Here are some photos from the second day of the Glasgow To Strongest! event, starting with my third game. This was against Ian Austin and his Spartan army. Ian set up in the left corner of his side, and I set up in the left corner of mine. My flank attack failed to kill the Spartiates, largely on account of their excellent saves, and by mid-game most of my units were facing right, and most of his were facing left.
Despite our best efforts, nothing was dying. Nothing at all. I couldn’t break his hoplites, frontally, and any knights that got disordered pulled back and rallied. It became a unique game with not a single unit lost, not even a measly helot. I cannot recall this in any previous game of TtS! that I’ve seen; it is a famously bloody set of rules.
In the penultimate turn of the game, though, I rode some light crossbowmen off of the table edge near his camp. On the final turn, I managed to bring them back onto the table, and activate them for a lucky second time, to trot into his adjacent camp, securing three points. You can make out Ian menacing the offending horsemen, in the image below. Ian had certainly picked the rules up, in only his fifth game, he was playing quite as well as I was, after well over 100.
In the final game, I found myself facing John Muir’s Italo-Normans. across an open plain. This was a very different game from the previous three. Eschewing subtlety, John and I lined up opposite each other, and charged. He had more knights, but I had better-armoured knights, so it was pretty even. The battle degenerated into a single huge confused melee (below), with troops facing in all directions- charging, retiring, rallying and shooting. Slowly I was able to gain the upper hand and, eventually, cornered and killed one of his generals to win the battle 10:3. It could easily have gone the other way.
Here are the scores, round by round.
And onto the presentations!
Above is Liam Entwhistle, who secured third place with his beautiful ex-WAB Later Hungarian army.
And, second once again, yours truly! Always the bridesmaid, never the bride! 😉 I received some lovely Claymore Castings minis, so I suppose I’ll have to start another army, now.
Finally, below, the winner Peter Clarke whose Fatimid Egyptians had pipped me 63.5 points to 63. As well as a trophy, Dave Soutar presented him with a stunning command stand, painted and generously donated by chum David Imrie.
And finally Dave Soutar very kindly gave me some souvenirs – haggis, Scottish shortbread biccies and a limited edition Glasgow and District Wargames Society dice (!!!) tray.
A huge thank you to Dave Soutar and the other organisers of the event, and to everyone who came along and played! It was a blast. I very much hope to come back next year. Dave and l set a provisional date, shortly.
p.s. Dave has just sent me some more photos- I’ll either do a third post, tomorrow., or provide a link if he posts them online.