The Match Reports Index
This page contains links to match reports going back to the dawn of recorded time, i.e. a long time before I had a digital camera. Most recent ones (mostly ADLG) come first, then FoGR, FoGAM and if you can remember that far back, it is amost all DBM prior to 2008 - all should incorporate army lists too. The good ones start around 2004 !
The Worlds jumps into bed with the ETC, and the result is a veritable Spanish Smorgasbord of succesful wargaming exploits as Alexander The Great himself takes part in the biggest global ancients wargaming event of the year, in Salamanca! There are a full 6 battle reports to browse, all narrated by Alex himself, with a smattering of red wine on the page to boot. See for yourself if Alex tilted at windmills, or made contact with the silverware!
Its hot, hot hot in the West Country as the land-locked Rus take to the stage for the first time since the pre-2008 DBM Era and atempt to fill the table from sea to shining table edge in 5 battle reports from the mercifully Terci-ofree Dogs of War event in Bristol. See how the proto-Vikings do in a wall of stick-fest.
In a town that is just up the A34 from somewhere inextricably connected to the title of a Billy Bragg song from the mid 90's about stealing cars and dying your hair, the BHGS Challenge now takes place at the NEC. See how a newly-painted, never before used army fares in 5 games of 300 point ADLG action that is as hot as sizzling sausages and which contains a video podcast as well for no extra charge!
Encroaching deep into the dark heart of Buckinghamshire, ADLG adds itself to the Campaign National League, in a 7-team, 7-round extravaganza. With a limited pool of lists surely my ability to pick a wrong'un must be limited? Let's find out as we head to the foothills of John Lewis in 6 separate Sicilian reports
A subtle revision of FoGR Renaissance is in the offing, and to help test the rules the Kings Capital in Oxford is beseiged by eager gamers all keen to raise the standard for King or for Parliament! What will happen in an event where in previous year's I've taken Parliamentarians and Scots? Why, it's One for All and all for The King!, as we shop at the Waitrose of life, not the Lidl of despair for 3 FoGR reports!
Another year, another L'Art de la Guerre outing as ADLG becomes the biggest game in town at the season Doubles curtain-raiser, Godendingdangdag in Sunny Wales. With the move to a purpose-built venue in Cardiff it shoudl be refreshed but a photostatted Roman and Judean combination lurched instead to the top of the pile. Find out for yourself just what the Romans Ever Did For Us, as we headed off to the Welsh hills to join the Peoples Front of Judea !
Shortly after the festive break a Chinese is surely the perfect antidote to too much turkey, stuffing and the inevitable but somehow unwanted cheese course? But do these FIVE battle reports from Warfare featuring a Spring and Autumn Chinese give you a bad case of indegestion or just leave you hungry for more?
More than 30 people line up for a curry and some dice as the CLWC ADLG Acronym-collision-fest takes place with 3 Roman-era games in just one day! The need to win or lose quickly is paramount, and so the Dacians make a rare outing in these three reports. Is it a car crash, or do the wheels just fall off on their own in these 3 L'Art de la Guerre reports of the Dacians in action.
Northern Spain, the gateway to La Rioja, and also the wines of Navarre which are of course just as good if not a little better, especially if you are there, like we were. This time a Roman army attempts to act like a barbarian army and recreate the wall of fear which has caused so much trouble in previous events. The Patricians are far from Reigate Standard in all senses of the word, but can they tapas into a vein of success in 5 L'Art de la Guerre reports from Spain, or will they be left like smashed huevos on the floor by the pride of Navarre?
Derby and the frantic effort not to retain a trophy that needs engraving comes to a cattle shed near an airport. The Kalmar Union are from Scandinavia, but are they pitted like olives in these 4 FoGR reports from Derby 2016 or will they have a smorgasbord of success?
Skirmish-scale SF wargaming comes - eventually - to Madaxeman.com as we have a bit of a bash at Horizon Wars, the new Osprey set. Count all of your tentacles out and count them back in agan in an interestly animated report and review...
The Worlds are in Belgium, and Central London goes over to learn a hards lesson. See the debacle in 6 Reports from Charleroi where the Condotta go back to school ...
It's a monster, 4 report report featuring Perry Plastic 28MM MEDIEVAL FIGURES !!!! Yes, from bring and buy to on the table and fighting in less than a year! See for yourself how 25/8mm is the perfect scale for ADLG, and how visually, emotionally and metaphorically it knocks every other game into a 60x60mm cocked hat in 4 Reports from Devizes in the sunny West Country...
Aechemenid Persia invades post-Brexit France for gaming in Saumur in the Loire valley. Five more games of ADLG as the skies go clear blue in the Musee des Blindes as it's a case of tanks for the memories...
The Dark Ages return at the BHGS Challenge 2016, in a Spanish Extravaganza! Five Games of ADLG and some long-forgotten figures come blinking into the daylight in Feudal Spains Greatest Hour as El Sid takes the reigns and has a right Carry On!
Splice the Mainbrace with FoGR Pirate Action as the Warriors step up to the plank and walk forward. Three games, one day, and 3 sets of repeated jokes, with ships, bombs, elephants, and lots of discussion of lawncare across Leighton Buzzard's most dramatic moment in history
Vive Le France, as V3.- ADLG makes its way into Roll Call in serious numbers for the very first time. A Ponic army takes on every single imaginable flavour of Romans in 5 reports, with rules hints and explanations scattered throughout the Mithraditic shambles that these games represent
3 very abridged reports of the Scots Covenanters taking on the ungodly forces of Royalist Papery (or possibly Pot-Pourri?) in 3 reports, with photo closeups of troops better painted than I myself can manage. Can the King be decapitated? Or will the dour Scots turn from dour to sour?
4 reports, with video and audio commentary from the inaugural L'Art de la Guerre Burton Doubles Competition. Can the Romans manage to get out of Hoxton and past the Silicon roundabout? Or will it be a complete cluster---- in all three formats?
4 matches of Malifaux, and this time enough picture, enough memory of the games, and almost enough knowledge of Malifaux to attempt to make sense of it all as Marcus gets out his beast stick and slaps his meat on the table in the south west.
4 in-depth reports, photos and battle maps plus many thousands of words as Condotta and French heavy metalists go toe to toe against a range of medieval opponents. Will it be a wonderful fusion of French & Italian cooking? ...or will it leave a bad taste in your mouth..?
2 reports of Arcane magic, aetheric forces and poor quality playing as several Arcanist masters conspire to either win or lose games of Malifaux at Dark Sphere's one-day event. Are Eighth Legs Good? Find out in these thankfully brief reports
4 reports of Renaissance action from Warfare 2015, as yet another iteration of the surprisingly popular Danish army takes to the field and tries its best to climb up the greasey pole to success. Marvel about how good a Carlsberg-fuelled line of pikemen and reiters can be - did they keep it fizzing along? Or did the lager run out in Reading ?
3 match reports as 26 people gather to pick up their pikes and pints in a London pub and roll some anglo-French dice for ADLG. In there reports the Hannibalmesiter himself both commands and comments. Was he a genius? Or did his alter ego have the last laugh? Bonne chance to the new world of ancient gaming
2 half-hearted sets of pictures and some technical words as the Spider man conjures himself into success and failure in equal measure. Did they count their legs, or count the cost of failure? Be confused at the arcane mechanics
4 properly annotated full-fat reports as the Catholic Germans roll out in 28mm action. Did they blitz the Kreig, or were they stuka-ed by their opponents? See how it goes in the full reports
Just a few pictures as I try to get to grips with the Gripping Beast Arab infantry box set. Did my Cross and Crescent army have the bite of Saracen Malt Vinegar? Or did I end up having had my chips.. ?
4 Games, 1 big hairy Malifaux Master, and the beginnings of understanding of what I am supposed to do in a Fixed Master Malifaux Comp. Is more training needed... ?
The Germans are coming - 5 whole games with the Feudal flavour - will it go to penalties ? Or is it deckchairs at dawn for the new ruleset.. ?
3 games using the most vanilla of armies - the Parliamentarians in the ECW - who was the Puritan ? And who ended up being defiled?
Yet another gaming system tested out, as I play the game of cowboys - did I stay in the saddle ? Or get driven out of town?
4 Games, 3 Masters, almost no points at Wayland Games in Essex playing full-on Malifaux - which Master scored ? And how did my digestion survive..?
After almost 5 games ever, Mei Feng and her rail crew take to the competitive table at Gerfaux in Bristol! It's all on the turn of a card - so who is the Joker this time? Step boldy through the breach with us and find out...
New Rules, Same Incompetence!.. - the Romans take to the field in ADLG
The Legions of Roman take part in what is probably the first ever UK event for ancients ruleset L'Art de la Guerre. The rules are translated from French, but did the Romans find it was all Greek to them ? Find out for yourself in a series of 3 reports with lots of rules-learning tips in there too.
The obscure Danes of the Early Renaissance have another outing. It's Warfare in 2014 but also before 1570. See if they bring home the bacon.
A doubles competition in which I persuade some other idiot to join me in piloting the pirates! Will we be carrying away the trophy or will be be forced to walk the plank and be sent to Davy Jones Locker?
Another trial run with Ancients ruleset Art de la Guerre, this time at a more standard 200 points. See if Medium Cavalry and Light Chariots and slow moving foot are any good.
Wargaming in the home of beer, in a landscape that resembles a giant train set. It's just about perfect - just don't mention the pork products!
The new Ancients ruleset Art de la Guerre gets a run out in this half review, half battle report. Learn what Hannibal thinks ..
In a new excursion for this website, a game of 32mm Gothic Horror takes place as Mei Feng plays Malifaux! Will the union stand firm, or will they fail a Horror Duel and run away screaming into the night? See what takes place after dark ..
Will this be a conquest which brings back much gold and enlarges the Empire? Or will the catholic nature of the Spanish army mean they are going to catch a cold and need to go home early to bed?
The Saga continues in Episode II, Almost No Clue in a 3-game Saga event. Do you see someone cleaved in two with an axe? Or do the enemy take a chainsaw to the Viking's hopes?
Clog based puns abounds as the trading empire of Holland sails into the heart of England. Is its a Campaign to remember? Or a tulip that bends too far in the wind?
The English Civil War comes down from Scotland, as the Royalist Scots make a strike for independance in an 800AP one day event. Is it Hoots Mon Where's me Trophies? Or Hoots Mon, where's me Troosers!
Textbook stuff as the Italian Wars French try to prove that Average Horse are worth having in a 900AP doubles competition. Do they raise the Tricolour? Or will it no longer be a good night in Paris when the cockrel finally crows...?
The little-fancied Polish army tries to prove it's point with three hardworking reports in an 800AP preset terrain singles competition. Will they get well and truly plastered? Or will the flag be lowered on the Poles for good...?
A musical treat as the long anticipated Abba/The Hives mashup comes to fruition as the Swedes attempt to reach heights of competence rarely seen in 4 reports from Warfare 2013. Are they going to prove to be Super Troopers? Or will it be a case of Hate to Say I Told You So yet again..?
It's back to FoG Arrrrhhh! The Pirates get a surprising extra outing in a "anything legal in 1695" 900AP doubles competition. Do They Sail Off Into The Sunset? Or will someone end up sinking their little boat...?
More three games in one day - and this time they are bigger.... Or are they just a little closer to the camera? The Papist Spanish are in 28mm action
They have turbans! And Sticks! A one day competition for the Marahahahhah? Is it a success or a bit of a laugh?
Another one-day competition, this time marking the first ever Saga battle report on this website! Do the Vikings get the Horn? Or will they end up being driven round it...?
One day action with three games squeezes into a one liter pot - a classic in the form of Italian Wars French in the Southern League. Le sange est dans l'arbre... ? What a lot of monkeying around!
After a partial success at Warfare 2012, the Danes make another appearance in an earlier guise at Roll Call 2013. Will they do better this time or should they have stayed in the smokehouse a little longer? It's a long delayed set of reports..
It's PBI Und Panzer in Tuckton by the sea, with PBI returning in 3-game action. 3 match reports on one page for the WW2 nuts out there
They have turbans! And Sticks! A one day competition for the Marahahahhah? Is it a success or a bit of a laugh?
Avast! The Pirate army is a little more pirate-y in action in a shopping centre! Is its a Campaign to remember? Or should they have demanded a money-back guarantee?
Another food-related army choice sees light of day as the Hungarians try to take a bite out of a new one-day competition, it's the rather tasty Southern League Round 1 With three proper belly-filling match reports to chew on
It's a beautiful snowy weekend in South Wales, and Usk is here again, and a late C17 doubles competition is hoving into view. 4 match reports show how fashion affects hat shape over the course of 50 years
The world-conquering Danish Army jumps out of the frying pan... but do they end up in the fire, or on the plate alongside a couple of sausages and a slice of fried bread? It's sort of two and a quarter match reports
The News is good as the Spanish army attempt to spread Catholicicm across Europe like butter on a toasted tea cake Buono Estente Chrissy Waddle, Yes, the Thirty Years War is not over ! in a full set of 4 games on tiny tables
4 games of FoG Ancients from the ITC in Lisbon - and Hannibal actually takes command of the Carthaginians in open battle. The master is at work, so some of the worlds hardest men are drafted in to try and critique him
6 games, more than 10,000 words, over 250 pictures and in the end, is there going to be anything to show for it? Yes, it's time for Britcon in Smelly Manchester yet again ! See how the latest version of Frenchmen with Pikes and guns works
It's Otto-mania as the Turks attempt to demostrate that the same 8 bases of musketeers in floppy hats cannot feature in every single army of the entire Renaissance period. Will they be a colourful success ? Or a technicolour yawn of an army?
Some 1/300th goodness as the Polish Army attempts to finish at least 2nd in a one-off game at Central London Wargames Club. It's a very first outing with the tanks, and with the Cold War Commander Rules as well. Can you see what they are yet... ? That's 1/300th scale for you
We jump forward into WW2 with a 3-game, 2-army competition for the Poor Bloody Infantry (and a handful of tanks as well) "Will the Germans or the American win given I get to use both?
The Imperial Spanish get a run out in 28mm scale, but whilst they may be big, there are hardly any of then in the Farnboro 500 AP "4 games in one day" competition.
They are Huguenot, and they are coming at high speed all the way to Usk FoGR Doubles Let's see if double the Generals means double the incompetence?
It's Wallenstein in Slimbridge, and the big boys toys are out How do the 28mm figures measure up?
Warfare in Reading, on a cold November weekend? Surely thats Springtime in Sweden?
The BHGS Doubles FoG Renaissance - Austria Uber Alles? as the Siege of Vienna gets lifted in Oxford
Yes, Renaissance at Britcon hoves into view - will it be more fun than pickled herring? Lets all go on a Renaissance Romp in Manchester
The Renaissance of competitive gaming report writing continues with another enjoyable Renaissance outing
Well, only if you are in the Ancient period and the Renaissance is in your future as its FoG:R at Usk for the first time
Will the fried breakfast be yet again the most impressive feature of the weekend or will the Romans finally learn how to paint the town red?
Its Hattiesville and Hubcon But will the wheels come off, never mind the Hub caps... ?
Its the Thirty Years War But can I manage to last even the first 2 days.. ?
The tanks are rolling But how did the dice roll?
We are Team Imfamy. There are three of us. Infamy, Infamy, and They've all got it Infamy ! Camp it up here
You can take a camel to water - but will he down a pint of Bass in one ? Find out how Alan Shearer does here
Its a New Year - but is it a New Dawn for the Koryo Koreans ? See what Confuscious says here
Its WW2 - what does Hannibal think? Where are his Elefants ?
Caesar calls up some Gladiators But does he end up glad all over as a result ?
John Hawkwood gives a big swish of his sword But is his chopper up to scratch?
The Dominate Romans Swarm Back But is it to the top of the table - or to defeat?
I drop down a scale, and add in some random movement Fur's up for Warmaster Ancients .
Caesar moves up a division and joins the Dominate Swarm. 6 Games!! Outside!! It's pretty Swarm out there....
Caesar vs Parthians and Illyrians. Its 2 games in a day. The Legions Attack.
Poles vs Lithuanians, Hungarians, Mamluks and Ottomans. Did we stay awake throughout...? Read about LH fun and games..
Spartans vs Early Persians, Selukids, Graeco-Bactrians and Dominate Romans. We came, we drank, we did what next... lets Meet The Spartans !
Hamanid Bedouin Dynasties vs Nikephorians, More Bedouin, Lombards and Arab Conquest. Mr Bodley Scott takes our money and runs (the competition) but were we a runaway success as well ?
Late Republican Roman vs Parthian, Early Achaemenid Persian, Bosporan and Selucid. 4 Reports added for the boys in Red Warfare down by the River
Patrician, sorry, Foederate Roman vs Parthian, Palmyran and Sassanid Persians. 4 Reports - who's repeated on who as Roll Call Returns
FoG singles again - could I improve on my "only won one game in 6" record from last year? ...See what happened here
FoG is up and running - will I stumble and fall ?
Carthage - an army that promised much but often delivers little - the true wargamers folly - Can we make it work under FoG ?
The Coda for 10 years of Competitive Wargaming - Do I get to Break the Code?
Download my DBM deployment map (Word Document) here
My first try at another new set of Ancients rules - Do I get Grilled in the Mist?
My first try at a new set of Ancients rules - De Bellis Something Completely Different
Coals to Newcastle? No - Vikings to Sweden
WW2 Action with the all singing Belgian army
Do you want fries with that Supersize Tourney?? Sing Country Style Boy!
A New year, a new Doubles partner, and a Crap Army. Sung Something Simple?
I take a Phokian great load of spearmen. How did the men with Sticks do??
The Rus go a-wandering on the Welsh Borders. Would they be repelled ?
The Carthaginians Invade Spain. Would they get Jamon-erd ?
Crap Trophies - would I get one ?
The Lithuanians appear again. Would they be a week too early for some Manchester Pride
The Lithuanians make an unscheduled return to the UK also - and fight a civil war!! Did the Lithuanians Win ??
In a new innovation, I report on games of PBI (Poor Bloody Infantry) using the latest ruleset from Peter Pig. See How my Germans do against the forces of non-fascism
The Lithuanians make an unscheduled return in their attempt to prove that light horse are not dead under 3.1. I was in the upper quartile at the start - how did I end up ?
The Egyptians make another outing in an attempt to put stripey hats as the must-wear fashion item for this season. I was unseeded in this 400 ap 2 list open DBM Competition) - was I unhorsed ?
Egyptians go to Cannes and do about average as we cruise down the Croisette (open format 1 list DBM competition, 3/2/1/0 scoring)
Egyptians go to Milan, and do reasonably well against a wide range of opposition (open format 2 list DBM competition)
Warband Fast & Skirmisher army in 3.1 Shocker as the Carthaginians do OK under 400ap themed DBM 3.1
Its a pepperoni-tastic weekend, but not so great for my Scots Isles & Highlanders in a Book 4 period team outing under 3.1
Pictures only! Sorry - a slack effort, but you can't win them all. We took Vikings at 500ap
Roamin in the Gloooommmmmmmmm!!!! A dreadful Patrician army comes unstuck over 5 games of 400ap 2 list DBM
Walking on the Beaches, looking at the Undefended BUA with baggage as my Khmer take elephants to Europe in a 2-player 400 ap competition, which also seems me using Skythians
Lets All Meet up in the Grecian Two Thousand (and five) The previously little known Communal Italians get an outing at 400ap under a 2 list, open format
Time for a wall o spear Early Crusaders (boring version) in tightly themed action at 400ap against historical opponents
Bongiorno Senora, Wanna Slica a My Pisa ? Our team does remarkably well and I take Mu Jung Hsien Pi in my book 2 period at 400 ap
They think Its all over ! (no photos - forgot my camera!) Proving Carthginians are still a bit too brittle to use in a wide themed period (pre 494 AD) at 400ap
Carthago Clearly isnt ! The Carthginians make a winning return in this unusual 350ap themed competition
Is Carthago Delenda Est ?) Can I make the army work at 400ap in a fairly open period ?
The Italian Job - will I blow the bloody doors off ? The Lithuanians get a unexpected 2 list 400ap outing, and succeed pretty well over 6 games in Rome
We only Khmeer for the Bheer (geddit, geddit ??) Elephants and mounted artillery do some damage at 500ap in a themed compatition
500p of Teutons - small but perfectly formed? Well, no really - even at 500ap this army doesn't quite cut it in open competition
Carthage Hoorah ? 400 ap of Carthaginians make a good start as my new uber-army
These chaps on plastic cows Uber Alles....?
Guy du Luys plays fast and Loose
Positively Sub Human - but was it sub-optimal?
Teamwork dear boy, teamwork
Can I Survive The journey is alcoholic enough...
Back again. how weak could an old army be?
England 1 Argentina 0. But how did we do..?
Almost in Bristol - but did we go Tits Up ?
Or, Not The IWF's
Beer, beer everywhere, and far too much to drink.....
Viking Raiders in Wales - did we grab the prize, or surprise the sheep?
"Well those Midland Dice are rolling, you can see their pips come home - do you know how lucky you are boys, to be Back in the BHGS ?
How do you fancy some Southern Rubbish?
It's usually called Grandson - Did I play the Geek, or the Greeks?
It's now called Britcon - but were the Lithuanians conned...?-Boring Boring
Thrills, Spills, Excitement - but don't ask our opponents about it
All the Five Matches - Sicilian Normans in a DBM A Cinemascope Epic
The streamlined light version
In the Middle of the Assyrian Road - were we the roadkill, or were we the 18-wheeler?
Version 3.0 Rolls on to Wales - See how successfully The Vikings Have Landed
Full of incident, excitement & controversy - See the roll of the dice here
The first run out under v3.0 - can I break with tradition and use a "sensible" army at Reading...?
Using Khmer, I lead the Central London team, along with Mick n' Dave. Could our clever team order serve us well....? Read on here...
The final outing for the Lithuanians? This time abroad. Find out what I remember of it all here.
The boys from Vilnius ride again ! "tavo metodas atsiduoda sugebejimu" is their fearsome battle cry! Were they scared? Find out here....
Getting into the Biblical Era for the first time in 3 years, we fielded a new army (well, the Chinese were pants!). With a bit of buying online from Essex, a lot of rapid painting (16 elements of spearmen and 6 chariots, plus a handful of Numidians) we set forth with the decidedly Un-Assyrian Early Carthaginians + Greeks. Read the report from the Essex marshes
It's getting tedious, the Lithuanians ride (well, some of them walk as well I suppose) again? Was it a Roll call of Honour, or a catalogue of Shame? Read the report from the front line right here
That old O-level Latin gets a run out - but did we decline the verbs correctly, or did we just decline.......? Clickus Hyperlink us
Another Lithuanian Frenzy - but was it to be Good Morning Tannenberg or Good Night Vilnius? Read the latest news right here right now
Using Patricians - sorry! - we went to the home of the Moreland brewery for a bit of a Wild Wild Western Patrician vs. Kn (X) frenzy......see what happened here
Using Rus for the second year running (I know it's a bit tedious, but after you have spend 2 years painting the damn thing, it needs to be used at every opportunity!!) Me & Mick stormed the Welsh heartland on a wet January weekend.....see what happened here
Using Khmer, I formed part of the central London team, along with Mick n' Dave. Initially ranked as our third player, lovely Mr Hutchby had promoted me to First Place in our team....so I would have to play all the decent players. Bugger.. see what happened here
We took along Arab Conquest - in the 650AD-1150 Ad period, really because it was more interesting than Abbasid, and we thought that our Rus army would be a sitting duck for Tibetans. The game plan involved attacking at night...although we hadn't actually though of that when we first considered the army selection - just when we realized the possibilities, it made our decision more definite! Here's the overall report
Well, having been persuaded (probably against my better judgment!) to transfer to the 25mm Ancients DBM Competition,, on arrival I found that I was back in the 15mm DBM 2 competition. Luckily I had suspected this would happen, and brought along the Lithianian army I had been planning to use all along. Read all about it in the first ever report on this page