Thursday, 6 April 2017

SPRING BIG GAME 2017 - THE COUNTY CUP (PART 3)

There were Royalist/Fascists in the woods on the Upper Course...
A BUF Contingent of Major Straitt Jackett's Royalist/Fascist Alarm Company (Alan)


and proper (unallied, unalloyed and unapologetic) Fascists advancing across the rough of the Lower Course:
BUF Blackshorts are, as usual, urged on by Eustace Spode (JP)

.and foreign Fascist/Royalists setting off towards the Central Tee of the Upper Course, accompanied by stirring, but rather confused, war cries of "Alfonso XIII and Edward VIII....oh, and not forgetting the Caudillo, of course. Yes, him aswell. And certainly not forgetting His Holiness. Goodness me, no. Never that.. Anyway - Onward! Hurrah! Arriba! Espana! Er....er, Inglaterra!"  
J's Anglo-Spanish Nationalist Monarchist Catholic Contingent advance carefully from their tee. Such caution
may have been a clever strategy to avoid early casualties, or merely a product of a certain political confusion.


Confusion was as foreign as any Spaniard to that redoubtable Anglican cleric, the Bishop of Lichfield, His forces advanced from a corner of the Upper Course in the God-given certainty that this very day he would be blessed with the County Cup. "God, Country and the Archbishop of Canterbury! And remember the Armada!"
The Bishop of Lichfield's Anglican Field Force get under way (Tim)

While on the green fields of the Lower Course, his fellow Anglican, The Blessed Lady Rita Talbot-Ponsonby, immaculately coutoured as ever by Worth in a long greatcoat ("dove grey, darling") and campaign cap ("so fetching!"), knew that there could be only one winner of this all-play-all tournament: 
The immaculately clad Lady Rita Talbot Ponsonby brandishes her pistol with customary fervour (Rita)

but there were more, and even more irregular forces in play.... [to be continued]

SPRING BIG GAME 2017 - THE COUNTY CUP (PART 2)

Twelve experienced AVBCW commanders (well, more or less), and but a single opering strategy - concentrated area bombardment of the hapless Central Tee Defenders and then a simultaneous sprint towards the nearest green and it's fluttering red flag -

Inspector Knacker of the Herefordshire Police Watch Committee consults his 
Sergeant on the absence of cover around the Lower Course Central Tee......
....but it is already too late. The sky darkens above his brave police section...
...with predictably explosive consequences!
On the Upper Course, Ben Hogan's Friends of Herefordshire Golf
mill around their Central Tee in sudden fear...
as the sky darkens suddenly above them....
...and they suffer exactly the same fate.
Who were these deadly assassins, so careless of the gentlemanly code of Golf and so accurate with their 18 pounder fire? Who were these brave types who ganged up upon the innocent Central Defenders, pitching heavy artillery against small arms - and with such immediate and devestating effect? [to be continued]

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

SPRING BIG GAME 2017 - THE COUNTY CUP (PART 1)

And from all corners of Herefordshire (and in some cases, well beyond), they gathered at the Hereford Golf Course (otherwise known as the Burley Gate Village Hall). Twelve players. Three tables. One County Cup. A watching world. A befuddled Sir Alan McGuffin and his confused Club Committee. The Spring Big Game 2017 (colloquially known as "The April Fools Day Massacre") was finally on....and the action about to get explosive

Referee Roo had produced a Programme and Rules Playsheet.
Nothing but the best for those ready to risk all for the County Cup.
Referee Clive had produced the supremely valuable County Cup
(and Winner's Medal, oh yes!)

Tim kindly loaned a superb scratchbuilt Clubhouse complex (where Nick's palm trees peep out to the right)
...and where Sir Alan McGuffin and his confused Committee anxiously waited by the 18th Green.
On the Lower Course, six challengers abandoned their golf clubs and shouldered a mixture of rifles, shotguns, sub machine guns - and more. Tank engines were revved, shells slotted home into their breeches, last cigarettes were puffed anxiously...

The "Lower Course" (Table One) looking south to north

....while on the Upper Course, the same minutes ticked away in a smiliar anxious uncertainty. There were Anglicans. There were Fascists. There were Albertines. There were Local Defence Volunteers and Field Forces and Criminal Thugs (masquerading as the Burghill & Tillington Cricket Club). There were Chinese Christian Converts and Rorke's Drift Re-Enactors. Some had brought Big Guns, others Armoured Cars or motorised Anti Tank Rifles. Crucially, as only the fairways and greens counted as "roads" and the tables had acres of free space, nobody had actually thought to bring (the usually useless) cavalry. Nobody had even brought Mounted Infantry, save the wily J and his Spanish Nationalist Monarchist Catholics....
The "Upper Course" (Table Two) looking north to south

A shout of "Fore!", the traditional golfer's warning, and universally misinterpreted. A storm of fire and sudden movement. On the Lower Course, the Herefordshire Police Watch Committee (tasked with defending the critical Central Tee) bemoaned the absence of cover. On the Upper Course, Ben Hogan's Friends of Herefordshire Golf (with a similar defensive task) looked up anxiously as the sky above them suddenly darkened..... In front of the Clubhouse, Sir Alan McGuffin cradled the County Cup and cursed the inevitable imminent destruction of his beautiful course...[to be continued]


Monday, 27 March 2017

The BIG DAY BRIEFING NOTE

The Spring 2017 Big Game is this weekend - Saturday 1st April 2017. This Briefing Note will be available in hard copy on the day itself, but for those faction leaders alerted by able Intelligence Services (or for the merely curious), here is an advance copy. Steal a march on your opponents by taking full advantage....

SPRING 2017 AVBCW (TNG) BIG DAY BRIEFING - “THE COUNTY CUP”
aka “THE APRIL FOOLS DAY MASSACRE”

Sir Alan McGuffin and the Committee of the Hereford Golf Club (which is neither Royal nor Ancient) welcome you to the County Cup Charity Challenge and wish you a pleasant day’s play.

You are “teeing off” from your “home tee”: TEE (1 - 12, number to be drawn randomly on the BIG DAY). Your command figure should be placed on your “home tee” and your attending party of “supporters and well-wishers” should be placed within a radius of 12 inches of your “home tee” before the start of play. If you have not played the Hereford course before, there are six Tees per table, three on each side.

Done that? Then the Club Committee wishes to apologise, but it seems that ONE of your infantry sections (your choice) has failed to appear/sat down for tea/preferred to play cricket. Please remove ONE of your infantry sections (your choice) and place it on the “Spare Units” table before you start your round. By way of small compensation for your loss, the Club Committee hereby grant you one “MY GOLF BUDDY” card (to be provided on the BIG DAY). Please write your (campaign) name on your card and hold it ready to exchange with another player before the start of play - if you choose to do so. Remember, there can only be one winner of the County Cup!

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Special Rules for Today (“the Rules of Golf”)

1.            On your table are a two golf holes (marked with a Flag), each served by a green (which may or may not be surrounded by bunkers and/or water obstacles) and a fairway. Off each fairway is “the rough”, consisting of the usual variety of trees, low hills, scrub and bushes, together with a number of “Special Objects”. In the very centre of your table is a Special Tee (marked 18 or 18A). The Special Tee may or may not be defended by an independent force (“Ben Hogan’s Friends of Herefordshire Golf” or “The Herefordshire Police Watch Committee” or somesuch).

2.            Your Aim is for you first to “capture a Flag” (by placing any of your figures immediately next to it) and then to place your command figure (or most senior surviving command figure) on the Special Tee. By placing such a figure on the Special Tee, and by the magic of Hereford1938”TNG”, your entire force (as then surviving) will be instantaneously teleported to the “18th Fairway” (separate table) where Sir Alan and his Committee wait with the County Cup. Sir Alan is already - and anxiously - “taking soundings” as to what the Club will do upon spotting a hostile force (or forces) advancing along the 18th Fairway towards the valuable Cup. Some are in favour of conscripting and arming “Fleet Street’s finest” (so bothersome with their endless requests for interviews) in order to mount a “brave last stand”, while others are in favour of a communal sing-song (“Nearer, My God, to Thee”?) as Lady McGuffin and her ladies hastily manufacture a host of white flags….

3.            Anyway, back to you. It might be jolly difficult to achieve your Aim all on your own. That’s why you have your “Golf Buddy” card. Before the start of play, you have the option of swapping your “Golf Buddy” card with another player, and thereby concluding a temporary “alliance”. Golf Buddies may not shoot at (or otherwise damage) each other’s forces during their “alliance”, and may otherwise co-operate as they might agree. “Golf Buddy” cards are automatically returned at lunchtime (or upon a call from the Umpires). Upon return, you can then take the opportunity to swap again with the same player, or a completely different player, or no player at all.

4.            And here’s “the rub of the green”. If either you or your Golf Buddy (on that turn) have captured at least one flag AND have at least one of your command figures (or most senior surviving command figures) on the Special Tee, BOTH of your forces are instantaneously teleported to the “18th Fairway” (separate table) where Sir Alan and his Committee wait with the County Cup. Your “GOLF BUDDY” alliance is automatically cancelled upon your arrival on the 18th Fairway. There you’ll have to battle it out with your erstwhile ally (and perhaps others) - remember, there can only be one winner.

5.            The Club Committee will immediately replace any Flags that are captured. This means that you can capture a Flag from a Green even if another player has already done so. You can also capture a Flag from another player in the course of a victorious melee action (or by picking it up from a deceased flag carrier). The Special Tee may be used any number of times, but after the first occasion, becomes increasingly difficult to do so (Umpire’s Decision on a D6).

6.            “Special Objects” may be investigated by placing any figure in the centre of the objective. Each Special Object has a special envelope telling you the results of your investigation (ask the Umpire). “Special Objects” may only be investigated once (i.e. will be removed after investigation). There may be great advantages in investigating a Special Object (e.g. can you gain a “special Flag” by doing so? or the return of your "Spare Unit"?) but there may also be any number of catastrophic consequences.

7.            The immaculate fairways and greens of the Club count as “roads” for the purposes of this Big Game. Otherwise, the usual “WTDW” terrain rules apply.

The County Widows and Orphans Fund thank you for your contribution to their continuing work.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

A Note about Photography and Propaganda

Fleet Street's Finest have gathered at Hereford Golf Club to witness the results of the County Charity Challenge, but are notoriously protective of their copyrights....

Post Big Game "News Accounts"/"Outrageous Propaganda" has always been one of the fun bits of the Hereford1938 Campaign. However, two of our most prolific "Big Game" photographers - Storm Leader Giles and Sir Gilbert Hill - have had to give their apologies for the Spring 2017 Game. Consequently, this is just a note to players/intending propagandists not to rely (well, not too much) upon other players' photographs being available in due course - if you'd like the world to know of your Platoon's triumphs (or other Platoons' failures) please bring along your own camera. Don't be worried if you're inexperienced : blurry photographs are better than no photographs at all.

The Bishop of Ludlow's Chicago Police "Citizens Relations" motorised infantry unit breaks Stokkies Joubert's
line in the closing stages of  the Battle of Brimfield, Spring 2016 Big Game, bringing chaos and imminent
 destruction to rear area Royalist artillery and softskin transport. Can't think why this photograph was
 chosen to illustrate the value of post Big Game propaganda. 

A Note about Tuck and Boot Sales - and Last Call for Platoon Rosters

The Hereford 1938 Spring 2017 Big Game draws ever nearer.....but the ongoing Civil War has depleted the Golf Club's supplies...

Previous Big Games have benefited from a buffet lunch organised by JP/Giles during the day, and then a curry at Giles (for those who could attend) in the evening. As Giles is presently moving barracks, the option of curry won't be available this time; and please note neither will the buffet lunch. Tea and coffee will be on tap throughout the day, plus crisps and biscuits aplenty, but if any player wants or needs something more substantial by way of provisions, please BRING YOUR OWN TUCK BOX. In best "British Rail" style (or should that be "GWR"), Hereford1938"TNG" would like to apologise for any inconvenience that may be caused - but trying to organise an outside caterer at Burley Gate on top of everything else has proved beyond our resources.

Notwithstanding the changes to tuck, TNG would certainly like to maintain the tradition of boot sales at the Big Game : if you have any excess VBCW or interwar stuff that you'd like to sell on cheaply, please bring it along : we'll leave aside a special table for your excess wares to be recycled, in return for a bit of cash, into other players' armies.

Finally, Sir Alan McGuffin would like to thank all those who responded to the second call (see previous post) for Platoon Rosters. For those who still haven't sent in their Platoon Roster, please note that the weather at Hereford Golf Club is notoriously localised and changeable, and that thunder, lightning, hailstorms and very heavy rain can slow individual Platoon movement throughout the day and dramatically interfere with firing effectiveness at critical times.....this is now the LAST CALL for Platoon Rosters.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

And Sir Alan McGuffin Welcomes.....

"Platoon Roster Sheets" have been requested from all the players in the forthcoming "Spring Big Game", to take place at Burley Gate Village Hall on 1st April 2017, and the results are flowing in....like glue. Nevertheless, it is already known that Sir Alan McGuffin and the Committee of the Hereford Golf Club will welcome:

MAJOR MILES STRAITT-JACKETT (Alan), distinguished supporter of HM Governmenttogether with his well known collection of Cheltenham Ladies College schoolgirls (with hockey sticks and rounders bats!), Gas Street Irregulars (lead by Boss Alfie Lightfinger), Wulfhere Company BUF (West Mercia Division), etc, etc......

"THE BLESSED" LADY RITA TALBOT-PONSONBY (Rita) of the Anglican League, with an equally well known collection of County freedom fighters, including the Bishop of Hereford's Suffragan Militia, the Hereford Small Traders Defence League, the Archenfield Young Farmers Association, etc., etc...

COMMANDER EUSTACE SPODE and his BLACKSHORTS (JP), a Senior Commander withn the BUF Three Counties Legion, leader of the Marches Blackshorts, the Ladies Fascisti, the Sidcup Highlanders, etc., etc....

CAPTAIN-GENERAL TEDDY "BEAR" JERMINGHAM (Mort), Commander in Chief of the Anglican Forces in Herefordshire, accompanied as always by Sergeant Harry "Ratty" Reed, leading the shock troops of the Bishop of Hereford's forces, the instantly recognisable Anglican "Cherryberrys"

THE REVEREND PERCY FITZNEATLY (Craig), a new entrant to the rolls of Anglican heroes within the County, leading amongst others the North Herefordshire Parishioners Militia and the Tillington and Burghill Gentlemen's XI...

Alan and Rita have already obtained the "Special Favour" of the Campaign Umpires (TNG) by the fastest return of Platoon Rosters. Woe betide those who, by belated return of Platoon Rosters, incur the "Special Disfavour" of the very same Campaign Umpires (TNG)....

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

SPRING 2017 BIG GAME - THE SCENARIO


"THE APRIL FOOLS DAY MASSACRE"

otherwise known as

“THE COUNTY CUP”


It’s a Very British Civil War, and what could be more Very British than a very temporary truce for a bracing day’s charity event at the Hereford Golf Club (in aid of the County Widows and Orphans Fund)?

Invitations to participate in “The County Cup Charity Challenge” have been accepted by all notable personages in Hereford’s VBCW. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, the greens are freshly mown; but clearing the fairways and woods of all the detritus of the VBCW has proved far beyond the resources of Sir Alan McGuffin (Chairman of the Club) and his Committee of County worthies. Ammo dumps, broken down or under repair vehicles, hidden supplies or abandoned war materials still litter the course, ready and waiting to surprise (or delight) each and every player - and it’s every player for himself.

That’s right - it’s every player for himself. With the County Cup at stake and the whole of Fleet Street watching, command structures are put to one side, factional allegiances unravel and old alliances dissolve (or perhaps reform in unexpected ways). The winner can expect a morale boosting bout of national publicity and the special favour of the King/the Prime Minister/the Archbishop of Canterbury/the Kremlin/the Eisteddfod/the local Landowners (as you will) - even if he has to beat “one of his own” to claim the prize.

Sir Alan had expected his guests to arrive with only a caddie and a bag of clubs for company. But trust is in short supply, and the truce is only very temporary. The Committee look on in horror as each player attends the course with his own combat ready retinue of well-armed “supporters and well-wishers”.  Some - in fact, the majority - have had the temerity to bring along tanks, tankettes, armoured cars (“that’s my golf buggy for the day, Sir Alan, don’t worry”), troops of cavalry (“just in case I slice it, old chap - damn’ useful for finding a lost ball”) and even field guns (“a little insurance, don’t you know?”).

As each player “tees off”, Sir Alan and his now terrified Committee gather around the County Cup. The Club Secretary consults the Rules of Golf, but there seems nothing to cover “blowing up an opponent”, “replacing the ball in the event of a massacre”, or “playing through a party with superior firepower”. Just one misunderstanding amongst the players, and this could all go most horribly wrong.

Fore!

A shout of the traditional golfer’s warning, and universally misinterpreted.

“Fire!” “Fire!” “Fire, goddamit!” (this last one clearly wasn’t an Anglican). Sir Alan’s truce is abandoned by universal consent. The Hereford Golf Club dissolves into the chaos of our renewed Civil War. As Fleet Street’s finest look on, the County Cup waits to be seized by the victor. And there can only be one….


The County Widows and Orphans Fund thank you for your contribution to their continuing work.

Spring 2017 BIG GAME

The Hereford1938 AVBCW Spring Big Game is ON! With regrets communicated from one or two of the campaign's notorious characters (for example, Captain Arrowsmith is said to be "conducting staff conversations with Mussolini", and Sir Gilbert Hill is understood to be "investigating whether Cthulhu possesses a Behemoth"), we already know we will be welcoming back both old irregulars (Bonjour, Monsewer Crapaud!) and some new campaigners (hello Craig and Neil!). 

A Big Game "Flyer" - copy and send or direct other interested parties to this post
For those who have not previously attended a Hereford1938 "Big Game", the Burley Gate Village Hall is located on the A465 between Burley Gate Roundabout and the village of Stoke Lacy. The Village Hall is adjacent to the Burley Gate Primary School. Full information and a helpful PDF map may be found here. The cost for the day is maintained at the usual £10, payable on the BIG DAY itself.

The Scenario for the BIG DAY SPRING 2017 follows. Shortly it will be revealed precisely why Edward VIII is dressed not for the customary "Sport of Kings", but for an intensely relaxed round of golf....


AVBCW Situation Map (No.11)

As Hereford1938 ("TOS") gently gives way to Hereford1938 ("TNG") those interested in the continuing campaign may wish to refresh their memories of the present state of play:

Hereford1938 VBCW Situation Map No.11
Situation Map No.11 (broken down into Herefordshire's parishes as usual) is the last of the situation maps published on JP's blog and was compiled after the Battles of Aconbury, Whitney and Brimfield. A little further local news was published after Situation Map No.11 was compiled. Who knows what a future Situation Map No.12 may show?

AVBCW News - from a "Peace Envoy"

In dramatic scenes at Hereford Race Course Aerodrome today, the self appointed Civil War "Peace Envoy", Neville Chamberlain (formerly Chancellor of the Exchequer), announced to an expectant crowd of Herefordians that, contrary to rumours of "Peace in Our Time", the Hereford Very British Civil war would continue.

Neville Chamberlain - VBCW "Peace Envoy"-  at Hereford Race Course Aerodrome.
It is not peace in our time....the Hereford Campaign will continue!



The assembled multitude cheered heartily. Notwithstanding the already announced "changes at the top" [the graceful withdrawal, after four years work, of JP and Giles from organisation of the Hereford1938 campaign, and the introduction of "The Next Generation" of Clive and Roo], there were still scores to settle, advances to be made, defeats to be met with VBCW geniality, and (please choose one of the below, according to your sympathies):

(a). the County to be made safe for the rightful King Edward VIII and his BUF Government;
(b). such renegades to be overthrown and the British Constitution and Democracy restored.

The entire history of the Hereford 1938 campaign is set out in detail (as lavishly illustrated) within :JP's blog

Newcomers and those wishing to refresh their memories, please head over there now before reading on!

"Herefordshire: the final frontier. These are the games of the AVBCW crew. Their continuing mission: to explore strange new scenarios, to seek out dodgy geezers, and model Heath-Robinson contraptions, to boldly go where no gamer has sensibly gone before." A contemporaneous remark attributed to Sir Ed Ward-Glear, Leader of the Malvern Hills Conservators.