It has been a while since I posted, but the past five weeks have been a hive of activity as I have pushed to get ready for taking my 30 Years' War collection out to meet the public at the Wargamer Show. Well, that day was today, and the tiny band of brothers (metaphorically, of course, as it is actually just me and Nick [aka Beithir], although he is my nephew.)
A good game was had by all, with sundry members of the Stafford Gamers coming along to take part. A very close run game, based on Steenkerke (1692) and called Steinkirche (1632), was finally won by the Swedes. The men of the match were the Yellow Regiment I only finished painting yesterday!!! They took on and beat all comers.The event of the match was Baner's Lifeguard cavalry, at 67% strength, charging uphill at a full strength, veteran kurassier unit (Pappenheim's) and routing them!
The lighting in the hall was not great, so I hope the pictures are reasonable given my limited skill with the camera, but, as we wlaked away with BEST DEMO GAME (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!), I can live with that.
Now for 2012, some tweaks to improve the game and the terrain and more fun to be had. As I probably spend more if I am allowed to wander round at a show, I have convinced my wife that the expense and effort were worth it! Bonus!!!!!
|The entire 8 x 6, laid out on my barely large enough kitchen floor.|
|Me, chasing my little sister with a wooden sword - ah, such a wonderful childhood!|
|"It's a bit early, but just the one won't hurt."|
|One of Ignacius Loyola's finest eyes the young lovers somewhat icily|
|One of the redoubts made specially for the game (but they are sure to get another outing.|
|The siege redoubt, again built specially, set against Nick's first ever attempt at a backscene.|
|The table in it's entirety and largely ready to use.|
|The Swedish objective - the Imperialst siege camp (the game was based on Steenkerke, 1692, backdated to 1632).|
|Conflix building with my cornfield.|
|The river bend cliff face, made from cork bark and a polystyrene sub-base.|