Following a post on the Too Fat Lardies yahoo group by Rich Clarke about how he got into wargaming, it made me think back too my beginnings in the hobby that quickly became an obsession. I started back as a young lad of 12 in 1981 with roleplaying games, as did many of my era. Then Citadel Miniatures appeared in a local craft shop and Warhammer appeared. After gathering masses of Dwarves and Orcs, 40K appeared on the scene and Orks replaced Orcs. It was just after getting into 40k that I found a book in the local library, Alexander the Greats Campaigns by Phil Barker. This literary tome opened my eyes to the world of historical wargaming and I have never looked back since. It took me a good few years to collect my first "army" as such and I must admit to a hiatus period, during which I played rugby, drank copious amounts of ale and met young women, one of whom became my wife.
After settling down, due to too many broken bones, too many hangovers and way too many nagging mornings, I got back into wargaming. Now down in sunny Devon, I joined a now defunct club that met monthly in Torquay. It was there that I first met Nathan/Stumpy and have been
So, enough of the ramblings. For the last few weeks we have got out our 28mm ancients figures and had at it, using the Crusader rule set. A fairly generic set, we "generally" like how they play, with one exception, but he likes DBA so we ignore him. The first game was a refresher, to get us back up to speed with the rules. On Monday we started another battle, Romans with some Barbarian allies facing off against a combined Sassanid Persian and Germanic force. Nathan and Zob(aka DBA man) took the latin speaking invaders while I had the Persians and Andy had the Germans. They have a definite edge in the quality of their infantry, but we have better cavalry and lots more skirmishers.
|Persians face off the advancing Romans|
|6D10 needing 8+ to hit! Ouch!|
|Barbarian flank, lots of fighting going on here.|
|A lot less Romans than there were.|