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To get day one of #Hobby300 underway was a good one.

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I broke out my copy of Battle of Britain from the Plastic Soldier Company. I’d picked this up on Kick-starter a while ago and was keen to finally get it to the table.

The game is played at the strategic level, with German waves of bombers undertaking missions to bomb radar sites, airfields and cities while the brave RAF try to keep them at bay.

The game plays out over four turns, with seven phases in each turn.

The RAF first get to repair damaged airfields and radar stations, or return damaged planes to the game. The amount they get to do so is based on a dice pool generated by each sectors cities that aren’t damaged.

The next phase see’s both sides bring all their groups that are landed on home bases back up to full strength, three cards for the RAF and six cards for the Luftwaffe.

Next the Germans get to make their approach moves. The can be intercepted if they enter a working radar square, or when they move into a space with and RAF group. If a group arrives over it’s target it sets up to bomb. If the Luftwaffe can find a gap in radar coverage due to damage they arrive over the UK undetected, and can’t be attacked.

Now the RAF moves. First any Luftwaffe groups that are undetected can be spotted by local observer corps, another dice roll is needed here. Then any RAF groups can move three squares. If they land on a square with a German group they can then dogfight.

Now combat begins, Interceptions go first and are pretty brutal. Dice pools are generated and planes on both sides are removed. This is the quickest way for both sides to lose planes.
Next up are dog fights, these play one card at a time from each group involved, and planes can be shot down but more simply fight and return to each player.
Once all air combats are over the RAF groups must chose to either head home to rearm or stay on the board.

Now the Luftwaffe groups get to bomb. Again a pool of dice are generated and rolled to see if the target is destroyed or damaged. A single hit destroys airfields and radar, with three hits needed to destroy cities. Cities hold onto their damage so can be destroyed later. Depending on the dice results there is an Ack-Ack mechanic that my destroy more bombers.

Finally all Luftwaffe groups that reached their target have to return to base, and there is a chance that some planes will run out of fuel and be destroyed.

After 4 turns victory points are assessed by both sides, based on missions achieved and planes destroyed.

The game has three scenarios, that simulate early, middle and late phases of the battle. The second and third only differ by having a number of targets all ready destroyed and some Luftwaffe planes shot down.

We played all three scenarios and the Luftwaffe took it two to one overall.

Have to say I really enjoyed the game. Lot’s of decisions to make each turn for both sides. It plays at on OK pace, with a game taking about two hours start to finish.

The components are pretty good, and yes I do have the both the original ‘bendy’ planes and the new hard plastic ones. Being honest I didn’t think the planes were as bad as many said, but the new hard plastic ones are really nice.

Definitely I game that will make it to the table more in the future.

On to 2019

Posted: December 31, 2018 in Uncategorized

As the last day of 2018 hits its time to look ahead and make promises to myself that, if past history is any guide, I will fail to live up to.

I wasn’t sure what to try this year, then a post on twitter by Chris C caught my eye and I thought, you know lets give this a go. Here is that tweet:-

“Rules of the :
* “Do hobby” on 300/365 days in 2019
* “Do hobby“ is defined any way you like
* Keep a running tally of days of hobby days/total days
* Share WIP progress pics with the tag
* Enjoy it! This is supposed to be your hobby, after all!”

Seems simple enough doesn’t it? (Stay tuned for the December, I didn’t make it post!)

I’ve always counted playing games as hobby, I know many disagree but if putting paint on mini’s so I can play a game is hobby, then pushing them around the table is hobby for me too.

Due to recent events the amount of mini’s I have in boxes has been brought into stark relief. The WMH pile in itself has bot a bit out of hand! So the initial push will be to get a lot of that put together so I can then have some variety as I paint.

Gaming wise I think it will be more of the same, with WMH being the main game for 2019. I’m committed to both Bonescon and the Welsh Masters so far, and I’m sure I’ll be back to the English Masters too. I’ll also hopefully get in some local steamrollers to add to that as well. I also plan to run more events in either MK or another venue should dates for MK not work out, watch this space.

I also plan to get to more Epic-A events this year. Only two last year was an all time low for me. I will be picking up a season ticket in the next couple of days that gives me access to two one day events and the GT so should kick me to get to at least three events this year.

I would also like to get in at least a couple of games of Dropzone commander, once ships are built, and some historical games of some description. I think this is most likely WWII but could be ancients… time will tell.

I’m also having another go at herding cats by trying to run a D&D 5e game online using Fantasy Grounds. Lets see if this one lasts longer than the three sessions the last attempt did!

Well that’s about it for now, hope everyone has a great 2019, and all your hobby goals are met… well as close as hobby goals can be of course!

So…. 2018… errrrrr

Posted: December 27, 2018 in Uncategorized

Well it’s hardly phoenix like rising from the flames, but it is that time of year to revive this blog!

2018 has been a year of change in RL, and to be honest will continue to be in a bit of flux into 2019, but it’s all heading in a positive direction so all good there.

Gaming wise has been the most focused on a single game in a long time. Hordes has pretty much been my go to game all year. I did play a bit of Warmachine, in the shape of Retribution, early in the year, but Legion has been the main focus for me.

I attend Bonescon and both the Welsh and English nationals, achieving mid table obscurity in both, and also played in a few local events too. The Midlands Open was a nice mix up for a two day event. Day one all the players were placed in pods of mixed ability and played round robin. Day two saw all the players placed into groups based on their position in the Day one pods, and played out a standard three game steamroller. It’s a format I really enjoyed, and hope to see in 2019.

I also went with two other local players to the London Team Tournament, hosted by the Tanelorn WGC in London. Playing WMH in a team setting is a lot of fun, with plenty of banter between the teams, and within. In an odd turn of events I managed to win all my games, despite getting two legion mirror matches on the day. Again I hope this is a format the grows in the UK, and I’m hoping to run one in the Midlands this year.

I ran five WMH tournaments at MK Wargames Workshop across the year with the help of the MK warmachine crowd. They all seemed to go down pretty well, and I hope to run more in the coming year. I’d say watch this space but the UK Warmachine group is a better place to look in truth.

I did also manage to play some Epic A, which is as every a great game. I do plan to get off my ass and paint a new force for Epic in 2019, but I’ve been saying that for a long time now!

Season four of guildball is out, and I have had one game. My conclusion? This seasons Midas is plain boring. I may play some more games but my game hasn’t re-ignited my passion for the game.

If your still reading  here, well done. I tried to leave hobby to last so most people will miss my abject failure.

Across 2018 I may have painted 25 models. I have assembled and primed plenty more, but RL kinda kicked my urge to paint, so I just played computer games instead as they are ‘easy’ to be fully painted! By the end of the year I was back to making lists using painted models for events rather than using the event as a spur to get more painted. I hope this will change in the new year and I can get both more Legion on the table painted and that new Epic A army that has been in the wings for probably fire years, maybe longer!

So 2018, a year of change, yet more of the same for me.