Last night, Friday the 13th, saw my last outing to the Southern Battle Games wargames club in Sydney. It was a great night, if a little sad, and my dice rolling turned out ok for a change and I went out with a bang.
I got three games in for the evening:
1) My Arkadian warband for SBH took on some Greek hoplites supported by Medusa. Medusa's quick kill ability and long range shooting was a little intimidating, but we were playing the 'difficult ground' scenario, and the woods were most definitely on my side with two hoplites being swallowed up by the trees. Pan's terror causing charges broke up the enemy line while Daphne the dryad entangled them and the satyr archers picked them off one by one.
2) I played my first game of SAGA against the unofficial SAGA Minister of Popular Enlightenment, Alanus Dux Homunculorum. Alan is always a great sport and I suspect he went a little light on me. I fielded 4 points of Vikings (all hearthguard) against his 4 points of Welsh (2 points of hearthguard including mounted and the rest warriors). It was a basic 'kill the warlord' scenario which I managed in the second turn. All over quite quickly. I still haven't made my mind up about SAGA. I like the concepts. I think I like the battle board system. I know I certainly don't want to have to paint a minimum of 50 28mm figures in order to make up opposing forces. But it is a bit of fun. Maybe that is my issue with it, it's a bit of fun dressed up as something quite serious and I find it a little hard to get my head around it.
3) Speaking of things serious, my last battle was the first outing of the Heroes of Hedgerow - my furry creatures warband for SBH. It was a 'treasure hunt' scenario in which my band of fuzzy brothers stood up to, and saw off, an equally furry band of surprisingly tough mouselings from Shirefield. My chaps took advantage of their faster movement to find the treasure first and then the bulk of the band set upon the mice while Pyrrho to polecat used his free disengage skill to slip off with the prize. Another fun game and the third win of the night. Makes a nice change.
I'd like to say thank you to all the Southern Battle Gamers for many, many good games over the last few years and wish them all the best for the future!