Back in the day, Graham Evans ran a series of highly regarded AK47 days at Brixworth. The two hour format of the day lent itself to three games in a day. Then the rules changed to a game that took three hours to play, so the steam ran out of the original format. Whilst they lasted, these days were my only foray into mildly competitive gaming, and were huge fun.
NTLworld, bless ’em, are farming their account holders’ free websites out to a subcontractor, so I am migrating some old stuff over to the blog before it vanishes into the 404 void.
Brixcon was the World’s Original, and finest AK47 Tournament, held at Brixworth Village Hall in Northamptonshire
The tournament used Peter Pig’s original AK47 Republic rules for Warlord Level Battles in Africa 1955 to 1990
Phil Steele’s winning entry from the 2008 Tradewinds Outdoor Challenge for the most overloaded militia vehicle.
AK47 “Swimsuit Pictures”
Congratulations to Phil Steele for the first ever AK47 Pin-ups; they didn’t win a prize, but should have done :O)
The ‘Piglet’ Armoured Car. Without doubt the smallest AC at the 2003 convention on a legal 3cm x 3cm base!
A Munchkin is a term of mild scorn for a Wargamer who plays the rules to win, and cares nothing for history, or study of the subject being gamed. Ak47 Gamers are on the whole, a cheerful bunch, with little regard for gamesmanship.
The first “Munchkin” model was built after a debate on the AK47 Discussion group about the advantages to be gained by having dimensionally small or large tanks, and the smallest allowable base sizes. I decided to build a model to show what the effect would be, and the “Piglet” was born. The “Munchkin” and “Titan Terror Tank” soon followed. I had so much fun building them that my Munchkin collection is still growing (true in 2008!).
If the ‘Munchkin’ was the smallest tank on the day 2003 …
The “Thin Munchkin” is the result of someone pointing out that if a tank is not based, it can be any width (you know who you are!) Watch this space, and if you expect to drive tanks through holes in the rules, then you had better be prepared to build one!
In 2007, a spirited discussion ran on the RFCM website about mortars. At one point, trailer-mounted mortars were mentioned. Knowing a little about mortar recoil, I built this*:
One cannot quite see the hole that the mortar has punched through the bed of the trailer, but the state of the axle is quite plain. The crew are wondering why the shot has veered off to the right of the picture.
*The final joke is on me though, as in 2011 I read an account of an SAS party in France 1944 firing a 3″ mortar through the open roof of a Citroen saloon car. They only fired 10 rounds and the suspension was reported to be in poor condition afterwards, but even so, it worked after a fashion.