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!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Wings Over Wairarapa Mosquito video

Just to whet your appetite, here's a link to a quick edit of a Mosquito video clip that we've put up on YouTube, reminding you of the sights and sounds we experienced at the Wings Over Wairarapa airshow recently:

As with the 2009 and 2011 shows, HAFU will be preparing a Video Highlights DVD/BluRay disk of this years show. Check out our web site for details if you're interested.
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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Craigs Dystopian Wars Collection

Here's a few photos of Craigs very impressive collection of Dystopian Wars miniatures.  He has painted them all (including the Requblique of France, belonging to his son Ross), and I just wanted to share them with you all.
 The Empire of the Blazing Sun mechanical, submersible squid!  This thing scared the bejeebus out of me, so it was the first thing I tried to destroy!

Here's his fleet of the Federated States of America - in the Dystopian Wars timeline the South won't rise again, because it never fell in the first place!

 The honourable fleet of the Empire of the Blazing Sun!

 Craig counting tiny flyers!

 The FSA lined up for battle against the Imperial Fleet

 The mighty battleship of the FSA.  Love the paint job!

The official Spartan terrain - the kit comes with three islands and the floating base!

Anyone else got armies to share?  Just drop me an email with some photos and descriptions and we'll get them up here!


Saturday, January 12, 2013

Welcome to the New Year!

Well, I know things were a bit slow over the month of December, but we're starting the New Year with a hiss and a roar, starting with a one-off meeting this afternoon, starting at 1pm.  I'll update this post after the meeting with some battle reports and photos.'s the update.  It was a good start to the year - despite our Warhammer stalwarts being otherwise occupied with tournaments, we had a good turn-out with myself, Craig, James B., Aaron, Vince and Jake all turning up, and Ross and Gary joining us later.  Jake had bought his Battletech starter box with him, Aaron had his Ogres, Vince bought his DBA box, and Craig had more Dystopian Wars goodies then the Pope.  After realising that he couldn't play Warhammer without an opponent, Aaron left his Ogres on the shelf and gleefully got stuck into Battletech with Jake, Vince took the opportunity to draw another member of the club into his Ancients D.B.A web, and Craig and I set out to recreate the Battle of Midway with a steampunk twist.

Here are Jake and Aaron battling it out with a couple of 'mechs over the battlefield.  Jakes confident dice rolling here will come to nothing, as Aaron crippled and destroyed his 'mech, killing his pilot in a final, coup-de-grace!

Above we see Vince teaching James B. the finer points of ancient warfare, and a rather rubbish picture of your friendly, neighbourhood pillaging horse marauders.  I love the pun on the sign.  James did quite well, beating Vince 2-1 in a series of hard-fought games.

On the big table the Federated States of America (me) faced off against the Empire of the Blazing Sun (Craig) over possession of a strategically important floating base (if you squint you may be able to see it behind the island in the middle!).  It was an absolute pleasure to play, using Craigs superbly painted miniatures and terrain!  The advantage worked best for me, though as the Feds won out against the crafty Nipponese - after three turns (we're both easily distracted) I had managed to destroy or severely damage 3 of Craigs capital class ships, while only losing two smaller ones and sustaining some damage to my battleship.     Time was getting on, so Craig conceded, leaving the field of battle to the Americans!

Look forward to seeing you all there at the next one!