30 September 2012

Kapiti Wargames Swap Meet Reminder

Reminder of the Swap Meet 

Kapiti Wargames Club

Paraparaumu Community Centre
15 Ngahina Street

9.30 to 15.30
Sunday 7 October 2012

Good opportunity to trade, sell and meet other gamers

Let's recycle those unused lead and plastic soldiers!

27 September 2012


Great games night last night, good turn-out again.
Played WHFB for a change

Took on Nick’s Greenskins. As predictable the Elves took a toll with their crossbows and repeater bows. The scenario forced his Night goblin Shaman to deploy late, only to be taken out by two units of scouting Shades that appeared on either side of him.
The crossbows also prevented Nicks  great-looking pirate themed Goblins with the spider banner from doing much damage. Troll vomit accounted for the Cold One Nights, and the High Sorceress but eventually Malus Darkblade saw them off, routed and caught in the pursuit, only to be taken out himself by a doom diver. My hydra was unceremoniously hacked to shreds by his Black Orcs, after frazzling a few with his breath attack, and chomping a few heads. His 5 heads was no counter for the sheer number of attacks rained on him.

My unit of repeater  crossbowmen then had Okram’s Mindrazor cast on them by the surviving sorceress, enabling them to withstand the onslaught of the black orc Big Unzs, (uncharacteristically wiping them out ), but eventually succumbing to the masses of Savage Orcs that bore down on them, but not before taking out the Ork Shaman.

Hamish took on Sam’s Chaos Daemons. I’m not 100% sure of the outcome, but I think the Chaos Warriors did not prevail on the day; and the chaos marauders in particular went home in disgrace.

Great to see a WWII game going down too, not 100% sure what the outcome was there either, but it looked like great fun, as did the 40K games.

26 September 2012

Veterans and Gifts

As a doctor I am on occasion honoured to share the last years of veteran soldiers, airmen and seamen. 
I have met amazing people in my career, 
Veterans of WWII, Korea, Vietnam and the Rhodesian and South African Border Wars.

I have been privileged to have met Allied Veterans of El Alamein and Tobruk, Cassino and Crete, a  German Infantry survivor of Stalingrad (minus part of one limb) , an engineer that developed the tail  assembly for the Messerschmidt Me 109E, a Mustang P51 squadron leader, a Short Sunderland tail gunner, a forward airfield observer in the Pacific War, a sailor of HMS Leander and Achilles and a Lancaster Bomber pilot and A Skyhawk Squadron leader, many Infantry and Artillerymen that can all parade through my mind.

Generic Lancaster Crew Member (Not John Penman)

Tonight I was invited by the family of the late John Penman, Lancaster Pilot, who I knew for the last 12 years, to pick from his collection of over 1500 military books what I would like. His family had reserved some for their own use, and had given the War Museum at Waiuro, NZ first choice of the collection.
They chose over 400 books to preserve.

The collection spans the whole of military history, starting with the Vikings through to the Modern Soviet Army of the Cold War, Miniature Painting and Modelling and Wargaming.Many are out of print collectors items.My Library is suddenly bursting at the seams.

I will feature some of the books in posts to come.
 Thank you to Jack and Fen for your incredible generosity

10 September 2012

Falschirmjaeger WIP

Basic painting done, now for washes...

Kubelwagens and Sd.KFz 222 Recce Vehicles coming along slowly.

Pak 40s and LefH IG 18s

Panzerfausts at the ready