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The Baron ( Barren) spell is over!

Boots on the Ground is Cardiff Dice Studz mass battle game night. For myself and Dave it was a welcome return to L’art de la Guerre Wargames Rules. One of the new army lists is Taifa states and Mr. Lowrie appears to have spent the whole of Lock-down painting gaily robed Moslems.

Moslem war elephant now with armour and naphtha throwers!!!
Dave had a mind to try out the new rules for supported spear. I obliged with an Arogonese knightly host with French crusader allies.
It was knights and spear men for Aragon with the only lights ( javelin men) in the right hand orchard
Massed Christian spear defend the camp but I feared they would be flanked!
El CID employed by Saragossa against the Northern Christians. Outbloodyragious!
The confrontation on the plains
My French crusader allies were unsure of the situation- first dice roll meant they were unreliable and stubbornly wouldn’t advance.
Thankfully the Andalusian skirmishes provoked the French to join the advance.
The Muslims advanced in close order…
The clash was palpable!
Initially the Moslems held. The spearmen gain impact against knights and the horsemen lose impact and ferocious charge. Support is now very cost effective!
The whole Christian Spanish left crumpled on impact but…..
The combination of elite French knights and Aragonese javelin men carved through the Muslim spear, horse and reached the camp!!!!!

It had been a great game. We will be returning to L’art de la Guerre in 28mm in the first meeting in July, hopefully with Don, Andrew and Eddie. Remember if you are coming a booking system is operated in Firestorm and you still have to wear a horrible face nappy!!!!! First views of version four though are very favourable!

Victory to Christendom!

Have a great weekend!

Look out for Boots on the Ground L’art de la Guerre get together in July!
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The wild ramblings of an infamous wit and wargames guru. One of nature's true gentlemen who devotes his time to the care of his two sons, i.e. giving realistic tactical advice in Fortnite games, and recreating great moments of military history using inch high toy soldiers. Currently a leading light in the Cardiff Dice Studz who meet regularly at Firestorm Games ( formerly Ali Baba's Carpet Warehouse), Trade Street, Cardiff, sunny Wales, U.K.


    • Thanks mate: Dave has been churning out quality minis all through lockdown. Our rules knowledge was so poor after over a year of not playing In afraid!!!!

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    • Ah man- it’s been a long fifteen months!!!!!!! Where are you based? I’d have never of thought we’d still be in special measures after 15 months! Second injection on Wednesday for me!

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      • Toronto, Canada is just starting to get out of lockdown… gaming stores are just reopened but not gaming spaces. Summer is here now so hopefully some outside gaming is possible- but that needs space and time…

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  1. Great battle report and excellent minis. Sounds like you had a great time. Looking to get back gamin g myself as we are still in “partial” restrictions ourselves.

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    • Thanks mate; it was a good night. Got to admit though, with lots of people and the damned masks I did get a bit stressed! Hopefully 21st June will see more positive changes. I pity those who are still working from home , I really didn’t like it! Best of luck mate!

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