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This is a fictional scenario based on the events leading up to the battle of Worringen in 1288. The game is set in our club’s backyard, the area between the rivers Rhine, Ruhr and Wupper. ”Worringen 1286 -The Baron Wars” reflects the fight for supremacy between the townsfolk and the Archbishop of Cologne, as well as the disputes between the various local Barons (Burggrafen). These knights, their coats of arms and all place names are authentic. To create a playable game we naturally took some liberties with the geography of the area and certain characters, such as “Robert Hat and his band of merry
men”, who may possibly have never been here ...
We were using our home made modular gaming terrain (50x50cm hardboard tiles), which have been lovingly restored in months of hard work by Holger Bartnitzki. The figures are 25/28mm from
various manufacturers e.g. Foundry, Hobby Products, Mirliton, Gripping Beast etc. The village was built by Dietmar Schmidt-Bartelt. All other buildings are from Michael Immig’s collection. The trees making up the dark forest known as “Burgholz“ have been
provided by the creative Grimm from Hamburg and fantasygelände.de. The rules are, more or less, ”MAN AT
ARMS-One brain cell medieval skirmish rules” by Jim Wallman.
The idea for the scenario and the whole framework was my work. Some more text, background information and the layout have been added by Karl-Heinz Kieckers. Robert Sleath translated the German texts into proper English. Preparing the game took roughly a year, and it was presented for the first time at “Crisis 07” in Antwerp.
The work and devotion involved was honored with the "Best of Show - best presented wargame" award at the end of the Crisis show.
The large farm, Isenburg tower and farmhouse started as polyurethane foam moulded buildings from Hudson & Allen Studios. The best you can get when it comes to authentic historical models as the designer usually builds for museums. But the farm was a one piece casting, and as such nearly impossible to paint. So it was cut up in the middle, two walls and a gatehouse scratchbuilt and added and everything smoothed up again after painting and detailing. Now you can even place troops inside ...
After the Crisis show we had been invited by the organisers of MINI ART CON in Mülheim to present the game at their show in March 2008. As only two members of the club were able to attend the show, we decided to show the table as a kind of diorama only, not playing the game this time. It was a real success, lots of people came around for chatting and talking about modelling, terrain building, painting and gaming Worringen. And I used this setup to get some more pictures, this time concentrating mainly on closeups of the minis. A nice place, very friendly people and the highest painting standard yet seen in Germany - Mini Art Con is indeed worth a visit!