Club meetings

Our next meetings will be Sunday the 25th of September.

We meet at the Masterton Croquet Club, next to the mini-golf at Queen Elizabeth Park, on the second and last Sunday of each month, 1pm to 5pm.

Our other web presences are:

Twitter: @mastermarauders


Facebook Group: Masterton Marauders

For more information contact James on 022 691 6511 or email

Hope to see you there, playing a game or just coming in to talk toy soldiers!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Warmachine and Hordes at February 26 meeting

Chris Otton and Sean Lincoln came over from Wellington with several boxes of Warmachine and Hordes to put on participation games. Sadly, I forgot my camera and these photos are from my cellphone. Don't ever believe anybody who tells you a cellphone takes pictures just as good as an SLR ;-( Sophie, Peter and Sean playing Hordes .

The models and terrain looked great.

As well as the two Warmachine and Hordes tables, Vince and Harley played some games of DBA, Wargames Research Group's quick play Ancients rules. Harley had his first win! Didn't he do well? (Yay! crowd goes wild!)

Simon and Neil played Warhammer Fantasy, getting in some practice for Runefang in Wellington next weekend.

Callan and William played 40K, and Jacob and Raynor played Warmachine with Sean.

James was of course at the meeting and played Warmachine and Hordes, and a good number came through during the afternoon to see what was happening and to talk toy soldiers.

Many thanks to Sean and Chris for making the trip over the hill to the sunny Wairarapa. We had a great time ;-)


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Be afraid, Warmachine is coming!

At the February 26 meeting, Chris Otton and Sean Lincoln will be coming over the hill from Wellington and bringing their Warmachine and Hordes armies. They are both genuinely nice guys and it will be great opportunity to learn from them. Warmachine and Hordes are fun, quick rules for small armies. Go to Chris's blog for pix and information You can use stuff like Thomas the Battle Tank!

If you want to play demo games of Warmachine and Hordes at the February 26 meeting please let James know, 022 691 6511, and we will make sure you get a go. And do feel free to just come along to the meeting for a look.

Monday, February 6, 2012

ValleyCon 2012

The Hutt Valley Wargaming Club hosted its annual ValleyCon on January 28-29. About 28 people played War Machine (, 20 played early war World War 2 using the Flames of War rules (, and 11 played Ancients using Wargames Research Group's DBMM 2 rules. I ran the Ancients competition and the results were:

1. Richard Foster (Thames), Wars of the Roses English, 70 points
2. Andrew Bennetts (Auckland), Marian Roman, 63
3. Alastair Duncan (Wellington), various armies, 60
4. Vince Cholewa (Carterton), Early Imperial Roman, 59
5. Dirk Heinsius (Hong Kong), Early Achaemenid Persian, 55
6. Gary Lewis (Upper Hutt), Russ, 51
7. Brent Senior Partridge (Ming Chinese), Wellington and Craig Ellison
(Wellington) Marian Roman, 49*
8. John van den Hoeven (Upper Hutt), Pre-Feudal Scots, 44
9. Mark Pickup (Wellington) Marian Roman, 43
10. Paul Graham (Wellington), Middle Imperial Roman, 5.
* Brent and Craig played as a team, with Brent playing the morning games and Craig playing in the afternoons.

Best sport: Paul Graham
Best army: Andrew Bennetts
Et tu Brutแบป (most generals killed): Mark Pickup, 3
Patrick McGoohan Special Award (first to register is, clearly Number 1 - anyone else remember The Prisoner TV show?): John van den Hoeven

Macks Track sponsored the convention and had a stand of their products.

The DBMM 2 prizes, sponsored by Wargames Supply, including the coveted horses a***e awarded to the last player. The acetate measuring sticks were made by Dopey Dog ( and given to each player.