An evening with the Deeside Defenders

Thursday I had a most pleasant evening at the Deeside Defenders’ Wargames Club (http://www.deesidedefenders.co.uk/). I was invited there by my old friend Pete ‘Ello-Ello’ Jones, who co-founded the Wrexham Wargames Club with me back in the day (now sadly defunct).

The Defenders have their club nights in the Broughton Aerospace Social Club right next to the huge BAE facility that manufactures wings for the Airbus, near Chester.

The club itself has a sizeable membership and every year puts on the Gauntlet Wargames Show in July. Although a small show, it is one of the friendliest on the circuit and I intend to be there next year.

I was invited to show off the Daisho participation game I devised for Salute. This now venerable board shall soon be retired having given good service at several shows. With the new Daisho buildings from 4Ground, I intend to create a different board for future shows.

Pete and another of my old comrades-in-arms Gary ‘Snowdrop’ Hinchcliffe tried their hand at the game and Gary pulled off an excellent victory.

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Gary is the sort of chap who remembers objectives so, whereas many players of this little scenario get carried away decapitating each other, he carefully led Lord Mukimuk to safety. Another victory for the Clan Patrol which makes it about even with the Sohei Monks

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Several gents came over to say hello, as it seems that In Her Majesty’s Name is quite popular there, and took an interest in our new game. Every one of them had a load of unused samurai etc., in their lead pile at home and could see how Daisho would allow them to use them to have some fun.

Around the club I could see everything from the obligatory GW games to Bolt Action, a variety of other historical wargames and several boardgames being played. I am told they regularly get over fifty gamers on a club night which is not bad for a local games club in the UK.

So an excellent evening, all in all, and I look forwards to seeing the chaps more often in the future.

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