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    Hi Everyone,I'm Stuart and I've just become a member (in order to help Jamie get his new job!).Am a teacher (ICT not history, unfortunately) and I live in a little town called Grange-Over-Sands (google Grange-Over-Sands, UK) which is on the south Cumbrian coast. Local history here really only starts with the Victorian era when the railway opened up the town to easy access. But I like to imagine a Roman watch tower on Hampsfell (my house is on the foot of Hampsfell) watching out over Morecambe Bay for raiders. Absolutely no evidence for this but it would make a great spot for one and the Romans did have a major fort at Ravensglass to the west.I play Wargames (well any games really) for a hobby and my main period is the 'Dark Ages'. I've (tried to) attach a picture of one of my Saxon leaders and his warband.Anyway, great to be a member lets hope everything goes as planned for Jamie.

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    Welcome to the forums Stu. I went on Google maps and had a look around Grange-Over-Sands, and it looks like you live in a lovely place. I also saw on Google maps that you live near the Lake District National Park, it must be wonderful to live near such a place.

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    Hi Stu, thanks for the help!  I wasn't aware that there were Dark Ages wargames.  What's your favorite?  Back in the day I used to play 40k, though that seems like a lifetime ago.  Heh.Also, when I first looked at that photo I thought that the dragon thingies were Carnyxes (which would only need a small modification, if you ever want to use them for a Celtic wargame).Anyway, welcome to the forum!

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    Welcome to the forums, Stu.I dabble in playing wargames, though I mainly play 40K.

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    Thought, I’d just drop you a line to explain what I mean by miniature wargames.The games I play are similar to the Games Workshop games you’ve probably seen (or even played) but use historically researched figures and rules. Personally, I never really got into 40K or Warhammer even though I started wargaming before either was produced!As you probably know Games Workshop (who make 40K) also make Warhammer. Well, they also had a subsidiary called Warhammer Historicals who made Warhammer Ancient Battles, a historical version of Warhammer. You easily recognise it as it has the same basic roll to hit, roll to save, roll for armour mechanism that Warhammer used. Unfortunately, Warhammer Historicals closed earlier this year! Luckily, a couple of other companies have taken up the baton and produced what are essentially new versions of Warhammer. The one I use is called War and Conquest and has LOTs of free army lists online. It’s made by the chap that used to run Warhammer Historicals. There are also lots of other rule sets, I’ve listed a few on my Web site. Tomorrow, I’m hoping to have my first game of Dux Britanniarvm. These rules are set in the early post Roman period and have Saxon raiders trying to take over from the established Brtish. The Saxons are more aggressive while the British have access to more defensive tactics (such as forming a Shieldwall). The authors of most of these rules agree that the early Saxons fought in a much looser formation because of the much smaller shields found in their graves. Such shields would have not been suitable for forming shieldwalls.If you are interested in seeing more of my armies please visit my web site And click on Early British to see my latest work.

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    Wow!  Those are great!

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