Tuesday, 9 June 2015

OML3 - The Pre 20thC Games

Last Saturday saw the latest OML event OML3 - The Lardest Day take place here in deepest Tractorshire. 36 TFL enthusiasts from Devon to Northants and South Wales to Buckinghamshire assembled for the usual recipe of a day's gaming followed by a social curry and lashings of alcohol.


Early morning during set up. Taken from the stage where Rich Clarke was running his Fighting Season game. There's two more WW2 games out of shot to the right. More on all three in  the next post.
 In all there were 10 games on offer for the day, hosting between two and four players each. Between them they covered a large part of the Lardy rules repertoire and from the fifth century to the last ten years! Here they are in chronological order.

Chris Churchill ran a game of Dux Brittanniarum involving getting a wagon train to the safety of a local village before it could be ambushed.

Jumping 1000 years to the Wars of the Roses, Paul Baldwin ran two sessions of the Sharpe Practice variant from the Summer Special 2013 entitled "Of All Base Passions" written by Pat Smith.
 Next up was without doubt the prettiest game on show. This time Sharpe in it's true setting of the Napoleonic Wars. Jim Ibbotson's wonderful brushmanship really put the topping on a cracker of a scenario where the French have to dawn raid a British held supply dump which is destined to aid the local Spanish guerrillas. I'm lucky enough to play on this set up whenever Jim's able.

Jim used a remodelled Citadel Realm of Battle game board & the excellent Spanish buildings are from Grand Manner.

"En Avant!" A mounted commander urges his men on to catch the British still asleep in their tents.
Having been rudely awaken by the dustman, err I mean sentry, the Brits line the walls of the churchyard to repel the attacking French.
Last up for this post is Phyllion's adaptation of Sharpe Practice (they're remarkably versatile y'know) for the Sudan. Unsure what the scenario was for this one, but it went over well with all who gamed it.

"They don't like it up 'em". British forces defend a lookout tower against the Mahdi's forces.
More Beja tribesmen bear down on the outnumbered colonial force.
That's all for the first installment. Apologies to those I've stolen photos from. I never had chance to take any all day.

Part 2 tomorrow......

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