Monthly Meeting - the AGM - Saturday 3 April 2004
after action report
This year's AGM was a well attended and successful event. The annual team photo:
The annual curry buffet:
The minutes of the AGM.
Report from the winner's perspective:
1st battle was set in the Korean War and I was commanding 8 T-34 85s
against Philip Ngoís 4 T-26s and 4 M4A3E8s.
Ngo separated his tanks into 2 groups, T-26s coming from his right
and Easy 8s coming from his left. I
deployed my tanks into 3 groups, 3 moving into the forest in the middle of
the battlefield, 3 going right and 2 moving from my left. After
3 turns, Ngoís Easy 8s were in firing range of my middle and right
flank; hence I concentrated my 6 T-34sí firing power against those 4
Easy 8s. My 2 T-34s on the
left had bad luck and couldnít move in the first 3 turns, so they
received fire from 4 T-26s and were knocked out after 4 turns. However,
I killed all his 4 Easy 8s and so won my 1st battle.
the 2nd battle I used 3 King Tigers and 4 StuGIIIs separated into 2 groups
to against James Cheungís 8 T-34 85s. My
StuGs tried to move into the forest but were not successful and got stuck
at the edge. All of Jamesís
tanks were coming from my right and tried to take the rear of my position.
When the first 4 T-34s
deployed in the rear of my StuGs, it was my turn to move. I
placed 2 StuGs to make contact with both of his flanks. Hence
I killed those 4 T-34s in the coming 2 turns with only one StuG lost. The
King Tigers joined the last salvo to destroy the remaining T-34s.
used 3 Panthers and 5 PzIVHs against my 8 T-34 85s. I
separated my tanks into 3 groups, 4 on the left trying to flank him; 2 in
the middle forest and 2 on the right. He
sent only 2 PzIVs to my right which were killed by 4 T-34s. Then
he held all his remaining tanks on the edge of the forest in front of him.
My 4 T-34s on the left were
trying to hurt his PzIVs at very long range, because I had the advantage
at that range, but with little success. On
the contrary, 2 of my tanks were knocked out by his concentrated power of
Panthers and PzIVs. At the
same time, my other 4 tanks moved to his flank where his PzIVs were
exposed. I fired in the flank
of these PzIVs and so gained the field.
The final results:
Congratulations to Cheung Kar Fai.
DBMM 100 Knockout
In all there were 10 players in the DBMM knockout competition using the below listed armies, which also shows the first round pairings which resulted from a random draw.
The Early Hungarians fell to the Lydians after a hard struggle but Peter and Nick were well matched. The Sung Chinese triumphed over the Patrician Romans with the more experienced Herbert Wong gaining the victory. The Normans beat the Qarakhanids although Andrzej who is quite new to the game did not have a lucky draw against the very experienced Lawrence Ho. Neil Burnett with his newly acquired Later Carthaginians beat Eric Hall with his Later Sargonids again a closely matched pair and a touch fight ensued. Finally Jeff Herbertís Scythians beat Peter Huntís Arthurians. Again a closely matched pair but Arthur proved less than brilliant and perished quite early from bow fire.
The second round saw:
The Sung Chinese again triumphed, this time over the Lydians during a hard fought game. Nick doesnít appear very often but he put on a good showing during the games.
Lawrence Ho played a very good game against Jeff Herbert who despite some Ďcleverí manoeuvres got himself caught hotfooted by the Norman knights. Everything was going Lawrenceís way but Jeff dragged defeat from the jaws of victory by killing the Norman general. Lawrence unfortunately threw a 1 on the next bound.
Three players left and the draw saw Neil with another bye. Jeff and his Scythians faced up to Herbert and his Sung Chinese. At first things went Jeffís way, but any hope of victory soon slipped away as Herbert showed his mettle. Both Generals met a gory end but it was Herbert who prevailed.
Herbert then met Neil in the final. The game was played over a river crossing and around a village held by the Carthaginians. The game ebbed and flowed with the Sung Chinese falling back beyond the river. Neil who has quite a record for throwing ones surpassed himself with some excellent luck and eventually prevailed against the more seasoned Herbert. Well done Neil who was justifiably heartened by his victory, Neil has only been playing DBM for just over a year or so. Neil was also the only player to best Herbertís flaming oxen, which was probably the element of the competition. DBMM 100 provides for an excellent base for a competition.
yearís Warmaster competition was a
knock-out contest to let players have time to play in other competitions
as well. 6 players joined in
and each used 1,000 point armies as listed at below. After
the random draw the first round results were:
Tong (Lizardmen) & Lawrence Ho (Vampire) had byes in the first round.
the same time, on the left, the valiant Flagellants from Empire, having
withstood so much, were finally destroyed at the threat of being entirely
surrounded by Undead. However,
got a unit of cannon & crossbowmen later, he also decided to use his
carrion caught the leak out unit but was unsuccessful.
A round up of the results:
Congratulations to Christopher Chu
Following on from the success of last year's Battle Cry round-robin, 11 players met across the field of battle in a total of 19 engagements. Some hard fought battles, many going down to the last die roll. Frank got off to a good start early on with 3 consecutive wins but was overtaken by Eric following their tense face off. Eric's final total was 5 wins in a row with no losses. Frank ended with 3 wins and Lawrence Hung, Peter Hunt, Chris Lam, and Tony Matthews shared third place with 2 wins each.
Best Painted Miniatures
Not many entrants this year, however all were to an extremely high standard. A difficult decision for the judge, with the prize for the best painted historical item going to Herbert Wong (winner of last year's prize) for his expertly painted 7 Years War Prussians and the fantasy prize going to Wayne Knowles for his fine conversion. Special mention must also be made of Herbert Wong's beautifully painted High Elves fantasy army.
No competition was held at the AGM as the boys were all busy practising for the marathon Games Workshop gathering the following Easter weekend. So just a few photos of what was fielded on the day.
Lots of goodies were for sale: books, wargame magazines, vcd's, unpainted metal, painted armies and board games. These attracted healthy interest and some competitive bidding although not all items met their reserve prices.