The Other Side – Slow Grow League

For those looking for something a little different, and on the fantasy side of the table:

Over five months, participants will be able to assemble a viable force for Wyrd’s The Other Side miniatures game. You’ll start with a single commander, and work towards a force with two commanders plus extras. A three colour minimum painting requirement will be in force, so getting those figures painted will be important, but that’s the point of the exercise, isn’t it?

The League will kick off at our April 21 meeting and continue every second meeting of the month for five months. At the end you’ll have both rules knowledge and a painted force!

Contact Nik Richards for further information.

See you on The Other Side!

Meetings Now Twice a Month!

You heard that correctly, the Spartan Association is now meeting twice a month at the fantastic Kingswood Sports Club – due to popular demand!

The downside (if there can really be one) of this new arrangement is that if the Kingswood Sports Club has a function booked in our normal gaming area we will have to retreat to the old “small” room (aka, the Scoozi Lounge). If there isn’t enough space on those occasions some of us will simply have to miss out on our games for that meeting. But hey, there’s another meeting just around the corner!

Hope to see you all at our new, more frequent club events!

Dates are as follows. These will be added as events both here on the website and on Facebook.

March 3rd – Function Room (big room)
March 24th – Function Room
April 7th – Function Room
April 21st – Function Room
April 27th – Breakout From Tobruk (special event)
May 5th – Scoozi Lounge (little room)
May 19th – Function Room
June 2nd – Function Room
June 16th – Function Room
July 7th – Scoozi Lounge – Spartan Association AGM at Noon.

Breakout from Tobruk

Breakout from TobrukOn April 21, Panzer Angriff and the Spartan Association are pleased to present: Breakout from Tobruk.

Four continuous 6×4′ tables depicting the tail end of Operation Crusader, 1941. Panzer Angriff will supply all forces accurate to the time, fully painted in high detail.Panzer Angriff  and the Spartan Association will then play out the mega battle on the games table during the day. The idea is to bring to life, to the visitors to the Kingswood Sports club, just one tale from the ANZAC story.

See you there! More information on our calendar page for the event: https://spartanassociation.org/event/breakout-from-tobruk/

What Happened In February?

February did roll around quickly! Our second meeting for 2019 is all wrapped up, and it was a good one. There was a good sized turnout and plenty of games were played. As usual we’d like to thank everybody who participated. Let the gaming roll on!

We had some of our regular games, and some not so regular. Flames of War was in attendance with the usual array of nicely painted 15mm World War 2 miniatures. Note the German trucks and tanks, those are 3D prints and not the usual commercial models – they look amazing!

And of course Art De La Guerre made an appearance. A stalwart regular game at our meetings it most certainly has become.

Impetus made a return this month, and some very nicely painted 28mm figures took to the field. In these pics the Byzantines tackle some English from the Wars of the Roses. Not sure who won… The version used was the eagerly anticipated second edition of the game.

John and I had a crack at the new Warlords of Erehwon fantasy mass-skirmish rules from Warlord Games. I feel they will be a good fit for all of those fantasy 25/28s gathering dust in many gamers’ collections. It uses the activation dice system seen in Gates of Antares and Bolt Action, and the rules are reasonably easy to learn. The factions are all classical fantasy types, so very easy to choose and use whatever range of models you like best. Games will speed up a lot (of course) once we properly get the rules nailed down, and I have now learned not to charge against Dwarf loonies with a chariot…

Speaking of Fantasy gaming, there was also a game of Games Workshop’s Middle Earth Strategy Battle Game. Makes me want to get me a copy so I can rouse the Easterlings and their Haradrim allies again…

Last, and certainly not least, was a mighty game of the venerable Napoleonic Shako rules. This was played in 15mm and saw a lot of units swirling about the battlefield, locked in mortal combat. A table full of 15mm horse and musket era miniatures always looks good, and this was no exception.

And that’s all for February! Once again, thanks to everybody who made the trip in to see us, and we hope to see everybody again on March 3.

Until then, keep gaming, and may your dice all roll well!

Welcome to 2019! And Our First Meeting Report…

Welcome to a new year of gaming one and all!

The Spartan Association had its first meeting for 2019 a week ago on January 6. Like always we thank those folks who made the time to join us for gaming at the Kingswood Sports Club.

It was a reasonably quiet meeting, as one would assume from the time of year, but still packed full of hobby goodness and much dice rolling. It seemed that one person did appear to absorb all the dice luck in the room at one point though, but we won’t name him (or hold it against him… hehe). Suffice to say, spectacular dice rolling, Sir!

The usual suspects brought their games along, so we did see the likes of Art de la Guerre, Crossfire and Flames of War at the club, along with an appearance by the Polemos rules Obstinate and Bloody Battle for 6mm. These rules are quite interesting, and I can see it being a thing for a number of people at the club. It certainly captures the feel and momentum of the age of linear warfare in an interesting way. Yes, the following images are of 6mm figures:

We also had the usual Art de la Guerre gaming going on, this time rather mediaeval in flavour:

Some Crossfire (World War 2) occurred in the center of the room. Geoff brought the suitcase boards to this meeting. Crossfire is interesting in that in plays quite well on small boards and lends itself to a fairly portable setup like this.

The lads from Panzer Angriff brought their brand of 15mm WW2 mayhem to the club, looking great as always. This time early war, I believe, with lots of Cossacks riding hardy steppe ponies and many small tankettes on display.

Last, and certainly not least, there was some custom terrain on display, mostly laser cut by the gentleman who brought in to the club. The biggest of the laid out terrain was suitable for 15mm Modern gaming (like Team Yankee or similar) but there were buildings from many different periods and genres on display. Excellent workmanship and well designed pieces with double thickness walls and good access to all levels. We hope to see more of this in future. Good stuff indeed!

And that’s another month wrapped up! Again, thank you to all who attended in January, and we hope to see you all again in February. Until then, as always, keep gaming, and may all your dice roll high!

Merry Christmas From The Spartan Association!

Thanks again to everyone who attended our final meeting for 2018. It’s been a ride – we’ve now been meeting at Kingswood Sports Club for over a year! There you go… They say time flies when you are having fun, don’t they?

We’re looking forward to seeing you all again throughout 2019. Until then, we hope you will all have a most magnificent Christmas and New Year. See you all on January 6!

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!