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  Talavera and Waterloo
Posted by: Odysseus - 08-11-2018, 10:45 AM - Forum: General Chat - No Replies

On my last visit to the Wessex I called in on my way home after landing from a cross channel ferry.

There was a good mix of games and plenty of activity to see. One game that caught my eye did so because of the terrain. The lads playing were using a hexagonal scheme. They explained that, for them, it brought more certainty to the positions of units and their confrontation with other units. To me, it looked like a Strategy and Tactics magazine game brought to life with 3D terrain in natural colours. I have experimented in the past with hexagonal bases for figures but never felt I had the patience to construct a whole field of terrain in a hexagonal format.

The game was re-fighting Talavera and, in conversation, I happened to mention that I had been to the Battle of Waterloo 200th Anniversary re-enactment in 2015. They were quite animated by this and expressed that they were disappointed to have missed the event. It certainly drew a big crowd, even from the re-enactors participating. The report was that 8,000 took part in the event. I make that representing about 18:1 on the actual event, excluding the Prussians which I am sure is the way Napoleon would have wanted anyway. Most wargames don't attain a figure ratio near that level. Sure it was probably the biggest such event ever likely to be staged in Europe. For everyone who missed that one, it all is not lost. According to my Belgique friend and neighbour, there is a re-enactment on the Anniversary each year. He professes his brother took part 2 years previous to the 200th event. The best way to corroborate this is to try trusty Google. Such events are usually described as a Spectacle, same word as English but pronounced completely differently in French.

I believe it is quite common for re-enators to have annual events of the anniversary of Battles. The “significant” anniversaries attract greater numbers of participants. For example, there is an annual event for Stamford Bridge. I went on the 950th and met the Archbishop of York. No really, didn't I just say the significant years attracts more people.

Waterloo is quite a good visit even without a re-enactment. The field is compact and easy to walk around. There has been a lot of investment to improve the museums at the site. Even the buildings on the field themselves have had a makeover. Hougoumont must look much better now than it did before the battle! Certainly it is in a lot better shape than when I visited as part of a Wessex Military Society battlefield trip more than 40 years ago. Smile Big Grin

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  campaign in a day
Posted by: Bob P - 08-08-2018, 05:54 PM - Forum: Organise a game - No Replies

the last one was fun this time DBA samurai 4 or 5 games (become shogun ) any takers

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  11th Aug meet
Posted by: Mog (Derek) - 08-07-2018, 08:12 PM - Forum: Organise a game - No Replies

Anything going on or anyone free or have space for me. I can put on some Napoleonic naval if anyone interested.

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  Warhammer Fantasy for sale cheap
Posted by: duns.scotus - 08-03-2018, 08:23 AM - Forum: Sci Fi & fantasy - No Replies

Hi all,
I have a load of Warhammer fantasy figures to dispose of cheap. They are mainly unpainted, but not all. I have Empire, Skaven, and various others. I have not settled on a price yet but they will be cheap. Probably the equivalent of 10p a figure unpainted, bit ore for the painted stuff. I also have some Warhammer books which are free to a good home. I intend to bring them down to the club in the next month or so if there is any interest. Please let me know if you might want some of this.

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  Food for thought
Posted by: Mark Callow - 07-31-2018, 09:41 AM - Forum: General Chat - Replies (2)

Hi all

For all of you out there who either know they have a big collection or think they have and want to know it's value for insurance purposes, follow this link


I honestly had no idea how much my stuff was worth but this gives you a very decent idea

I suspect a few of you will gasp at how much your collections are worth

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  October weekend game Kursk Southern sector
Posted by: Adam - 07-28-2018, 05:56 PM - Forum: Organise a game - Replies (18)

Hi all,

I am organising a 10mm panzer grenadier game for the weekend 6th and 7th October any who are interested are welcome please post here so I have an idea of numbers so I know if I need to tweak the scenario and if we have enough troops…



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  painting service??
Posted by: Grandad - 07-26-2018, 02:51 PM - Forum: General Chat - No Replies

dose anyone know of a painting service who dose 28mm figures who is local ie I can them off.

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  Free on 28th
Posted by: duns.scotus - 07-21-2018, 09:20 PM - Forum: Organise a game - Replies (12)

I find myself unexpectedly free on 28th. Does anyone fancy a game? If so what? Happy to indulge in most things!

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  Avalon Hill Naval Games
Posted by: Mog (Derek) - 07-11-2018, 04:07 PM - Forum: General Chat - No Replies

Hi All

Managed to snag a bargain on EBAY. A collection of out of print Avalon Hill Naval Games in PDF format. This includes rules, counters, board (if applicable) measures/templates, Errata and other reference stuff. The list is:

Tokyo Express
Flat Top
Attack Sub
War at Sea
Woodern Ships and Iron Men
Victory in the Pacific
Peloponnesian War

Most of these I haven't played before but I used to play both Jutland and Wooden Ships Iron Men a lot back in the day. Both are quick to play and simple rule-sets. Happy to burn off a copy of any of them if you would like. You would have to supply the printer and paper though. Dont think where I work would appreciate me burning it all off. Smile

Not a bad haul for £6. I noticed a copy of Jutland going for over £60 last week.

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  Unexpectedly free on 14th
Posted by: Mark Callow - 07-10-2018, 02:16 PM - Forum: Organise a game - Replies (8)

Hi Guys

As the title suggests I find myself at a loose end this Saturday

Anyone else in the same boat?

Happy to discuss

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