Monthly Archives: February 2016

To the Strongest! Medieval Rules Tried Again

On Monday, Feb. 15, a small group of the Jackson Gamers assembled at Jim’s church hall to give the “To the Strongest!” rules another try.  Jim provided his vintage 15mm early Medieval armies composed of a Norman force based in Southern Italy led by Count Robert “Guiscard” de Hautville and a Byzantine force led by Basil, the Katapan of Langobardia.  We played two games since the rules go very swiftly.  Both were basically encounter battles with each side’s forces drawn up in battle array.  The Normans won both games, handily beating up on the Byzantines.

Here are a few photographs showing the action in the second game:

Action in the center with Byzantines on the left and Normans on the right.

Action in the center with Byzantines on the left rear and Normans on the right front.

One of Jim's Norman cavalry units tries to move but draws an Ace (no activation)! Thus ends Jim's turn before it begins.

One of Jim’s Norman cavalry units tries to move but draws an Ace (no activation)! Thus ends Jim’s turn before it begins.

Papal allies of the Normans attack the Byzantines in the center with Swabian axemen about to cross a low ridge.

Papal allies of the Normans attack the Byzantines in the center with Swabian axemen about to cross a low ridge.  In the background there is confused fighting between Byzantines and Normans around a small village.

Papal spear units advance against some Byzantine scutatoi.

Jim’s Norman spear units advance against some Byzantine scutatoi.

Normans (on right) press their attacks against the Byzantines.

Normans (on right) press their attacks against the Byzantines.

Jim’s forces are mounted on 80mm x 40mm bases originally for the “Vis Bellica” rules which we no longer use.  They’ve been unused for many moons until “To the Strongest!” rules came along.  Now they can be brought out with each base being a single unit.  Good to see them again.

Troop Redeployment

This past Saturday some of the Jackson Gamers assisted Jay, Lord Sterling in moving his vast armies of “little lead men” from his old house in northeast Jackson to his new house in east Brandon.  With four pick-up trucks, one van, two compact SUVs, and Jay’s car, the redeployment went almost without a hitch.  The hitch, unfortunately, was the loss of the wargames table frame which came unsecured from Russ’ pick-up and smashed itself to splinters near the Pascagoula south-bound on ramp of IH-55.  Luckily no following vehicle was impacted by the flying frame.

Jay would like to thank Larry C., Larry R., Jim P., Sean P., Mark G., Fred D., Phil Y., Russ S., and Jerry A. for their assistance in the troop redeployment.  Without friends like these the armies would still be in transit, one small carload at a time.

Our next game is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 20, at Jay’s new house.  We’ll see if that actually happens.

Here are some pictures from the first trip’s unloading and the resulting stacks of troop and terrain boxes.

Larry R. and mark unloading Russ' truck

Larry R., Russ, and Mark unloading Russ’ truck

The start of the stacks in the two-car garage.

Start of one of the stacks on the back porch.

Phil unloading Jim’s CUV.

Troop boxes in the back of Mark’s pick-up.

The stacks in the garage get bigger.

The rear of the garage stack.

More stacking on the back porch.

And even more stacking on the back porch.

Taking a break before a brief tour of Jay’s new house.