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!

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Johns Rhinos

Hey guys, had an email from John the other day - he doesn't get down to the club very often, but really enjoys the modelling side of our hobby. He just wanted to show off his two completed Blood Angels Rhinos, so I thought I'd put it up where everyone can enjoy it!

A very nice start to a Space Marines army, John! If anyone else has pictures of models or armies, or battle reports they'd like to put up on the blog, simply contact James or Vince on

Saturday, March 24, 2012

March 25 meeting

A gorgeous, autumn day in Masterton - we left the big, sliding doors open at the croquet club to let the balmy, breeze blow! I would love to post some photos from the meeting and of the autumnal shades across Queen Elizabeth Park but I (Vince) forgot to bring my camera, again ;-(

Craig brought his growing collection of World War 1 and World War 2 planes including the colossal Handley Paige, biplane bomber. Craig, Ross and James played several games of Wings of War.

James brought along his "SS" Celtiberians. They are black undercoated, Ancient Spanish, LOL. He, Ben and I played 15mm DBA. Ben used one of my Greek hoplite armies while he is painting his Aetolian League army. Thracians were also in action.

Simon, Ross and Calan played 40K using Necrons and Space Marines. Calan also spent some time assembling his new Space Marine scouts. Sniff that glue!

Playing Fantasy Battle were William (Dwarfs) vs Raynor (Wood Elves), and Aaron (Ogres) vs Sophie (Beastmen).

Assorted others dropped in during the afternoon and a good time was had by all.

See you at the next Friday meeting and diary Sunday, April 28 for a Fantasy Battle event at the club. Watch this space for more details.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

WarmaHordes hits Masterton!

Hey guys, James here. Just doing an update on the big visit from Chris and Sean. First of all, I would like to thank both of those guys for taking out their Sunday afternoon to play some massively violent wargames with us!

The lads bought up a selection of battleboxes for both Warmachine and Hordes, to help introduce us to the games.

WarmaHordes is quite a different system to those of us who are used to venerable tomes of GW. For starters you can play a game with as few as 3 models (the starter sets come with between 3 and 6), making it far cheaper to get into then most of the other games out there, and both Chris and Sean assure me that there is quite a sizeable community in NZ, meaning that tournaments and people to play against are pretty common.

The meat of the system is pretty straight forward - you have your Warcaster or Warlock (who is both your strongest model and also the most important - think Vampire General in your VC army important!), and then several Warjacks or Warbeasts. You can also grow your army with infantry etc., but that's a bit beyond our level at the mo! Play alternates in a simple I Go-You Go system (much like 40K or Fantasy) and involves each player doing his damndest to smash the opposing players leader. Combat is a simple matter of rolling 2D6 and adding the relevant statistic, and comparing them against your opponents - Privateer Press has nicely supplied handy reference cards to make it easy for you. This is also where the Warcaster/lock comes in, allowing you to boost the attack or the damage. This is brilliant, allowing even smaller 'jacks and 'beasts to nail the big ones, with some cleverly applied focus/fury at the right time and place.

Everyone seemed to have a good time (I played against Peter in Hordes and Chris in Warmachine, got my bottom savagely beaten twice), and I was inspired to glue up my Protectorate boys! Now I just need some people to play against.....

Monday, March 5, 2012

Date Change for Next Meeting

Hey guys, we'll be having the next meeting on FRIDAY the 9th rather than Thursday. The reason? The Thursday nights were not really popular with people gaming, and as table fees are the only way that the club pays the bill to keep the lights on, I was more often then not having to shell out of my own pocket to pay the shortfall. We're going to try Fridays for a little while to see if we get any more people coming along.