When I get the chance, I pop round to my friend Mike's house, and we play a game in his newly-renovated attic (almost all my games photos from the last year were taken in here). The ability to have a dedicated space for gaming and terrain has revolutionised the way we play. Now we've got storage, all the odds and ends of terrain and armies is now stored in a single place. By pooling our resources, we're fortunate enough to be able to create some stunning battlefields.
Our gaming group, which began as a group of friends who all went to the same school, is now spread over quite a bit of the country but concentrated in Newark. Whenever I can (all to rarely) I drop in for a game. Recently, it's all been Warmaster. I play with a rare army of Dwarves, Mike has some fantastically-painted Bretonnians, and Dan is the valiant Empire. Here are a few flavour pics from our most recent game, where Dan triumphed over us both in a climactic three-way battle.
(As an aside, this is the first time I've ever bought a painted army second hand. Although I don't feel as attached to these chaps, it was refreshing to be ready to play games straight away without a month of building, painting and basing).
|The battlefield. We try to go for busy, realistic battlefields which offer a challenge for manoeuvering commanders.|
|An overview. Mike's Bretonnians at the top, with Dan's Empire on the right. My Dwarves are a smaller force (ba-dum tish) but also further away.|
|And they're off! I had to get a shot of Mike's lovingly-painted Bretonnians.|
|The Dwarves defending the pass. Flame Cannons to the front!|
|First line handgunners, second line warriors, with slayers in reserve.|
|Dan's beautiful Empire army, complete with Steam Tank!|
|Mike races to seize the village...|
|Only to be hit by the dreaded Fog of War!|
|Dan's Empire come storming across the bridge...|
|...to be met by the Bretonian squires.|
Oh, you want to know what happened? Well, after a bloody fight in the village, the two humans put aside their differences in a heartwarming display of backstabbery and ganged up on the Dwarves. Depsite all my efforts to fracture the alliance, I was soundly stomped, but I managed to beat up Mike's Bretonnians pretty well, leaving Dan as the last man standing and the de facto winner. Huzzah!