Open Day 27th October 2013
This month is our open day month so don't forget! There will be plenty of games on display and models to purchase. The second hand stall will be again stocked with a massive range of cheap items thanks to the generosity of members.
The past few weeks has see a lot happening in and around Adelaide in the gaming scene and Group North members have been out there promoting the hobby and the club which is fantastic to see.
Concentric Games was held in September and was supported by Ross, Marcus and Lance. Read the comments below about the day and well done to those who participated.
We had a game of Command and Colours Ancients set up, using painted 15mm Greek and Persian miniatures on a felt hex map instead of the game's usual blocks on a board. We had a lot of interested onlookers throughout the day and ran three games with convention attendees happily joining in.
Congratulations to Kylie Ann Neuman for winning the first monthly door
The Open Day for 2013 is coming!
See the Who We Arepage for details on the location.
Also we are offering a chance to bring all your friends to the club for "Bring Your Friends Friday". The first one will be on the 27th of September. Any member may bring some guests on this night and their visit will not count towards their free visits for the year.
So if you have games that require a bunch of people to play, this is the perfect chance to get them happening.
Finally a reminder that next month also has the Redemption V Warhammer 40K competition running. See the Tournamentspage for details.
Passing of a Wargaming Inspiration
It was with some sadness I heard yesterday of the sudden death of Donald Featherstone, regarded as one of the fathers of modern wargaming. Many of you would not of heard of him but you will know the organisations founded by those inspired by his writing.
Born in 1918 and serving with the RTR in WW2, he raised the awareness of wargaming during the 1960-1980 period. He wrote over 40 books during his lifetime on wargaming and military history: many still in print. I have one or two myself.
Bryan Ansell, the founder of Citadel Miniatures and then Games Workshop, was inspired as an 11 year old boy by Donald's Wargames Newsletter to pick up the hobby, the rest is history! John Stallard formerly no 2 at Games Workshop and founder of Warlord Games was equally inspired.
Tributes appeared yesterday on Battlefront, Warlord Games and Wargames Foundry's websites with more no doubt to follow.
He follows other great names of that era such as Charles Grant and Brigadier Peter Young into history. A humble and giving man one can only hope he is not forgotten by the wargaming fraternity. Certainly his legacy lives on in the hobby we have today. Only a few years ago he was still attending major wargaming events in the UK: he in fact ran the first ever wargaming convention in the UK.
Gone but by me not forgotten.
Thank you for reading this tribute.
July was an active month for the club. Along with our regular Wednesday and Friday gaming nights the Warhammer 40K Northern Heresy competition was run again and the first B-Grade Battles was hosted on a Sunday. This chance to experiment with new games at the club saw Kings of War and Battlefield Kursk being tried along with regular games of 40K and X-Wing. A group game of Cosmic Encounter was also played. See the Tournament Results and Photo Gallery for more details.
Stay tuned for details of our annual Open Day in October and more upcoming competitions.
Lance - Committee member
Firstly I would like to congratulate Lance Holden for winning this months President's Award. Lance has put in a top effort with organising South Australia's very first X-Wing miniatures tournament and has already started organising the next one! Lance is constantly promoting new games at Group North and has been fantastic in encouraging new membership as well. Lance has been awarded a $40 Hobby Matrix voucher - thanks Lance!
(Now all I have to do is get him on the committee!)
Results for Lightspeed Episode I are also on the Tournaments results page.
Armies on Parade!
The theme of this year’s GNHWS Annual Tattoo held concurrently with the AGM is ‘Armies on Parade’
Bring your armies along!
The will be two categories – Historical and Non-Historical.
The Committee has made available $100 for prizes which looks like being one voucher for each category.
What is an Army?
Watch this space for details but so far
FoG Ancients 650 points
40K 1,500 points
LOTR 700 points
ACW size TBA
Dystropia size TBA
If you need more details please contact Rowland Dickinson
Northern Heresy 2013
This year Ben Vickers has volunteered to organise this popular event. It is a 40k tournament that will be held on 13th July and a players pack will be out soon so keep visiting the website for further details.
Simon O'Brien - President GNHWS
It's been awhile between President's awards but I am very please to award one this month to Michael Morton. Congratulations Michael on a job well done.
I would just like to nominate Michael Morton for the presidents award.
He has helped me out tremendously with understanding the game/rules of Warhammer 40k. He has made himself available to me for whatever reason ( trust me I have sent him many many random emails with endless questions). He has never once made me feel that I am an annoyance/bother and has always answered my questions. He has never just said, “GO READ THE RULES”.
He has also made his models available to me to borrow in games so that I can experience them and see what they are like to play with.
Without his help/guidance chances are I probably would not have chosen to get into the gaming world and would not have joined the club. So I believe his actions towards a new fledgling member is a not only a benefit, but an asset to the club.
Furious Charge was a fun day and results are now posted on the Tournament Results page and a big thanks to Charles Winsor for running a relaxed and fun gaming day.
The next big event is the X- Wing tournament on April 20th. Lance has been busy making and painting special gaming boards especially for the day.
The Old Reynella Festival of History was run for the first time over the long weekend. The event has awhile to go before it's a fully fledged professionally run event on the SA calendar and it had some expected teething problems (not of least was the heat). There were plenty of great comments to be found about it.
"the re-en actors did a magnificent job. The uniforms were superb and the cannon and musket fire was wonderful. The WWII encampment with all the troops milling about was great - well done to all involved"
"witnessing a Vietnam veteran having his photo taken next to the Land Rover from that war. He was overcome with emotion at the sight of the vehicle and the memories it brought back."
"my highlight of the trip - to see the massive battle of Leipzig. that board looked nice and someone leaped to tell me about the battle and what was happening".
I would like to thank those Group North members who helped out on the day. I hope the event can continue and grow into a "must see" event on everyone's calendar.
Simon O'Brien - President GNHWS
Well it's been another big start to events at Group North. With 26 people attending Twilight in January and 24 attending Dauthus in February, 40k tournaments at Group North are still proving popular. Photos of Dauthus are now on-line for viewing.
Congratulations to Group North member Charles Winsor for taking out top place in Dauthus. Charles is also running Furious Charge II on the 2nd of March so be sure to get your entry in for that one.
Berserker 2013 has also started in February and will be running all the way through to June. Get in quick if you want to be a part of this Field of Glory event!
In April, new member Lance Holden will be running Group Norths first tournament for X-wing miniatures. This is a fairly new game and the boxed sets sell out as soon as they come in! Details are on the tournaments page of the website and Lance would be more than happy to give you a demo game if you want to learn to play. It's fun. it's easy and the models come pre-painted. What more could you ask for?
I would like to thank our Treasurer Wendy, who wrote another successful grant application for the club. With the funds we have been able to purchase new ladders, chairs and a new BBQ! Well done Wendy.
With so many events coming up I hope to see you there!
Simon O'Brien - President GNHWS