Friday, 25 June 2021

Marlowe to Maidenhythe in print

I launched the digital version of this book, written by Robert Avery for use with the For King and Parliament rules back in March, and it's proved so popular that I've commissioned a physical print run, which is officially launched today. 

The 66 page book contains twelve free-standing fictional scenarios set around in the counties of Buckinghamshire and Berkshire during and shortly after the English Civil War. They tell the story of a series of clashes between Sir John Boulters (for the King) and Sir Christopher Grey (for Parliament). Each scenario contains a background briefing, separate briefings for each of the players, a deployment plan and orders of battle. The scenarios can be played individually or in sequence, as a campaign. Most of the characters and many of the units recur throughout the campaign, and a postscript describes what happens to them after the war. It's a whole lot of fun!

You can  find both the digital and physical version, here.  There are also some page images if you'd like a peek inside.

Wednesday, 23 June 2021

September To the Strongest! Tournaments

In these strange days there are but two face-to-face tournaments left standing this year, both in September:

Chalgrove Tournament “The Worlds” Saturday 4th September 2021

The Chalgrove Tournament AKA “the Worlds” is on 4th September at Chalgrove in Oxfordshire. If you come, you’ll get to play four games during the day, using 135 points armies from either of the current releases of the Army List eBooks.  We will be using Even Stronger v9 . It’s organised by Steve Dover and is always a great day’s gaming.

This year, Steve is applying a 0.5 point extra cost to lance-armed units and has reduced the costs of elephants, such that African Elephants cost 5 points and Indian Elephants cost 6. Escorted elephants cost double. Upgrading elephants to veteran will cost one point per “life” and downgrading elephants to raw will save 1 point per “life” 

It costs £10 to enter- if you think you can join us, email me at the address to the left and I’ll forward your details on to Steve.

London GT Tournament “The Nationals” Sunday 26th September 2021

For the convenience of those who are attending both Chalgrove and the London GT,  I’m changing the entry requirements for the GT such that they will correspond exactly to Steve’s amendments for Chalgrove, as above. This will mean that if your army is valid for the theme of the GT “Rome and Greece at War” you’ll be able to use it in both events, if you want. If you don’t have a suitable army for the GT but want to join us, then please let me know, I’ll lend you one- legionaries or pikes, perhaps.

You can bring any army from the following chapters of the Ancient Army List eBook:

  • "Frogs around a Pond",
  • "Kingdoms of the East",
  • "Rise of Rome”,
  • “Rome’s Empire”
  • Any army valid between 300 BCE and 300 CE from “Across the Indus” or “Beyond the First Cataract”

The format is very similar to Chalgrove, four nail-biting games in a day on a Swiss system.

If you’ve not yet booked a ticket for the GT, please get an entry in ASAP, and bring a friend if you can. It is a great venue and we had a super time, two years ago when it last ran- I have never seen so many gamers in one place, gaming! It’s easy to get to, being near the North Circular, M1, M11 etc., good parking, light and airy, and even a bar! Oh- and it’s my Birthday weekend- I’ll bring cake. Hope to see you there!

I am preparing my most spectacular-ever tournament army for both events. Its nature is currently top-secret but I’ll show some images in a month or so. I am confident that no army quite like it will ever have graced the competition table…

Monday, 21 June 2021

New version of the TtS! Ancient Army List eBook published

I've just published an updated version of the Ancient  Army List eBook. I've brought this out a little early for the convenience of those who are attending the Roman/Greek-themed tournament at the end of September at the London GT (tickets still available, here).  If you aren't already coming, do come and join us! 

This latest release includes new Middle Carthaginian, Carthaginian Mercenary Revolt and Early Etruscan lists. There are also new Axumite, Blemmye/Beja, Nobatae and Christian Nubian lists in a new African “Beyond the First Cataract” chapter, grouped together with some existing but edited list (Early Nubian, Kushite and Later Kushite). I will be expanding this chapter further, in future releases. There are some unusual, colourful and little-known armies to be found, south of Aswan.

I've changed Ligurians from warband to javelinmen in several lists. Significant edits to the Achaemenid Persian, Neo-Babylonian and Pyrrhic lists, and minor edits to some other lists, but I don't think there's much that will throw people's competition plans out. I've also added some extra historical background material and more images. It's now a 297-page PDF contains 159 TtS! ancient army lists!

Above and below are sample pages from the Pyrrhic list.

If you've previously purchased it, you'll have received an email from me with it as an attachment, or a download link if you bought it via Wargames Vault. If you've not bought it yet, you can find it hereI've also updated the Free Army list eBook.

The next version of the Ancient eBook will come out at the end of September, at the same time as the next release of the Medieval eBook (I've dropped back the publication date back a month so that it comes out after the tournament season, to avoid any confusion).

A big thanks to everyone who helped put the book together! I really hope you enjoy it. 

Monday, 31 May 2021

New version of the Medieval Army List eBook published


I've just published an updated version of the Medieval Army List eBook. This includes three new lists- Golden Horde, Hundred Years War English (Home) and Zanj Revolt. The Golden Horde cross swords with lots of other armies. The second list is particularly handy as it is the home service equivalent of the more famous continental English list, really handy for chastising the Scots, or fighting English rebels. The Zanj list is an interesting one; black Spartacus meets Isis.

There are significant edits to the Later Medieval Polish and Sengoku Samurai lists, and minor edits to Feudal English, Hundred Years’ War English (Continental), Later Swiss, Mongol Conquest, Ilkhanid Mongol, Later Byzantine and possibly other lists. I've also added some extra historical background material and more images. 

Above and below are sample pages.

The next version of this eBook will be released at the end of September (after this year's tournaments). An updated version of the Ancient Army List eBook will be published at the end of June. 

I do hope you enjoy the new book- it's getting quite big now, 206 pages and (I think) 111 lists. If you've previously purchased it, you'll have received an email from me with it as an attachment, or a download link if you bought it via Wargames Vault. If you've not bought it yet, you can find it here

Tuesday, 25 May 2021

Dungeon level, plastered


The dwarven construction team have finished their delving and departed, leaving me something that is starting to look distinctly room-like and rather less dank than previously. Just needs a bit more fitting out; painting, heating, more lighting and racks (no, not the ones for making you taller!). Progress.

Thursday, 20 May 2021

Ipsus Nellies WIP

I'm getting not one, but two new herds of elephants ready for the huge Ipsus game at the London GT in September. On the left are fifteen "Indian" Indian elephants, and on the right fourteen "Macedonian" Indian ride-on elephants. 

The reason I need 29 more elephants is that we don't believe the howdah was in use at the time of Ipsus, and most of my previous elephants have these, so it's a perfect opportunity to collect more models. When these are finished and "in the field" I'll have six different elephant herds. As well as the two above, I'll have Successor Indian elephants with towers, Successor African elephants, Seleucid armoured elephants and Carthaginian African elephants.

The "Indian" Indian elephants are a real mixture. At the front are seven of the relatively new resin Aventines, lovely light models. Further back are some veteran Vendel and Essex elephants, and other pachyderms whose origins are lost in the mists of time. I still need to add crews and finish the basing. After Ipsus, these will, later, form the core of Porus' herd when I do the Hydaspes next year, or the year after. These were mostly painted by Dan Toone.

Here are the the "Macedonian" Indian elephants. They will be crewed by a mahout and a single pikeman and escorted by Greek-style archers. They will form an elephant screen across the front of the two Ipsus armies. These still need some detailing, weapons adding and basing. These were painted by Shaun McTague and Dan Toone. They are such lovely models that I'm tempted to add a few more, before the game, if time permits.

Above is an earlier version of the Ipsus game that I'll be running at the London GT in September. The new version will be 50% larger than this, with around 3000 minis on a table almost 6m wide, quite possibly the largest ancient battle run at a show- certainly the largest I've ever run by some margin. The pike phalanx alone will include some 1500 minis. 

Both this and chum Tim's Rome vs. Hannibal Battle of the Trebbia will be ten player games. They will be played at the London GT at the Lee Valley Athletics Center, on Saturday 25th September. You can book tickets for it below- there are only 20 tickets in total, and some have already sold, so don't leave it too late! If you come, you'll get to play both games and see all the other things going on at the event. 

There's a big TtS! tournament on the day after, Sunday 26th, too, the details of that are below. Why not make a weekend of it? I certainly plan to. :-) I'm prepping minis for a secret army.

It's been far too long since we have gamed properly! I hope to greet the post-apocalypse in some style- and I hope that some of you will be able to join me!

Friday, 14 May 2021

Dungeon level, revisited

Some of you may recall that I've been trying to create some much-needed additional storage space- got to put those minis somewhere! This is my dungeon level, now with added lighting and (much needed) waterproofing. Still some work to do... but coming along nicely.

You can see last year's dank hole here.

In other news I've a lot of modelling underway but nowhere and no time to take photos until next week. Also I'm getting together the end of May release of the Medieval Army List eBook- there should be three or four new lists and other new material. At the moment we have a new 100 Years War English list, for action in Britain as opposed to the continent. Also there's a Golden Horde list and a nice list for the obscure but interesting Zanj Revolt against the Abbasids; think Spartacus meets Isis.