The weekend started off great, although the weather was a bit nasty. We all went out for dinner on Saturday afternoon to celebrate our 26th anniversary. We went to a place that our daughter had been to with friends a couple of times, and it was all she had said it would be. The food was great, service fast and friendly and the prices didn't stick in your throat either. A winner with all of us and we are looking for an excuse to go back again soon.
Sunday saw me and Number One Son head off to the wargames tournament. The players were split into 2 leagues. Each then played 3 league battles to determine the ranking. Finally, players were paired off with the matching rank in the other league to play off for 1st and 2nd, 3rd and 4th places, etc.
Players brought their own armies, with free choice from around 200 different armies. My army was medieval French peasant rebellion - a real mix of peasants, mercenaries and lesser nobility - not something I thought of as a very tough army, but it was certainly going to be FUN. And fun is what it is all about, IMO.
My first battle was against the Mongols - a tough battle which I lost 4-3. Those Mongol cavalry are very hard to catch when they don't want to be caught!
My second battle was against Number One Son, who had beaten me the night before in a practice game. He gave me a hard time in this battle, but I just managed to beat him 4-3.
My final league game was against a Chinese army. This guy completely outplayed me and had the game in the bag - until I threw a bunch of peasants at his general - my lucky dice kicked in and they dragged him from his horse and killed him, winning me the game 2-1.
After lunch, we returned to find that I was in the final, fighting for 1st place! I was shocked! How had my peasants managed to do so well? My opponent was using a Medieval Polish army - very nasty!
The first real action in this game saw a unit of Polish knights break through my line, trampling peasants as they went. I had only one move open to me - throw more peasants at them! These, against all the odds, mobbed the knights, evening things up. Then we had a bit of tentative pushing and shoving with little advantage, but I could see that my opponent was getting ready for the killer charge that I could do little to stop - except at this point my dice kicked in - crossbowmen shot down his general and then all along the line me men stated killing Poles. I won this game 6-2, an embarassing margin, I must say.
So I won the tournament with my bunch of peasants! I achieved my main aim of having fun with this army, but winning the main prize (£100 worth of books) was very nice, unexpected, icing on the cake. All thanks to my dice, of course!
The baby rabbits remained in their house all weekend - a good thing given the weather - but this morning one had ventured out. In the pic above he/she is snuggling up to Auntie Buttercup.
We are currently calling this one Houdini, as it is the only one to have escaped from the nest so far.
Frou Frou is growing up too, as you can see. The non-Yorkie part of her breeding is still a bit of a mystery, but we think she is part Jack Russel - she certainly has the attitude...
Well, I hope your weekend was as good as mine was! I will be along to your blogs soon to find out...