Friday 6 June 2014

Bring Out Your Lead! 2014

The Oldhammer community are pleased to officially announce Oldhammer - Bring Out Your Lead! (2014). Of course, you've heard about it already. But this is the official announcement, so now you can officially start panicking about how long it will take to grow a mullet.

We are also extremely pleased with and grateful to our hosts - Foundry Miniatures in Nottingham. The event is taking place over the weekend of the 08/08/2014 (Friday afternoon onwards) - 10/08/2014 (Sunday).

So, first things first: This is a gaming event. The entire idea and surely the primary purpose for attending is to play games.

BUT - it is NOT a tournament. Nothing can be won. Your victory over your opponent is purely moral and for retelling in a pub later. There are no ladders, no leagues, no recognition of your amazing army building talents and keen interpretation of the rules. THIS IS NOT A TOURNAMENT!

Which makes things a little harder to organise. In a traditional tournament, the organisers would set a points limit, army restrictions and painting guidelines in order to ensure that everyone has a fair chance. There is no need to worry about who matches who, as once the first game is completed, better players will be faced off against better players and the whole thing is supposedly fair.

Because it's NOT A TOURNAMENT, we can't do any of that.

This means we need your help. In order to understand the numbers attending, we have a booking form. BUT, because it's NOT A TOURNAMENT, the organisers will not allocate you an opponent on the day. Read this as the organisers do not guarantee you a game.

You, aspiring gamer, CAN ensure a game, however, by following up your booking with an entry on the Oldhammer Forum BOYL 2014 Thread. In this forum, you will be able to tell others what you're planning to bring, how many points/figures you plan to field and what sort of game you want to play.

You are still welcome to simply turn up at Foundry with your army and no booking, but if there is more demand than supply, preference will be given to those who are registered.

How much is this gonna cost me?

Entry to the event is free. Our generous hosts, Foundry Miniatures, are not charging us for the venue, and as it's NOT A TOURNAMENT, we're not offering any prizes.

Of course, you still have other costs to consider - if you're travelling a long way, you might need a place to stay overnight. You will need to get there. And, of course, you'll probably want to get an army ready. Start saving now!

Where and when is this all happening?

The even takes place over the weekend of the  09/08/2014 - 10/08/2014 at The Wargames Foundry (in their new premises):

Friday (08/08/2014) from 13:00 until 20:00.
Saturday (09/08/2014) from 10:00 until 20:00.
Sunday (10/08/2014) from 10:00 until 17:00.

Foundry's Address:

Foundry Miniatures Ltd
Church Lane
NG23 5QF
United Kingdom.
+44 (0)115 8413000

Please feel free to call Foundry if you have any questions on how to get there or where to park, etc.

We do ask that you arrive on time, as you will need to factor in finding your game, meeting your opponent, unpacking and packing of figures and copious amounts of pointing at things and going "Wow! Is that (delete as appropriate) [your amazing paint job / that ultra rare figure I've never seen in real life before / really your sister*]?

*Okay, probably not that last one. 

Foundry? They're in Newark-upon-Trent! That's miles away!

Yes, it is. As mentioned above - they have offered their facility free of charge. They have the space, the tables and the interest in the hobby and so stand head and shoulders above any other option we've considered to date.

To be clear, we have no official relationship with Foundry - they've offered because they have an interest in what we're trying to achieve and they've offered us the facility as a result.

That's awful nice of them!

Yes, it is. So lets talk about Foundry. Perhaps you've heard of Bryan Ansell? No? Once upon a time, he ran Games Workshop. Take a look at your Warhammer 3rd Edition books - that's right, he co-authored some of them. Marcus (Bryan's son, following in the family footsteps) runs Wargames Foundry. They have a clear 'spiritual' connection to the Oldhammer movement.

We mention this because we ask that the Oldhammer community respect the facility and the effort that Foundry (and the Ansell family) have gone through to host this. When you're on site, please don't litter, or break things, or steal, or do anything that would bring the Oldhammer community into disrepute. We would dearly love to be invited back to the Foundry. Keep this in mind when you attend.

But there's food, right?


The Ansell family also conduct business in catering. As a result of this remarkable good fortune, Foundry are able to offer hot food and are licensed to sell alcohol. Of course, you'll have to pay for this (expect typical pub rates), but you won't need to go foraging around the fields of Neward-upon-Trent for food.

A note of warning: if you are unable to handle your alcohol, you will be ejected from the event immediately! The idea here is to fulfil every gamers fantasy of playing cool games whilst having a pint -  not to lose your temper and get involved in a fist fight.

And participation events?

Fear not, citizen! Participation events there will be. This is the place to determine which ones you're interested in.

What else do I need to know?

  • In case you missed it: this is NOT A TOURNAMENT!
  • The only unpainted figures we're expecting to see are those being traded. If you are playing a game, you must play with painted figures! Painted figures are a sign of respect to your opponent and to the community. 
  • Chances are, you're not as familiar with the old rules as you think you are. Take some time to read the rules before you arrive, but please allow for the fact many of the 'classic' rulesets are badly organised, badly written and sometimes just plain missing. You should expect that your game will involve lots of reading and discussion as you try to work out how to resolve whatever is happening. Don't panic - this is normal!
  • You may bring figures from any manufacturer and from any era. Although the Oldhammer movement is rooted in the 80's, we are interested in the spirit of Oldhammer, not the manufacture. You are as welcome bringing a heroic scale 28mm modern plastic army as you are bringing your soft lead pre-slotta army. 
  • There is a question on the form about scenery. Foundry have offered to supply some scenery, but if you are able to bring something, please do - every little bit helps. Where possible, we'll do our level best to ensure that scenery remains table specific - both to satisfy the aesthetic 'it all looks the same' perspective and to help ensure that your scenery is all in one place (for easy identification and care).
  • Ultimately, you are accountable for the fun you have. This event is a framework for you to create the ultimate oldhammer experience that you never had in your youth. We're trying to make it as flexible as possible, but we can't do that without your participation and effort. Let's be clear: you will have to do something for yourself before you arrive at Foundry this summer!
  • Neither the organisers nor Foundry Miniatures accept any responsibility or liability for you. 

Okay, I'm in. What am I supposed to do again?

  • Fill out the booking form!
  • Register on the Oldhammer Forum!
  • Create an entry on the BOYL 2014 thread to organise your games!
  • Pitch up on the weekend!
  • Try not to explode from all your misdirected excitement until then!

Oh - did we mention that this is NOT A TOURNAMENT? Good.


  1. Hi all, I have had a couple of ideas for posts that would suit this blog.

    I thought about doing a 'torchbearer' or 'standard bearer' thing which is a bit like one of those blog promo awards but in a much simpler format. We'd start it here, hand it to someone who has an interesting post up and then they can pass it on to someone else.

    It might be worth rebooting Orlygg's highlights idea too, to make this blog more of a hub than it is. I thought about doing smaller round-ups but more frequently.

    Also, I thought about running a 'best photo of BOYL 2014' competition to encourage people to take snaps of the weekend and their games/shenanigans and email them to us. It would promote the event, make for several interesting posts and the prize needn't be too significant. Perhaps Foundry would offer something or we could chip in ourselves.

    Lots of random ideas floating about, just had a shower. What do you think?

    1. Nice ideas Paul if you'd like author access let me know.

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    We are looking forward to your upcoming Oldhammer event, and would be happy to offer some sort of lead based prize!

    This time we would like to put on a rather larger painting competition than previously. We now have an actual photographer [Martin] to make a proper record of the entries.

    We would have categories for Citadel Dwarfs, Orcs, Monsters, Trolls & Ogres, Chaos & Females
    If it’s OK with you, we would like to simultaneously have a competition for Foundry Dwarfs, Orcs, Monsters, Trolls & Ogres, Chaos & Females : if that’s all right with you!

    As to tables: do you want the great big terrained tables from last time?

    14 July 2014 14:40

    1. Hi there - sorry for missing this comment, blogger didn't mail anything to me that there was a comment here. I'll call today to discuss.

  4. Hello Gaj

    Potential “Bring and Battle” at Oldhammer
    When I was a young wargamer in the late 1960s, the wargaming hobby was just starting up and bring and battle events were popular.
    The idea was that participants would turn up at some point during the day, bringing with them an agreed number of units. Typically this might be three units: perhaps of specific types and or points values. They would usually just plonk their units down and join in the battle, or perhaps they could roll to see if they came in on a flank [with pluses for cavalry units etc.]
    This might work out well as an Oldhammer event for anyone who wanted a spot of casual gaming and the opportunity to join in whenever they liked.

    1. Gaj may not get this message, I think only I get emails to say older posts have been commented on. Personally I think it a great idea for a table to be set aside for people that just turn up. This question has probably been answered on the forum though. Thanks for dropping by Bryan.

  5. I've already exploded with excitement! What do I do?

    1. If you are coming and haven't already registered you should probably go here:

      and here:

      Otherwise just follow the map to the Foundry Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday.

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