03 August 2020

BOYL20 report - Best BOYL so far ?

So last week end was BOYL20 (sort of), like every year, it was the occasion to see the band and have some quality gaming, I keep saying that every year but BOYL gets a little better every year.
Like you can see above, Whiskey Priest was seemingly here first and in a jolly mood...

...only to find out Axiom had arrived at 5 in the morning to set our first game of the day :

The game was surprisingly an historical game of Napoleonics which everyone enjoyed but the one french guy, the figures were splendid though, worth what you'd find on the Perry twins' tables !

As ever, BOYl is the occasion to have a nice chat with some of the legends who built our hobby and Heofthreenames and yours truly were absolutely delighted when a booming voice from across the central tent called us "YO J-DOG, L-DOG ! come right here you horny pair of doers !" That's just how friendly these legends are and how awesome we are.

Curis finally had the opportunity to spend quality time with the mighty Bryan Ansell and ask part of his 73 point question list including :

- Isn't the value of +3 elites 1/2 a point off in warhammer armies ?
- how can I make my hair that big ?
- Why fat sharks ?

Now after all those jours of gaming, strategy and emotionnal roller coaster, we all had earned some well deserved rest at the local pub where the group's pair of womanizers had to fight their way to safety as usual due to the mass hysteria their charm caused.

Second day, Whiskey Priest got here at 3 AM to be the first and he was. For the next 6 hours.

Now when he learnt it was BOYL, Nico (that bloody hero) quikly painted 2 little forces, flew and parachuted to Newark and played an 8 hours campaign of anthology before returning home for dinner, that guy is just as god as they say, he's the freaking best there is.
Sometimes a simple skirmish game is all you need to let the steam off :


Lopedog's evil twin photobombed the group pic for the laughs.

Shoeba9, Airborne Grove and myself started our 2 days game of Horus Heresy, it was bloody, savage, brother killing brother, spilling blood across the laaaand, killing for religion, something I don't understaaaand.

There came an awkward moment when Gillian (our GM for the day) asked us an embarassing question about our army lists which none of us found an answer to...

Like usual, Kev Adams, that genius legend, was here to offer custom sculpts for charity, having nothing under hand, Colin, Lopazitor and myself, grabbed the first 3 models we found in the nearby cabinet and had our exquisite faces added onto the models :

It's been a few years now, we all know that Post Boyl Depression is a thing, and this year was no different, it struck hard, some of us cried, some of us hid in the nearby cemetary talking to ghost cats and Lopette just snapped and lost it the poor guy...

I don't want to be the guy stirring the knife in the wound for those who couldn't attend, but like every year, BOYL20 was a blast and definitely the best edition ever.


  1. I had a great time despite haunting the place in the dark on Sunday morning. I can't believe I walked all the way from Nottingham while pissed as a fart but there you go, I was eager to get the best seat for the group photo!

  2. Fantastic seeing everyone again. My favourite moment was John Blanche and Bryan's dance-off on the tables in the King William, classic! And the jungle kebabs were bigger than ever.

    1. The moon walk/side split combo at the end sure got me stunned, it's tsuff like this that makes me attend evry year

  3. Who’d have thought strange tunnels would open up beneath Ansell Towers to facilitate Advanced Heroquest:Live! On a connected note has anyone seen Matthew Street? And is it me or are the rats looking well fed in Newark?

    1. I won't lie, Neark is a strange place, Mathew was last heard screaming "BWUUDSUUUUD" and then crying. What happens in Newark stays in Newark.

  4. Live, Laugh, Love thats what this weekend was all about...*sniff, *sniff

  5. This was my first time ever attending and what a weekend! I actually got lead poisoning and needed a kidney transplant! But it was worth it for making out with Gillian beneath the Dark Future demo table....

  6. I made the trip up from Exeter, but couldn't even find the damn place. Ended up just wandering around Newark all weekend throwing dice at people and snarfing vegan sausage rolls from Greggs. Think I spotted Dale Winton across the street on the Saturday but when I called after him to suggest a game of 3rd ed. he dissappeared down a side street. Still the best weekend I've had in a long time.

  7. An experience to remember. I'll have to to take a picture of the Nuln spearman I had Kev sculpt my face on.

  8. Even better than last year. The wrestling tournament was my favourite this year. Who knew Axiom could tear a t-shirt off with such gusto? Dark horse there.

  9. Sorry for the delay in posting, but after loosing my bet with JB it's taken just over two days to complete the naked run home from Newark.

    What a great weekend. I'm still wondering how Captain Crooks managed to organise a McNugget airdrop just in time for the post game munchies on the Saturday evening - what a legend.

    1. The secret is to never not have a tonne of McNuggies on standby in a nearby air transport. It saves a lot of hassle.