The New Zealand Wargaming National Convention (NatCon) is being hosted this year by the Hutt (Valley) Wargaming Club at St Patrick’s College in Silverstream, Upper Hutt. Veterans of previous Hutt Club conventions will be familiar with this hall. As usual the even runs over Easter, which this year is relatively early (29-31 March), and registrations are $50 up until the 25 January, after which they are $75 (all registrations and entries after this date are subject to the consent & discretion of the convention organiser and/or tournament umpire).
There will be a traditional convention dinner on the Sunday night (in Trentham, Upper Hutt), with a cost of $25. Currently there are 9 Tournaments available, and these are:
Push of Pike 2011 is a Renaissance Wargaming Tournament run each year by the NSWC. The 2011 Tournament is on Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 September (note that NZ Daylight Savings Time kicks in at 2am on Sunday 25 September – so put your clocks forward an hour). Competition is being offered in 15mm & 28mm for DBR and FOGR depending on numbers. Note that DBR will use the revised NZ points not the standard DBR ones. More details on PoP 2011 are here…
40K & WHFB Tournament Organiser: Hagen Kerr
When: 20th & 21st August 2011
Where: St Patricks School, Kilbernie, Wellington
Early Bird Registration Cut-off – see Call to Arms Registration Form (available soon)
Standard Registration Cut-off – see Call to Arms Registration Form (available soon)
Army Lists Due – 31st July 2011
You can download from here a Microsoft Excel Template of the FoG Army List Generator version 2.5 in a zip file (29kb):
The AWC’s roving gamer in the UK, Ben Hill, conducted the following ‘e-interview’ with the Field of Glory writing team at the beginning of December (2010), the answers to the questions are from the whole team of writers who are involved with FoG.
1. Has FoG evolved the way or ways you thought it would when writing it?
Yes very much so. We seem to have a broad following of clubs, social gamers, historical re-enactment players, campaign players and competition players. We wanted to create a set of rules that would appeal to different audiences and that seems to have happened. It has been great to see the quality of the entire FoG series that Slitherine has put together and that together with the Osprey art makes the books a great read.
The Christchurch Wargames Club is starting to publish details on-line for the Nationals in Easter 2011. Player packs look to be available for several fantasy systems as well as 15mm DBA and 15mm DBR. For more information See Here.
Events being offered are: Warhammer Fantasy Battle ; Warhammer 40k; War of the Ring; Lord of the Rings; Flames of War; FOG; DBA; DBR; DBM (apparently not DBMM); Bloodbowl; & Warmachine. No scales specified, except 15mm for DBA & DBR, so unclear exactly what scales are being played for the Historical (Ancients) rule sets (but sounds like 15mm only)…
There will be six army list companion books for Field of Glory: Renaissance, covering the armies of Europe and the rest of the World throughout the 16th and 17th centuries. The first book, Wars of Religion, will be published at the same time as the rules, and covers the armies of the first half of the 17th century in Western and Central Europe, in particular those of the Thirty Years War and English Civil War.
The second book, Trade and Treachery, covers 16th century warfare in Western and Central Europe, notably the Italian Wars and the various conflicts between Catholics and Protestants in the initial turmoil of the Reformation.
The third book, Clash of Empires, covers Eastern Europe and the Middle East in the 16th and (in some cases) 17th centuries.
In March this year, my wife and I moved to Oxford in the UK. We will be here for a several years while my wife does genius things that I do not understand, similar situation to my wargaming.
I miss the AWC and its excellent members not to mention my Romans and newly painted ACW army. However, with England being the home of toy soldiers I have an excellent opportunity to buy buy buy. With that in mind, I visited the Foundry in Nottingham on July 23 for their open day with Sean (who was visiting the UK). Firstly, Nottingham has very few trees, no men in tights, no sheriff, and maid Marion had no teeth but she knew where St Mark’s road was luckily.
15mm Essex English Civil War figures from the collection of John Moher – most are Essex with some Frei Korps making up the numbers…
Periods are the “Eras” or “Level of Technology” present for wargaming. Having a Greek Army of 300 BC facing a Russian Army of 1944 AD is obviously quite a mismatch and both armies need quite different sets of rules to control how they perform. Hence we have “Periods” in which armies all operated in similar ways, or with similar weapons, and can be ‘played’ using a common set of rules.