Sunday, 11 November 2018

ADLG: Northern League (Manchester, Nov 2018)

My third foray on to the Art de la Guerre (ADLG) competition circuit saw me make another trip to Eccles on a cold Sunday morning.

Date04 Nov 2018
CompetitionNorthern League 5th Round
VenueManchester
ArmyLater Polish
Army listList details
Army number241
Army date1401 AD
ResultsOfficial results grid

As in the previous two competitions I was using a new army with a few troop types I'd never used before.  It promised a "sink or swim" competition.

Even so I had a plan.  I intended to hold the infantry command behind their fortifications forcing my opponent to choose between assaulting the infantry or, if they didn't want to do that, attacking both the impact cavalry & the impetuous knights if they wanted a victory.  It's fair to say it didn't work as I had my worst competition by far!

My army contained so many uncommon units that Mick Hood (the umpire & list checker) had decided to sit at the table next to me because he knew there'd be lots of questions. As it turned out this didn't happen until game three.

Read on for photos of my opponents, game details, and the results.

Monday, 5 November 2018

New Toy Time

Regular readers will know that I hate photographing my toy soldiers. So after seeing this on a hobby forum somewhere I bought myself a new toy. It only cost a fiver from eBay and arrived with a week or so.



The box has LED lights in a strip across the top which takes power from the PC via a standard USB cable. The sides have magnets in them so it is easy to assemble and disassemble. It folds flat when not in use. Plus it comes with two backgrounds (white & black) and a nice bag for ease of storage.

My previous photography set up was dependent on lots of natural light and a lot of digital processing to get a half decent image. So when my new toy arrived I was keen to see if it would really make things easier.

Thankfully it did so I thought I'd document & illustrate the process.

Saturday, 27 October 2018

ADLG: UK Rankings 2018

In August I wrote that my BHGS ranking had fallen to 122nd from the dizzying heights of 107th in May.  Well it appears that my currrent ranking has improved slightly:



Of course this has nothing to do with me at all! I've not played in a competition since the May rankings were published.  This apparent improvement to 114th (of 182) must be a statistical quirk but I'll take whatever I can get.

Sunday, 21 October 2018

A Face In The Crowd

The magic of the FA Cup 4th Qualifying round with a packed ground. I'm a bit difficult to spot to be honest.


Picture credit: John Hopkins

MatchWarrington Town v Halifax Town
CompetitionFA Cup 4th Qualifying round
DateSat, 20 Oct 2018
VenueCantilever Park
HT score1-1
FT score2-2
Attendance929
Press:Warrington Worldwide
Video:YouTube