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  Anyone else free for a game on May 5th?
Posted by: BrendanM - 04-24-2018, 07:26 AM - Forum: Organise a game - No Replies

Am willing to play FoGR (ECW preferred - 800 or 900 points), or will try any other period.

Also, I have the new "What A Tanker" rules, if anyone has some tanks and would like to try them out - scale/size is not important, but it is probably a good idea if the turrets can rotate (on the tanks which had them).

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  User Account Activation
Posted by: Alien Dave - 04-20-2018, 06:10 PM - Forum: General Chat - Replies (2)

Hi all,

Does my user account need activation of any kind as I don't seem to be able to send new PMs, reply to PMs received or get email notifications on subscribed forums?

Also, the 'contact us' webform link seems to be throwing a bit of a wobbler at the moment too, hence this open post rather than a direct message to the forum admin.

Thanks in advance and apologies to those of you who aren't interested!

Dave W

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  Free Boardgames
Posted by: duns.scotus - 04-20-2018, 11:37 AM - Forum: General Chat - Replies (5)

Hi all,
I have finally started clearing out my war-games room and have some free boardgames. If anyone wants them before they go to Oxfam or the like, please let me know and I will bring them to the club. All games are complete as far as I know.
The games are:-
Fury of Dracula (1st Edition) with painted limited edition metal figures
TSR's Battle of Britain (1st Edition)
Avalon Hill's Flat Top (Carrier war in the Pacific)
Avalon Hill's Naval Battles
TSR's Maxi Bourse (unplayed)
Oil Barons (unplayed)
Frustration (kid's game)
Parker Toys Dungeons and Dragons (unplayed). There is also an expansion in the box but I don't know if all the models are there for the expansion. Wouldn't stop anyone playing it though.

There will be more stuff over the next few weeks. Any games I will list on the forum. Any figures I will bring to the club. Any books I will put in the book sale at the Hall. If you wish to make a donation to club funds please do so.

LET ME KNOW IF YOU WANT ANY OF THESE GAMES

Cheers
John

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  The Terracotta Warriors invade Liverpool
Posted by: Odysseus - 04-18-2018, 07:57 PM - Forum: General Chat - No Replies

The Terracotta Warriors

I have been quite fortunate to have had a fine opportunity to visit the UK exhibition of the Terracotta warriors. The Exhibition is located at the World Museum in Liverpool and I visited in the second week it was open.

So what is there at the Exhibition?

There are 7 actual Terracotta warriors on display.  This might seem a paltry number yet they are life size, immensely heavy, and loom large on their stands.  The figures have been well selected to give a representation across the range of soldier types.  The artisan makers must have forget to varnish their figures because they are presented in a monochrome finish.  I think all our members understand that varnish adds durability to a figure!

In addition the Exhibition has several replica pieces of other warriors including two bronze chariots with horse teams and crew.   Other cases contain a wide variety of artefacts, not all military.  In the exhibition space beyond the warriors are other smaller soldiers from a different era and a number of other exhibits.  The whole ensemble has many facets with illustrative pieces and narrative boards.  The Exhibition struck me quite colourful, imaginative and well presented that filled both the time and space available.  I think the amount and manner of displays belied what was a fairly limited sized exhibition hall.

Should I stay or should I go now?

This will be a very subjective assessment.  

For me I was fortunate to take it in the round.  This included a friends' birthday and a convivial meal in the evening with our respective partners at a cool restaurant.  I even got a game in during the week end.

If you have Ancient Chinese figures or have a latent interest in the subject, it is an excellent exhibition.  Personally I consider the location a long way to go for a few hours gazing at artefacts, even though some are literally life size.  Conversely, it is a whole lot closer than China where the Terracotta Army location is still in a remote part of the country.  Although the China excavations will present the spectacle of serried ranks, it is possible to get within touching distance of the warriors at Liverpool, a feat not possible in China.

Practical Points

If you do want make a visit, do look online first well ahead of when you plan your trip. When we looked at going the entries to the exhibition were timed to permit successive cohorts of visitors to enter together. These timed tickets I am guessing will be the way the exhibition is marshalled the whole time.  The cohort is assembled and given a bit of a Chinese propaganda film before going through to the Exhibition Hall. Once inside the visitor is free to roam for as long as they want, until it closes of course.  The big tip is, if the warriors are the real source of your interest, then when you go inside the hall just ignore the big terracotta horse right in your face (which is a replica) and everything else.  Instead, march directly to the end of the hall and turn right. This is where the warriors are all lined up together.

I know that the museum holds back a few tickets to sell “on the day.”  If you do want to go then I would not rely on getting one of those.  Book in advance, either online or by phone, where I found them a little more flexible.

The museum houses several floors with other exhibitions and a reasonable cafe on the ground floor.
We were able to park all day about half a mile away at an cost that seemed equivalent to about 1 hour in Southampton.

The Exhibition is on until 28 October.  If anyone else does go I hope that you enjoy the Exhibition as much as I did.

Steve Douglas
Big Grin

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  21/04/18 Battletech
Posted by: Darren B - 04-18-2018, 06:20 PM - Forum: Organise a game - Replies (3)

I am organising a game for Saturday, likely to be a planetary defence scenario.

I spoke to a couple of people last time who expressed an interest, please can you confirm.

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  SAGA question... or 2
Posted by: Mog (Derek) - 04-07-2018, 07:26 PM - Forum: Historical - Replies (1)

Hi all

Thinking of getting into Saga and wondering if people are playing version 1 or 2. I did have a look on the Gripping beast website and saw it there. s there much/any noticible difference between the 2?

If not that website has cheaper copies of the version 1 stuff on sale. If I do decide to go for it which bits do I need. WOuld I be better waiting for Salute?

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  Saturday 7th April.
Posted by: Smithy1854 - 04-07-2018, 06:58 PM - Forum: General Chat - No Replies

Guys, Just have to say what a brilliant day at the club today, numerous turnout, vast spectrum of games played and an absolute feeling of wellbeing . A pleasure to be there and I thank you all.
Cheers Kev

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  Game 7th April
Posted by: DavidofRowlands - 04-02-2018, 11:25 AM - Forum: Organise a game - Replies (3)

Hi,

Anyone up for a game next Saturday 7th April. My preference would be FoGR with or without amendments. But happy to do anything else.

Cheers

David

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  Salute 2018
Posted by: Mark Callow - 03-28-2018, 07:05 AM - Forum: General Chat - Replies (11)

Hi

Is anyone going up to this and looking to share travel costs?

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  Hello From Sunny Hedge End
Posted by: Alien Dave - 03-25-2018, 12:23 PM - Forum: New Members - Replies (5)

Hi Gents,

Thanks for the warm welcome for me and young Bradley yesterday.  He really enjoyed playing X-Wing, even if he lost his A-Wing in the first turn of the last game (!!) and it was a laugh for me too after I'd brushed the cobwebs off!

Most of my toy soldier collection is 28mm skirmish level stuff (Deadzone, Konflikt '47, 7TV) but I also have a fair bit of 15mm sci-fi (Traveller/GZG) and Moderns (Force on Force/Ambush Alley), some 6mm moderns (Brits 1990s) and sci-fi (GZG, Battletech, using Horizon Wars rules) plus a load of modern air stuff using Tumbling Dice 1/600 aircraft and rules.  I have an 'embryonic' Dwarf force for Kings of War (about 1/3 painted, using the old Grenadier minis from EM4) but haven't gotten around to playing it yet....  Copy & Paste that last sentence for at least a dozen other projects, too I suppose.

Currently working on a Star Trek game in 15mm using GZG minis for Federation crew, Klingons and Romulans.  Still looking for a decent Gorn proxy and a mini of Kirk with that ripped shirt he always seems to wear!

Dave W

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