After a long hard struggle Paul Hodson, member or the Amsterdam6shooters, was crowned champion of the Unofficial Dutch DBA International Outdoor Wargaming Tournament in Amsterdam. He won with two Roman armies against three Caledonian commands.
The Dutch Unofficial DBA Outdoor Open is a wargame tournament that takes place every year when the 18th of June falls on a Saturday, for a select group of international elite players, in the garden of Eden backyard of one of our super rich sponsors who was on his yacht in Monaco this weekend.
We played one game which was also the final. We had a player from Portugal who was born in Angola (Henrique), a Dutch player (me) who has spent holidays in the USA and Japan, and Paul; born in the British Empire and now a soon-to-be-retired employee of the European Commission. So the whole world was present.
The all-important final was a replay of the Mons Graupius Battle, 83 AD. Again, civilization won and barbarians were chased back “deep down to Caledonia back to Aberdeen/ Way back up in the woods among the evergreens/ There stood a log cabin made of earth and wood/ Where lived a country boy named Calgalus B. Goode/ Who never ever learned to read or write so well/ But he could play bagpipes just like a-ringin’ a bell“
Roman soldiers cheered to their triumphant general.
Paul and this game will get ‘Legendary’ status from the International Association of Amateur Outdoor Wargame Players and get an automatic invitation for the second edition, in the backyard of a certain Calgalus near Aberdeen. Better be good, then!
Our club icon mr Eltjo Verweij organized for the second time now a Sharp Practice event, in our wargame palace in Amsterdam. Two full days. Fun multiplayer games, not a tournament in a strict sense, loose on rules, the outcome of a game influenced your rating. Some highlights:
we had visitors from Belgium and even 6 players from the land behind the horizon, far away, even outside the European Union… The UK!
we had visitors from outside Amsterdam! (as Amsterdammers, we consider everything east of IJburg Asia, desert, or (Ant)Artica. We also had our Hungarian expat In Da House.
Mr 2FatLardies Richard Clarke joined the event and played both days. He didn’t win. He even scored quite low :-). [please keep this silent]
We had a wonderful Surinamese dinner, also very international.
A Dutchman with an Italian army won the ’tournament’. Dutch cheese with spaghetti, always a winning combination.
We celebrated our 8th birthday. We love the smell of red velvet cake in the morning.
Great to see so many painted Napoleonic figures on so many tables.
You missed the show? No problem. This will not be our last event. We want more!
We started as a club in 2014, 1 March 2014, exactly. So this month we celebrate our eight years of being a brotherhood of wargamers, a band of brothers, a Church in the name of Bad Puns. We praise the name of our lord (Wellington) and his Son who died for our Sins (Napoleon) but who will return after 40k years.
At our very, very first club meeting in March 2014 I organized a big 15mm Romans vs Barbarians battle. Here’s Brabo visitor Koen on a shady picture. How young he looked, compared with those ancient Romans!
As always, I wanted a bigger army so I bought more. Other projects prevailed but last month I finally cleaned a Roman shelf and painted my legionaries. I also played a Roman battle, more to come. Here’s the thin red line.
No Roman army is complete without a testudo. I found a 15mm testudo from Warrior Miniatures (link). Online examples of painted models looked fine.
And re-enactor pictures are inspiring.
Here’s my own painted testudo
Eight units equites cavalry will finish the job.
The grand strategy is to playtest several wargame rules (Age of Hannibal, AdlG, M&G, Hail Caesar, good old big battle DBA), compare and select ’the best’, and get really proficient in it so that I can easily referee and run big battle multiplayer games. Below a recent Age of Hannibal game against Maarten.
Wanna join? I need opponents, big bloody barbarians or rough red Romans. Ave Caesar! Morituri te salutant.