|Ash Wastes Racing. I stole this pics from Darrin Stephens. But I ran the game, so there!
If you're not familiar with BOYL - it's a free-form annual event hosted by the Ansell family at Wargames Foundry in Newark. Three days of gaming primarily using figures and games from Games Workshop's late 1980s and early 1990s output. This year you might have bumped into (amongst others) Rick Priestly, John Blanche, Tony Ackland or Trish Carden. I suspect this year was the largest yet. Certainly the most international, with attendees from Scotland, Ireland, France, Italy, Poland, USA and Thailand. A group of us spent the Friday at Warhammer World, before heading to Foundry on Saturday.
Champion of Champions (Realm of Chaos Rogue Trader at Warhammer World)
The warband of my chaos champion Ctzezmu strode onto the field of battle, intent on wreaking havoc and destruction on their rivals. Indeed the Hounds of the Dog God were victorious in their opening foray, but at the cost of many warriors (casualties carried over between games, and I lost a big chunk of my warband after both of the first two games!).
|Mr Papafakis and Darrin Stephens face off against each other.
|A shooting gallery to eliminate a Khornate champion.
|Blue in VT considers a chaotic manoeuvre.
|TheOttoVonBismark moves his cultists. I later discover that his plasma gun is horrifically effective.
|It all looked so good that this point - plenty of troops!!
|A movement 7" champion made seizing the kitty objective easy.
|Later, all the warbands assemble.
|It turns out that a regenerating champion is much more likely to emerge victorious!
|Also, teleporting zoats are mightily effective!
My Saturday morning was spent playing on Nico's incredible 3D Space Hulk board. I'm in total admiration of not only the board, but also the efficiency of his preparation, custom tokens and cards, as well as his wonderful GMing. On the day myself and 3 others played a brutal mission. I ended up taking partial charge of the genestealers with Blue in VT, while Mr Papafakis MkI terminators teamed up with airbornegrove26's TMNT equivalents. Being fully absorbed with the game (where our genestealers effectively prevented the terminators escaping the board), I didn't take any mid-game photos. I did however take the opportunity to place my salvage crew in a desperate scene after the game!
The Shicklgruber Grab (Strontium Dog)
The Shicklgruber Grab is a Strontium Dog storyline that sees Search and Destroy agents heading back to the dying days of WWII to apprehend Hitler. Each player fielded a Strontium Dog with the aim of capturing and then escaping with Hitler. I fielded Sourmouth Clancy, and Hornby Toad also saw action.
|Sneaking through the ruins of Berlin and fighting off German infantry was proving no problem.
|Attempting to take out a rival Dog.
|Sourmouth Clancy finds a Hitler.
|Meanwhile the other Dogs fight amongst themselves.
|The Germans unleash their secret weapon.
|Clancy seizes the real Hitler and only needs to escape the board.
|His rivals have other ideas though, and shoot him in the back!
The Great Ash Wastes Race
My final game was the one I ran - a racing game featuring 15 competitors riding everything from mutie steeds to fume-belching warbikes. When you see that people have created lunatic creations such as tortoise-riding squat Genestealer hybrids and raving preachers atop an 8-legged lizard, you know they're invested in the race! We even had a nomad riding a big cat sent to me by John Robin, who wasn't able to attend BOYL!
|The competitors setting up on the grid. I nabbed this pic from Whisky Priest, but I ran the game etc....
We set up the game in the courtyard to take advantage of the cooling evening air and the extra space around the table.
As you might expect, the race was somewhat chaotic, with lots of fun moments. Mr Papafakis decided to run his beetle-rider in reverse, meeting the other competitors halfway round. Garth played his chaos spawn true to type, charging anything and everything in range. And for some reason, Mr Saturday's award winning hybrid mutie rider was a key target!
|My ash waste mount, steered by cheetor, and John Robin's big cat rider.
|The riders attempt to negotiate the sticky tox-pools.
|Mr Saturday's hybrid briefly out in front.
The race was eventually won by Whiskey Priest's mutie rider, who had managed to escape the melee in the pack pretty much unscathed!
Phew. What else did I do? I chatted with John Blanche and Tony Ackland. I picked up the new Fishman Foundry had cast to match ones they'd made available at earlier BOYLs. I generally soaked up the atmosphere and had a brilliant time!
|From the folders of Tony Ackland - Space Fleet...
|...Slaves to Darkness...
|...and concepts for the Lustria campaign.
|The BOYL commemorative figure and a new Fishman.
This year's commemorative figure was dwarf bandit Connie and her faithful hound Blythe, kindly cast by Foundry and funded by some of the members of the Oldhammer Facebook group.
The figure was sculpted by John Pickford and is a really lovely sculpt!
I think that sums up my BOYL 2019 - I can't wait for the next one! Thanks to Foundry for hosting, all the organisers, and to all the great people who ran the games I played in. See you next year!