Wednesday, 25 May 2022

Chef-du-Pont update - turning to 6mm

So, after a couple of evenings of largely Myk and Andy poring over maps, aerial photos and our boards, we've reached a major decision over the Chef-du-Pont game we're building for Posh Lard

Myk and I tried out the board layout on Monday at club, and by the time we'd placed the models for the Mont Blanc creamery, it was clear it was all looking a bit cramped. There's about 1500m between the creamery and the Château Isle Marie, and that's essentially 5m in IABSM's ground scale (as close to 6mm scale as makes no nevermind). The best we can do for a sensible table is for that distance to be about 2m, so with 15mm scale buildings that's going to be very very cramped, and a lot of the very recognisable buildings (the Château, the Co-operative and Mont-Blanc creameries, the bridge over the Merderet and some of the groups of buildings on what's now the Rue du Capitaine Rex Coombs) are going to lose their 'look'.

Big breath. Quick look at Baccus' and Heroics and Ros' WW2 prices. Y'know what? Time to switch to 6mm.

Myk and Andy spent yesterday evening plotting roads on our 5 2' x 4' boards (we planned for a sixth, but it turns out to be all flooded, so better left out for easier access. I, meanwhile, actually managed to clear enough workbench space that I can set up the 3D printer and Proxxon hot wire table!

Except more WIP pictures over the next three and a bit months. 

Saturday, 21 May 2022

Posh Lard 2022

 We’re back!

The venue has changed from previous years to the George Alcock Centre, Whittlesey Rd, Stanground, Peterborough PE2 8QS, handily available just off the parkway to the SE of town. There will be food and a bar available on site.

The games available are still under discussion, but will include for definite:

  • Chef du Pont (yes, finally) – 15mm IABSM in the flooded waters of the Meredet on D-Day – Peterborough

and other games subject to confirmation (there’s at least two on the cards)…

We're aiming to make a food menu available to attendees for lunch, which you will be able to order from when you arrive, and also place an advance order for breakfast (likely sausage or bacon rolls). Watch this space (again) for details. 

Anyone else interested in bringing anything else, please drop us a note at lard@peterborough-wargames-club.org.uk (please be aware, though, that until we have a confirmed idea of numbers, there will be a limit on the number of games we can immediately accept).

Tickets available for purchase here, admission £5.

Thursday, 10 March 2022

Hereward 2022 and 2023

From http://www.hereward-wargames.co.uk/2022/03/10/hereward-2022-and-2023/:

We regret to announce that Hereward Wargames Show will not be going ahead this year. While we are reasonably confident that the current state of the COVID pandemic would allow the show to go ahead as an in-person event, it would have required us to commit to a firm booking with our venue this month. As a club, we’ve all suffered from the stress of the pandemic, keeping things going online via forums and Zoom and, as a committee, essentially restarting the club as an in-person concern pretty much from scratch last autumn. To be honest, all of us are all somewhat burned out from the past two years and the effects of COVID etc. People’s personal well-being has to come first.

The Club's attendance is, though, happily growing at a surprising rate since the beginning of 2022 with new and enthusiastic members. We are very optimistic that by later in this year we will have enough willing volunteers (once we’ve brainwashed the newcomers!) and less frazzled committee members (once they have had time to rest and recuperate) to be able to announce Hereward back with a bang in 2023, better and even more fun after a clean break, at our usual venue on Sunday 3rd September 2023 (the date’s provisionally in their diary already!)

Again, our apologies for disappointing people. It’s been a very difficult decision - we know our traders and clubs have really enjoyed the show in the past, and indeed we had already begun receiving queries for this year’s show. We are very grateful for everyone’s support at past Herewards, and we look forward to being able to bring back a show next year.

Thursday, 6 January 2022

Comment moderation

Due to Google’s spam detection’s complete inability to rid this blog of persistent spam from essentially multiple accounts spamming the exact same site, even when I report it, I have turned comment moderation on for all comments.

Friday, 31 December 2021

2021 End Of Year Review

To use a familiar phrase from this blog, "I Aten't Ded".

Hard to decide if 2021 was better than 2020 or just different. :D

Hobbywise, I guess the good news is that after a year of Monday Night Zoom calls, we actually opened the club again in mid-August, at a new and very nice venue - for those more local to Peterborough, we're now out at the George Alcock Centre out on the east side of town just off the parkway. Loads of parking space, nice airy main room. The only real downside is a lack of handy pubs and eateries, but this is made up for by having a bar on the premises (who will do food for special occasions) and an Aldi 200 yards away.

It's taken until pretty much this Christmas to get enough minions trained that I'm not spending a night or two a week editing something for church, so hopefully various bits of hobby stuff should start to pick up in the New Year, including You Know What, if I can find space in the 'editing stuff' brain compartment now it's not being used for church video.

On the subject of You Know What, I did manage to record a video version of the Miller's Tale episode 8 for virtual Hereward in September - if you missed it, the link is here. Sadly, the week I'd planned between Christmas and the New Year for at least making a start on the Compendium got eaten by the case of COVID my lovely wife brought home from work, and in the true spirit of the marriage vows, shared with me. Not recommended, I have to say.

Otherwise, I've run a couple of games for Virtual Lard, started a very loose IABSM Lite Battle of the Bulge campaign at club, bought more MDF and more WW2 vehicles...


So. Here's to 2022, and fingers crossed. Stay safe, and hopefully see you all online or in person sometime soon!

Thursday, 11 November 2021

In Flanders Fields...

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.





Wednesday, 21 April 2021

Mike Hobbs

photo by
@Ralph_Plowman
Neil Shuck phoned yesterday evening with the dreadful news that Mike Hobbs had passed away suddenly. 

Mike started out to me as a voice on a podcast, before I got to know him properly through being invited onto Neil's madcap Edge of Empire game, and thence to being a regular contributor to Meeples and Miniatires, and ... essentially he was a friend I got to chat to every week about all manner of our favourite things. 

He was a larger than life character, funny, knowledgeable, witty and opinionated - we didn't always agree (usually about 3D printing), but I always felt he respected my and others' opinions, even when he disagreed. Mike was a generous man, both with his time and with bits of the accumulated craft of wargaming we all have if he felt you could use it more than he could. 

It's a sad loss to the gaming community in general.

Rest in piece, my friend. My thoughts and prayers are with your friends and family, and may you be in a place where Firestorm's wonky shelves only dispense ready-to-play, fresh painted games (except when you feel like painting them).

To everyone else: take care of yourselves, and each other, and make the most of the time we have. 



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