Now that Britcon is out of the way, it is time to get our ducks in a row for the Bakewell matched pairs tournament on Saturday 12 October.
Briefly, this involves players bringing along two armies that were historical enemies (as defined by the army lists) and who are as evenly matched as possible. You can bring along any scale of army but please bring along your own boards if your army needs boards other than 2 x 2 ft.
Please let me know as soon as possible by private message if you are planning on coming.
As we are well into double figures as far as entrants are concerned, I thought it would be useful to provide some detail about the event so that people can decide on which pair of armies they would like to bring along. We will be trying out, and feeding back on, Joe Collins' ideas for improving the game as published in the recent May/June 2019 Slingshot magazine. More on this at the bottom of this thread - so read on!
The tournament will start at 1000 on Saturday 12 October at the Medway Centre Bakewell. Directions are here www.medwaycentre.co.uk/contact/ - scroll down to the bottom of the page for the map. There is free parking just outside and we are very close to numerous places where you can get breakfast, sandwiches and take-away lunches. Free tea and coffee is provided.
So far, I have the following down as attending - please let me know if you would like your name added to the list as I will soon need to make a call on whether we need the hall or another room.
The format oif the day is matched pairs. This means that you will need to bring along any pair of historically matched armies (as defined by the army lists) from any of Books I-IV. Allies are allowed as long as they fit the same time period as the matched pair. You are advised to make the pair as balanced as possible as, when your pair is being used, your opponent will generally get to choose which army to play with. If you want to bring along two armies that are the same number, they should differ by at least 2 elements. You will also need to provide terrain for both armies when defending. Although I expect that most people will be using 15mm armies on 4 cm BW, you are welcome to bring along other scales such as 6mm, 10mm or 25/28mm. 2 x 2 ft boards will be supplied but please bring along your own board if a different size is required. There will be 6 rounds.
The rules we will be testing concern Auxilia, Pike and Bow. Although I am not insisting that players have to bring along armies with these types in them, I would really encourage everyone to consider a pair of armies that does contain them as the matched pairs format is a great opportunity to perhaps pitch armies against each other that would not normally be close fought. Thanks Baldie for getting the ball roliing with an EAP v Hoplites match-up! There will be a prize for the player who scores the most points and who brings along an army with at least six of Pike, Bow and/or Auxilia.
In brief, Joe's ideas are as follows:
Bows - An extra PIP is required other than in first round for a foot element, or group containing foot, to move into frontal contact with Bow.
Pikes - In the case of equal combat scores, non-pike solid foot are recoiled by solid pike.
Auxilia- if total is less than opponents' but more than half, Auxilia are destroyed by Knights if in good going. Recoil 1BW from Pike or Blade, else recoil.
AND - PLEASE DON'T USE THIS THREAD FOR A DEBATE ON THESE CHANGES - USE THE HOUSE RULES SECTION!!!
Otherwise, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or want to come along.