In Amsterdam wargamen we weer as usual

Sinds juni is onze vaste stek, het buurthuis Pontania, weer open!

Omdat allerlei reguliere activiteiten zijn weggevallen, deels vanwege coronabeperkingen, deels vanwege zomer, hebben we zelfs de zaterdag én de zondag momenteel. We kunnen dus de spellen over het hele weekend verdelen. We kunnen (nog) niet met 20 man tegelijkertijd, maar wel 5 tafels, 8–10 personen (tegelijkertijd). Met passen en meten en goede afspraken is van alles mogelijk. Let wel (we herhalen het maar weer eens) op de websitereservering: die was er al en die blijft en we blijven er op hameren. Met de voorlopig wat meer beperkte capaciteit moeten we er echt streng op zijn. Kom je er niet uit, mail dan even.

We hopen snel terug naar normaal te gaan. Los van wat je als burger van deze corona-crisis vindt: als wargamer is een kwartaal zonder speeltafelgrappen, schuim op het bier en rollende dobbelstenen tamelijk saai: schilderen is leuk, gezelligheid nog meer.

Crisis Antwerpen gaat niet door jammer genoeg. Eltjo is echter bezig met Sharp Practice, Dino met 40K met zijn Battle Brothers-organisatie en misschien moeten we als club maar het voortouw nemen en een paar activiteiten organiseren, om weer wat leven in de Nederlandse wargame-brouwerij te brengen!

Verschillende nieuwe leden hebben zich aangemeld – we blijven groeien.

Hoe nuttig was de lockdown voor de plasticberg en hoe slecht voor de portemonnee? Ikzelf (uw webmeister) heb Mortem & Gloriam (Ancients) en Dark Horizon (SF) als nieuwe regelsets aangeschaft en 6mm Napoleontisch, 28mm Renaissance en 10mm SF geschilderd. Vandaag met Maarten met de speedpainted Renaissance-figuren een spel Donnybrook gedaan, een soort Blood & Plunder of Sharp Practice, musketiers, wuivende vederbossen, sabels en voor de gelegenheid wat spookachtige bokkenrijders, die ik uit een doosje fantasyclubfiguurtjes had gevist. Simpel en spannend tot de laatste dobbelsteen. Best herhaalbaar!

D-Day! A6S Wargame Club reopens in June!

Holland is slowly entering the lockdown-exit-phase. The Dutch government announced that under strict conditions small meetings inside buildings are allowed. Our club board conferred with the administration of the Pontania community club center where we have our meetings. This is our arrangement, for the next three months:

  • we can use the building during weekends, Saturday AND Sunday, IF we inform Pontania in advance. As club we will make a schedule, and contact players to open/close the building (YES! YOU TOO CAN BE A KEY MEMBER THIS SUMMER! :-))
  • we have a max of 4 tables and 12 players. Players keep distance.
  • only full club members are allowed in the building
  • you have to reserve in advance. Use the website. No booking? No entrance. Sorry for that, now.
  • we might introduce slots: 2hrs max and leave, so that others can use a table.
  • No food or drinks will be served, at least not in June and maybe until September. Pontania is not a bar or restaurant (with different sector rules). Strictly speaking, the building is the ‘sports canteen’ of the local leisure and walking club, and all sports canteens are officially closed until 1 September. We don’t want a 4000 euro fine for not strictly adhering. Hopefully the city council will relax the rules if Pontania can clarify to them that the building is in fact a community center with community activities.

We hope that we/Pontania can restart in full in September. The 1,5-meter rule might restrict operations for the moment, but the government is continuously reassessing the situation. No guarantees, but with more confidence, some day we’ll go back to normal. Old normal.

Post-Apoc Tips: Stay Healthy, Paint & Support Your Local Game Store!

What to do in times of corona?

First, thank God (or Buddha, Allah, Marx, Zeus, Elvis, Coincidence or whoever or whatever your favorite deity may be) that you’re healthy. Our very own Space Marine Dino K caught the infection and had a very tough time. But he was not the only one, Steven E also tested positive on corona and caught the flu and pneumonia, Steve appeared to recover first, but spent several days in the hospital. Read his FB story here. Dino and Steve are both back home again and we wish them a speedy full recovery!

All events are canceled, until, we think now, June.

Personally I must say that I miss the social side of gaming most. Fun, bad jokes, beer, rolling dice with friends, etc. True, painting and collecting rules and miniatures and reading books and blogs are important, but not very, for me it’s only a third of all the joy.

Anyway. Because optimism is the only antidote and people need distraction in crisis times, I share a few suggestions and links.

Free Wargames Rules

Wargamer.com publishes an index with links to free rules, link here.

Generic historical wargame rules

So you miss your buddies and your wife and kids are the only human beings around? Try the 1hr wargame rules. As easy as chess. Any opponent will understand the rules and I promise you a fun game. Link here, 12$ only. Found a free PDF on the web, btw, not sure about copyright.

HäT

The 1HW author recommends 1/72 miniatures that can be bought online in Holland from 1/72 specialist Miniatuurwereld (link), a company that also sells 28mm HäT and Victrix.

Ancients

The Plastic Soldier Company announced a 15mm kickstarter with the Mortem&Gloriam rules. The plastic models are remastered from quality metal miniatures, and cast in hardplastic Ultracast. The launch will be delayed, but Lurkio (the company from M&G-author Simon Hall) offered the hardcover rules with 50% discount for 20GBP, link here.

Dark Ages and Fantasy

No, we’re not sponsored by CCGwinkel, but during hard times, we think that small shopkeepers in Holland that work hard for their money need more support than big foreign companies. If you want to buy warriors for Saga, or fantasy miniatures, take a look at their new Wargames Atlantic range (link). Value for money – we Dutchmen like that.

Talking about fantasy: you can download the successful fantasy skirmish game Frostgrave for free.

Napoleonics

A free fastplay quick Napoleonic wargame that had positive reviews is 2×2 Napoleonics, available here. Game can be played with cards on a table, for example the free downloadable cards from Blücher. Or the cheap pewter 2mm units from Irregular, so far still in business.

WW2 and 40K

Again: Koopt Nederlandsche Waar! Tabletopper.nl sells a lot of stuff online, not only Bolt Action, Warlord Games, X-Wing but also 40K and the GW paints.

Tale of Painters

40K-fans: Tale of Painters is IMHO one of the best 40K-painting blogs.

Naval

League of Augsburg author/painter/manufacturer published a how-to-paint 1/2400 pewter sailships guide. Ships are from Tumbling Dice, 2,40 per model.

Board Games

Amsterdam Board Game specialist shop Friends & Foes is closed for visitors, but they deliver their stuff at home. F&F mostly sell quality board games. Miniature players might like their X-Wing stuff, their last Star Wars Legion stock and the miniature board games they sell.

And next year, when Amsterdam looks like the picture below, but worse – remember how beautiful 2019 was!

The Wibautstraat in 2021