Hereford Wargames Club

In the course of running our Big Games, JP & I have been contacted by several local gamers based in and around Hereford (UK).

So rather than rely on haphazard and sporadic e-mails, we offered our blogging skills to get a site up and running.

So we did, or rather JP did nearly all of it.

Here it is !

Attack of the Potato

As a wargaming enthusiast I am regularly weidling knives, saws and other blades, doing DIY in the house and garden I have even bigger and more powerful tools (power drills !), but what should I suffer my worst injury to date from ?

Kartoffelkopf !
Yes, I managed to injure myself peeling potatoes last night.

I thought I’d gouged a bit out of the tip of my finger off and jury rigged a dressing to stop it bleeding, which worked sort of 6-10pm. At first I couldn’t get an appointment with a Nurse, so went to the Pharmasist who replaced the dressing (gauze) with a melonin dressing. I then went to the Co-Op to pick some food up, and promptly bled all over the checkout, and my purchases. Back home, and now bleeding profusely I arranged an immediate appointment with the Nurses. On examination they concluded I’d not just cut/gouged my finger, I’d actually sliced part of my finger tip off.

So after years of playinge with craft knives, I’ve done more damage to myself with a potato peeler ! 😦

Which is really annoying as I’d just got back my blogging mojo. These two items are near completion. A fancy fountain/well (resin unknown manufacturer); and a finger post (!) from the old GW Empire Farmhouse set IIRC.

In the background is one of two Mordheim ruins that are awaiting renovation.

Typical !

Science Studies

An amusing take on how the media, and climate change deniers credulously accept the headlines.

Flippin’ Stand by

For the Big Games in the hall, I have to charge participants £10 per person in order to cover the hire of the village hall and the buffet lunch. As people inevitably drop out, I have to pad the budget so I’m not left out of pocket. Usually the excess money goes to charity (eg Help for Heroes) and we’ve raised about £90.


For the last year I’ve squirrelled away some of the money, especially from events that have been close to not breaking even. Having a need to get a flip chart stand for the Parish Ccouncil, I got quotes a few weeks back for a stand and pad, and realised I had enough money to buy both stand and A1 pad for our wargames events from the money I’d had left over.

Why ?

Because quite often no-one knows what the hell is going on, what table they’re playing on and so on. So a nice big pad telling them what to do seems a good idea. Plus we can use it for sundry other purposes.

Best thing of all, when I bought the pad at £15.99 I thought it was expensive…but when I collected it, the box actually contained 5 pads of paper. Bargain !

The stand immediately saw action, not for gaming, but to help the Parish Council have two flip charts for our Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) / Annual Parish Meeting, so we could have two separate lists on two separate stands for “Ideas” and more importanly “Volunteers”. So I chaired the meeting, had over 70 people turn up, and had to shoe them out after over 2 hours so we could tidy the village hall up. There were a lot of names and suggestions (some even workable), so the stands were a good idea, and we as wargamers now have some useful tools to make all of our days go better. 🙂

AVBCW Hereford Spring 2016 Big Game

Byakhees JP, Roo & I are by popular request planning a Big Game session for Spring 2016.
Proposed dates are:

March 5th,
April 2nd
April 9th.

Please can you let us know which date(s) you prefer.
We will e-mail directly the usual suspects shortly.

Cost £10 per head, including buffet lunch.

The usual mayhem will commence in Burley Gate Village Hall c10am and continue through to c5pm.
After game curry at my house as usual.

I can accommodate 2 people in relative comfort, thereafter, lounge sofas and floors are the order of the day.

Scenarios and briefings are in hand and will be issued as usual before the games commence.

Crazy Hot December

We live in interesting times.

Open Mind

This December was crazy hot. Most readers are aware of how unusually warm it was last month in the eastern U.S., but it was just as crazy hot — maybe more so — in England.

As a new year arrives, organizations which track climate release complete data for the preceding year. One of the first to do so, and the first I acquired, was daily Central England Temperature. It reports daily mean temperature since 1772, nearly 250 years’ worth.

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The Calm before the Storm

Yes, it has been quiet here, but there should be a lot of activity Sunday onwards.

I have another Frostgrave AAR to write up, three Mordheim AARs, and after tomorrow, a game of Warhammer to write up.

I am also selling a lot of Oldhammer models on e-bay so will get around to adding a link to that lot if you like your figures from the 1980’s and early 1990’s

Stay tuned.

AVBCW: A New Heroine Arises

Forget Star Wars “A New Hope”, read all about it in Woman’s Weekly, in November 1938:

With the unfortunate capture and shameful imprisonment of the Bishop of Hereford by the satanic forces of the B.U.F., command of the remnants of the bishop’s Suffragen Militia fell to the Archdeacon, the Right Reverend Cyril Talbot-Ponsonby. A kindly, caring somewhat other-worldly soul the Archdeacon was ill-suited for the rigours of combat command, and at the recent Battle of Bredwardine Bridge suffered a nervous collapse during the battle. He was quickly hurried away to safety and the tender ministrations of his housekeeper, Mrs. Crumbletee, who revived him with a hot water bottle and frequent cups of cocoa laced with communion wine.

At this moment of crisis, as the fascist hordes surged towards the river bank, a new heroine arose. Following in the footsteps of Boudicca and Elizabeth I the Archdeacon’s redoubtable sister, Lady Rita, stepped in to the breach. Braving shot and shell, she rallied the wavering Anglicans and their allies by sheer force of personality. Her gallantry, determination, and the occasional fluttering eyelash, quickly won her the respect and admiration of the men, who were thus inspired to repel the odious Captain Arrowsmith and his minions.

The Rev. Ernest Hamworthy of the Suffragen Militia said afterwards ‘She was an inspiration to us all’, while Roger ‘Beefy’ Bullock of the Archenfield Young Farmers declared ‘She’s a game gal all right !’. The Forest of Dean Free Miners suffered heavily during the attack, but survivor Joe Black stated ‘ We copped a bit of a pasting but there was no way we were going to run with Her Ladyship watching ‘. Acknowledging the hold Lady Rita had over the troops Sam Markitt of the Hereford Small Traders Defence League merely said ‘ She’s a corker !.

Lady Rita modestly declined to comment, beyond stating ‘ the men fought most valiantly and gained a deserved victory’. The big question is will Her Ladyship retain command ? Can the Anglican League afford to ignore this English Joan of Arc ? Only time will tell.

The travails of the Anglicans and Suffragettes in Herefordshire continue…

Mordheim: FAQ

Byakhee Jim & I had a short notice session of Mordheim.

Despite having played it since it came out, we haven’t played it recently so forgot a number of rules, and or realised we’d probably misinterpreted a few of them.

Whilst I’m editing the photos, here’s the FAQ.

AGW: The Pause that Wasn’t

Don’t believe the bullshitting fossil fuel shills and their persistent denial.