game 3Game 4 - Game 5 - Game 6
4 - Machinas
 Game 1 - Game 2 - Game 3 - Game 4 - Game 5 - Game 6
5 - DBA 3.0
 Game 1 - Game 2 - Game 3 - Game 4 - Game 5 - Game 6
6 - Galleys & Galleons
 Game 1 - Game 2 - Game 3 - Game 4 - Game 5  - Game 6

Pat G - Irr Wb (F)

1 - Ace of Aces Handy Rotaries
2 - B17 - Queen of the Skies
3 - Chain of Command
4 - D&D OSR
5 - Gruntz
6 - Space 1889: Soldier's Companion
 Game 1 - Game 2

Shaun Travers - Shaun's Wargaming With Miniatures

1 - When Warriors Collide
 Games 1-6
2 - Advance to Cover
 Game 1 - Game 2 - Game 3 - Game 4
3 - Battlestations
 Game 1
4 - WW2 3x4
 Games 1-6
5 - Fall of Rome
 Games 1 + 2 - Game 3 - Game 4
6 - Triumph
 Games 1 and 2 - Game 3


1 - X-Wing
 Games 1 + 2 - Game 3 - Game 4 - Game 5 - Game 6
2 - Dystopian Wars
 Game 1 - Game 2 - Game 3 - Game 4
3 - Rubber and Lead or other homegrown rules
 Game 1 - Game 2 - Game 3 - Game 4 - Game 5 - Game 6
4 - Starfleet Battles
 Game 1 - Game 2 - Game 3 - Game 4 - Game 5
5 - Miscellaneous
 Game 1 - Game 2 - Game 3 - Game 4
6 - MLB Showdown
 Game 1

Brian Hamilton - By Brush and Sword

1 - Blucher
2 - Saga
 Game 1 - Game 2 - Game 3 - Game 4 - Game 5 - Game 6
3 - Blood Bowl
 Games 1, 2 and 3 - Game 4 - Game 5 - Game 6
4 - Arena Rex
 Game 1
5 - Strange Aeons
 Game 1 - Game 2 - Game 3 - Game 4 - Game 5
6 - Fistful of Lead
 Game 1 - Game 2 - Game 3 - Game 4 - Game 5 - Game 6


1 - Cold War Commander
 Game 1 - Game 2 - Game 3
2 - Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear
 Game 1 - Game 2 - Game 3
3 - The Walking Dead: All Out War
 Game 1 - Game 2 - Game 3 - Game 4 - Game 5 - Game 6
4 - Kings of War
 Game 1 - Game 2 - Game 3 - Game 4 - Game 5- Game 6
5 - Imperial Skies
 Game 1 - Game 2 - Game 3 - Game 4 - Game 5
6 - Memoir '44
 Game 1 - Game 2 - Game 3  - Game 4 - Game 5 - Game 6

Michael S - ChicagoWiz's Games

1 - Dungeons & Dragons (1974 edition and 1st edition AD&D)
 Game 1 - Game 2 - Game 3
2 - Ral Partha's Chaos Wars
 Game 1 - Game 2 - Games 3 + 4
3 - HOTT
4 - D&D/5e
5 - One Hour Wargames
6 - DBA or Neil Thomas's Ancients/Medieval Wargaming

Martin Sheppard - Sheppard's Crook

1 - Squad Leader
 Game 1 - Game 2 - Game 3
2 - Ancient / Medieval Warfare
3 - Memoir 44
 Game 1 - Game 2
4 - Four Against Darkness
  Game 1 - Game 2 - Game 3 - Game 4 - Game 5 - Game 6
5 - One Hour Wargames
 Game 1 - Game 2 -  Game 3 - Game 4 - Game 5 - Game 6
6 - AD&D
 Game 1 - Game 2

Natholeon - Natholeon's Empires

1 - DBA 3.0
 Game 1 - Game 2  - Game 3 - Games 4+5 - Game 6
2 - Seven Years War
 Game 1 -  Game 2 - Game 3 - Game 4 - Game 5 - Game 6
3 - Clobberin' Time
 Game 1 - Game 2 - Game 3 - Game 4 - Game 5 - Game 6
4 - The Pikeman's Lament
 Game 1 - Game 2
5 - Command and Colours
 Game 1
6 - Broken Legions / Songs of Broken Legions
 Game 1 - Game 2 - Game 3 - Game 4

Kevin Kearney - Warwell's Wargames

1 - Anarendor (WISER Fantasy Rules)
 Game 1 - Game 2 - Game 3 - Game 4 - Game 5 - Game 6
2 - Slipstream Pulp Sci-Fi (FU-inspired Rules)
 Game 1 - Game 2 - Game 3 - Game 4 - Game 5 - Game 6
3 - Spandau and Lewis
 Game 1 - Game 2Game 3 - Game 4 - Game 5 - Game 6
4 - Four Against Darkness
 Game 1 - Game 2 - Game 3 - Game 4 - Game 5 - Game 6
5 - Machinas
 Game 1 - Game 2 - Game 3 - Game 4
6 - Ticket To Ride
 Game 1 - Game 2 - Game 3 - Game 4

Phil Saunders - A Game of Bones / Democratic People's Republic of Philtopia

1 - Black Powder
2 - Team Yankee (6mm edition)
 Game 1 - Game 2 -  Games 3 + 4 + 5
3 - Blood Bowl
4 - Deadzone
5 - Rogue Stars
 Game 1 - Game 2
6 - Dragon Rampant
 Games 1 + 2

Peter - Grid-based Wargaming

1 - One Hour Wargames (OHW) and Others - SciFi Variant
 Game 1 - Game 2 - Game 3 - Game 4 - Games 5 + 6
2 - Galleys and Galleons
 Games 1+2 - Games 3+4 - Games 5+6
3 - Hundred Years War - Lion Rampant
 Game 1 - Game 2 - Game 3 - Game 4 - Game 5 - Game 6
4 - Dark Ages with Dux Bellorum
 Game 1 - Game 2 - Game 3 - Games 4, 5 and 6
5 - WW2 Naval (Pz8 rules)
 Game 1 - Game 2 - Games 3 + 4 - Games 5 + 6
6 - 19th Century ImagiNations
 Game 1 - Game 2 - Game 3 - Game 4 - Game 5 - Game 6

Sun of York - One Sided Miniature Wargames Discourse

1 - Impetus
 Game 1 - Game 2 - Game 3 - Game 4 - Game 5 - Game 6
2 - Saga
 Games 1 + 2 - Game 3 - Game 4 - Game 5 - Game 6
3 - Napoleon's Battles
 Game 1 - Game 2 - Game 3 - Game 4 - Game 5 - Game 6
4 - DBA
 Game 1 - Game 2 - Game 3 - Game 4 - Game 5 - Game 6
5 - Wings of Glory
 Game 1 - Game 2 - Game 3 - Game 4 - Game 5 - Game 6
6 - Songs of Drums and Shakos (will also count Songs of Blades and Heroes).
 Game 1 - Game 2 - Game 3 - Game 4 - Game 5 - Game 6

Ricardo Nakamura - Fantalonia

1 - And a Bottle of Rum
2 - Clash on the Fringe
3 - Mercenary Air Squadron
4 - Morale Napoleon
5 - MOTH - The Ion Age
 Game 1 - Game 2 - Game 3 - Game 4 - Game 5 - Game 6
6 - Star Trader

Kenneth van Pelt - The Penny Whistle

1 - DBA
 Game 1 - Game 2 - Game 3
2 - Blue Max
 Game 1
3 - The Great War
 Game 1 - Game 2
4 - 54mm Collection
 Game 1 - Game 2 - Game 3
5 - Carrera GO Formula 1
6 - Rogue Stars
 Games 1 and 2

Dan Foley - Last Stand at Cairngorm

1 - Chain of Command.
 Game 1 - Game 2 - Game 3 - Game 4 - Game 5 - Game 6
2 - A Gentleman's War
 Game 1 - Game 2 - Game 3 - Game 4 - Game 5 - Game 6
3 - Sharpe Practice 2
4 - Saga
 Game 1Game 2 - Game 3 - Game 4
5 - Mad Dogs with Guns
 Game 1 - Game 2 - Game 3 - Game 4 - Game 5 - Game 6
6 - Lion Rampant (and variants)

Jay - Numbers, Wargaming and Arseing About

1 - 1914 Opening Moves (Minden Games)
2 - Remagen Bridge (Minden Games)
3 - Flying Eagles (High Flying Dice Games)
4 - Courage under Fire (HFDG)
5 - Manoeuvre (GMT)
6 - Poltava

JWH - Heretical Gaming
Attempting the full BGG 10x10 Challenge

Monday, 1 January 2018

2017 in Pictures

A review of 2017 in pictures, with minimal wordage.


Sharp Practice

Galleons

A Day On The River

Je Suis Un Rockstar

Chacabuco 200

Mother of Dragons

Fraustadt

The Battle of the Dunes

Dark Ages
Railway Rivals



The First Ace

Tinkerbell

Pachyderms


Elf Rampant

Gridded

Arch-Enemy
Gong Garage Gamers in Blue

Napoleon

Battle Cry

Banshees

Pacific Rim

Redoubt

Doris Ball
Road-Rage



Mound Builders

Cavalry Action

Arthur

Frocktober 2017

A Classic

Library Rampant

Derpy Dinosaurs

Paper ECW

Going Dutch

Dominatrix

Tiger

Trailer on the Road
Riverboats

Linear Warfare


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