“Champagne! In victory one deserves it, in defeat one needs it” - Napoleon
The army is a 15mm Samurai force for L'Art de la Guerre. Mostly composed of Old Glory figures from Timecast, they are supplemented with a handful of Baueda Emeshi cavalry and a Dixon 28mm Great Commander.
All of them have been painted by Lurkio
The Samurai Village has already been posted online but this time there is also a self-made "ADLG Waterway" Samurai Castle wall to marvel at the amount of spare time I have to do stuff other than paint figures !
The Walls come with a walk-through construction guide as well.
Thrill to the thunder of hooves, marvel at the download time of the often inappropriate and shoehorned-into-the-narrative comedy animated GIF's, hold your breath in fear as the two lines of mighty warriors clash together and roll dice to see who comes out on top in almost 10,000 words of irrelevant and semi-educational nonsense
Reports contain all the usual mutterings and puns, as well as some truly incredible feats of bravery and military success (not all of which are from the Roman troops - as you may well already have guessed..).
See for yourself if they truly do have it Infamy..
Numbers of players who entered at least one UK event for the following rulesets during 2017 were:
- L'Art de la Guerre : 163 (up 27 since April 2017)
- FoG AM : 89 (down 13)
- DBMM : 84 (unchanged)
- MeG : 52 (up up 21)
- DBM : 40 (down 8)
- Swordpoint : at least 39 (up 10) - I'm missing the numbers from Derby
- L'Art de la Guerre : 27 events held, average entry 18
- FoG AM : 15 events held, average entry 18
- DBMM : 18 events held, average entry 15
- MeG : 10 events held, average entry 16
- DBM : 7 events held, average entry 13 (the majority of events are doubles)
- Swordpoint : 4 events held that I have results for, average field 17
And, here's a graph...
This shows the last few years and illustrates how player numbers have changed - each line represents a different ruleset, and each point on the graph represents the total number of players who've taken part in at least 1 event for that ruleset in the previous 12 months.
The data is a little "gappy" for some of the sets, but for both ADLG and MeG I believe every event held in the UK since June 2015 has been captured.
Looking at attendance across the 15 or so annual tournaments in the UK, participation in DBA has been steadily rising over the past 3 years and looks set to carry on that upward trend into 2018 (if numbers at the first 2 events of the year are anything to go by).
Numbers of players have been:
- 2016: 48 players
- 2017: 56 players
- 2018: 64 players
Adding these more accurate numbers into the mix gives the following popularity table for numbers of people entering at least one UK ancients competitions during 2017.
- L'Art de la Guerre : 163
- FoG AM : 89
- DBMM : 84
- DBA : 64
- MeG : 52
- DBM : 40
- Swordpoint : around 40
I'm sure there must be some 6th and 7th edition numbers out there too, and maybe also Armati or War & Conquest ?