Important Message from the Executive Committee of the Spartan Association

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Hello Members and Friends,

It is with great disappointment that we have to inform you that all of the Association Meeting dates set for the remainder of 2020 have had to be cancelled, due to the COVID-19 virus being a threat to our nation, and resulting in ever increasing restrictions being placed on all institutions where people are gathering together.

Nathan Lowe, the General Manager of Kingswood Sports Club, our meeting venue, is struggling to keep the whole club venue open, and in order to do so has had to cancel all bookings for bands and social/playing groups, including Bowlers, Darts Players, Poker Players and ourselves. Moreover every second poker machine has been switched off, and all visitors to the club are being set apart as much as possible, to comply with the two square metres per person directive from our government.

I am sure you will join us in wishing Nathan and his staff the best as they struggle to both remain in work and battle to keep the venue functioning.

Following on from this extraordinary situation, we have asked if it may be possible to use the Scoozi Lounge at the venue for our AGM in July, and this is under consideration, although it would appear most unlikely that we will be allowed to gather together at that time unless the Government’s directives are relaxed.

With this in mind we would ask you to keep an eye on our website, and meeting dates list, where we will post regular updates as to our situation in regards to meetings.

Moving forward from this, you will be pleased to know the Executive has been searching for alternative venues for some months, and will continue to do so. However should further restrictions be implemented such as banning meetings of groups of twenty or so, we would have to restrict our activities, as we often have at least this number present on playing days.

Finally, the Executive Committee has been moving forward quickly with preparations for Incorporating “The Spartan Association”, and we had hoped to have a final Constitution presented to an Extraordinary General Meeting, for approval by the members before the Annual General Meeting in July, where it would have been ratified. We are now convinced that due to this unprecedented COVID-19 virus situation, and in order to protect the Spartan Association, its officers and finances, as soon as possible; we will be contacting the Spartiates by email to engage in a round of discussions and voting on the proposed Incorporation Constitution, in order to be able to register this with the Department of Fair Trading at the earliest possible time. Ratification will of course still be required by the members at the A.G.M., when called.

Should you have any questions or need to speak to us about anything, please telephone the Secretary, David Burn on 0466 872 474, or ask on Facebook.

Thank You,

David Burn

Secretary

Changes to Meeting Dates

Please be aware that our meeting dates have changed a bit. These dates no longer follow the first/third weekend pattern that we had originally set; please check these dates against your calendars! Most importantly, note that the 2020 Annual General Meeting will now be held on the second meeting of July (July 19) and will be (hopefully) the only meeting we have inside the Scoozi Lounge. It is asked that on this day members hold off on playing games until the AGM is completed.

To check the meeting dates you can check our Events page or go to our Facebook group.

See you at the club!

The Agora is Gone

We have decided to retire the Agora due to lack of interest. It was online for over a year but got very little use. This means that unfortunately we have no easy online location for club questions or feedback to replace it, other than our Facebook group, which has been very successful.

We are open to suggestions as to how we can provide a non-Facebook solution for those who do not wish to use that site. For now you can email the admin via admin@spartanassociation.org or see us at the meetings.

AGM 2019

Mark it in your calendar! The next meeting of the Spartan Association (the 7th of July) will be our AGM!

If you are at all interested in helping to shape the future of our club, make sure that you are there. Games will be running as usual too, and if you just want to attend to play games that’s fine as well.

See you on the day!

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!