Post by colinthehittite on Feb 13, 2017 14:05:21 GMT
20 competitors is an excellent turnout. There was also a good range of ages and genders...
My late medieval Spanish did a fair job of impersonating very early 16th century Spanish, although some of the infantry felt a little under dressed when they saw all that plate armour. With so much plate, pikes, barding and banners, the tables really looked the part for the Italian Wars. This is the first UK tournament to theme this period and was an opportunity for some players to dust off figures rarely used or normally used in other rule systems. The huge number of photos on Yahoo already posted by Martin gives a good flavour of what could be seen.
There was a good spread of armies from the theme list and some players had obviously studied it much more carefully than I had as there were some allies present and a significant number of littoral landings to add to the tension. In a nice twist to the theme we all played with our opponents’ armies in the afternoon – several players were heard expressing the strain of tuning in to unfamiliar armies in a tournament setting. I’m not at all familiar with mounted infantry and struggled to use them in two games, with no effect on either game. Mind you, much of what I tried in those two games had little effect.
Every competitor was given an unpainted Psiloi element as a memento of the day – nice touch – and I helped Pete with his clear out by relieving him of some of his unpainted lead. Despite his hangover Tony won the day – congratulations. More alcohol for you to enjoy! Thanks to Pete for a great tournament – I’m looking forward to enjoying my prize Italian Wars rosso – witha little pasta (to be read with a sing song Italian accent).
Two weeks to the Alton Matched Pairs. Another great tournament format and just a short hop south for many of you. Be there!
Post by peteduckworth on Feb 13, 2017 15:27:37 GMT
Results were as Follows Tony Green 16 (23) Graham Fordham 16 (22) Colin O’Shea 14 (18) Mark Skelton 12 (22) Kevin Casey 12 (20) Pete Duckworth 11 (20) Philip Donald 11 (22) Simon Wilson 11 (14) Adrian Brooks 10 (17) Phil Steele 10 (16) Martin Smith 9 (15) Pete Manning 8 (18) Paul H 8 (17) Tamara Fordham 8 (13) Neil Mason 7 (17) Richard Young 6 (14) Mark Johnson 5 (12) John S (Antigonas)5 (12) Will Whyler 5 (9) Tristan Gale 4 (8)
Interestingly the top two players both had French 3rd & 4th were both the much vaunted Spanish. Armies were varied - we even had 2 Swiss and both of us did OK. Tudor English were inevitably over represented (3 Armies) but generally we had a fine. All very coloyurful an players seemed to cope with the restricted time.
Apologies to Tristan whose wooden spoon choice of books I omitted in the prize-giving! Apologies also - because of the army swap we "should" have restricted terrain to a pre-supplied selection in the Tarrington Scramble style. Do forgive the alcohol based prizes but given the Italian theme it just seemed right.
Thanks to everyone who came. I was really pleased with the turnout 20 is our record and we would struggle to facilitate many more at that venue.
It didn't feel rushed to me, Pete. I was glad of the sixth game, as it makes it even more worth the drive, and an added bonus (Mercian is one of my faves, possibly after Tarrington. Especially loved the original 'English Midland/Mercian armies' theme).
Yes, I had one drawn game, but with the pussyfooting me and my opponent were playing at another 1/2 hour may not have seen it resolved (a good example of "sunset stops play", TBH).
Also the sixth game made it more balanced with the format of swapping armies for the second half. Three with yours, three with the opponents' armies.
However, maybe players with a less gung-ho approach* to play than myself may have suffered more in the way of drawn games (?). Time constraints are sometimes a matter of perception- ie did you FEEL rushed, rather than was there enough time.
Martin (....now where did I leave my TARDIS.....??)