Thursday, 15 August 2013

European Grand Tournament- Update 15/8/13

 More Interesting Facts About Essex 

1 Danbury common hosts the largest Adder population in the UK
(Honey, get your stuff. I’m taking you on a picnic)
2 Greensted Church is the oldest wooden church in the world. It was built in 1081 AD
(It's about time they replaced it with something more durable, like concrete)
3 BBC Essex is the most listened to non commercial local radio station in the UK. Highest audience figures are between 06:00 and 12:00 noon Monday to Friday
4 Manningtree near Colchester is the UK’s smallest town
5 Tiptree near Chelmsford is the UK’s largest village
 (Perhaps they should just change names with Manningtree)
6 There are more speed cameras per linear mile of road in Essex than anywhere else in the world
7 The mystery of Thomas Richman’s buried treasure has gone unsolved since 1780. It is suppose to be buried somewhere in Essex
(Honey, put that adder down and start digging)
8 Layer Marney tower near Colchester is the tallest Tudor gatehouse in the UK
9 The first crocodile to be brought to the UK was in 1701 by Richard Bradley who kept it in the lake and grounds of his home in Braintree
(Has anyone seen my dog?)
10 In May 1943 in the skies above Hornchurch aerodrome an altitude record was set for a propeller driven plane. Professor Montague Hill on secondment from Durham University was working on a specially modified Spitfire. In order to overcome engine failure due to oxygen starvation at altitude, Hill concocted a special gas that was carried in two torpedo shaped tanks attached to the wings. This gas had a noxious smell and as such the Spitfire was referred to by the pilot and ground crew as “old farty”. To this day the exact altitude and gas formula are still classified as Top Secret
(Are you sure it was the engine. If I was going to attempt an altitude record in one of those I think I would make a noxious gas
11 The sunniest place in the UK is Ashingdon village
(Don’t care. I’m still going to Spain)
12 During the witch hunt in the Middle Ages there were more reported witches in Essex than Devon and Cornwall combined
(Ah, nothing changes)
13 The hit song “Billy don’t be a hero” by Paper Lace was written in the lounge bar of The Old Dog Inn Herongate near Brentwood
(May I suggest you spend 2 hours in the bar before listening to it)
14 People living in Essex are 38% more lightly to be hit by falling aeroplane parts than anywhere else in Britain
(Put that turbine down kids, dinners ready)
15 The first ice making machine in the UK was built in Romford in 1871 by James Ernest Lighthouse using the vapour evaporation method(Shortly followed by the Gin and Tonic)
16 Argon gas was discovered in 1894 by Richard Henry Noble of Wickford. Unfortunately for Noble the discovery was credited to Sir William Ramsay and John William Strutt (Lord Raleigh). However because of his enormous contribution Argon along with Helium, Neon, Krypton, Xenon and Radon are now called the Noble Gases.
17 NASA’s space shuttle has only ever had one report of theft. That was in 1983 whilst on display atop a Boeing 747 at Stansted Airport Essex. In total seventeen items of value were stolen along with a further fifty three items from the Jumbo jet used to carry it. Nobody was ever charged by Essex police in connection with the theft.
(Too busy putting film in their speed cameras)
18 In 1651 Henry Joist, an amateur cartographer from Ilford attempted to measure various distances between Essex villages. Unfortunately for Joist he failed to calibrate his equipment first. As a result Joist’s mile was in fact just over a mile and a half. Using his calculations would have put Clacton about thirty miles into the English Channel. From then on distances that appeared further than imagined were called “an Essex mile” later changed to “a country mile”

Monday, 22 July 2013

Flames of War Club Nights

Battlefront HQ Club Nights

Open every Thursday from 5.30pm - 9.30pm.

Games Played: Flames of War, Dust Tactics,

Number of Players: 20+

Number of Tables: Most nights we have between 7-10 gaming tables.

We will be running Round Robin Leagues and campaigns in the upcoming months. 

Every couple of months we will be running New Recruit Saturdays where players that have never played before or are new to Flames of War can pop down and learn how to play.
So if you are local to Nottingham and want to come down then drop Gareth an email:

Club Address:

Battlefront Miniatures Europe Ltd
Unit 4C Tissington Close

Monday, 8 July 2013

European Grand Tournament - Tickets shipping

Tickets Shipping

For all those players that have purchased their tickets already they started leaving in the post on Friday, so should be hitting the doorstep very shortly.

Team Finland are booked and a total of 8 players so far making the journey. Look forward to seeing the standard of painting from them year as last years was excellent.

For those still to buy their tickets make sure that you get your ticket ordered before they disappear.

Later on this week will start looking at the terrain and building up the tables...

Once the army lists start to come in I will start updating the Runners and Riders



Final Builds for Adolf Don't Surf

This lunch time I put some of the finishing touches to my army build for Adolf Don't Surf on the 27th-28th July.

2 Hogs and 1 M113 ACAV, once everything is fully ready for spraying I will get a full army shot taken and then some work in progress.

Looking at my list agian whilst away on holiday certainly means that I have a very mobile and fast moving army. So tactically I am hoping this will enable me to bring the considerable firepower from the M113 ACAVs to where it is needed before the PAVN player get a foothold on the battlefield. Hopefully I can get a couple of test games in before the weekend. Or it might come down to live fire at the event:)

More updates to follow......

Friday, 7 June 2013

It's G-R-R-REAT! Hollywood Tiger arrives

European Grand Tournament 2013
September 21st-22nd 

Just arrived on my desk today is the Hollywood Tiger Objectives Marker which is free to all those attending the European Grand Tournament this year.

This great sculpt follows on from last years Oddball Objective.

One of the great features of the model is that it comes with a seperate base so can it be added into your army or used as an Objective Marker.

To bag yourself one of these G-R-R-REAT Hollywood Tiger's get yourself booked into the European Grand Tournament.

Tickets are on sale click on the link below:

Thursday, 6 June 2013

European Grand Tournament How to get there

European Grand Tournament 2013

Planes, Trains & Automobiles 

With a new venue comes the fun of working out your route to ensure a smooth and uneventful journey.


For those of you that live in Europe there are good air routes through to the following airports:

Gatwick to TableTop Nation This link shows the route from Gatwick Airport to TableTop Nation, Takes you to the coach company, the jounery times show as nearly 5 hours, this is due to that it goes into London with a change at Victoria, So a good opporunity to maybe catch some of the free museums.

Heathrow Takes you to the coach company, the jounery times show as nearly 4 hours, this is due to that it goes into London with a change at Victoria, So a good opporunity to maybe catch some of the free museums.

Luton Takes you to the coach company, the jounery times show as nearly 4 hours, this is due to that it goes into London with a change at Victoria, So a good opporunity to maybe catch some of the free museums.


Coach: With the airport being only 35 miles away I would recomend either a taxi or hiring a car.

Southend- Stuart at TableTop Nation recommends this route as it is only 20 minutes away from TableTop Nation, they have flights daily coming from Amsterdam.


For those that like the idea of travelling by train and seeing the country speed past so you can relax. I can recommend the link below for cheap rail tickets.


Travelling from the North:

I have based the starting point at Battlefront HQ. With road works at the start of the M25 this can lead to more delays, so we use the M11 route. If there are changes to the roadworks I will update

Travelling from the South 

I have based the starting point as Brighton route can be altered to starting point.

Travelling from Wales

If there are any other routes that you can recommend then please drop me an email and I will update accordingly.



Thursday, 30 May 2013

European Grand Tournament Hotels and Where to Stay

European Grand Tournament 
Hotels and Where to Stay 

Ok here are some interesting facts about Southend

It suffered one of the first air raids of the First World War. Bombs were dropped by hand from giant Zeppelins LZ38 airships

How many beaches are there in Southend?.....They run from Shoeburyness to Leigh on Sea, starting with East Beach, Shoebury Common Beach, Jubilee Beach, Three Shells' Beach, Chalkwell Beach and Bell wharf Beach.

Southend is located in the driest part of the country,

The mystery of Thomas Richman’s buried treasure has gone unsolved since 1780. It is suppose to be buried somewhere in Essex

People living in Essex are 38% more lightly to be hit by falling aeroplane parts than anywhere else in Britain

During the witch hunt in the Middle Ages there were more reported witches in Essex than Devon and Cornwall combined

So after such pieces of history the question on everybodies mind is: Where to Stay?

I have placed some links below for accommodation near the venue.

 If in the search boxes for Holiday Inn, Park Inn and Premier Inn, type in the following post code SS5 4AD and it will bring up the closest hotel to the venue.
Unfortunately The Rochford Hotel is now fully booked (Thanks for the update MattH)  in the search window type in Southend on Sea with the dates and this will bring up a whole host of Hotels and Bed and Breakfasts.

For the Mid War Tournament most of us stayed at the Premier Inn which has a Harvestor attached to it. Also a 15-20 minute walk to the nearest resturants.

Matt Haywood stayed at the Rochford and recommends it highly.

Next update will be travelling to the event, this one will be a bit longer as trying to work out the flight locations extra and passport control for those up North :)



Thursday, 16 May 2013

Vietnam- Adolf Don't Surf

Adolf Don't Surf
27th-28th July

A tournament of two halves.....

Picture ...two periods...disparate but linked by a desire to succeed!

The early part of WW2 - stretching from the Blitzkrieg attacks into Poland and then into France to the early desert conflicts in North Africa.

 Picture .....Vietnam. A lengthy conflict involving several nations where as ever the biggest loser was the civilian population of the war torn southern part of the country.
This is going to be my first playing tournament of the year, been missing events that I really wanted to attend due to real life and work commitments. I have always been interested in the Vietnam War through watching movies and reading books on the subject, and I was looking for a new painting project so perfect timing.

On reading through the book I was really taken with Operation Lam Son 719 and the actions that took place. reading through the lists, I was not really taken with a heavy tank based army as it would feel like I am just painting another World War II army. So I have chosen to take a list from Chi Doan Thiet KY (Armoured Cavalry Squadron)

So with much listing writing and mistakingly thinking I could take slicks for my Infantry for fast mobilization i finally decided on my list. 

2 M113 with M74C turrets & 1 M113 ACAV          120pts

Combat Platoons

5 M113 ACAV(1 with M$) 106mm)                        220pts

5 M113 ACAV(1 with M$) 106mm)                        220pts

Weapons Platoons

5 M41A3 Walker Bulldogs                                      275pts

3 M125(81mm)                                                       115 pts

3 M132 Zippo                                                         90pts

Divisional Support Platoons

2 UH-1B Hog                                                          150pts

1 Medevac UH-1D Slick                                          10pts

3 Infantry Squads Airborne Division                          145pts

3 Infantry Squads Airborne Division                          145pts

Total                                                                         1490pts

I have taken full units of the combat platoons as I am always a firm believer in taking the full number allowed in a list if the points allow it, and I think each platoon supporting the Infantry as they make their way towards the objectives. The mortars are there to give some long range firing options with ability to smoke, and they can also drop rounds at a minmum distance of 4 inches so really themeatic of the period once the NVA got in close. The Walker Bulldogs are there just in case and tanks show up on the table, The Hogs well we all know and love the scene from Apocalypse Now so just had to take some Gunshipsso 2 Hogs are in my army, along with a Medvac Helicopter

Next post should include some pictures of progress so far.......

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

European Grand Tournament 2013

European Grand Tournament 2013
Late War
21st-22nd September

This years European Grand Tournament will be on the 21st-22nd of September, and will be held at TableTop Nation.

Yes this will be our third venue in 3 years, but with 'The Eye of the Storm' closing earlier this year it gave us no option to find another venue. We searched around the local area to put on the event so it was still central in the country, but with the size of space that we need to hold the event, too many venues where out of the running.

Tabletop Nation has now been open for a year with a dedicated gaming venue with a store and bar attached. With space for over 70 gaming tables and with more space to come in the future.We ran the Mid- War Tournament earlier this year at TTN to dry run the venue. There were a couple of small issues which will be easily rectified. I am looking forward to running the European Grand Tournament and welcoming the players to the Tabletop Nation.

With the change in venue, I will be putting up some posts on the easiest routes, accommodation, and some other items that I have been working on.