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Friday, 26 October 2012

Fiasco - 28th October 2012 - Leeds' Premier Gaming Show

This weekend - Sunday the 28th - is the major Leeds gaming show; Fiasco; held as ever at the Royal Armouries.

Details of traders and so forth can be found here.

The Night Owls will be well represented this year with two games, not only a substantial 'Rorkes Drift' refight in 28mm but also for the first time  something to represent our large fantasy gaming contingent.  The Warhammer players had their arms gently twisted into putting on a 'Storm of Magic' display game - given the quality of some of their painters, even if you don't like fantasy games it should be a visual feast!

Wednesday, 12 September 2012


With Andy back at the club after his Olympic Health and Safety duties, several of the club members got together to have a practice game with the Zulu Wars figures in preparation for their game at Fiasco.

Andy had brought along his Rorke's Drift set and figures, and set up a scenario based on a Wargames Illustrated scenario - offering a rather stronger defence of the drift than in truth.  The British began the game with Lancers and artillery!  Martin took command of the plucky British garrison.

It was clear that the cavalry had found the enemy!

Who lost no time in advancing upon the stockade (Most of the British being inside those huge buildings).  Mark, their commander was taking an aggressive approach.

The British were soon engaged in a desperate struggle against the native horde.

Whilst the Lancers tried to buy them time with a last valiant charge against one of the Zulu Impi.

But alas it was all to little avail, they were simply unable to stop the surging masses of natives; soon it was only Chard and Bromhead remaining to face hundreds, nay thousands, of the blighters.

Clearly history was not to be repeated this day.

The Game was palayed with the Black Poder rules and it looked as though there was little chance for the British as it stood.  But then again, perhaps they wee unlucky, I only took photo's so I cannot say.

What I can say is that spread across an eight by six foot table the battle looked spectacular.  And it will only improve in time for the display game, one expects anyway.

Friday, 3 August 2012

Club Terrain

The Club is well provisioned with terrain, though with limited permanent storage space at present, keeping it all in tip top condition is a constant challenge.  Here below is a selection of images of club pieces built by a club member.  They cover all sorts of games from Fantasy to historicals, and scales from 15-28mm:

An Idol of Gork for Warhammer or other Fantasy Games.  Below one of the many hills the club has:

28mm Ruins, suitable for WW2, modern or future Wars and of course Warhammer 40k:

A 20mm scaled ruin looks humble next to a protected 40k communications hub:

Templated terrain for alien jungles, forests, stone circles and a camp site.  Also several of our many dozens of trees:

Lord of the Rings ruins, which have been known to grace other fields of battle....

Just part of our 8x4 foot modular terrain for Flames of War, featuring a European town (Shown) and trench networks:

Arcane sites for Warhammer; somewhere the club has a set of all four:

And lastly a well based field network, suitable for all 28mm games (as the most excessive fantasy elements were removed!):

All told the club has themed terrain for several tables for particular games or periods, and enough generic terrain to cover a dozen boards with ease!

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Week 30

Among the games played at the club this week were an 18th century battle, using the Maurice rules, and a naval battle in the Pacific, using General Quarters rules.

There was also much discussion about club games at wargaming shows and conventions.

Members with ideas for projects, or who want to volunteer to help, should check out the forum.