November 30th saw the 'Wyrley Retinue' take our usual trip to the local Wargamer show. This year was a little different, as the show has changed venue and moved to Leasowes High School rather than Great Barr High School - the other side of Birmingham and a bit of a longer journey, but ultimately a much better venue overall. More on that later though. First, we had a game to present - our "Mayhem in the Med!", based on the Great Siege of Malta 1565.
The premise was simple - the Christians were outnumbered more than two-to-one defending the town, and simply had to survive the day and prevent the Turks crossing the walls. Controlling the Christians were Paul and Dad; controlling the Turks were Gary, Ben and myself. The Christians had the advantage of a ship-full of cannons waiting in the harbour, while the Turks could turn the tide if they could claim both boom towers and allow their own galley into the harbour.
|The horde of Turks flood the board!|
|Gary's galley waits in the bay for the boom chain to drop|
|The view of the board from the Turks' entry point|
|The harbour entrance, with the galley waiting outside|
|The town, with Christians atop the walls.|
|The Christians rush to defend the outlying buildings from the encroaching horde|
|The Turkish continue to advance slowly...|
|The view down the street, towards the advancing Turks|
|Jean de la Valette stands atop the walls!|
|Getting there slowly...|
|The Janissaries lead the advance, attempting to clear the Christians from the street|
|Where did those Janissaries go? The Christians put up quite a fight...|
|The Christian reinforcements arrive...|
|North Africans in their sights...|
Stay tuned for part two!