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!

Friday, August 24, 2012

The Tide is Turning!

Ladies and Gentlemen - consider this your official invite to Vermintide!  This great annual little tourney is organised by our own Neil Williamson, and this year is being co-hosted by the Masterton Marauders!  As you can tell, I'm a little excited about this.

Anyway, the gist follows:
- November 17th
- 1200pts Warhammer Fantasy
- Pure Awesome.

Here's a link to the players pack

There's a limit of 20 people, hope to see you there!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Team Wairarapa at Call to Arms

Call to Arms is the Wellington Warlords annual convention. This year it was also the club's 40th anniversary. Fittingly, it was held at St Patrick's College, Wellington. The first meeting was on St Patrick's Day, 1972. At that first meeting eight people played an American Civil War game, using several boxes of Airfix toy soldiers. This year on August 18-19, 158 people took part at Call to Arms. Among the 158 was the eight-strong Team Wairarapa (go team!). It was fantastic weekend - well done the organisers. Here is a selection of photos from the weekend.

Warlords club president, Michail Woolf, (left) and Alastair Duncan opened the convention with the traditional reading from Harry Pearson's delightful autobiography of himself as a wargamer "Achtung Schweinehund". 
Seven members of Team Wairarapa: Vince, Neil, Peter, Simon, Aaron, David and Phil.
The eighth man, Stuart.
 A view across the St Patrick's College school hall. My brother's name is on the honours boards  you can see in the background but, sadly, mine is not.
Among the visitors were the Perry twins of GW, Foundry and Perry Miniatures fame  .  They are in Wellington working with Weta Studios on merchandise for the Hobbit movies. Details are all highly commercially sensitive. If they told us any more Sir Peter Jackson would have had to shoot them and bury them in the backyard. From left, Alan Perry, Alastair Duncan and Michael Perry check out Hinton Hunt figures from the 1970's.
Team Wairarapa's David Kinzett in action. David used Anglo Danes in the 25mm Ancient tournament and finished second.
Team Wairarapa's Phil Gates ponders "what the ---- is Dirk doing?" Phil used Polybian Romans and  Dirk used  "Astrerixian Romans". That is, the whole army is made up of figures from the Asterix books - very cute and winner of the best army.  
Simon is pondering what those nasties are going to do to his Dwarfs! Not only did Simon score two 20-0 wins but at the barbecue on Sunday he scored five sausages wrapped in bread, two steaks, onions and coleslaw. Clearly he is deprived and starved at home.
Stuart's beastmen are things of beauty - in a beastly sort of way!
A German armoured train from the Flames of War competition. A very useful engine, peep, pip, peep!
Part of a large Dystopian Wars demo game. 

Somewhere in the Middle East.

 Vince posted this commentary and pictures.

Monday, August 20, 2012

News media coverage of Call to Arms, August 18-19

Attached are links to three news stories about Call to Arms. I will post some pictures and my commentary about the convention soon. The Warlords did a great job - I had an excellent weekend. 

Team Wairarapa (there were eight of us there) did okay. David Kinzett got the best result. He was second in the 25mm Ancients tournament. He was using Anglo Danes (AD 1030).  Peter Williamson was fourth in the Warmachine tournament.


Friday, August 10, 2012

Friday August 10

It was a small meeting on Friday night with two tables being used. Harley (Normans) and James (Anglo Danes) brought along their Saga rules for Dark Ages skirmish games. Simon watched the first game and then joined in the second with Harley kindly lending him the Normans. Simon stumbled on the tactic of massing all the Norman knights in one block with their leader and hurling them at the Anglo Danes! It worked.

Jonathan (Chaos Warriors) and Neil (Bretonnians) played fantasy battle. Neil was practicing for Call to Arms at St Patrick's College, Wellington August 18-19.

A sadly out of focus shot of Neil's observatory. The camera on my phone does not do the excellent work Neil has done justice. Be at Call to Arms to check it out!