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!

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.....

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