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, May 27, 2012

Sunday, May 27

Three tables were being used, all for multi-player games. 
 Whatever happened on the Fantasy Battle table it was all Wills' fault!

Jacob and Wills used Dwarfs against

Aaron's Ogres and Jonathan's Chaos Warriors.

The other tables had a Dystopian Wars "steam punk" game and the board game Game of Thrones.

Craig brought along his Dystopian Wars rules and very cute models.

James and Harley (Federated States of America) played Ross and Craig (Empire of the Blazing Sun).

Neil brought along Game of Thrones and, he, Peter, Simon, Gary and Vince played. Peter was summoned away by a telephone call and Neil cunningly exploited the power vacuum left to win!


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

For your listening pleasure

Hey guys, just thought I'd share with you something I've been listening to a lot lately - The Meeples and Miniatures podcast.  This is a really good podcast, covering all aspects of the wargaming hobby from historic to boardgames.  He doesn't really touch on Warmachine and GW too often (or at all), but there are plenty of dedicated podcasts for both of those!  What Neil does is cover all the other parts of our hobby - my favourite so far is Episodes #24 and #25 where he interviews the owners of Hasslefree miniatures (, a husband and wife team who make some fantastic minis, and an interview that also manages to cover the business side of miniature making.  Anyway, at over 100 episodes now, Meeples and Miniatures is worth having a browse - I'm sure you'll find something interesting!

Also available on iTunes, which is where I discovered it.


Sunday, May 20, 2012

Models need painting? Call Sam!

Heaps of models lying around?  Painting queue taking over your house?  Sam Whitt from over the hill has set himself up as a painting mercenary!  Just drop him a line on to find out prices etc.

Warhammer Achievements - A Skaven Tail

Hey guys, this post is to give you all the heads up about a very exciting tournament coming up in June.
Its a one day, 3 game, 1600 point tourny, where there are many different ways to "win". Very much suited to the more casual gamers and those new to tournaments. Basically you get pints for achieving certain things in your army list design (e.g. including a monster), in the play (e.g.failing a stupidity test, charging a solo character into a large unit), scratch built models, converted models etc.
That combined with fun scenarios will cause lots of upsets to throw the more experienced players off their stride.  It's ideal for people new to tournaments, or those of us not of the straight-up competitive bent.

All the information can be found here:


Saturday, May 19, Simon and Gavin playing Fantasy Battle

What better way to spend a rainy Saturday afternoon than playing with toy soldiers?

Gavin come to Simon's place and played Fantasy Battle.

Wood Elves vs

Tui-fueled Dwarfs.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Hutt Club 12 May 2012: Welcome to FoW 3

Simon McBeth organised a "welcome to Flames of War 3" day at the Hutt Valley Wargaming Club meeting yesterday. It was a roaring success with 10 tables of FoW involving about 25 people. Less experienced players and newbies were mentored by Simon and other experienced gamers. A top effort, many thanks Simon ;-)

Simon explaining niceties of the rules to Ben.

Six of us made the trip from over the hills and far away (i.e. the sunny Wairarapa): Scott, Craig, Ross, Harley, Simon and me.

Harley, unknown onlooker (my apologies), and Simon are instructed by Nick.

It wasn't just FoW, there were also three tables of 25mm Ancients, several Hordes and Warmachine league games, Malifaux, Infinity, and Dystopian Wars (Craig's very cute "Steam Punk" game). As you can imagine, the hall was full and I apologise if I have missed anyone's game.

Craig brought his Teutonic Knights and played John who used Russians.

My opponent, Doug, with his Lancastrians. I used the mighty Thracians! I have been fascinated by the Thracian tribes since I first read about them but it is an army made up mostly of light infantry and light horse.I got it just for fun but after four games it is still unbeaten - go figure.
Michail and Tim were promoting Call to Arms, which, this year, will be the Wellington Warlords 40th anniversary. Be there guys, August 18-19 at St Patrick's College, Wellington. It will be a most excellent event.


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Congratulations, Peter!

Breaking news!  Mastertons very own Peter Williamson is now ranked New Zealands number 1 Warhammer player on!  Peters performance at the recent Horned Gobbo tournament (held in Wellington) has bumped him all the way up to the top, and I'm sure you will all join with me in congratulating Peter on this excellent achievement!

For those who haven't attended a Warhammer tournament before, the points earned are not just for winning games, but also painting, army composition and general sportsmanship.  Those of us who have been lucky enough to game against Peter will be able to confirm that not only is he an excellent tabletop general, but also a dab hand with a paint brush and a gentleman whether in victory or defeat.

Again, well done mate!