Napoleonic Naval Shenanigans

Saturday April 13 saw Lloyd, Mat, Michael, Pete, Richard and myself gather under the stewardship of Stephen E, to partake in some Napoleonic naval shenanigans using rules from Donald Featherstone’s Naval War Games.

Stephen has kindly written a short recap of the day’s activities:

Many thanks to those who braved the seas off Cape Finistere with its ever changing winds yesterday.  

It was a very close fought game and a bit too close to call really.  Both sides did what they had been told and engaged the enemy ferociously.  At the end, there were numerous ships adrift and a number had struck their colours.  The French had three sunk (two second rates and a third rate) though they had a squadron almost without damage left (though they were lagging behind somewhat).  The Brits had had no ships sunk, but the bulk of their fleet was dis-masted.  It is safe to say neither fleet would be featuring very heavily in Trafalgar which was to follow very shortly.

The British Admiral also avoided court martial, unlike his historical prototype.

Thanks again all.
Stephen

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A selection of photographs from the day can be found on Flickr.

A big thank you to Stephen for putting the game together and to my fellow players for making it a fun days gaming.

– Neil.

Salute 2019

So Saturday saw Alan, Pete, Jon, Richard, Lloyd (the chauffeur) and myself congregate at Excel London for the South London Warlords’ show, Salute. We were there representing both Abbeywood Irregulars and Surprised Stare Games and promoting the final release of Mission Command: Normandy which was available to buy from the Surprised Stare Games stand, along with a couple of Wars of Roses games (just to mix things up a little).

Alongside the trade stand we had demo game table where visitors to the show could see the game in action and ask questions of the team regarding the rules, what made Mission Command different from the other WWII rule sets already out there and why they should give it a try. Throughout the day the table saw a steady stream of inquiries, but even so the team managed to progress the game along a small number of turns. A marked improvement on last year when they didn’t appear to move a single figure all day!

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All in all a very successful day, though everyone was quite relieved when 5 o’clock rolled round and it was time to pack up and head home. So much so that two members of the team had quite the nap on the way back.

A small selection of photos from the day can be found on Flickr at https://flic.kr/s/aHsmCgT9gV.

As a taster of the day, here is a short timelapse video that was shot showing the scene from the Surprised Stare Games’ stand for the first couple of hours of the show.

Big thank you to Lloyd for operating AWI Taxis for the day and to everyone who dropped by either the table or the stand to make the day pass so quickly.

Neil.

Games of 2019

It’s been a (very) quite year here on the site, though the club has been active with presences at Salute, the IPMS Avon Show and Reveille II, as well as the regular monthly games and as 2018 draws to a close, it’s time to look ahead to next year and the games for the coming twelve months.

Here is what has been proposed so far:

Month Date Game Organiser
January January 5 15mm Napoleonic “Austrians” Pete
February February 2 ACW James
March March 2 DBA Day John M, Steve A, Steve E
April April 6 “Ships” Steve E
May May 4 Mission Command Alan
June June 1 “Medic, Medic!” (South China Seas?)

DBM Army Tuning

Lloyd / Pete
July July 6 Wings of Glory – Tripods and Triplanes Neil
August August 3 Zulus Pete
September September 7
October October 5 ECW Colin??
November November 2 Mission Command Alan
December December 7

In order to gauge interest and to help track numbers, we have created a Google Sheet where we are asking people to sign up for those games they are interested in playing. Obviously we aren’t expecting people to commit to the entire year right now, but some indication for January and February would be appreciated. More details of each game will be posted as they become available. Please sign up with fistname surname_initial (eg. Steve E) just to make it easier to tell people apart. I’ve added a couple of entries as an example. Any problems accessing the spreadsheet, please contact me.

As you can see there are a couple of blank spaces, so if you would like to offer up a game, please contact Pete to discuss. Similarly if you’d like table space to play something else, please talk to Pete. We are happy to accommodate as space allows.

– Neil.

Games of 2018

As 2017 draws to a close, it’s time to look ahead to next year and the games for the coming twelve months.

Here is what has been proposed so far:

Month Primary Secondary
January 28mm ACW “Campbell’s Station”
February 15mm DBA 28mm WWII ?
March 28mm Colonial (Zulus)
April Napoleonic Naval 28mm Vietnam
May 15mm Napoleonic
June Mission Command (15mm WWII)
July 28mm Vietnam
August
September 28mm Colonial (Zulus)
October Bolt Action (28mm WWII)
November Mission Command (15mm WWII)
December

As you can see there are plenty of blank spaces, so if you would like to offer up a game, please contact Pete to discuss.

Photo Roundup

Content has been a bit sparse around here recently, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been playing games. Here are some photos from a few of the recent Big Game Saturdays.

May saw us once again getting the Zulus out, this time for some The Men Who Would be Kings action. The Flickr album can be found here.

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Jumping ahead to October and it was the turn of Force on Force to take centre stage as we tackled the Vietnam War (the recent BBC Four series may have been a factor here). The Flickr album if here.

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And finally November saw the return of Mission Command, with further adventures in Russia, and the continuation of the Maurice campaign. Once again, photos on Flickr.

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Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes…

(With apologies to D. Bowie Esq.)

You might notice things look a little different around here. That’s because the site has moved from it’s previous platform to being built on WordPress, probably the most popular blogging platform available.

The reason for the change is to make it easier for other people to add content and to reduce the bus factor by not having just one person responsible for maintaining the site. As an added bonus, it is now possible to comment on posts.

All the old content has been moved across. some old links might be broken but for the most part things should be as they were on the old site.

Onwards and upwards!

Neil.

Photos and write-up: April 2017 Big Game Day

Mission Command: Pleskau / Pskov, June ‘44

After action report by Alan Paull.

The Eastern Front. For the Soviet Army, it was a long way and a costly way to retreat, and now it’s a long way and a costly way to push forward to Germany. But after Kursk it’s just a matter of time and blood. For the German Army, the endless steppe is no longer the front, now it’s back nearly to the Baltic States and Poland, trading space for time, so that the Army can be re-built.

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April Big Game: Mission Command heads north!

Alan Paul is running an Eastern Front game of Mission Command for our April meeting. Here is what Alan has to say about the game:

The Eastern Front. For the Soviet Army, it was a long way and a costly way to retreat, and now it’s a long way and a costly way to push forward to Germany. But after Kursk it’s just a matter of time and blood. For the German Army, the endless steppe is no longer the front, now it’s back nearly to the Baltic States and Poland, trading space for time, so that the Army can be re-built.

The date is sometime during the autumn of 1944. Pskov / Pleskau on the north of the Eastern Front is an important rail junction and flank protection for the long German front line. A Russian Tank Corps has been tasked with pushing German parachute (and other) troops out of the town and across the river. The Germans have to delay them for as long as possible.

This April’s Mission Command game will be a second outing for this scenario, which some of you may remember from 4 years ago. It will be fought out on several linked tables, representing the town and surrounding area. Although victory overall can be earned by either side, each commander will have their own victory assessment, based on losses inflicted and taken, and on positions held or lost.

Please let Pete and myself know if you can make it to Pskov / Pleskau on 1 April. It’ll be a blast!