Tuesday, March 26, 2013

A Wargamer in Toledo

I made a daytrip to Toledo while staying in Madrid - the high-speed train covers the 71km in just 30 minutes, giving you plenty of time to see the city.

My main purpose of going to Toledo was to visit the Army Museum, which is the amalgamation of a few army museums in Spain.

A flag from the battle of Lepanto in the nearby Santa Cruz Museum.

The Museum has a large collection of toy soldier.




Suits of plate armour.


Suit of armour for a prince

Napoleonic uniform

More toy soldiers


Weapons from the Spanish Civil War

N for Napoleon

Saturday, March 23, 2013

A Wargamer in Madrid 2

I made it a point to go to Atlantica, which is near the Palacio Real and all the touristy bits of Madrid.

Nice storefront.

Renaissance Spanish and Carlist lancers, I believe?

Sci-fi goodness.

Friday, March 22, 2013

A Wargamer in Madrid

I happened to be Madrid the week they have the changing of guard. Unfortunately, it was a rainy winter day and the troops were in their winter dress and overcoats. Still, here are the pictures:

Cavalry sergeant - a badass-looking fellow.

Guard Cuirassier in winter dress, guarding the entrance to the Palacio Real.

Guard lancers during rehearsal.

Guard lancer standard bearer in full dress.


Close-up view of the cuirassier helmet.

Trumpeters of the Honour Party.

The sergeant again.

Artillery limber. Beautiful draft horses.

Artillery in the foreground, cavalry in the background, against the Almudendra Cathedral.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Dux Britanniarum Game 3: Raiding a Border Tower

Emboldened by his successes, Badzur decided to capture Beren, a captain in The Gondor army, to further boost his reputation.

Tipped off by his scouts, Badzur lays an ambush for Beren as he returns from patrol...

Ruk leads the Dunlending to cut Beren off from the border tower. Seeing this, Belegond leads the garrison in a sally to link up with the patrol.
As Ruk and Thargurz lead the Dunlending and goblins to block the garrison, Badzur leads the orcs in pursuit of Beren. Beren decides to go around the ruined tower to avoid them.
Badzur catches up with Beren and the dwarves!
The allies are destroyed and Beren is captured just as he is about to reach the safety of the Gondor line!

This game really showed how troop quality makes a difference. Due to the scenario set-up, I was able to place my Warriors against fg's Levies, and my Elite against his Warriors, so while our two main formations fought each other near the tower, I was able to use my Elites to achieve the mission.

Once again cards played an important role here - I was able to gain an upper hand early in the game with a Carpe Diem card, and fg nearly managed to avert disaster by playing the Hero of the Age card to raise the number of attack dice Beren had, which prevented his capture.

While the mission was a success, the margin of victory did not let me gain new recruits. I did inflict enough casualties for fg to not contest my next raid, which gives Badzur enough money to declare himself a warlord.

I am now wondering if I should declare a battle the next game to try to win myself a province, or wait until I have a definite lead... Decisions, decisions...

Saturday, March 16, 2013


I'm still trying to get back into rhythm after a short trip to Madrid last week. It will be a while before I get all the photos I took organised and post a proper entry, but here are a couple of pics to whet your appetites.

Changing of the guards at Palacio Real, Madrid

Miniatures at the Military Museum in Toledo