Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Miniature Wargames Article Now Available

As usual I've added a link to my latest Miniature Wargames article to the articles page. It's all about competition wargaming:

"Competition wargamers! There's quite a few of these about judging by the number of local, national and international tournaments organised each year. Now some people love competing others loathe it, but competition wargaming remains an established and vibrant part of our hobby.

What I would like to do in this article is look at one small part of the UK competition scene and draw out some long term trends which I hope will be of general interest but before that I would like to say a little about how and why I started to enter competitions."

Competing Views, Miniature Wargames, 374, 43-46

Plus, as the ultimate vanity project, I am considering producing a collection of my published articles in ebook format. Please leave a comment if you'd be interested. To that end I've been playing with Sigil and have converted this article to an ebook for you to download.

It's formatted as a epub file suitable for many of the open source ebook readers avaialble for phone and tablets. If you want to read it with a Kindle you'll have to do a bit of converting and Calibre is recommended.

As I don't own a smart phone, or a tablet, I use either the Readium extension for Chrome or the slightly less good EPUBReader extension for Firefox (with the latter sometimes the links from the contents and notes pages don't work properly).

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Re-Mystified on Tour :: Halifax 2014

It was a good event!


On Sunday I took 800 points worth of Italian Wars French for two enthralling games of Field of Glory Renaissance (FOGR) in the third round of the 2014 Northern League.

The army was dated 1523. This turned out to be important because this season Northern League armies before 1570 have been given a boost by an alteration of the army classification system: they are allowed to drop a class. This is to encourage players to field earlier armies and go some way towards compensating for their poorer weapons and tactics when facing later armies.

My army contained just over 400 points of superior troops and would have been class 1 but now it dropped to class 2 with the incentive that they could gain 2 bonus points by beating higher class opponent. All I had to do was win a game!

I have to say this army has never done well in competition managing two loosing draws last time out. So you can imagine my surprise when I emerged from the day with a tight losing draw (9-11) and a big win against a class 1 army (26-1 including 2 bonus points) putting me in second place!

Not only was it the first time the French army had won a competition game but the total score gave me my best ever Northern League placing under any rules. Looking back I realised that the win in the second game was only my second ever win in the Northern League since I started playing FOGR in Feb 2013. Lots still to learn.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Latest Miniature Wargames Article

My latest article has been printed in this month's Miniature Wargames (Issue 376). Here's a taster:

"In January this year Guy Bowers, editor of Wargames Soldiers & Strategy, posted an article online about disappearing wargames companies. He mentioned the part-time nature of many wargames business and provided three examples of businesses, and their ranges, that were no longer available. He closed by advising people to buy while the ranges are available because the company may not survive in the long term.

This set me thinking: why does our hobby suffer in this way with ranges, and small and medium sized manufacturing companies, disappearing on a regular basis?"

To read the rest of the article you will either have to buy the magazine or wait until I put the article online in a couple of months. In the meantime you can read some of my other articles online.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Stoke Challenge 2014 (UK) - Results

The final pacings were:

Player R1 R2 R3 Total
Simon Clarke 20 15 23 58
Bob Amey 4 24 23 51
Dene Green 22 25 3 50
Jon Phipps 21 0 23 44
Keith Spedding 3 1 23 28
Graham Hutchinson 5 17 2 24
Ray Boyles 15 5 2 22
Martin Stephenson 5 8 2 15

Round by round results. The armies were:

Player Club Army Date Book
Martin Stephenson MAWS Early Lithuanian 1520 C o E
Bob Amey Impalers Mughul 1562 C & C
Keith Spedding October Tibetan 1590 C & C
Ray Boyles October Wallachian - Moldavian 1590 C o E
Graham Hutchinson MAWS Early Russian 1621 C o E
Dene Green Burton Late Russian 1651 D & G
Jon Phipps Burton Hapsburg Austrian Imperial (E) 1690 D & G
Simon Clarke Burton Western Sudanese (Hausa) 1699 C o G

Not my finest hour but fun.