Russo Japanese Naval Battle


Last weeks Monday session last week saw some more pre ww1 action with the Russian and Japanese fleets dukeing it out Steven and Ove the Swede commanded the two Japanese ships Peter was the Russian Admiral, with Matt and Mike in command of the two other ships.

Admiral Steve steams towards glorious victory (or so he thinks)

Admiral Steven at Full Steam


Much combat took place with Peter’s ship in the lead taking a furious pounding. Fires also broke out on the ship but were put out quickly by a brave crew. Little damage was sustained by the Japanese. Steven and Ove were confident, Peter’s ship was almost sunk and the Japanese had the initiative.

However things can change in an instant!

Matt fired, his main guns hitting Steven twice. First shot hit the forward main magazine on a percentage roll of 22%. The shell didn’t penetrate – Steven was relived. Then the 2nd shot – amazing – hit the magazine again with another 22% role – never seen that before. And then, disaster – the shell penetrated and Steven’s ship exploded!!!!!


An amazing Russian victory!

40th Aniversary Weekend 2nd Edition Dnd and Gettysburg

A couple of weeks ago the club celebrated its 40th anniversary with a two day gaming session.

The RPG group decided to got retro and run an old school dnd second edition game which is a dim and distant memory for some of the clubs members. We also ran a large Gettysburg game. The weekend kicked off at the nearby pub to fill up with a full English.


Our Dm quickly has  last minute look at the DnD 2end Ed rules just how does surprise work again


The Second Edition Game in full flight haven’t rolled so many d6 in a dnd game for years

dnd 2nd edition The Tactical board for getysburg
tactical-board Gettysburg boards being being set up geteysburg-setup

The Battle of Getysburg in full flow taken towards the end of the first day

getysburg-towrdas the end of teh first day

Heroes of Normandie and Assorted Games

Last Monday we had a mix of games from a first try out of a kick-starter financed game Heroes of Normandie plus the usual mix for wargames and boardgames.

Heroes of Normandie WW2 strategy wargame inspired by Hollywood war movies. A tactical scale board-game opposing two players and two armies, with the Germans on one side and the Americans on the other. Players use order tokens to determine initiative and to bluff. While a single six-sided die determines combat, action cards are played to spice things up. Secretly plan your attacks and outwit your opponent. Block the opposing strategy and surprise the enemies. Deploy your units and don’t turn back!

Heroes of Normandie-1

Heroes of Normandie game inprogress


Chris has also made some very nice DIY trays to hold all the bits

Heroes of Normandie-2

We also had our regular Peter Guilder ww2 game this time a winter game in Russia


We also had  large black powder game- black powder is the rules set we are thinking of using for next years demo game black-powder


Pathfinder game at Bedford Gladiators

Our latest role playing game is a pathfinder based one being run by  Steve. It is set in an late dark ages society – with some civilised city states ala Athens. The last session centred around an attack on a village we where staying at whilst investigating unusual goings on.

Drodal, Kal, Kendra and Aela finally manage to surround the strange snake thing and start to beat it to death in a subtle tactical manner…


Cassander, having disappeared into the darkness on his own, tries valiantly to defend some villagers from an ettercap. It doesn’t go to plan but in the end one villager valiantly stays behind as the other drags the wounded Cassander away


The Lads in thier hundreds set by Butterworth

With the start of the commemoration of ww1 I thought I woudl post this setting by a chap called butterworth of poem that a friend shared with me.

The lads in their hundreds to Ludlow come in for the fair,
There’s men from the barn and the forge and the mill and the fold,
The lads for the girls and the lads for the liquor are there,
And there with the rest are the lads that will never be old.

There’s chaps from the town and the field and the till and the cart,
And many to count are the stalwart, and many the brave,
And many the handsome of face and the handsome of heart,
And few that will carry their looks or their truth to the grave.

I wish one could know them, I wish there were tokens to tell
The fortunate fellows that now you can never discern;
And then one could talk with them friendly and wish them farewell
And watch them depart on the way that they will not return.

But now you may stare as you like and there’s nothing to scan;
And brushing your elbow unguessed-at and not to be told
They carry back bright to the coiner the mintage of man,
The lads that will die in their glory and never be old

Butterworth was an interesting chap. He was directed by his parents to study law, but became interested in music and followed that instead. However, he never felt he did it well, and held a succession of music-related jobs (critic, teacher) whilst lacking the confidence to follow a career as a composer. He destroyed many of his compositions. When WWI broke out, he decided he had a role in life and signed up as a rank and file soldier immediately. Within a year he gained a commission and a reputation as a good leader. In 1916 he was awarded the Military Cross for his bravery in defending a trench, which was named after him. A week later he was shot in the head by a sniper and killed at the Somme, never knowing of his award.

Thanks to Phil for pointing this out

ww2 mid war game

More ww2 Soviet vs German last Monday gone saw the debut of some new scratch built terrain in a ww2 mid war soviet vs German match up.


Steve has built a nicely rundown Orthodox church to provide a focus for this battle – the domes remind me of the Olympic opening ceremony.


And a longer shot – note the detachable cross on top of the dome.



WW2 Eastern Front Wargame

Last Monday we had a ww2 eastern front game using the clubs own rule set. The T34’s and supporting infantry emerge from the woods THE RUSSIAN HORDES EMERGE FROM THE WOODS KV1’s Push forward into the oncoming fire – the red marker indicates a killed vehicleKV1'S ATTACK INTO A HAIL OF AP SHELLS But the KV’s take out a Marder tank destroyer MARDER KNOCKED OUT BY THE KV1'S A Nashorn prepares to avenge its little brother the Marder with its Pak 43 88 mm NASHORN DEFENDING AGAINST T34'S Stugs counter attack the KV1 thrust STUG III COUNTERATTACK AGAINST THE KV1'S The Soviet commander observes the progress of the battle T34 COY. HQ DIRECTS THE SOVIET ADVANCE A flanking attack by more T34’s and supporting infantry T34'S PRESS HOME THEIR ATTACK ON THE VILLAGE