ALY MORRISON'S "BUTTERFLY" ADVENTURES IN THE WORLD OF WARGAMES AND TOY SOLDIERS

Saturday, 29 December 2018

Boxing Day game... 2018

Greetings...


Mharaid came over for our now traditional Boxing Day game...
As with last year this was a treasure hunt...
We used our now favourite rules Song of Drums and Shakos...


War still wages as Britain fights against the Franco-Russian invasion forces... Queen Victoria's Christmas decorations and dinner have been lost in a forest near Balmoral and a force of Scottish soldiers have been sent out to find them lead by Captain Shirley.


A force of Franco-Russian troops lead by Capitaine Desespere have also been sent out to find them first and ruin Christmas for the British ...


There are a lot of pictures in this post... a lot! because a lot of stuff happened ... given that ... I still feel that the tactical ( tactical!!! ... surely you mean Aly runs around like an idiot and Mharaid beats the shit out of him) narrative has been lost a bit... so I will round it up for you here.
Mharaid moved most of her troops with group moves covering each other well as she attempted to collect her prizes and shot accurately and mostly consistently and managed ... despite the intrusions of a big hairy monster to dominate at least half the table...
None of my men did what I wanted them to do ... none of my group moves were successful and I ran around like an idiot and Mharaid kicked the shit out of me... even with the intrusion of a big hairy monster...
If you can't be bothered looking at a lot...and I mean a lot... of pictures ... you could just leave it there... But if you want to look at a lot of pictures... yes a lot of pictures... please continue...


You can always lie and say you looked at them... I am not going to test you on it...







My force lead by Desespere...




Mharaid's force lead by Shirley... Hoots!



Pierre found a treasure but failed to open it ...




The turn went over to Mharaid and Malcom got the Apples for the Apple Sauce...
This is a common theme... I do very little ... then loose the initiative then Mharaid mostly does something useful.





Mharaid's forces move forwards purposefully... Alastair, Colin and Fraser are named after me an my brothers...


I move a bit...  just a bit.



Alastair finds Krampus...



For our game Krampus is treated as a Cuirassier+... he gets a D6 plus 5 on combat and causes fear... Humans get a D6 plus 2... if he beats you by double or more he has decided that you have been a naughty boy and ... you are in his sack.
Once revealed he moves at random across the table... when he sees someone ..in direct line of sight he will make a bee line straight for you... your only chance of escape is to fail your moral... on a 1 or a 2 and run away and hide...

Alastair's brothers run away and hide...



Fortunately for Alastair he has been good and Krampus heads past him...



Everyone else stays hidden...




Callum find Yellow Snow... yup its a wee wee gag... but it also means he's missed a turn.






Igor finds some Christmas decorations...Dmitri gets caught short and everyone else watches Desespere walk up a hill... nice!





Malcom and Donald try to run past Krampus... Donald has clearly been naughty... in the sack.




Pierre has found the Christmas tree... Hurrah!







While Krampus ponders what to do next... Malcom hides in the church... Fergus starts to build a snowman and the rest of Mharaid's/Shirley's  men look organised and purposeful...




Krampus is sure Malcom has been a naughty boy...





Desespere makes yellow snow... and his men stand about and watch...




Krampus paces about in front of the church causing Fergus to interrupt his snowman building... "I've been good... honest"




Krampus heads back to the church... "Malcom I want to ask you something"




Sergei and Dmitri find the Pig.... Hmmmm! bacon.





As Krampus ponders what to do next... Malcom legs it.




Theo manages a pee...











Mharaid's men just get on with things... building snowmen.. peeing and killing the French.




Xavier has done nothing so far... and continues to do so...







"Malcom!"...




Xavier!







Dorian finds a chicken... Dmitri... meets the call of nature... Jules and Hugo build a snowman... the  prizes arrive at the house in the woods... and...   Xavier.


I told you there was a lot of pictures...
If you want a rest you could have one now... pop off and make a cup of tea or get a glass of wine... its what I am going to do...




Oooo! a nice cup of Assam and a biscuit...





Krampus finds Malcom... and Malcom legs it...





The rest of Mharaid's men just get on with things... being purposeful and counting dead Frenchmen.




Krampus prowls...




And... Wait a minute!... Xavier moves... he probably needs a pee.
Its all I do this move... sigh!





 Purposeful Scots finding prizes... They have to defend the Yule Goat and stop the French from burning it.... as if I am that organised... some of my men can barely make it in to the woods for a pee...



Krampus spots Malcom and Hamish...



Hamish is to slow ...



And as it turns out ... he has been a naughty boy...
You may have noticed that there are a lot of naughty boys on Mharaid's side....




The Scots move forwards bringing more death and destruction with them... the snow is stained red with buttons... they are indeed very naughty boys...





Krampus catches Fraser and Alastair... and it turns out that Alastair has been a naughty boy... that's me that is... and does my brother care?... no! he's bloody well run off...




An achievement for the Franco-Russians... a tree to go with the decorations... Hurrah!



Vladislav is spotted by Krampus...



"It wasn't me it was him"



It turns out that Vladislav has been a good little boy... Hurrah!





As Krampus stares off the end of the world(table)... the Scots kill Hugo...Booo!




"Have you been a good boy Dmitri?"
Yes!... as it turns out...



Leslie looses all control and pees on Frasers leg...



This does not go unnoticed...



"You have been a very naughty boy"...




Fraser legs it... he's good at that...






Krampus notices the Yule Goat... and this time everyone does the right thing... they bugger off and hide...




 
The Scots advance towards Desespere and his last few men... who are now hiding in the trees...




Desespere is knocked over and Jules shot down...




Desespere has had enough and runs off leaving a trail of yellow snow...



Krampus wanders off into the woods...



Oooo! there's Xavier... I had forgotten about him...




And there the game ended...


Despite having Five of her men put in the naughty bag Mharaid still managed to kill more of my men and collect lots of stuff and build snowmen.... I ran around and got the shit kicked out off me...


But none of my men were naughty...


The extras and prizes in the game were...




Krampus...


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krampus


Which was converted from...
https://www.games-workshop.com/en-GB/Ogrid-Thaumaturge





The Yule Goat...


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yule_Goat


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%A4vle_goat






The snowmen...



The food...




And last but not least ... the decorations.


Another fantastic game with my daughter...


Hopefully it wasn't to long a post for you dear readers... you were warned...


All the best   Aly



















35 comments:

  1. Fantastic, frivolous, festive fun. What's knot to like, Hurrah!

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    1. Thank you Phil...
      Yes all of the above...

      All the best. Aly

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  2. Something different...and beautiful...Well done, a great 'CHristmas post'!

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    1. Thank you Phil...
      It was a lot of fun

      All the best. Aly

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  3. There ARE a lot of pictures! Digital photography has a lot to answer for if you ask me! But, you had great fun and quality family time, so what else matters? I look forward to your next epic

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    1. Thank you David...
      Yes there are a lot of pictures and that’s after serious editing....
      I definitely blame digital photography... but let’s be honest... if I was using an old film camera we wouldn’t see the pictures till March.... Half of them wouldn’t have come out and the rest would have made no sense whatsoever.

      All the best. Aly

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  4. I think I have figured it out Aly - the fact that the Scots kept killing people is what made them such naughty boys - your team on the other hand were all pure as the driven snow (not the yellow bits!) because they failed to kill ANYONE! Funny, I was just talking to a couple of mates about your Victorian/Edwardian style toy soldier battles the other day.....

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    1. Absolutely correct Keith...
      It was the bad men in skirts that did all the naughty things... we were just a group of innocent boy scouts out for a winter stroll... honest...

      All the best. Aly.

      P.S. I hope you were saying nice things... ;-)

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  5. What a wheeze...glad you had a good time. I like the GW Krampus, painted in a toy soldier style. Just shows gloss and block works well with all sorts of figures.
    cheers
    Mike

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  6. Thank you Mike...
    Yes Krampus came out rather well... I was a bit worried that he would be to detailed to fit in... but that coat of gloss works wonders.
    He has now moved to a new home ... as a Boxing Day/Victory gift for Mharaid.

    All the best. Aly

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  7. beautifull christmas nightmare (the fault on krampus, and the french defeat ...) i like the christmas objectives tokens so much !!
    best regards
    paco

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    1. Thank you Paco...
      Sadly the only fault was with my dice throwing....
      If only Krampus had tried harder and put more of the enemy in the bag... a really enjoyable game...
      The objective tokens were so much fun to make...

      All the best. Aly

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  8. No longer than War and Pee's and a delight to read.

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    1. Thank you Ross ...
      And well played sir... ;-)

      All the best. Aly

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  9. Aly, this is the craziest battle report I have read. You have a vivid imagination. Your Krampus model is superb!

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    1. Thank you Jonathan...
      I do my best... at least there were no flying monkeys and witches....
      Maybe next year... ;-)

      All the best. Aly

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  10. A most splendid holiday confection--there's no such thing as "too much" at this time of year (even at the risk of bringing on stomach Krampus).

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    1. Thank you Ed....
      I saw what you did there.... :-)
      I believe that as far as Krampus is concerned there is always room for one more...

      All the best. Aly

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  11. Most splendid Christmas game report and a little different at the same time. Thank you Aly. Love the pictures and miniatures too!

    I like to wish you and your family all the very best for 2019.

    All the best, Helen

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    1. Thank you Helen...
      It was great fun putting in together and playing.

      All the best to you and yours. Aly

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  12. Quite potty.....but delightfully so.

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  13. this is great Aly, it really made me chuckle

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  14. Aly,
    Sad as I am I so look forward to your Boxing Day bash! Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without it and so glad to see your daughter still has the measure of you đŸ€Ł
    All the best for 2019

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    1. Thank you Graham...
      I am glad you enjoy our Yule madness and Christmas definitely wouldn’t be Christmas without it...
      Mharaid has always had the measure of me...😂

      All the best. Aly

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  15. Super and bonkers game and great fun to read! All the best.

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  16. Thank you Colin...

    All the best. Aly.

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  17. It's a mad mad game, isn't it traditional that you lose to your daughter?
    Best Iain

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    1. Thank you Iain...
      I am beginning to think it’s compulsory...

      All the best. Aly

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  18. What a wonderful narrative Aly, but I am noticing an alarming trend...breaking for tea mid game. When did the transition from ale to tea among wargamers occur?

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  19. Thank you Mark...
    As a tradition one breaks for tea before noon... and if your luck is as bad as mine.... one breaks down after noon... with beer...;-)

    All the best. Aly

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  20. Looks like spiffing fun was had! I salute you! And let me know when you're down in the colonies again, old chap!

    All the Best!

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  21. It looks like you both had great fun and I just love those snowmen.
    I look forward to more game reports in 2019.

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