SELWG 2017

Hello MoDer’s, yesterday was a great day, you could kind of say I really got my geek on. For the first time in quite a while I was able to attend the annual wargames event that is hosted by the South East London War Gamers otherwise known as SELWG. This used to be a regular on my calendar, but for various reasons I have not been able to get there since 2012.

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The event is generally held at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, with a generous mix of traders, demo/participation games and the famous SELWG bring and buy. The show is on a slightly smaller scale than events such as SALUTE, which is normally held at London’s Excel, but I believe that the SELWG venue has more character, and the show has a friendlier atmosphere.

I got to the venue at 0945 hours, and was surprised to see that the queue was much shorter by this time, than in my previous visits a few years ago, although in the remaining 15 minutes that were left before the show started a steady flow of expectant gamers added to the line of people waiting to get in, making the queue stretch away from the front door and away toward the Penge West entrance.

Once I had paid my £6 entrance fee, I strolled toward the bring and buys sale, not to peruse the wares on offer, despite the strength of the lure of bargains to be had, to drop off samples from my own lead pile that I had decided were never going to get the lick of paint they deserved, in hopes of making a small profit.

After the drop off I took part in my first participation game of the day, a watered down version of the world of Tanks board game, that had be set up and run by the Gravesend Gamers Guild, a brief yet informative briefing way provided, and before long I was propelling my Russian Tanks toward a deadly duo of a German Tiger and Panther tank. By virtue of getting first turn I was able to manoeuvre my T36 into a position that provided both cover and line of sight, and opened a barrage upon the Tiger that it was later to prove its undoing. This version of the game was only a basic version and quite fast paced, I believe we were given 40 minutes play time, but only required about 20. Buoyed by my unexpected victory, I marched off in search of paints and scenery.

A piece of advice when attending an event like this, is to make a list of what you actually need prior to attending, there are often so many treasures on offer that it is easy to become over excited and spend like there is no tomorrow. I have often gone home bearing the fruits of my show viewing, only to wander why I have purchased half the stuff I have my swag bag. This time I had a list, but there were still a few stalls that were able to tease the cash from under my grasp due to the fantastic produce they had on offer. My three top stalls had to be:

INFINITY-ENGINE – Dungeon Designer: This stall had some rather lovely, if a little luridly painted and somewhat macabre scenic pieces, useful for both role play games and table top war gaming. I bought a skeletal pedestal and set of stone monoliths that I hope to convert for use in my KoW Empire of Dust army.

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TITAN WARGAMES – Whilst ambling around the lower floor hunting down the items on my list, something truly wonderful caught my eye, and collection of wonderfully sculpted and painted Dwarf miniatures, units posed with differing weapons and shields which included a rather characterful squad of dragoons, toting various firearms and some rather striking characters. This is the first in the range by this fledgling company, and I hope that there is plenty to follow.

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CONQUEST GAMES – It was not until I was fatigued and ready to leave the show that I found the last of my top three. At first glance it seemed like just another stall for a miniatures company. However upon closer inspection the figures that this designer is creating hold such brilliant detail; and have a twist to the regular version for the warriors he is basing his armies upon, I am really looking forward to whatever he is going to produce in the future.

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Before I finish this month’s update I have to mention the really fun participation game by the Maidstone Wargames Society: Fenris Descending. This was an amazing and super fun table top game that was scratch built by the gaming club. From the horde of robots that were assaulting the planet (made from electrical components) to the rocks and buildings (yoga blocks and children’s dominos), all put together to form an amazing battle scene. The premise of the game was to control a squad of human warriors and their Mech support, to achieve a randomly generated mission, such as re-establishing a comms link, or laying mines. The enemy was a never ending horde of robots determined to assail and destroy the human settlement. To be successful, you needed to complete your mission whilst killing as many droids as possible, it was not easy but it was a lot of fun, and I believe the Maidstone gamers won an award for their efforts.

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Arrrgh!

Hello MODers,

I was all set to go to the long awaited SELWG 2014, I had filtered through my collection to see what could be sold at the bring and buy (never an easy decision), decided which merchant stalls I was most interested in visiting and which participation games I would try and have a go on, and then fate intervened, my wife who was away from home and due to get back the night before the event was stricken with an awful stomach bug, so I had our daughter to look after who is not the most patient of souls and probably would not enjoy being in a sports hall packed with war gaming enthusiasts. So I have totally failed in visiting any of the events I typed about earlier in the year.

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This makes me more adamant than ever to attend SALUTE 2015 next year and I WILL book the day off in advance to enable this.

To cheer myself up about being unable to get to SELWG this year, I came up with a game scenario, and tried out my solo gaming rules as I put together an army of sell swords to fend off an attack by the noble High Elves.

Midas Goldgather is a fierce dwarf warrior and leader of the Mercenary group ‘The flowing coffers’ a name denoting an army well paid for their services. Recently Midas has looked at less scrupulous means of filling his pockets, and has lead several raids on areas believed the previous sites of Elven cities that stood before the ‘War of the beard’. Midas has no love of the elves and see’s his actions as little more than reclaiming lost dwarf treasures, which he can lucratively pass to the highest bidder. His actions have not gone un-noticed and Captain Aeneas Swiftwind of Lothern is hot on Midas’s heels following his latest raid.

The board was 6 by 4 feet, and the armies had to set up within 12 inches along the 4 foot edge, facing each other.

The objective is for the attacking side, the High Elves (this could easily be substituted by another Warhammer army), to either totally destroy the opposition or assault the Dogs of war position, and have at least three remaining units within the enemy deployment zone, showing that they have captured the compound.  This had to be achieved within D3+3 turns. I rolled 1 giving me 4 rounds of game time.

The side were as follows:

Dogs of war:  General (Midas), Lv2 Hirling witch (Shadow), Lv Hirling witch (Celestial), Pay master, 2 body guards, 10 Halfling archers, 1 Halfling hot pot, 6 Light cavalry, 3 Ogres, 10 Duellist, 1 Giant, 1 bull Taurus.

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High Elves: Noble (Aeneas) on war griffon, Lv4 Mage (High), 5 Shadow warriors, 1 Lothern sky-cutter, 19 Sea guard, 20 High Elf Archers (split into 2 units), 1 Eagle claw bolt thrower, 10 White lions, 5 Reavers knights.

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With the dice making most of the decisions, a lot of the moves made on both side seemed quite logical, both sides closing on each other trying to engage but also looking for a flank advantage. First blood went to the Dogs as the Halflings needing 7’s to hit, felled two of the shadow warriors. Magic was interesting throughout the Hirling witches proving more than capable, The mounted celestial witch squashed 4 archers with the comet of Cassandora, and the Grey witch smote three Reavers, but wounded herself in the process. The high elf mage put ‘The hand of glory’ to good use.

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The first big clashes saw the cavalry finish of the shadow warriors, and the Giantess (Long tall Sally) smash the sky-cutter to matchwood, before combined fire from the bolt thrower and archers turned her into a pin cushion. After to heavy losses the skill of the Asur started to shine through and the white lions together with their noble leader dispatched the ogre man-eaters, and bull Taurus.

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If you were to add up the points at the end you would probably award the victory to the elves, however, they failed as far as the objective is concerned, and so Midas lived to steal another day.

My battle beer of choice following this game was a Marstons Stout, which had a lovely velvety texture and burnt hoppy after taste, very nice.

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Events update…

Hello MODers,

Yes I know, I seem to have gone post mad, this being my third in April.

I just wanted to say that having missed SALUTE 2014 because of work, and having being told ‘No,’ when I asked about going to Norwich for the day for ‘Diceni’ my wife not the most understanding about anything Geek related, I am all the more determined to make it to SELWG 2014 on October 12th 2014, I’m not scheduled to work and it’s London based.

I missed SELWG last year and although it is not as big as SALUTE; I feel that it is somehow warmer, friendlier than its counterpart. There are a good number of traders, demo and participation games and of course the bring and buy sale. It is held at Crystal Palace in the National Sports Centre, between 10:00 – 16:00 and only costs £6 entry fee, so if I manage to sell some old gear, I can cover my costs easily. I am totally focused on trying to make this event, if I get there you can expect a post and plenty of pictures.

Here’s some from 2012:

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Events of note

Hi MoDers,

Hope all is well.

Just thought I’d drop a quick post about some rather good fantasy / historical / gaming type of events planned in the UK this year. This is not a concise list, just four that I either attend regularly, have attended in the past, or plan to attend in the near future.

The first up is not too far away, and I may not get there due to work commitments. However Saturday 12th April 2014 see SALUTE 2014 at London Excel. I have been to Salute since about 2004, when my very dear friend Nik Green of ‘Grumpy old tin’ introduced me to the convention that is a huge mix of stalls, participation games, demo / display games, people dress as all sundry characters from Storm Troopers to Cybermen. Salute run organised and staffed by the ‘South London Warlords’ is a heady mixed of Fantasy and Sci-Fi, with a good pinch of historical for an all-rounded atmosphere. There are painting stands and the official painting competition. And I should not forget the bring and buy sale good opportunity of making some dough or picking up a bargain or two. This will be the first Salute that Nik does not attend as he has moved to Austria, but if I can go I should be able to catch up with to other regular attendees and good friends Nick and Marc, this is them at a previous Salute:

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http://www.salute.co.uk/salute/salute-2014/salute-2014-tickets/

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Hot on the heels of Salute comes DICENI on Sunday 4th May at the Forum in Norwich. I have not been to this one yet, so cannot wax lyrical about it, however it seems to have the same reliable mix found at Salute and I’m sure is just fun to attend, I really want to go, Mrs Mug ‘O’ Dice might think its too many conventions to close together and I’m already too much of a Geek already, apparently:

http://www.diceni.co.uk/

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Next up is less a games convention an more of a live action experience involving knights, cavaliers and world war soldiers, there is a good mix of games and competitions and what best is it takes the whole weekend, I am ofcourse writing about the FAYRE TIMES FESTIVAL 2014 held on September 20th – September 21st at The Royal Gunpowder Mills, Waltham Abbey. As well as the usual mix of vendors and hobby displays you can watch battle take place and take part in an Archery contest. It is a great family day out so work had better not get in the way this time:

 

http://www.fayretimesfestival.co.uk/

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Finally we are back to the indoor conventions with SELWG 2014 which is held at Crystal Palace on 12th October. I have been to this and although it is not as big as Salute, I feel it is somewhat more cosy, there is still a good amount of traders and demo games, but at the end of the day you will have done the rounds a few times and not have the feeling that you are somehow missing something that can accompany your departure from Salute. The bring and buy is here too as it is the South East London War Gamers who organise it:

http://www.selwg.org/

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There are of course other conventions, events and tournament that I’m sure are equally as much fun. If you can think of any then please feel free to comment.