Friday, February 19, 2016

Hammerhead 2016 - The Water Margin.

Less than 3 weeks to go and what was a mere title a few weeks ago is now at least a plan.

I had an idea several months back to turn the 70's BBC2 favourite - The Water Margin to a miniatures game, but I needed the push to bring it to life - Why not do at at Hammerhead was the suggestion from fellow club members. Foolishly I agreed.

Cover PhotoHammerhead is different to the main shows on the circuit, every game at Hammerhead is visitor participation, which means that you are very welcome 'to have a go’ at a wide variety of different historical and fantasy based games.

When considering our offering, I thought about my own experiences around shows, how much time would I be prepared to give up to play a game?

How to cater for 3-5 people who all need to be involved from the outset and have a clear winner in each session and what rules to use that allow people to pick up the game mechanics relatively quickly?

The rules were a reasonably easy pick, the release of Advanced Songs of Blades and Heroes gave me a rule system familar to a number of us at the club and small games last around 30-60 minutes.

Just the scenario to pick.

Inspiration can come from a number of sources, several months ago I took part in a speedball tournment it's a darn sight faster than regular paintball and alot more scary for those now not so nimble as they were in their 20's. Points are awarded for capturing a number of flags, in a limited time period.
Could this be re-created on the table top?
I spotted these from Plasti Craft Games - Kensei Range.

I was on the look out for some suitable jump off points for the RJW Project or Dragon Rampant casualty markers for the Song Project, they seemed perfect for what I had in mind.

And so we have it.
Several players competing for loot or resources with the owner of the most markers deemed the winner...

3 weeks to go, no pressure then......

Drop along on the 5th March and become one of the 'Nine Dozen Heroes or One Wicked Man' 


  1. Really looking forward to seeing this develop. Your battle report form a while back looked spectacular.

  2. Loved the Water Margin as a kid. Got a bit of a shcok when I found out that the attractive female warrior was voiced by Miriam Margolyes! Anyway, looking forward to see how this develops.

  3. That brings back some childhood memories...great theme music!