Wednesday, 15 April 2015

St George on the Water

It's that time of year again, with the St Georges Day game scheduled for this Saturday (18th April). An early kick off (9 to 10am) at the Baptist Hall. For those who don't follow the group on Facebook the info is as follows...

This time the club will be doing the battle of Presque Isle, Royal Navy vs. the US Navy on Lake Erie, in 1813 (part of the War of 1812). This is the main game of the day, allowing Martin to sail his paper boats a bit. There should be room for 7-8 players, with each player getting to command a couple of craft.

There's also a 40K game arranged for the day as well. An Armageddon themed Apocalypse with Orks against a variety of Imperium forces. Anyone who would like to join in is welcome, however, they are in great need of Imperial forces. If you do want to join in, please contact Scott Bradford ASAP.

The hall will also be free for any other games that people may wish to play but can't make it for the full day.

Also people should keep June 20th free as it's Waterloo time! Another all-day event, this time commemorating the 200th anniversary of the battle.

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Fuentes de Onoro

The belated St. George's Day took place on Saturday, as 10 players, plus the GM and onlookers participated in a re-fight of Fuentes de Onoro. The goal of the French assault was to either force a way through the village or find a way around the British defensive positions on the outlying hills.

Half hearted assault on Fuentes de Onoro
The forces sent against the main village were badly mauled as Muskets and Canister rained down on them. Only a couple of columns managed to get to launch an assault in the entire game.

French mass on the British right
Instead it appeared that they were concentrating on the British Right plus hoping that the Guard Cavalry would turn up to help.

French assault and clear outlying villages
The French manage to take the outlying village that pinned the corner of the British defense. The counter-assault by the British ended disastrously with the total loss of the division.

Attack Column vs the 95th
Only the Light Division and some mounted Spanish Guerrillas stood in the way of the French traversing along the gorge.

Half the British and French cavalry wipe each other out in charges.
The British launch a cavalry charge, send half their mounts forward to try and stem the tide, and was remarkably successful\uncontrollable, taking out two French cavalry units and a section of artillery. The French then organise a counter charge that wipes the British out.

French Breakthrough and cleans up rest of the Light Division
The Light Division gets wiped out after the 95th break and the pursuit leaves the French behind the British Right, which is now wide open.

The British Left, get bored and advance over the crest.

The village of Fuentes do Onoro never really threatened to fall to direct assault, but the position was untenable with the roads to the rear open to the French, and the British are forced to withdraw.

More photos of the day here...

Sunday, 4 May 2014

St George's in May

In case anyone has not heard, the much delayed St George's Day game in on next Saturday (May 10th).

Game of the day is The Battle of Fuentes de Onoro, fought during the Peninsular campaign of the Napoleonic Wars. A closely fought battle in real life, it should be the same on the tabletop where 2000+ 25mm figures will be in action.

A final play-test of the rules Matt has put together should be happening at this Tuesdays Club Night for anyone who wants to check them out in advance.

On Saturday itself the set up is from 8:30am, but the game probably wont start until about 10am. There will be more than enough brigades available for any one who wishes to turn up and command a force. The games normally go on till around 4pm, with a break for food around about midday.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

St George's Delayed

The intended St George's Day \ weekend game (The Napoleonic Battle of Fuentes de Onoro) has been put off till May due to the Matt (and his figures) not being available.

Instead, this coming weekend, Saturday, 19th April, there is a couple of Warhammer 40K\30K games planned. The 30K game (Istvaan Drop Site Massacre) organised by Keiron for the experts, and another game for the other 40K regulars and more casual gamers.

There is also the likelihood of other games happening as well, and there could be a test of Martin's 1812 rules for the proposed Phalanx convention game - The Battle of Lake Erie. Phalanx this year is on the 14th June 2014.

More details on the Facebook Group

Monday, 4 November 2013

Grand Day Out

Martin is trying to arrange a trip to Smoggycon after the club missed going as a group to any of the earlier ones...

OK folks, its time to consider the annual club outing. We like to go to a big games show as a club at least once a year. Usually we go to St Helens for "Phalanx", as its the only real games show in the North west, but we have been known to go to Sheffield for "Triples", as its the biggest show in the north. For a variety of reasons we've missed both this year, and the suggestion is that we go to Smoggycon in Middlesbrough on 23rd November.

Monday, 19 March 2012

Phalanx 2012

Phalanx is the premier event for wargamers in the North West. 

And Martin is trying to arrange a trip down to it...

"The Club intends to organise a lovely little outing to the Phalanx show in St Helens, on June 16th this year. 
We do like to support them, as they are now the only real wargames show in the north west of England. Besides, its a very good day out!
Now, we can organise a minivan to take us down, or we can go by cars - it really depends how many want to go, but I would urge you to try it!"


We're not arranging a demo game this year so people are free to roam wherever they pleased (not that it ever stopped them in the past). Think the entrance fee for club members will be covered by club funds as usual.

( Facebook Event )  ( Spartans FB Page )

Sunday, 18 March 2012

St George's Day 2012

Martin has confirmed that we are doing the Annual Big St George's Day game again this year (else it wouldn't be an annual event!).

As usual Matt is doing all the hard work, organising The Battle of Talavera in 25mm.

Same location as usual, the Abbey Baptists Hall, and kick-off normally round 10ish, the game normally going on till late afternoon.

( Facebook Event )