I journeyed down to Goulburn over the weekend to take part in the Push of Pike tournament organised by Mark Baker. The criteria for eligible armies were a minimum of 4Pk elements and no more than 1 Art element. I went with the Hawaiians (IV/12d) which compromised of 1x4Pk (G), 3x4Pk, 5x3Bd, 1x7Hd and 2x2Ps.
My first game was against Dean Bedlington who was also fielding Hawaiians. The civil war resulted in a 4-2Hd win to me.
Next I came up against Peter Kowsky's II/44 Commagenes, which consisted of 1x4Pk (Gen), 1x4Kn, 2xLH, 3x4Pk, 4x3Bw and 1xPs. Despite Peter killing my General I was able to taste victory 4-2G.
After the lunch break the Hawaiians invaded Scotland where they met Leigh Dunn's Scots Common Army. Once again my General had the misfortune to meet his demise but on this occasion I couldn't retrieve the game and went down 3G-3.
The fourth game saw me come up against Stephen Hopkins's Ptolemaic forces. They consisted of 1x3Kn (G), 1x3Cv, 1xLH, 1xEl, 4x4Pk, 2x4Ax, 1x4Bd and 1xPs. This was the first game where I was the defender. The game was over fairly quickly as Stephen's mounted troops succumbed to my Ps and Bd elements 3G-0.
The penultimate game saw Mark's II/42 Mountain Indians, made up of 1xLH (G), 2xLH, 4x3Pk and 5xPs, make their way to the northern Pacific. The result saw a 5-1 win to me.
The final game of the day would see the victor declared the champion. Guy Shepherd fielded the undefeated I/36a Graeco-Bactrians. Guy's forces consisted of 1x3Kn (G), 2xLH, 1x3Kn, 1xEl, 4x4Pk, 1x4Ax and 1xPs. After invading Hawaii, Guy lost the contest for the dunes. With his LH able to roam at will over the battlefield my camp came under sustained attack and after a couple of bounds succumbed to the pressure. I was able to cause 2 more casualties and snatch victory after a very tight game. The final result was 4-1C.
Many thanks to all of my opponents and to Mark for arranging a great day of gaming.
Apologies to all for the delay in posting the results of the recent ‘Push of Pike’ comp. It was a great event, with 13 players fighting it out over 6 rounds. We had armies from every book represented although the majority came from Books 1 and 2. Each list was required to have at least 4 Pike elements.
The day was won by Greg Kelleher and his mighty Hawaiians. Greg won 5 of his games and his only loss was a narrow one (4/3). Guy Shepherd also played well, coming in second with his Graeco-Bactrians. I managed the third spot using Mountain Indians. Really starting to enjoy Ps heavy armies….interesting to play.
The rest of the standings were: Leigh Dunn IV/16 Scots Common Army Justin Swain II/27b Phyrric Andrew Chicco IV/59b Post Mongol Samurai Stephen Hopkins II/20c Ptolemaic Gary Moriarty I/32b Western Chou and Spring & Autumn Chinese (Wu or Yueh) David Lawrence I/1c Great Sumerian Revolt Dean Bedlington IV/12d Hawaiian Peter Spitz II/44 Commagene Michael Spitz III/36 Nan-chao and Ta-li Peter Rixon I/1c Great Sumerian Revolt
My sincere thanks to all the players. The usual fine spirit of good humour and goodwill we have come to expect was evident throughout the day.
There is an impressive schedule of local DBA competitions throughout 2021. The next opportunity for me to host another tournament is probably this time next year. When that happens, the theme will be the ‘Great Unwashed’, with armies requiring at least two Horde elements.