Pikes, Muskets & Panzers

Gaming galore, but little time to post anything. Following a very enjoyable convention in Australia there have been plenty of gaming activities locally to keep me busy in recent weeks. That at least is my excuse for so few posts of late…

First were several Renaissance games. Some of these games were for players sought some experience prior to Natcon Renaissance Competition, which in itself while considerable work, was certainly very enjoyable. In other cases games were against plyers who wanted to try some DBR games, and blow the cobwebs off their figures. Such a difference from a few years ago when I had trouble actually getting people to play a game with DBR. In additiona to games against a single opponent there have also been a couple of multi-player English Civil War games, including this one between Brian, Roger, Robin and myself.

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I have also managed a short report of the other multi-player English Civil War game, entitled “A Solemn League and Covenant” which can be found on my Renaissance pages for those interested. Like the game illustrated above it included Allied Roundheads and Scots against the King in 1644.

Of course I have also managed several Volley & Bayonet games. These tend to be played at my regular Friday evening gaming slot. Volley & Bayonet games in recent weeks have featured either American Civil War or Napoleonics encounters. Below, Union forces advance on the Rebel lines in one of these games.

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Most recently we managed an 1806 game which just cried out to be recorded. An open battlefield and two aggressive players resulted in a game that really went down to the wire. Indeed, for some time I expected, as the French player, to have my army destroyed by the Prussians who kept the pressure on. The French, outnumbered, tried to regain the initiative repeatedly. As it transpired the French counter-attacks finally gained some traction and the Prussian commander was forced to break-off his attack and retire, an outstanding game. If you are interested have a look at the report on  the fictional battle of “Langenheim – 1806” on The Volley & Bayonet Page.

It has however been a while since I had a World War II Spearhead game. The game, set in late 1944, between Jim’s Americans and my own Germans provided great entertainment on a Sunday afternoon. I placed a brief report on this game, entitled “The Lucky Seventh” on my WWII Spearhead site. If you haven’t had a look, you can find a brief report and a few photos here.

As you can probably see it has been a busy few weeks. Hopefully the next few will be as well…

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