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  • breeches swigs deeply from a water ha ha bottle two of his pals stagger along arm in arm One is heavily laden with a full mail coat slung axe shield and wearing helmet with nasal bar are outstretched perhaps in appeal for the water ha ha bottle or letting rip with a viking karaoke song The other an unarmoured bondi archer bears a huge flapping goose in his left hand In all a wonderful group that would grace a command base or skirmish game The second vignette VKV 2 Woman and three children although again the title does not really do the group justice A tall thin viking woman stands holding a spindle thick with a skein of wool is accompanied by her small daughter who is busy grooming herself like a proper little madam while her two brothers are busy smacking blazes out of each other with sticks using trenchers as shields and wooden bowls as helmets Again a well thought out and executed group that would credit a camp or village scene Supplementing the vignettes are a selection of warriors the two received for review being spearsmen the first crouching low unarmoured in a simple helmet The second

    Original URL path: http://www.wargames.co.uk/Pending/Archive/June03/Dixons.htm (2016-02-16)
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  • Battlecards
    game Having deployed the initial forces players draw a Battlecard and follow the instructions contained Some of these may allow a battle to be fought and the conditions for this are described on the card including the attacking and defending player The aggressor decides whether to initiate combat Where a battle is declared and the units required in the scenario have been deployed by the players both sides reveal their deployed cards and engage in a series of battle phases Players may choose to withdraw from the action or continue to the bitter end The starter pack consists of 2 sets of 47 Arsenal cards British and German and 50 Conflict cards all contained in a small box which can be easily carried in a shoulder bag or coat pocket The cards themselves are the size of normal playing cards and made of a brightly coloured plastic coated material I have played this game a number of times with my son 8 years old going on 20 and we both enjoyed it Equally I have taken the game down to the pub and having evicted the cribbage players from their corner have introduced some of the chaps to the concept

    Original URL path: http://www.wargames.co.uk/Pending/Archive/June03/battlecards.htm (2016-02-16)
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  • Shieldwall
    height and have a look and feel very reminiscent of the famous Lewes Chess set In all the game looks very attractive and as a coffee table adornment I think it would prove acceptable the most critical of partners The game itself has two types of playing piece Shields and Swords The shields are the defensive or blocking pieces whose aim is to prevent the attacking pairs of swords from taking friendly playing pieces or advancing to the defenders baseline which is the ultimate objective of the game The winner is the player who holds most possible spaces on the opponent s baseline The rules for movement are simple as are the axes of attack for the sword pieces The complexity of the game comes from the combinations of these moves to create intricate attack patterns or defensive networks I was able to start playing this game quite quickly the rules only cover two sides of an A4 sheet but it took me a number of games before I was able to be confident that the moves I made were fully legitimate as there are a number of restrictions within the game The designer claims that the rules are as easy to learn as draughts while the strategies are as complex as chess I certainly agree with the later comment though I found the restrictions rather than the rules harder to recall As my confidence in the rules grew I was able to enjoy the games more and they were fun challenging and thought provoking Defending pieces can strengthen their play by forming shieldwalls but knowing when to do this and how to place the walls is the key to the game Was I any good Well let us say that I doubt that I would be a league winner

    Original URL path: http://www.wargames.co.uk/Pending/Archive/June03/shieldwall.htm (2016-02-16)
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  • Games Workshop
    unit in which each model is different which is a vast improvement on the original GW regimental boxes There will be more boxes released over the coming months to expand this range with an army box available from 19th April for 125 Slann Mage priest on 10th May 15 Saurus on Carnosaur 7th June 20 and the dreaded Lord Croak 19th July 18 There is also the usual range of

    Original URL path: http://www.wargames.co.uk/Pending/Archive/May03/saurians.htm (2016-02-16)
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  • I suppose the first thing to be said about this game
    a space fleet action Inside you will find a stack of Games workshop goodies including Battlefleet Gothic Rulebook and campaign rules 4 Plastic Imperial Cruisers 4 Plastic Chaos Cruisers Counter Sheets Celestial Phenomena Sheets 12 assorted Dice Over 100 game counters Range Rulers Fleet Roster pads Reference sheets Getting started guide and comic With the help of the getting started booklet my son was able to set up a game within an hour of opening the box As I have never plated a sci fi game before and as no terrain is provided with the game our playing area was a bit strange a maroon bedsheet but hey who knows what space is like in a far Universe The comic book was also handy in explaining the assembly of the spaceships which can be made in a number of variants The full rule book is a real hefty piece of work running at over 150 pages But using the basic rules Richard was happily lobbing dice in no time and he was hooked The main rule book expands on the basic rules and although as with all GW rules the basic principles of the game are very simple they are satisfyingly playable The game turn is as follows Player One Movement Phase All ships in your fleet move Shooting Phase Players fire at each others vessels with any ships that are within range Ordnance Phase End Phase Players attempt to repair damage to their fleets Player 2 then takes their turn Simple eh Movement is simple although the use of naval terminology can confuse at first just which way is starboard Shooting is even easier nominate your target check the range then blast away until your batteries are exhausted Easy The models included in the game are of the usual

    Original URL path: http://www.wargames.co.uk/ProductReviews/gothic.htm (2016-02-16)
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  • Westwind  Dwarf Wars
    quality of which has varied from dross to the sublime It is a brave trader then who decides to enter this area with any great hope of success Of course quality of product counts for a lot but you need more a hook on which to hang your range and to catch the attention of the seen it all before punter And that is just what Westwind have done going beyond Tolkien to the Norse Saga for inspiration Frank Chadwick has devised a new and intriguing mythology which is the source of the aforementioned Dwarf wars From the chaos remaining after Ragnarok and the demise of the Gods of Asgard a fresh evil develops to threaten the shattered realms of Elves and Men In the Vale of Mists the hordes of darkness for their planned onslaught against the divided kingdoms But standing in the way of this new evil is the Warking of the Western Dwarves Ironfist by name determined to forge a new Alliance and save the World from destruction Are you hooked yet You should be Andy Cooper has designed a range of terrific models to match this storyline and they will he hitting the shelves anytime now

    Original URL path: http://www.wargames.co.uk/ProductReviews/Dwarf%20Wars.htm (2016-02-16)
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  • Are you like me
    currently released have been the paintings of contemporary artist Robert Griffing follow this link to see some of his work which are inspirational The figures are released in a series of groups each contains a variety of models that can be used to produce a small diorama or a unit ready for the table top The joy of this range is the way in which the designer has decided to ensure that the small details of this conflict the details that make the period so interesting and for the wargamer so cerebrally attractive are reflected in the range So groups have been released that reflect the use of canoes in the conflict which were the vital means of transport particularly for the French and their Allies These include a portage party F I 2 with three indians carrying their vessel And as canoes were used as scaling ladders during the war this is a useful group for refighting sieges There are other groups paddling loaded canoes and resting beside their beached vessel These are to be supplemented later by militia rangers and coureur de bois It is planned that the range will be the most comprehensive ever released and will include for the first time all the unit types engaged in the conflict This is a major task as there is surprisingly for some a large variety of unit involved A good start has been made though instead of producing a generic native American type the Indian figures in some cases can be identified as coming from various tribes or nations A major facet of the war was the raiding of British settlements by the French and their allies Amazingly though and frustratingly this is an area of the conflict that has been largely ignored by previous ranges Although units

    Original URL path: http://www.wargames.co.uk/ProductReviews/redoubt1.htm (2016-02-16)
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  • Crusader
    on any wargames table The only quibble I have though is that the spears are not provided with the models and at 1 a foot figure I think it would be reasonable to include a piece of wire alternatively perhaps the designer would consider producing a pack of cast spears that would enhance the models Also included was a selection of 28mm World War II figures although I am no expert they seem to be from the early period of the war All of the models are extremely well detailed with no moulding marks or flash even on the bases The poses seemed very realistic and natural so unlike some ranges that in an attempt to portray the feeling of action place the models in anatomically impossible positions I found the heavily burdened French infantryman a particularly nice model All in all an excellent range that improves with each new release and deserves your attention And the latest Crusader news Hi there This is to let you know about the new Crusader Normans that have been added to the range There are 5 packs Spearmen in quilted armour archers mounted knights in scale with spears unarmoured cavalry and mounted knights

    Original URL path: http://www.wargames.co.uk/ProductReviews/Review/Misc/crusader2.htm (2016-02-16)
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