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, December 13, 2014

December 14 meeting

Only one table was used today with Vince running a brief introduction to DBA 3.0, a recently published set of quick play ancient rules.

Andrew, Harley, Ceilidh, Rex, Aaron, and Jonathan were there.

Vince is promising to set up some simple scenarios to help teach the rules at future meetings. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Wairarapa Two-Day-Match, November 15 and 29

The Wairarapa Times-Age very kindly gave us this photo. It is of the chaps who played the first game of the Wairarapa Two-Day-Match on November 15 at Carterton School. Games three and four are on Saturday November 29.

Please remember our regular club meeting has been moved and will be held with the second day of the Two-Day-Match at Carterton School. All are welcome - all rules, all periods, all scales. There will be no meeting on November 30.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Wargaming story in Wairarapa Times-Age, Tuesday November 18

There is a small pic on page 1 and more photos and this story on page 7 in this morning's Times-Age

The story includes James's phone number and the club blog. Unfortunately, it has the wrong meeting dates. I have asked for a clarification so members of the public are not confused or disappointed.


Next meeting Saturday November 29 at Carterton School

There is a change to the next club meeting, it will be held along with the second day of the Wairarapa Two-Day-Match, at Carterton School, Holloway Street, on Saturday November 29. All gamers and visitors are most welcome :-)

The story below is about the Two-Day-Match and it gives an idea of what will be happening. There will be plenty of room for other gaming and it will be a great opportunity to catch up with gamers from Wellington, the Hutt Valley and Palmerston North.

Come along and play a game - any period, any scale, any rules - or just drop in to talk toy soldiers.

Please note: Google is wrong! Google maps shows Carterton School halfway along Holloway Street. It is actually at the end of that street. Also, if you are travelling North up High Street, Carterton, which is State Highway 2, you cannot turn right into Holloway Street. Instead, continue another 100 meters or so to the roundabout, turn 180 degrees, drive South to Holloway and turn left.


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Wairarapa Two-Day-Match, November 15 and 29

Here are a few pictures from the Wairarapa Two-Day-Match. This is an ancient and medieval tournament being played at Carterton School. I hope to make it an annual event. Everyone is welcome to come along and check out the fun on November 29 - Vince.

Mim and I went looking for a trophy for this weekend and Mim spotted this as soon as we walked in the store. Handsome fellow isn't he! I will have a plinth made for the trophy to sit on and for each winners name can be recorded on a little plaque.
My first opponent, Richard. Great to see him make it as he is afflicted with a leg injury.

Scott (left) and John in the thick of it.

Some of the infantry from Scott's "Sub-Roman British" army. I love that name! The army is modeled on the Christian armies in Britain after Constantine had taken the legions back to Europe to fight, and win, a civil war.

Kelly (left) with Syrians and Drew, Ottoman Turks, fighting for control of the Islamic state. 

Oliver came with his dad, Kelly.

 Philip Gates (left) really cannot believe what his opponent, Gary, is trying. Alastair is no doubt offering "helpful"advice. Many of the guys had met for the "big breakfast" at the Corner Cafe in Greytown, run by Phil and his wife Miriam
Some of Phil's brand new French Ordonnance knights. Today was his army's first outing. Their first opponent was War of the Roses English. Taunting was called for: "Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!"
Allen, who very kindly brought some extra tables from over the hills and far away. The school hall did not have quite enough tables so the Hutt Valley Wargaming Club let us borrow a few of theirs

Andrew knows it is in the rules, somewhere. He and John Z. played a Roman civil war.
David( left), coming to terms with a set of rules he has not used before, playing Peter who is top of the table after today's games. This game pitted David's Marian Romans against Peter's Ptolemaic Egyptians, vying for the hand of Cleopatra. 

A view of six of the tables
Allen, who I played in the afternoon, with the North African light horse from his Carthaginian army.

Andrew and Craig played a Marlborian game in the afternoon. This was not part of the tournament, just for the fun of playing with toy soldiers 

Allen with his Carthaginians vs my Thracians. Comtemporaries but not historical opponnets.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Club meeting Sunday October 12

Four tables were being used at the club meeting yesterday: two World War 2 games, Ancients and Dystopian Wars. Craig brought along his partly finished Marlburian British army, and  David and Gary also dropped in to see what was happening and arrange games for the next meeting.

Neil (Japanese) and Rex (British and USA) played Avalon Hill's classic strategy game, Victory in the Pacific.
Ross (Republique d'France) and Craig (Federated States of America) played Dystopian Wars. Craig's cunning plan was to spring a totally aerial force on Ross. Measuring range ...
... short!
Some of Craig's Marlburian British infantry

John Chruchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough


Warren (Germans) played James (British) in a late war game of Flames of War.

Vince (Thracians) played Andrew (Late Imperial Romans)

Andrew deep in thought as the games reaches a key point.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Vermintide 2014!

Alright folks, it's that time again - registration is opened for Vermintide 2014!

The basics:

-  Warhammer Fantasy tournament
-  1200 points
-  Saturday the 15th of November

For more information check out the Players Pack here.

Club Meeting Review 31st August - Biplanes and Boardgames!

Good turnout at the club last weekend.  Craig bought his (frankly staggering) collection of Wings of War and Wings of Glory, and he and Rex battled it out over the Western Front in World War 1.  Neil bought several boardgames, and after some debate Neil, James, Peter and Ross played Fate of Nations - a boardgame set in the Middle East with a pretty nifty theme.  Players compete to put their own leaders in charge of fictional, oil-producing countries, overthrowing others and making money to fund regime changes in other countries on the board.  A good time was had by all!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Marauders at Call to Arms, 16-17 August 2014

Six Marauders made the trip over the hills at the weekend, responding to the Wellington Warlords annual Call to Arms. We were: (back) Simon, Vince, Phil. (Front) Neil, Warren, Peter.
Here is a sample of some of the games being played and models being used. There was lots more on too.

A view of the hall at St Patrick's College, Wellington.
Three pics above from a game somewhere in Egypt, inspired by Indiana Jones.

And these two are obviously from somewhere in Japan.

There was a big Napoleonic game, modeled on Leipzig.

There was a 25mm Ancients competition - these pics are from Andrew Bennetts' (Auckland) Breton army. Vince did not win :-(
Gorgeous Warmachine models.

A big Dystopian Wars game.
And the guys in action ;-)
Phil deep in thought.

Simon recovering from Saturday night. 

Peter - confident.
Warren mate, you need glasses!

Neil wondering what the hell is that?!
Not Vince but, instead, part of his Early Imperial Roman army. Ave Caesar!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Six Marauders competing at Call to Arms this weekend

This weekend the Masterton Marauders will be well represented at the Wellington Warlords'annual convention, Call to Arms.

Our super six are, in alphabetical order:

  1. Neil, Warhammer Fantasy Battle, Tomb Kings
  2. Peter, Warhammer Fantasy Battle, Wood Elves
  3. Phil, DBMM Ancients, Mithridatic
  4. Simon, Warhammer Fantasy Battle, Chaos Dwarfs
  5. Vince, DBMM Ancients, Early Imperial Roman
  6. Warren, Flames of War, World War 2, SS Infanterie Kompanie
Photos and a convention report will be posted after the event and I can assure we will all come back with our shields or one them!~


Sunday, August 10, 2014

August 10 meeting

Two tables were being used today, one for Napoleonics and the other for Ancients. It was great to see new faces coming along, Aarron who is into World War 2 and Napoleonics and his friend, Andy. Aarron is keen to come along and play. Oh, and Ross made a new friend.

Club President James playing 25mm Ancients with Vince. They used WRG's almost published DBA v.3 rules. After years of development the third edition must be nearly finished.  This game was a historical between two of the successors to Alexander the Great, Ptolemaic (based in Egypt) and Seleucid (based in Palestine, Syria and Persia). 

Rex and Craig played Napoleonics using the Hordes of the Things (HoTT) rules. HoTT are actually quick play, fantasy and science fiction rules but they have been used successfully for several different periods.

Ross met Violet, who is the best kind of girl. She thinks it is cool when boys say, "I paint toy soldiers, roll dice, and say 'your're dead!'." 

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Cracks Call Tournament!

Alright folks, our very own Neil Williamson is running an awesome sounding Warhammer Fantasy tourney at the end of September.  Registration ends in the next couple of days, but's it's taken me a few days to work out how to actually let other people see the flyer, so I'm sure Neil will let some late registers in if you ask nicely!  Check out the link to our Google Drive to see the details:

Saturday, July 26, 2014

July 27 meeting

With snow on the mountains and a southerly with rain in town, we had a smaller meeting with, I suspect many opting for the warmth of the fire at home. Two tables were used, one for Apocalypse and the other Ancients.

Neil brought along his copy of
Apocalypse, a simple game of the lead up to a possible nuclear war in Europe. Peter and Ross joined in.

Vince brought along several Ancient armies for the quick play rules DBA 3. Neither he nor Warren had played this, the latest version of the rules before, but they played two games with each taking about one hour. Rex and Craig are watching. DBA 3 is available as a free download from