David Bickley's Wargames Blog

The occassional ramblings of an average gamer, journeyman painter, indifferent modeller, games designer, sometime writer for Wargames Illustrated and host of games in GHQ.

Monday, 19 June 2017

400 Not Out

This is my 400th Blog post apparently, must say I'm rather surprised at both the number and the simple fact that it, and my good self, are still plodding along merrily. As this is a milestone of sorts, it's apt that it features the usual post game report on the latest tussle here in GHQ between Phil and yours truly. Goodness me, I wonder how many games we've shared down the last thirty odd years? Must be a fair few, and never a cross word! Never? Well hardly ever! A long way from felt cut out roads, streams and string round a tree to signify a wood to today's bespoke terrain. My, how our wonderful hobby has grown and changed over the years. But, on to the game before I get carried away even further...









































































It was so hot today, even in the normally temperate GHQ, that I thought the dice would melt! We used Neil Thomas's Ancient & Medieval rules, the Dark Ages stats rather than the Classical this time. The battle was decided on Pompus Maximus's right flank, where the mostly cavalry force overwhelmed Baldinus's mixture of Hun Light Cavalry, Saxon Warband and Roman Heavy cavalry ~ see pictures 4 & 5 for the sense of the developing action. On Pompus's left the infantry took a seeming age to close but soon got the better of the usurper's infantry, aided by some deadly fire from the balistas! Star performers for the victors were a unit of Light Cavalry who repeatedly threw 6 to save, suffering only 2 casualties in the entire game! Good to give the armies a run out today but I venture that we both enjoyed the cold beer after more than the game...

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  1. Great looking figures and scenery, it's hot to be doing anything at the moment.
    Best Iain

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    1. My ability to roll between 1 & 3 continues to know no bounds, this God of Pompous is indeed a powerful one. A fine game with nice toys and grand company, most worthy of a 400th post indeed.

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    2. Thanks for the fine words there Phil! Sorry about the dice tho - not!

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    1. Thanks Colin, I do try, mostly...

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  4. Great looking game and congrats on 400.

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    1. I hope to keep on keeping on...

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  5. A cracking looking game David!

    Christopher

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  6. Congratulations on the 400. Another fine looking game Mr.B.

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    1. Thank you Jon. See you at Penkridge on Sunday perhaps?

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    2. Possibly .... If it rains ....

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    3. That looks like a Yes then!

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  7. Now that's a Wargames. Terrific stuff, lovely armies.

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    1. Thank you George. I do enjoy a good Ancients game!

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  8. Well done on the 400! Party of the 500th?
    Inspirational as always.

    Pirp

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    1. Party? We Puritans aren't sure about that. Seriously though, thanks for the very kind sentiment.

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  9. Great looking game as usual David...is that the Roman villa in the background ?and congratulations on 400 🙂

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement Matt. Yes, it's Villa Pompus in the distance.

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  10. I missed this - many (belated) congratulations!

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    1. In Turn I missed your reply Giles! Thanks for dropping by.

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