5/30/17

Kublacon Battle Report Part 1: The Pikeman's Lament

Captain Pickwith's "Pokers" regiment clear the center amidst heavy fire.





Kublacon Battle Report:

I had the great pleasure and honor to run two games this past weekend at Kublacon game convention- hands down my favorite con of the year here in Northern California. The first game I ran was a scenario of dashing pluck using "The Pikeman's Lament" rules by Mssrs. Meresy and Lanke. Two sides, each consisting of 3 Captains and their regiments were racing towards a carriage inn off the beaten track. The goal; rescue (or capture depending on which side you were on) a parcel of letters written by a certain Dutchess to a certain Duke, that was not in fact her husband.


Fun Rules! I give them 4 out of 5 wigs!
Each of the 6 players commanded between 2 and 4 units and had at the lead a Captain model portraying them. The Captains all had cool traits and each had at least 1 mission, such as " you must duel" in order to garner more honor points.



The rules played well, and everyone got into the swing of things really easily. I was a bit worried that my 54mm woodens being multibased would be an issue, but it never even came up.

Peep's fighting Cocks regiment.




 The Right Flank: A duel is fought

During the beginning of the game both of the Cavalry regiments came together, with Schlager's Trotters taking casualties from Captain Dumas' Dragoons.  This prompted a challenge (Schlager had a mission to duel) and the two officers met in front of their troops.  Each rolled 3 dice with parrying and thrusting all around. Dumas got the better of Schlager- who did not at all live up to his name by rolling 3, 1's, and that was the end of that! Dumas horse charged and after a bit of a scuffle, routed the Trotters!
Dragoons give fire

The Duel! More wig than fight

Captain Dumas salutes his vanquished foe.

The Left and Center: The Dutches' Regiments break through

On the center and left the Dutchess troops were advancing with great valor and giving a stern beating to BlackStone's company of Foote who marched bravely to meet them. Blackstone managed to actually get the letters from the inn, but during the battle was dropped by a lucky (or unlucky) shot and the letters were lost in the scuffle. (no doubt to be found in the post credits scene by some ne'er do well, setting up the next battle).


Oh the Woodmanity!

Radcliffe's Rods give What for to Blackstone's company of Foote

All in all good fun was had, lots of ribbing, 4 officers hors du combat, and much honor gained!


Painting Contest: Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

So, I entered my Triumph of Death units in the painting contest and managed to get bronze in the Masters category! This is my first time in the big kids circle, and I feel really blessed and honored to get such a cool trophy. Gold medal winners are the guys that go on to Crystal brush. Gonna have to really step it up for next year.

7 comments:

  1. Normally, I would not be into wooden figures for a war game, but they match up with everything so well within a theme. It looks awesome! Great job!

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    1. Thanks David. I'm rather fond of them, and as you said you can get a great theme going. Also very light for carrying around cons!
      Cheers
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  2. I find those colourful wooden figures absolutely charming. Wonderful spectacle.

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    1. Archduke- thank you, very kind of you. They do create their own certain feeling. I'm really happy with them over all. Would love to figure out how to get a show going at Salute or one of the other big cons in the U.K.

      Cheers
      Ths

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  3. The Pikeman's lament was really fun, except for the getting shot to pieces part. ;) The figures looked great and I think really add something to the game. Congrats on the placement in the painting comp, that is something to be truly proud of. Can't wait for next year.

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    1. Sean- thanks to you and your boyo for participating! You did have the bad end of the butcher's bill, but at least your units were photogenic :)
      Cheers!
      Ths

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  4. I find those colourful wooden figures absolutely charming.


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