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, September 27, 2015

Crack's Call Fantasy tournament

Neil ran the the Crack's Call Fantasy tournament at Rathkeale College at the weekend. There are lots of pics and stories (some of them true!) on the club Facebook.

Well done Neil :-)

September 27 meeting

25mm was the flavour of the day today, with all games being the heavy metal scale - size counts! The games were Ancient, Marlburian and Napoleonic.

Also, Peter and James brought 40K Science Fiction but did not get to play. David brought along his 15mm Hanoverians.
Team photo taken by one of the croquet players. Jono, Ceilidh, Harley, Rex, James, David, Peter, Andrew, Carl, Vince, Craig and Jim.
Andrew brought along Early Achaemenid Persians and played Vince's Maurikian Byzantines. They used WRG's DBMM rules for Ancient and Medieval periods.
Vince's Byzantine CnC. The Strategos, accompanied by an icon.

David and Andrew deep in thought. What cunning plot had Vince hatched? An off-table flank march? Indeed it was.
David's 15mm Hanoverians.
Carl and Rex (French) played, Harley, Ceilidh and Rex (British and Portuguese). The rules were Blackpowder.  
Portuguese; I think Rex painted these.
British; Harley's I believe.
Craig (the Duke of Marlborough) and Rex (Peter the Great) using WRG's Horse Foot and Guns rules. In this case the game was early 18th Century.
A closer view of the Craig's and Jim's game.

Peter and James with Space Marines. 

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Cracks Call Fantasy tournament

Neil has been running "Cracks Call" Fantasy tournament at Rathkeale College this weekend. Photos and results to come. This is Neil's preview:

Well its all happening in Sylvania. The Vampire Counts are stirring and vying for power whilst the rest of the world is sleeping. There are some young upstart Counts against an very experienced army led by formidable twin brothers.

The Empire are in the middle of elections, Bretonnia have organised a national joust, and the  Lizardmen are building a spaceship. Khemri is quiet and not interested events to the north.

The elf apocalypse has run its course and there is just one elf army seeking revenge on the world led by one pretty mean woman that you wouldn’t want to bump into on a dark night.

The Chaos Gods are stirring things up from the North. Khorne has his own champion in Valkia, another woman you don't want to mess with. Even her own troops fear her. Meanwhile Tzeentch and Nurgle have joined forces and raised the daemons to march south displacing some Ogre tribes before them. Where is Slaanesh? Maybe he has covertly persuaded the Chaos Dwarfs to act as spoilers to the other Gods. The army does look formidable.

The usually strong contingent of Manawatu Dwarfs have decided to stay home and mine gold and drink beer. Only one clan has descended into Sylvania to reopen trade routes closed by the Sylvanian civil war. They have brought wagon trains of beer with them. Much to their surprise they met up with a completely unheard of clan from the valley across the mountain ranges. This clan is led by a young upstart, can't be more than 400 years old, far too young to be drinking Bugmans.

The dirty rats are still scuttling around trying to take advantage of any weaknesses they find and a tribe of inexperienced orcs and goblins are raiding out of the Border Princes spoiling for a fight to earn their reputation.

And so I introduce you to the armies of the battles of Cracks Call. If you want a peaceful life do not travel to Sylvania near the equinox.

The stage is set 

Cracks Call is being staged this weekend at Rathkeale College.
A Warhammer Fantasy event with 5 battles raging over the weekend
We had 14 players (now 12 due to sickness) with a variety of 2000 point armies.
The tournament is being played under 8.1 (NZ) edition rule set which can be found on the Fields of Blood blog. Four new tournament Fantasy players are trying their hand, which is great to see. 
Twitter updates will be provided during the tournament. 

Monday, September 21, 2015

Check out our Facebook

Have you seen our Facebook page? There are a couple more pics from the September 13 meeting and lots more posts.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Sunday September 13

Thank you to James for the notes and Craig for the photos.

- Neil and myself played a couple of learner games of Kings of War (armies supplied by Neil) - Fantasy
- Craig and Jim played Horse, Foot and Guns - Napoleonic
- Ross and James played Magic: The Gathering - Fantasy cards
- Peter (Andrew and Tracys other boy) was doing some modelling with his Space Marines
- The big thing of the day was a huge,  multiplayer game of Warhammer 40000 between some local boys and some guys from Levin.
   *The Masterton crew:
       - Zack playing Orks
       - Alex Hall (Scottish, organised it all) playing Orks
       -  Eddie playing an Astra Militarum  (Imperial Guard) armoured force
  *The Levin crew
      -  Stu with Necrons 
      -  Glen playing Dark Eldar
      -  Cody with Blood Angel Space Marines
      -  Alex Neil playing Khorne Demonkin  (Chaos)
In the finest GW tradition,  it took them all afternoon to play 3 turns.   Finished with a solid win for Levin,  and threats of a rematch.
- I also saw Callum,  Dave Mclachlan, Rex,  Harley, Ceilidh, and Mel.

Craig's and Jim's Napoleonic game involved a forced river crossing

Jim with Rex watching, awestruck!

Peter, James and Ross playing Magic.

James and Neil - Kings of War

James and Neil - Kings of War also

The big 40K game