The war gaming club in Lingolsheim (near Strasbourg, France) "les Grognards d'Alsace a Lingolsheim" organises a war games tournament on the 20th and 21st of September. They do this every third weekend of September, and it is getting a bigger event every year...
It took us 5 hours to drive to Strasbourg. But is was well worth the trouble. The hotel at three minutes drive from the club was good and cheap. There were players from France (quite a few we met in earlier campaigns in Paris), Germany, Belgium and the UK.
Strasbourg is situated quite centrally in west Europe. Everybody spoke English, or at least the few words that were needed for a wargame: I charge, flee, rank bonus, heavy throwing spear, panic test, etc. and the organisation had printed the scenario rules in French and English.
The clubhouse in Lingolsheim is the largest permanent game room I have ever seen, with a private parking spot... and with a bar! Everything a war gamer really needs in life, isn't it?
19, rue de
Geispolsheim 67380 LINGOLSHEIM
Have you ever seen something like that??
With about 70 people attending, and about 20 playing WAB is was a great success. It is, in price and organisation equal to the famous WAB Weekend in Nottingham at the Games Workshop headquarters, and the organisers aspire to make it the mainland incarnation of it's British counterpart. We hope they succeed! They are well on their way.
For WAB there were 10 tables with were nice scenery, some of the best I have ever seen. And that sort of finishing touch is like the cream on your dessert. You wouldn't want your nicely painted army to fight on a green (or even worse) white table cloth.
The organisation came up with some interesting scenarios for every table; starting the battle with a duel of the generals or make a secret part of the table your goal of the engagement. These were all unknown scenarios that made you reconsider your old an tried stratagems. And encounter some nasty surprises... ;-(
I could not resist to enter with my Pyrrhic army again in the Classical tournament. I think I have a weak spot for the Epirote king. Who wouldn't with a brilliant general, who became famous for loosing his most important battles... ;-)
But there were also another successor army, a late Greek army, two Persians armies, two republican Roman armies, two early imperial Roman armies, a Carthaginian army and an Indian army.
The dark ages tournament had fantastic Saracen, Byzantine and Norman armies. Unfortunately we did not have too much time to stay and watch the other games for more than a few minutes at a time.
After three battles with 1500 points on Saturday and two on Sunday, it was time to see who was the best Strategos for the weekend. It turned out to be the Carthaginians that won the day.
Comitatus Figurines is the house-deliverer of al sorts of metal figures. They had lots of nice prizes for the best general, best painted army, guys that had to drive the farthest (we), and so on. I could not resist the urge to buy enough metal to keep me painting for at least half a year. Look at their website here:
After the applause for the winners it was time to return to Holland with lots of memorable battles in our heads, and the feeling that it was worth the long drive.
Many thanks to Alex and the other organisers! We hope that next third September of the year will be another successful WAB Weekend in Strasbourg.