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Essex Warriors Open Day 2019

Essex Warriors are pleased to announce their Open Day event will take place at Writtle Village Hall CM1 3DU between 10am and 4pm on 29th September 2019. Admission is free and free parking is available in the village car park nearby. We will have a number of games running, several of which will be participation games, a Table Top Sale and Refreshments

Games include:
• Bronze Age using adapted Lion Rampant rules (28mm)
• What a Tanker: Eastern Front (20mm)
• Fantasy Tail Feathers (28mm)
• Sci-Fi Starship Troopers (28mm)
• WW2 aerial combat using Blood Red Skies
• ,Franco Prussian Wars (10mm)
• What a Tanker: Desert War(28mm)
• Seven Years War (28mm)
• Condotta Wars Florence v Milan (15mm using DBM)
• WW1 in 28mm

Table Top Sale
In place of the usual Bring and Buy, we will have a do-it-yourself tabletop sale on the day. So if you have any surplus items to get rid of please bring them along marked clearly with the price and your name so people can find you on the day to pay.

Caesaromagus 2019

Essex Warriors and the BHGS present

CAESAROMAGUS 2019 – 15 mm DBM 400 AP Singles competition

Any army up to 1500 AD may be entered, using either the DBMv2 or DBMMv2 (revised) army lists but not both together. The competition will use DBM v3.3 rules (available at www.jglwargames.com/house-rules) and will consist of four rounds, each game lasting up to 3.5 hours.

Saturday – check in from 8.30am. 1st round 9.30am – 1pm, 2nd round 2pm – 5.30pm.

Sunday – 3rd round 9am – 12.30pm, 4th round 1.30pm – 5pm, prize giving 5.30pm.

Entry Fee £25.00 – cheque or PayPal bhgspayments@yahoo.co.uk.  Juniors free but they MUST be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times. Remember to put your name and competition details in the payment notes field.

Entries by 13th October 2019

Contact Drew Jarman for further details and enquiries andrewjarman@ntlworld.com

Essex Warriors 26th October meeting moved to 3rd November

The club meeting originally scheduled for Saturday 26th October has now been moved to the following Sunday 3rd November. The meeting will take place in the Main Hall only.


The Committee have noted that the trial Saturday meeting held on 27th April was not well supported and we understand that members have other calls on their time on Saturdays.Since the Hall costs more to rent on a Saturday there seemed little point in extending the experiment and we were happy to swap dates with the Caesaromagus competition which will now take place over the weekend of 26th/27th October.


The remaining dates for 2019 are listed below for your convenience. (Main Hall only except where marked)


Remaining Essex Warriors Dates for 2019 plus Caesaromagus

4 Aug 19
18 Aug 19
1 Sep 19
15 Sep 19
29 Sep 19 (Both Halls)
13 Oct 19
Caesaromagus 26 Oct and 27 Oct 19 
3 Nov 19 
10 Nov 19 (Both Halls)
17 Nov 19 
8 Dec 19
22 Dec 19 (Both Halls)

Updated 2019 Meeting Schedule

Essex Warriors usually meets in the Main Hall at Writtle Village Hall. However, this year we have arranged to have access to the Small Rear Hall in addition to the Main Hall on six occasions. To achieve this we have moved two Sunday meetings to a Saturday; so the meeting on Sunday 28th April has been moved to Saturday 27th April and the meeting on Sunday 27th October has been moved to Saturday 26th October. Four Sunday meetings have also been expanded to include the Small Hall; these are 2nd June, 29th September, 10th November and 22nd December.

An updated schedule of meetings is available here: Essex Warriors Meetings 2019

Essex Warriors DBM Tournament 2019

Entries are invited for Essex Warriors DBM Tournament 2019. The tournament is being organised by this year’s winner, Drew Jarman, and will be played over four rounds using the 32-0 BHGS scoring system with each round spread over three months starting immediately on or after the AGM, which takes place on 6th January 2019.

Players should be aware that entering the tournament commits them to playing four games of DBM using their chosen army during 2019. Entrants should submit one 400 point army list, taken from either the DBM 2nd Edition Lists or the DBMM Revised lists up to 1500 AD. Players may not chose from both list versions in the same army selection, e.g. if using the DBM list they can’t take a DBMM ally contingent or vice versa. Players must also specify the exact date of their chosen army along with list version and book number, its Aggression Rating and Geographic Region to avoid any confusion.

Entries are required by the 16th December 2018 meeting with the lists submitted to Drew by email over the Xmas holiday up to and including the 31st December 2018. Drew has already contacted those who took part in this year’s contest. If you have not already received an invitation and are interested in entering, please contact Drew Jarman direct at andrewjarman@ntlworld.com

Large Games 2018

We have two large games taking place  over the next couple of months.

First up, we have a 28mm English Civil War game on 18th November using To The Strongest rules and presented by Martin Gilling.  With eight players already signed up it should be an impressive spectacle.

Then on 16th December Club President Les Mills is planning a game using What A Tanker rules with 15mm vehicles. Again the game is designed for eight players. Please contact Les if you are interested in playing.

Latest News on A Writtle Bit of Lard 30th September 2018

A Writtle Bit of Lard is an Essex Warriors’ event showcasing Two Fat Lardies rules. The event will take place on 30th September 2018 at Writtle Village Hall, The Green, Writtle Essex, CM1 3DU. There is Free parking across the road from the club

Admission is free. We are open from 9am to 5 pm for general visitors. Games will be setting up from 8.30am.

Free Tea and coffee will be available. The club will not be providing any catering services but there is a Co-op store nearby, as well as a number of pubs, cafes and restaurants.

We have invited a number of other clubs to  put on a number of, “Two Fat Lardies “ games. Richard Clarke of TFL will grace us with his presence.

Clubs attending

Wigmore Warriors “What a Tanker “20mm Normandy 1944

Nantwich, “What a Tanker”

Loughton Strike Force, “General D’ Armee” 15mm Quatre Bras

Gravesend Wargames Club, Chain of Command, Belgium 1940

Richard Clarke, of Lardies fame: He will Surprise us on the day…..

From Essex Warriors

Henry Dennis, putting on, “I Ain’t Been Shot Mum”15mm WW2

Richard Lewis, “What A Tanker” 28mm Western Desert 1941

Tony McVaddy, “General D’ Armee” 15mm Bautzen

Steve Dix, “Sharp Practice”, 28mm Napoleonic

Free flat table sale: We have a stage area which we have put over the sale of private goods. This will be the sole responsibility of seller, and the club can not accept any responsibility for any loss or damage. Goods should be priced with the owner’s contact details and where to find them on the day.

We will also be taking photos and video during the day for use on our Website and Facebook pages. If you don’t want to appear on screen  please advise our camera lady.

If you want to sign up in advance for a game please e-mail awrittlebitoflard@gmail.com  but if you just want to drop in please do and we will see if we can sort you out a game.

Above all please enjoy the day