Thursday, 17 September 2009

Hordes of Rampagin' Visigoths

Well it appears the Saxons will make the fight after all. Their long ship pulled in last night. Thanks to Mike and Roj.

It's gonna suck to be Roman on Friday....

And speaking of last night, I pulled a late one and finished off the Visigoths in one push.* Guess that makes me a Busygoth. Not bad results from revisiting 'the dip'. I will be doing a dip-fu series after all this tournament madness is over. I have had startling revelations regarding this technique and the ways of the cosmos. I will share these.

I was hoping to have pics, but life is sort of busy right now and given that I'm trying to take this weekend off for gaming there too many things to do now.

Also, have revised the scoring/prize concept. Will have things written up for Friday. More cool things.

One last note, bring your own dice!!! FallCon complimentary dice are as fickle as Gallia Placidia on a bad-regent day.


*thanks go out to the nice folks from Darjeeling who picked my tea and Baba for playing me tasty songs on CKUA.

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Loot for looting!

Prize Announcement!

Winner of 'I Was a Teenage Visigoth' tourney will receive a Bag o' Burgundi! (tm)

Yep, a bag on unruly bad ass Burgundians (II/70a) hand picked by yours truly from Old Glory 15's nifty collections of Franks, Germans , Goths and Whatevers.

Why Burgundians? Cause they're bad ass. Like these guys.

'blah blah blah! fear our barbaricness!'


this site is gem;

for a deeper appreciation of Burgundiology;

See you soon!

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Loaner armies

Friday night DBA sessions are traditionally a relaxed warm-up for the carnage that will transpire during the rest of the week.

Also, it's a great time for novice players ( I hate the term n00bs) to try their generalship. As such I always try to make the theme fairly inclusive and 'mainstreamish'. We won't be doing the Wars of Kappadokian Succession anytime soon.

I also try to have a goodly number of loaner armies on hand. Whether I paint them myself or they are volunteered by the very generous members of the CCF we will have armies on hand so your interest cannot be curtailed by not having the proper army.

I have just finished up the Gepids and will be moving onto the Later Visigoths tonight. We also have a couple Patrician Roman forces for loan as well. And we also have the Early Saxons, not a popular choice given their somewhat dismal record.

I suggest you show up on time...


Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Hun inspiration.

I really hope someone throws together a Hun army for the event.

The Huns get no respect.

Despite the unfortunate ranking on the CCF_NAGS 'Top Dogs and Wankers' lists, the Hun army is some pretty cool stuff.

By fielding the 'Other' list you can take nothing but light horse. Your DBA needs be good to win consistently with that style of fighting. But consider that you can turn your opponent into in emotional basket case if you throw flanking runs, faked assaults and crazy multi-pip column runs at him.

The 'Attila's Army' (always makes me think of Elvis Costello's 'Oliver's Army) give you some whack-job Gepids to do the charge first crazy Warband and Knights stuff. Sweetness. Take that Roman Patrician goons!

Most DBA players I know are incessant info-vores so I give you inspirational material to get into your own personal 'Attila Zone'.

Attila The Hun: A Barbarian King and the Fall of Rome

Mixed reviews for sure, but a good read IMHO. Some interesting ideas about mounted archery as well. Man also gives a pretty good description of the End of the Empire.

If you're cheap, lazy or prefer your history laden with profanities, I present:

Go Huns!

If you prefer your history Pythonized,

Now if there were figure manufacturers with any chutzpa we'd have a complete line of Mr. Attila the Hun, Mrs. Hun, Robin and Jenny Hun figures.



Saturday, 22 August 2009

tyranny of 15mm

Quick note:


All the armies are 15mm based on the standard 40mm frontage.

Yeah, there are lots of hot figures in other scales...but this is how it rolls.

A little visual inspiration of Vandalism for you. I find the inclusion of the Moors interesting.
It makes me think of Blazing Saddles when Sheriff Bart pipes up to the Klansmen 'Hey, where all the white women at?'

I love crappy old paintings like this.

Now anyone who comes to the tourney with an African Vandal army earns my serious respect. In fact if you painted the thing yourself I just might give you bonus points right there.


Friday, 21 August 2009

Burn Rome in a day!


Thanks for taking a look at this event. It's going to be a fun time.

(Remember it's not cool to take other peoples stuff, this is just pretend!)

Prepare for an evening of looting and destruction at the End of the World.

Here's the plain facts for those of you who like such things.

I Was a Teenage Visigoth will run at Fallcon, here in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
See a more specific location and registration details.

The event starts Friday night, September 18th at 7 pm.

The rules used are De Bellis Antiquitatus aka DBA version 2.2

Armies that are eligible are;

II/83 a Patrician Roman West
II/66 Early Vandal
II/67 b Early Ostrogoth (others)
II/71 Gepid
II/72 b, c, d Early Franks, Alamanni, Suevi
II/73 Early Saxons
II/80 a + d Hunnic
II/82 a Later Visigothic
II/83 b Patrician Roman East
II/84 African Vandal
III/2 Early Lombard

I've also handwaved in two other armies in recognition of their role in the end of the Western Empire,

II/70 a Burgundian
II/58 Alan

You are encouraged to bring your own army from the list. There will be some loaners on hand, but they will be randomly assigned so you might get stuck with the Early Saxons! (more on them guys later).

That's all you need to know for now. I'll post terrain restrictions, scoring and other stuff as we go.

In the tradition of the first Friday night games at Fallcon, 'I Was a Teenage Visigoth' is a relaxed, novice friendly tournament. The Calgary Camp Followers and our associates host a few De Bellis Antiquitatis events over the weekend.

The idea with the Friday night game is to provide a fun, theme based warm-up. Last year I ran 'Samurai Night Fever' which was quite enjoyable and well attended.

This year by focusing on the FALL OF ROME we can have pleasant evening focusing on treachery, blood lust and looting.

Email me at if you have any questions.