What Happened During Our November Meeting?

Well, gaming of course!

All in all a fairly typical meeting for the Spartan Association. Good company and fun gaming in a great venue. Again we met in the bigger room, which (if you haven’t seen it yet) has huge windows, lots of light and good sized tables for gaming on.

Not much to report on this month, though games were had of Crossfire, Flames of War, L’Art de la Guerre and Full Thrust. Crossfire for one seems to be getting some extra interest of late and it will be great to see how many folks give that a go.

Ben and David from Panzer Angriff continued their Barbarossa campaign using Flames of War as usual. And as usual, lots and lots of attractive terrain and well painted 15mm models to look at.

The Spanish Civil War campaign continued apace using Crossfire. Apparently the government militia are secretly elite special forces. Or so I’m told 🤔… Or maybe it’s just the dice. 😉

A game of L’Art de la Guerre

And of course some Full Thrust. For those familiar with the second edition, that is the version that we played. But we’re looking into Full Thrust: Project Continuum moving forwards as it has more design choices, and it seems that it features some clarifications of the original rules.

And that’s it for November! Make sure to head down to the club for our next meeting on thd 2nd of December at Kingswood Sports Club. See you there, and until then, don’t stop gaming!

Calendar Update

The club’s calendar has been updated with the upcoming meeting dates from now until our 2019 Annual General Meeting in July next near.

These dates are mirrored on our Facebook group, for those who may find that to be more convenient. Additionally you can download the calendar dates from here as an .ics calendar file for import into whatever calendar application you may be using (if that’s how you roll). Just use the + EXPORT EVENTS button at the bottom of the page to download it.

Of course, events may change things for us, but if that happens we’ll post the changes as soon as we know.

October Meeting In Review

Our October meeting was great as always. Thanks to everyone who attended, and a big welcome to any folks who attended for the first time (there were a few of you!). It was great to meet you all and I hope you had a good experience with us.

It was also the first time the meeting was held in the bigger room directly opposite to where we have been before. (It was a lot bigger.) A plus is the tables in that space are already big enough to fit a 6×4 gaming mat without trestles if you put two together, or, if you are into 15mm ADLG (or similar), one table could quite easily fit two games at once.

Again a big shout out to the lads from Panzer Angriff, who ran two spectacular games of Flames of War on the day. I believe these were games based on the invasion of Poland, 1939. In one of these shots it looks like the forest has developed laser weaponry and is wiping out scores of panzers… (not intentional, I assure you, honest…)

We also had some L’Art de la Guerre action with the Spartans invading 15th Century France (or maybe it was the other way around… my sources vary on the historical interpretation of the events). Not sure who won this one, though it was an interesting match up.

Song of Blades and Heroes was again played during the meeting. This is an interesting (and somewhat unusual) fantasy skirmish game that is really worth trying out, as it isn’t like anything else you may have played. The game played was quite large for the rules and it was easily completed within the time of the meeting.

Finally, there was a game of Full Thrust, a starship game that was originally published in the 1990s. In fact, I played in this one and I hadn’t played it since the 1990s. Though we didn’t have such nice neoprene gaming mats back then. Just frayed black cloths…  But hey this was fun. And we’ll be bringing it back – we thought Full Thrust was a keeper. Thanks to my opponent for a thoroughly enjoyable game even though it was really only a learning game (or relearning, in my case).

Overall a great time was had by all. We hope to see you all again at our next meeting in November, and may all your dice roll in your favour!

The Meeting That Was (The September One…)

Our September meeting had a good turnout, despite the fact that it was Father’s day, and everyone had a good time, gaming hard, consuming fine food and drinks, and kicking back as usual. Thanks again to all who attended (we couldn’t run these meetings without you).

So, where to begin? September’s meeting had the usual ancients battles, with some Spanish Civil War, WW2 and fantasy games being run to fill out the roster.

First up, the ancients gaming included a game of L’Art de la Guerre, with the Nicophorian Byzantines (Claude) engaging pre-1450 Burgundians (Guy) in mortal combat. The defending Burgundians held firm in the face of the Byzantine attack and won the game. At least one other game was played with these rules on the day, but modern historians are unclear of the participants nor the result of the action, due to a lack of primary sources…

September also saw the lads from Panzer Angriff join us for some gaming. They had their nice terrain with them, and the games they played looked as spectacular as always.

Soviet Heavy Tank vs German Panzer – Ben vs David (reported by David)

Hold the Line mission: the Soviets attacked, infiltrating up Shturmovye infantry with an attached HQ tank and Spetznaz. The preliminary bombardment was ineffective but the supporting tank fire was not. The Soviets maximised their infantry attack, using them to deal with the German half-tracks while the heavy tanks isolated and eliminated the German tank threat. Later bombardments were more effective than the preliminary ones. The objective was taken by the infantry by Turn 3.

A campaign game of Crossfire set during the Spanish Civil War saw its second installment on the day, between the Government and Rebels, as could be expected…

2nd Battle of Merida – Geoff vs David (reported by Geoff)

The unsupported militia deployed in depth with the Army of Africa, not having the numbers for outflanking, concentrating instead on a frontal assault.

Despite the Government militia having no support weapons, frontal assaults on fresh units were too damaging to attempt unless absolutely necessary. They moved forward using as much smoke and as many concealed approaches as were possible. The initial attack on the central village was repulsed with the loss of an entire platoon in close combat. The follow up attack was made by the assault engineer platoon, which was covered by smoke. It managed to take and hold the position against several counter attacks. This allowed the southern defence line to be outflanked and eventually rolled up. Several militia counter attacks were made but none were successful. The central location allowed the Rebels to constrict movement and redeployment of enemy units. Eventually the Government line was rolled up from the flank and after 50%+ losses the militia position collapsed.

Last, but not least, there was also a game of Malifaux played (my first go at these rules and I lost, mistakes were made 😉 ). Details for this were contributed by my opponent, so expect lies! Lies! Lies! Or maybe even a factual account, who can tell? Suffice to say, the Guild is not impressed…

Scenario – Jail Break, between Guild (Perdita Ortega) and Resurrectionists (Nicodem) – Peter vs Damian (reported by Peter)

Guild                                   

  • Perdita Ortega
  • Francisco Ortega
  • Papa Loco
  • Abuela Ortega
  • Santiago Ortega
  • Nino Ortega
  • Peacekeeper Construct
  • Enslaved Nephilim

Resurrectionists

  • Nicodem
  • Sebastian
  • Shikomi
  • Flesh Construct
  • 3 Punk Zombies
  • Vulture

The scenario was for the Guild to rescue Francisco from his cell in the house and get him back to their side of the board. The plan for the Resurrectionists was to stop that happening.

Poor old Francisco was locked up. Again. The Guild guard who put him there probably had their reasons and if he were to think about it hard maybe they were right. But that was not really what he cared about and it was time to break big brother out and get him home.

Except…that drunkard Francisco was stuck. Good.  That smug Ortega could do with a quick smack around the head or equivalent of.

After initial deployment the Vulture flew over the area to have look and get some intel for Nicodem. As soon as it appeared over the posse of guild marching to the house every firearm in the gang was turned on it until a cloud of feathers drifted to the ground.

While most of each side closed on the house, Abuela wheeled herself around the right of the fenced yard with Papa Loco giggling along for company. While admiring the view from the hill Papa noticed a crazy zombie with what appeared to be a bad haircut and samurai swords. He immediately started to lob dynamite at it, as that is what any normal person would do, however it just kept coming. It quickly caught him and started flailing away with its swords. Abuela remained on the hill and saw how much trouble Papa was in so thought it best to shoot the crazed zombie. Sadly, the old matriarch doesn’t shoot like she used to and put a round right through poor old papa as he was lighting the next stick of TNT. The resulting crater left little of him or the zombie.

Meanwhile at back at the house the Peacekeeper had clunked its way around the back to clear some space for the ensuing break out. It was immediately met by a massive oaf made of bits of…..other massive oafs. It swung slowly and clumsily taking paint off here and there while the Peacekeeper went about reducing the abomination back to its constituent parts.

Seeing the situation deteriorating, Nicodem casually wandered away to take stock of the situation and while pondering life quietly on a rock was caught in a hail of gunfire from some woman in a large hat. Rather than philosophising further he thought it better to get of the hill and behind one of his pet zombies while sucking the life out of a soulstone.

While the others were having fun Nino and Santiago went about rushing the housing and getting Francisco to freedom. With a loud bang the house came down around their ears and Francisco was on his way. Hooray!!!!

Except now there was a short ugly man with a blood-spattered apron and a steam powered saw ambling towards them.

With an idiot grin on his face this dumpy butcher wandered up to Francisco and started attacking him with the saw!  Completely surprised by the insane situation he received several bad cuts but worse he did not notice that the saw had not been cleaned lately. Well, ever actually, and it appears that on a normal day this saw is used to change body parts for Nicodem’s experiments.

Francisco’s world went blurry and his face very pale. It is doubtful even the strongest moonshine this side of a whiskey Golem could eat through that infection.

All in all a good days gaming. Hope to see you all again for the next one!

August Meeting – In Review

Last Sunday, Spartan Association members again met to roll dice, push models around, eat, drink and be merry.

A big thank-you to all who showed their support for the club and joined the Spartan Association as members on the day. Your club salutes you! If you are still thinking about taking this step, more details can be found here: https://spartanassociation.org/membership-fees/. If not, that’s OK, but expect to be asked for a gold coin for table fees if you are participating in a game during one of our meetings. This helps cover our costs and enables us to eventually collect useful items for members and guests to use like gaming mats and terrain. (That would save a lot of carting the stuff around – which we are all doing at the moment.)

As for the meeting’s gaming – we had the usual selection of historical adventures, including a rather large game of Crossfire. I am reliably informed by the participants of that particular game that an in-depth battle report will be forthcoming, so I won’t elaborate on that any further, other to say that it’s an interesting short campaign. Though some pictures of this SCW engagement have somehow made it to me in advance:

We also had a game of Baroque, a first at the club and a good looking game too. Not many pics of this one. (For those who may not know, Baroque is a Rennaissance period rule set based on the Impetus game system.) It was played in 15mm and I cannot remember who the combatants were (sorry gents). Perhaps the players involved could enlighten us?

On the ancients front, we saw the usual games of L’Art de la Guerre and Basic Impetus. As usual the armies looked great and the games were very enjoyable. The L’Art de la Guerre game was in 15mm between 100 Years War French and Mediaeval Swedish from 1300, and the Basic Impetus game was in 28mm between Frederick III Imperial Germans and Nikophorean Byzantines. In the former, the Swedes won, and in the latter, the Byzantines.(And the Byzantine cavalry looked amazing!)

Yet again, the fantasy and sci-fi side of the hobby wasn’t really in attendance. (Where have you gone everyone?) Though that said I had myself brought down models and terrain for Song of Blades and Heroes. Maybe next time. However, we may have more fantasy and sci fi gaming in our future. Stay tuned.

If you are interested in writing (more in-depth) battle reports or articles to put up on the website you are welcome (and encouraged) to do so. Either send it to us here via admin@spartanassociation.org or drop it to us at a meeting. All submissions are appreciated!

Thank-you again to everybody who attended and see you all at the next meeting!

Our August Meeting Is Nearly Here!

It’s that time again! Pack up those figures and dice and get them ready to bring to the club next Sunday the 5th of August for more tabletop gaming action!

A handy reminder that memberships will now be due for those interested in membership of the Spartan Association. Memberships are currently $20 for the year and give voting rights in the Association. Membership is optional, those who opt not to will be asked for table fees of a gold coin donation to help cover club costs.

As usual, bring whatever you like, all games are welcome. We look forward to seeing you there!

AGM 2018

Thanks to everyone who attended today for our AGM. Stuff was done, games were had, fun was … had… aaaanyway, photos.

As usual, the games were a blast, and amongst good company. See you all again next meeting!

Some Pics From Our Bonus Meeting

A couple of extra pics to show some of the things members were playing last week at our bonus Queen’s Birthday long weekend meeting. In evidence were Basic Impetus, Spearhead, and Song of Blades and Heroes.

As always, thanks to everyone who attended this extra out of sequence meeting and we hope to see you all at our next one in July!

The June Meeting in Review

Here be the photos from the last meeting (lots more were taken this time!).

Thanks to everyone who attended this month, it was an amazing turnout and many games were had. Of the seven games, six were ancients (Impetus Basic and L’art de la Guerre) and one was a game of Crossfire (WW2 company level actions). Though it has to be said:

“Come on you fantasy and sci-fi gamers out there, you simply must turn up and show these historical players how it’s done!” (There, I’ve laid down the challenge…)

Don’t forget this Sunday’s (10th June) bonus meeting at Kingswood Sports, see you there!

Again, as usual, pics or it didn’t happen:

Last Sunday’s Meeting

A belated thanks to all those who attended the club meeting on Sunday. (Better late than never, says I… Well it is Friday today… )

We had a good turnout, seeing the usual miniatures games in action (Infinity, Impetus Basic and l’Art de la Guerre) as well as some new (to the club) folks bringing a rather interesting sounding board game that got some play.

See you all again next month!

Again, pics or it didn’t happen: