Saturday 25 November 2017

Sunday 1 October 2017

October dates.

Dates October: 8th & 22nd
With the club dates to twice a month and Gaming 10am -10pm we are getting in some bigger games. Here are some shots from a game of Bolt Action, 3000pts vs 2000pts.

Plus some other games!

 15mm DBA - Numidia takes on Rome

 Hobbits under attack from goblins

Saturday 13 May 2017

Little SAGA event

We will have a small SAGA Event coming up shortly, and this is how i'll be running it..

Till next time...

Tuesday 3 January 2017

Happy New Year!

The year has begun at the Dice and Dagger, With discussions on games being played for the year, we will be looking at Frostgrave, Bolt Action, Lord of the Rings and Warhammer Roleplay to name a few...

 A game of Frostgrave underway 

A Troll Chase in Warhammer Role-play 

  So Hope to see you there!

Monday 17 October 2016


Some games being played at the club:

The Alien settlement grows on Endura.

Kernowyn elite sniper, ever watchful while the rest of the party are salvaging.

More alins advance through the jungle

Some little blues advance under cover.

Some fun with Firefly, any more expansions to this game
 and we will run out of space :D

Reavers on the hunt

A small firefly class ship docks.

Some WW1 dog fighting

...and some 40k

Thursday 7 July 2016

Lord of the Rings Campaign continues....

  So this time we we look at another 2 turns of the campaign, which will include some recruitment so you will get to see how that is achieved in this campaign.

Year 1, Month 2

Year 1, Month 2 North
  In North it was relatively quite this time round. With the forces of Good in the Northwest deciding to push their advantage into the Misty Mountains. Unfortunately evil side had seen and moved both they banners to the location.
   So a quick run over some rules. If i haven't mentioned before cavalry banners move 2 spaces. At the beginning of the turn both sides right down all their orders for their banners and are all revealed at once. In the case as in here where two banners have moved to a fighting location, then each banner is built as a separate force, which will break as individuals too. Though for scoring VP in a scenario, count the whole force as one. This makes rapidly formed banners a little more fragile than a single banner of the same points.
   Even with the help of Arathorn and Paladin Took, the forces of good were pushed back but with few casualties.
  While in the East the successful Rhun force marches back to the Iron Hills to try and bring aid to Erebor.

Year 1, Month 2 South

  In the South Evil push on, putting Dol Amroth under siege, and taking Edoras. In the center good pulled back our depleted forces to Pelanor Fields, which was in turn attacked. But at Pelanor with 3 seperate forces we managed to force back the Evil army. In the battle special mention must go to my lone surviving warrior of rohan with an axe, who after passing courage tests every turn to stay in the battle till the end slew no less (with the help of piercing strike) 3 Morannaon and killed the Ringwraith: The Knight of Umbar. Giving us our first named hero death.
  Unfortunately as we had pulled our forces back we lost Cair Andros without a fight.

Year 1, Month 3

Year 1, Month 3 North

Year 1, Month 3 South

 This is the last turn before we have some recruitment, as such it was rather peaceable. Evil took Helms Deep with what was slight miss understanding of the rules (So the Evil side said). 
   Whenever you create a banner whether new from recruitment or from dividing banners no banner created (or that remains in the case of a divide) may be of less then 200pts. After a battle, if the remaining points is less than 100pts then the banner is destroyed: though any named characters are only destroyed if they died in the battle, else fate has intervened an the may be recruited to another banner.
 Other than that players were happy where it stood and just traded some port towns, so it was on to recruitment.
  During the first year recruitment occurs at the end of every third month, in the second year every fourth month and in the final year every fifth month. These means the later in the campaign the harder it becomes to recruit.
  To work out your team recruitment points, add up all the recruitment values (the number in the bottom of location followed by a R) of the territories that you started with and that you still own and are not under siege. Then add to that the enemy territories you have gained but count their recruitment values as halved (rounding up fractions), but are also not under siege. The total is the amount of points you have to spend adding to banners or creating new ones in any territory you own, though you may never spend points to bolster banners that are under siege as new recruits cant get to them.

So we're a quarter way in to our first year and it is looking rough for the good in the south!

Till the next time, Dha Weles!

Wednesday 6 July 2016


Recovering Ariab from The Mahdi

Situation Report – 12th February 1883

  In the aftermath of the brilliantly managed defence of Suakin, the reputation of our Gentlemen soars both on the British press, in The Sultan’s Court and Khedive’s administration. Pasha Drydon-Spunck is immediately ordered to Cairo, while Warburton is promoted to Colonel (with a field promotion to Brigadier) with orders to reorganise the Egyptian forces in Suakin. At the request of The Khedive, Smith-Dorian is temporarily seconded to The command of Brigadier Warburton. Again, the Gentlemen are showered with presents from a grateful Ottoman Empire. However, at this point a dangerous, indeed poisonous seed starts to grow in the mind of The Khedive. While everywhere else on The Sudan, his forces are being routed, here at least is a command that consistently wins against the enemy. Perhaps they are the key to destroying The Mahdi?

Anglo-Egyptian Zariba

 Behind the scenes and throughout February telegrams are exchanged between London, Cairo and Baghdad. The British ae anxious not to embroil their forces in the interior of The Sudan any more than necessary. The Ottomans quickly conceive of a blow to the centre of The Mahdist control of northern Sudan via Ariab to Berber. The British caution against this, and refuse to commit British forces to such an adventure. But this only seems to harden The Ottoman position and a desire to unleash their imagined-powerful forces at Suakin. They are completely unaware of how close our Gentlemen have come to disaster on several occasions; something our Gentlemen are completely aware of. On then 25th February the fateful telegram arrives. Orders to take Ariab as a precursor to seizing Berber back! 

  Energetic work is now undertaken to prepare the forces for departure. Over a G&T the Times correspondent, Michael Trevelyan informs the group that British public opinion is strongly supportive of seeing British troops intervening on the Sudan, but The Government is against this. However, on the day of departure a telegram arrives for Smith-Dorian. Indeed British troops will accompany the expedition.

Reinforced by British regulars, the party plan their march to Ariab.

Anglo-Egyptian advance

Diary Entries of Captain Simon Heronimus Bladdington for 26th February 1883"

  Weeks pass peacefully after the battle of Suakin, civilians have calmed down and trade has restarted in the port. The region has become more peaceful and patrols have not met any resistance thus far. Things of Note: Col. Drydon-Spunck been sent to Cairo to meet with some high officials. Captain Warburton has been promoted to Colonel. Captain Hacker is still off on his grand tour of Egypt. Captain Smith-Dorian has been seconded with his navy fellows to the defences of Suakin until further orders.
  A week or so later. New orders have arrive that a force commanded by Col. Warburton will set forth to liberate the lost town of Ariab due west of Suakin, and on the road to Berber.

Troops at our disposal would be the:
15 company s of Sudanese troops,
8 company s of Egyptian troops
6 company s of Egyptian Lancers
2 Egyptian cannon
1 Machine gun section

  A plan of march was drawn up to take into account the amount of supply’s needed for such a long march of about 140 miles. It was decided to take 400 water wagons consisting of about half the water that we would need and to scout out for watering holes to refill the remaining requirements on the way. The scouting would be taken in turns by the 8 companies of Egyptian mounted infantry. The 9th Sundanese regiment would man the water wagons replacing the wagoneers and thereby reducing by about 400 mouths the water and food we would need to transport.

  Some wagons where modified to mount the machine gun crews on just in case we needed them to move quickly. 5 empty wagons where taken for use as mobile ambulances so that the column could keep moving if causality where taken. Our local forces where asked to keep a good lookout for spies that may report our departure and although Amir Sagh refused to accompany us this time, his men would follow part of the way to root out any that would betray us. On the day of our departure the British government (under pressure from public opinion) decided to bolster our forces to include:

8 Companies of British troops
2 Cannons
1 Machine gun section
4 companies of navy ratings
1 Navy machine gun section

This gave a great boost to our moral!!!

Initial British bombardment

  It took 12 day to march to Ariab with no enemy spotted. Our Scouts found the water needed for the trip and supplies were good and moral high although the Egyptian infantry where a little low, Col. Warburton managed to do himself some harm after a bit of sport hunting some wildlife. He was thrown from his horse and with little much to add won’t be walking upright for a few weeks said the Surgeon Renolds (a mighty swelling in the testicular region apparently).

  So it was left Captain Dorian and my self to lay the plans for the attack on Ariab. Our scouts didn’t manage to scout behind the town as enemy patrols where too numerous. From the high ground we did control it looked like an oasis to the left and more trees and hills to the right. We would split the force into 3 sections and decided for a frontal attack on the town as we didn’t want to get our troops bogged down with surprises in the hills.

  We would bombard the town for 10min at the crack of dawn with our 4 cannons sections plus 1 machine gun section if it could get close enough on the right flank. The far left would have our camp guarded by 3 Sudanese company s previously commanded by Captain Hacker and 4 companies of the navy plus 1 machine gun and the 2 British artillery pieces paid off to bombard the town.

  Our centre was hidden from enemy sight and would conceal the 8 companies of mounted Egyptians ready to advance and take them far enough forward to dismount and take up firing positions in front of the enemy’s walls, while the British troops marched behind supported by their machine gun.

  My position was to the right where I managed the Egyptian guns and machine gun fire at the far right tower that looked like it may have a cannon battery held within. And I put my Sudanese troops out of sight to advance after the 10 min bombardment. The lancers were kept back with the cannon as a mobile reserve and rear guard.

  The dust made by our bombardment made it impossible to guess if casualties were caused to the enemy for the exception of the tower on the right it exploded into rubble … guess our troops got a lucky hit on a magazine! Those officials back in Suakin may of heard the explosion!

  The advance started well, my Sudanese advanced in good order with orders not to fire until they got within affective range and hoping the dust would keep them concealed from the enemy. I could see Captains Dorian's troops advancing in the centre, I reckon he would have the harder job today locking horns with the centre of the towns defenses.

  A quarter of an hour went past as Dorian’s guns kept the left of the town bombarded “wouldn’t want to be in the towers thinks our troops … we’d had been lucky when we’d been seiged that the Mahdi didn’t have many guns”

  The guns to the right moved target to the walls but fired less often to preserve ammunition. The right hand machine gun advance with the troops. The Mahdists in the town where firing a few light guns back at us with no real affect as they where also blinded by the dust and smoke cased by the bombardment. There was only a light breeze that barely moved the smoke and dust across the front of the town.

  25min had gone by when by God I realised I may have made a pivotal mistake while advancing on the town. Myself and 8 companiess (plus machine gun) had strayed to far to the right of the town and had strayed too close to the tree line. I ordered 2 companies to halt and cover the tree line while the rest advanced.

  I could here Captain Dorian’s rifles to the left firing … guess they could see more through the dust than my troops. And darn it happened again like honey to a bee them Mahdists appeared at the tree line and on the hill at about 600yard with more behind “I thought back to Toker and how quickly the Mahdists had covered 400 yard and up a wall in such a short time”.

Dervish surprise attack

  I ordered my troops to halt and form line with the machine gun for the forthcoming charge. I also sent my messenger to send the lancers in to support and with orders for the cannons to change target. The enemy advanced in the open but the 8 companies of Sudanese and the machine gun did little to stop their advance. The cannon must of acted on their own initiative … good lads, I owe ‘em a drink when this is all over … Their timely fire slowed the enemy for enough time to allow the lancers to counter charge the enemy that had engaged the 10th Sudanese. The lancers drove ‘em back then the next group of Dervishes were upon us, the fighting intensified and 1 company of lancers and Sudanese 10th where lost … the cannons must of hit a Mahdist Emir on the hill as the enemy lost momentum for a moment allowing another well aimed volley before they where back into melee with their 4th wave of warriors. Yet we drove ‘em back and the Sudanese and lancers did it again!!! Pushing the enemy back again! one of the 11th Sudanese and another company form the lancers fell but their job had been done well.

  My messenger reported that the 9th Sudanese had fallen back from the fighting so I took my horse a rode to rally them leaving orders for the 10th, 11th and the lancers to reorganise and continue the advance now that the right flank was clear.

  I managed to rally the 9th Sundanese and start leading them back in to the fighting, I could see that Dorian’s British and Egyptians had almost made it to the walls of the town and the wall were stained with the defenders blood. The guns, machine guns and rifle frie had done great execution that day. There was a lot of dust off to his left and it looked as if one regiment of Egyptians where holding of a flanking force.

  The battle ended within the next 30 mins as the British and Egyptians broke over the sparsely defended walls to the front and the 10th and 11th Sudanese went through the right of the town through the ruins of the tower. The battle was over and the Mahdists fled.

  The town was made safe but it was dusk and before all the troops came into the town with the baggage.

 The following day the defenses of the town where shored up we had captured:
1 x mountain gun
1 x machine gun
1 x 6 pounder
Good quantities of food and ammunitions.

  Butcher Bill:
2 companies of Sudanese one from 10th one from 11th
2 companies of Lancers
1 company of Egyptian

Dervish defence at Ariab