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!

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!

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)


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


  • 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!

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:

April Meeting AAR

Well then, we ran another meeting and again a huge thanks to all who attended. It was, as always, a positive experience and fun was had.

For the most part, it was ancients again, with both ADLG and Impetus Basic in attendance, but Crossfire, Wings of War and something else I couldn’t identify in the corner of the room (it was a wargame, of that I’m sure) were to be seen too.

We’ve also been presented with a special new menu by our venue (see what I did there?). This gives us $10 meals that we can order using our new handy-dandy order form:

Hope to see you at the next meeting!

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

January Meeting After Action Report

January’s meeting was a small affair, but nonetheless some new folk attended and had a game, which is great. Three games were had in all and considering we had a minimal turn out (January traditionally being a slow month for any organisation) we can consider that rather successful. Enjoyment was had.

Photos were only taken of the one game this month as the author of this post was a bit slow to remember to take them. By the time I did, they were being packed away! Never mind, next time, next time…

The Age of Sigmar game was part three of three games, same opponents yet again. There was also a game of Infinity and a game of Crossfire. (More on Crossfire soon, stay tuned!)


December Meeting

A huge thank-you to all who attended our second meeting in Kingswood. The room was full of tables with games deployed in all their splendour, and judging from the general discussion everybody had a good time.

It was also good to see a wide selection of games being played. Games from fantasy (Age of Sigmar) to World War 2 (Crossfire) to ancient and mediaeval (L’Art de la Guerre and Impetus) and science fiction (Infinity) were being played.

These images have also been posted on our Facebook group, so some of you may have seen them already…