One hundred years ago an ill kempt and argumentative group of academics and union organisers met in Switzerland to coordinate their opposition to the needless slaughter of the First World War. People scoffed at their proposals and grand designs, or worse still passed the meeting off as a mere footnote to history. Within a few short years, these ‘cranks’ and ‘misfits’ were the leaders of countries and armies……..
This weekend the Slimbridge chapter of South West Rural Wargames collective met with the vanguard of the Radyr Loyalist Cadre plus Nigel from the Darkest corner of the Forest of Dean. When we drove into the car park, next to the bowling alley, we knew we were making history. Neither myself, nor Jon ‘ I haven’t had enough time’ Gallacher, were sure just what we could expect. Sure we had loved DBM, but it had been torn apart by fun-suckers looking for exercises in Geometry. Similarly, L’art de la Guerre like DBM has been translated from a foreign language. The Lenin of our movement, now in its twentieth year, is of course Mr. K McGlynn. There he was perched at the entrance to the skittle alley, surrounded my his harem of West Country beauties ( suspiciously one of whom was FRENCH!). What followed was a much needed day of gaming that got me full of plans and ideas for the future. The rules were a dream to play and the armies a joy to behold.
Keith had brought a Bronze Age Iberian collection with large numbers of medium swords and spearmen.
Wooden crossbows may work against wood pigeons but not Toledo steel!
As my Knights rolled up the left , even my Jinetes returned….
As you no doubt will have gathered, the rules are excellent. I heartily recommend them. Sorry that the Birmingham Contingent couldn’t make it down but I’m sure this system will resurrect the South West Ancients circuit to what it was and that is a very welcome development! Keith has put his evil Sidekick, Mr. A Unwin on organising the next one. Thanks to all and hope to see you all very soon!