Weighing it all up

At the start of January 2022 7 Dice & Bolter members set out on a tough challenge to loose weight and get a in better shape. Lock down in particular had taken its toll on many of us and the ponds had piled on. Loosing weight is hard alone, but with a little support it gets that little bit easier, which is what the group Reduce Podgy Guts was all about.

We started with a total weight loss between the 7 of us as a total of 300lbs (21 stone) which is a huge number but one I knew we would eventually achieve. Each person also chose treats (plastic crack) that they could purchase for themselves when they hit 25%, 60% and their overall target. However I also included a group target with the first being 25% and with that we show off our efforts.

25% achieved

So with that I proudly type that as a group of 7 we have lost over 25% of our target or a total of 5.3 stone. All this within 7 weeks of starting. Amazing work by all 7 of us involved. The support and weight loss ideas that have been passed around has been amazing and the support on people when they loose a lot or not at all is humbling. A big well done to all of you and here’s to 50%.


Night of Blood- a Warhammer RPG Taster Session

A big thanks to Richard Preston for my first foray into Role Play Fantasy 👏

The ‘Night of Blood’ proved to be, well, bloody…

Our motley crew of travellers banded together in what could best be described as a loose coalition of necessity, and came through largely intact if not entirely unscathed.

Man of the match goes to Gunter the villager, who despite his taciturn and somewhat unforgiving nature, and propensity to wander off and do what the hell he liked, proved to be pretty useful in a tight spot…

The group are attacked whilst walking along a woodland path

In contrast the supposed warrior in our midst seemed all too willing to start fights, but utterly incapable of finishing them, although this was somewhat compensated for by the herbalist who was pretty handy with a bag of oregano and a pairing knife, and our resident rat catcher, or at least his faithful hound, who overcame more than one foe single handed (pawed)…

My alter ego Ernst Schmidt, thief, swindler and all round rogue, managed to ‘almost’ develop a conscience and, while never missing an opportunity to leg it or pilfer the odd corpse, where his own survival happily coincided with the need to help his companions, also got stuck in and acquitted himself well. I have a feeling Ersnt and the gang will surface again in a tavern near you…

By Matt Brazier

Covid Update 17/12/2021

Following notification today that a member of the club who attended last nights session has tested positive for Covid, the Committee advises that all members who attended last nights session should follow the latest Government guidance (link below), carry out Lateral Flow Tests for the next 7 days, and take appropriate action if anyone tests positive.

In light of this issue, the Committee has also decided to cancel next Thursdays meeting (23rd December).

While a tough decision, we think it is the right decision, to protect our members from any further risk of infection and the need to self-isolate over the Christmas break, when we will all want to spend time with friends and family.

We will however be back in action from 30th December. When we do return, can all our members make themselves aware of and adhere to the latest Government Guidance, and safety measures.

In addition to the Government measures, we ask all members to take the following ‘additional steps’ to safeguard the club and it’s members:

If you have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for Covid, we would ask that you have negative lateral flow tests or PCR tests for ‘a minimum’ of 7 days and do not attend the club for 10 days. In this way we can further ensure that we minimise the risk from Covid, which will allow the club can continue to run for everyone and protect our families, friends and work colleagues.

The Committee will continue to review the situation and latest guidance and keep members updated. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know.

The Life of a Slayer

For the past, well who knows how long it’s been thanks to covid, a group of us have been playing Warhammer Fantasy RPG monthly on a Sunday evening. The game is certainly very different than D&D, living a more basic life with little to no magic and death can be moments away.

My character is a slayer, with the goal of finding a suitable death. This should be fairly easy but I’ve come accustomed to surviving and slaying, even if that means stealing the kill with the final blow.

I love playing in character and always think, what would the dwarf do in every situation. This does mean that I will start a fight when I’m reality this is the worst possible scenario, or I’ll plough in to things without really thinking. The hard part however is trying to fit with the character but not to the point it ruins other peoples game.


Recently we’ve been at a market where there was a fighting ring. The champion, named Crusher, was a tough old character but being a slayer he had to dive in and give him a fight. The match however whilst fun, ended in defeat and a badly wounded dwarf. Now obviously a slayer isn’t going to leave it at that and so over the next few sessions he planned his return. Richard the DM putting in delays so it couldn’t happen immediately.

In between this we ventured into sewers and as usual I dived right in being the first to walk over wooden planks only to find they are unstable and I fell right into the filthy sewer water below. This comedic act certainly tickled my fellow adventurers but also felt fitting for my thoughtless moves.

My dirty dwarf thanks to Nicole Bates

Last night I returned to battle with Crusher. Somehow I managed to roll low on the majority of my dice. It still took a while of rolling however with a huge final uppercut, a cross between Ken from Streetfighter and Daniel from Karate Kid (as I’d got a sprained ankle) I knocked him out winning a fair bit of gold. This was of course followed by a drinking session with Pauls naked pit fighter and a return to the sewers hungover… which this time saw the pit fighter fall in.

Crusher Goes Down by Nicole Bates

Who knows what’s next for my dwarf. I know I’ll continue to play the character as I have been. The whole group really gets into their characters which makes RPGs so much fun. Our DM does a wonderful job of bringing the NCPs to life and pushing the story on. If you haven’t tried this game it’s worth a go for sure. Now… to the bar!


Covid Club Update December 2021

We have been keeping track of the latest Government Covid rules and as of next Thursday, until further notice we will all need to wear face coverings whilst at the Levens Hall Venue (further info via the Gov link).

It also means that we will delay our Christmas Party so please don’t bring food as planned this Thursday (16/12/21). We do however have a little gift for all active members.

On the upside this will provide a fantastic opportunity for members to try and source novel, Warhammmer related face coverings

If anyone has any questions or concerns, please let a committee member know.

It’s Like Christmas 🎄

Thanks to everyone that’s supported the club so far, we’ve managed to buy a load of scenery and gaming mats. We got our first load yesterday however there is more on the way.

Video filmed on 9/12/21

The night was another smashing night of gaming with most focus being 40K and Kill Team. There was however a couple of games of Malifaux which seems to be sneaking it’s way onto the tables.

Thanks again to everyone who has supported us so far, and here’s to more fun & games.

Reduce Podgy Guts (RPG)

I recently popped up a post on the D&B Facebook group to see if anyone was interested in joining me in loosing some weight during 2022. As I type 5 others are joining myself as a group to loose some podge.

I’ve been larger for most of my life. I remember as a kid always have legs like tree trunks when compared to friends of mine. I don’t know why back then I was like that as my parents didn’t give me food treats or I don’t remember overeating.


Later life however I know I over ate. Having money at high school allowed me to enjoy chocolate too much, and moving out from my parents and buying my own food meant pizzas and beer were simple solutions.

I have been through various weight loss classes and groups and some worked. I have lost a fair bit and built up a lot of muscle during a period of time, however this was just to win a competition, which I did. It didn’t however lead to a life style change and my bad habits soon returned.

The last few years have been challenging for us all and it’s made me realise I fall back on food. Food makes me happy when times are hard or the stress creeps in. My mind has lived with this for many years and reverts to food if a day is stressful or I’m bored. The choice of food is usually high in sugar (even if I don’t realise it) and this is what I need to change.

So I have put forward for this weight loss group to kick off in 2022. The group will hopefully help support each other, give advice on what they’re doing and achieve pre set goals. I will be setting goals for those involved and if they hit those goals they can then treat themselves.

If you want to get involved I need the following by Sunday December 18th.

1) Your target weight loss total in pounds

2) Three treats which can be as cheap or as expensive as you want, but it has to be something you want such as new models or a nice tipple. These will be gained as you loose certain % of your target.

3) DRIVE… drive to help yourself and support the others. There’s going to be a group challenge as well as individual so everyone has to work together.

If your interested and want to chat speak to Ian. Thank you.

Newbie Nicole’s RPG Adventures in the Dungeons #2- Battle of the Boiler

With brand new dice and a sort of understanding of what I need to roll, we finally entered the sunless citadel, after managing not (by sheer fluke) to step on the false bottom of the floor, was our luck in the group high? Will we breeze through fighting things blind folded, one handed and win? No….no we wouldn’t! After an extensive discussion on if we should try and long rest in this courtyard we decided no…onwards through the rotten door….here we were presented with 3 dead goblins….ok this is no biggie…they’re dead, doors all round one locked. One unlocked, we opened that then slowly closed it again….here was where we would rest! Our dragon born wasn’t that up for it wanting to bludgeon things to death! Anyway both tieflings were badly nibbled by those giant rats from before so sleep was needed! First 3 watches go fine…..then it was my watch….so of course my new dice let me down….a diseased giant rat attacks my tiefling sister…..and kills her…..again…..I’m thinking rat ptsd is a thing now!! We kill it, I stabilise our friend and we continue on….to the unlocked door which leads to a corridor….one side is a locked door….our Dragonborn decides we need to break this door down, surely there’s gold rings behind it! This starts probably one of the bloodiest, longest and most watchable fight ever….our barbarian dragon born vs wooden door……it put up one hell of a fight!!

Finally getting in we see an incredibly small room …..and a barrel with pipes coming off it!! Around the walls carvings of mermaids, sea creatures and the occasional fish!
Of course there’s a bung in the barrel
Of course we pulled it out
Of course the room filled with steam and a steam monster
Of course I ran away to another room
Though I did try and cast chill touch….it didn’t work!!
Finally….slightly steamed , even our frozen rat defrosted a little. We beat the steam elemental….we were then told this was basically the central heating system….we had beaten up a boiler…..
Slightly shrunk in the steam we headed through an open door where we come across a little kobold weeping as he had had his dragon stolen by goblins…of course we would help!! Off he trots to gain us audience with his Queen…..left alone we poke about….our ranger opens a door….on hundreds and hundreds of…..rats……of course they break out….panicking we cast sleep on them…this works but now we only have a minute before they wake up…we can’t push them back…we can’t throw them…..20 seconds pass….they are going to wake up…I jump on a table….Griss runs out of a door and closes it behind her….the other get on the dragons cage….ultimately though we split up and hide behind doors when the rats wake up they thunder down the very corridor our friendly kobold went…that’ll be ok yes??? YES?????
We go back in the room and collectively decide that we did nothing.
Little kobold comes back…where we r relieved of our weapons and blindfolded as the leader is a very private dragon thing….we get lead 50 ft to another room….a room where de hooded we see 3 hooded chained goblins……


Crusade Campaign- The Red Scorpions (Space Marines)

The Veraxus crusade, launched centuries ago as a continuation of Guilliman’s Indomitus crusade, drew in many notable Chapters of the Adeptus Astartes, but unceasing war has taken its toll and now only a few remain, whole and complete. Most notably are the Red Scorpions.

The Red Scorpions Chapter of Space Marines is known to be composed of conservative Imperial purists who are famed for their complete and utter devotion to the Imperial military and religious doctrine, past the point where pragmatism or even reason would seem to require otherwise. The Chapter is most renowned among other Astartes for its absolute adherence to every line of the Codex Astarte’s, which is unheard of in any other Chapter, including the Ultramarines. Its recorded history extends across five Terran millennia, but there are numerous indications that it may extend further than that.

The 1st and 3rd companies make up the majority of the Red Scorpion strike force with a powerful arsenal at their disposal. The commander of the fleet Irian Tibus, considered a zealot even by his own Orders standards, was thought dead by the Chapter after going missing during a conflict against a Genestealer incursion. Whilst he suffered grievous wounds at the hand of these mutants, slaughtering them in the hundreds, he survived beyond all hope. Found by his loyal guard, and returned back to the fleet he was only able to survive by going through the Rubicon Primaris. Now reborn Irian, stronger and more determined, has vowed that he will bring glory to the chapter and his company, slaughtering the enemies of the Imperium and the chapter. Be it the alien, heretic or the mutant all shall know no mercy and will crumble under the wrath of the Red Scorpions!

Battle Station: ‘Vigil’ [Orbital]
Sector: Segmentum Obscurus
System: Ordon Rift
Planet: ‘Zaebus Minoris’
Record: Meeting – Subject: [Redacted], Present: Captain (Irian Tibus), Lieutenant (Serro), Librarian (Danzio)

Irian Tibus slammed his fist on the desk, his rage clear for all to see.
[Tibus] – “Belisarius has gone too far this time, I do not deny his many achievements, but too long has he meddled with Xenos forces beyond our comprehension. He has become obsessed, blinded to the danger, he covets their power, but has no comprehension of how to master it, it will be his undoing, and all of us with him. This heretical quest of his for Blackstone must be stopped before we’re all damned!”
Librarian Danzio frowned,
[Danzio] – “What are you suggesting Irian?”
[Tibus] – “I am not suggesting anything Danzio. We will act, destroy this abomination before it destroys us, and we will do so by all means necessary, at all costs! Serro, what is our strength in that sector?”
[Serro] – “Sir, Auel’s Bane is already in the Sector, with the 1st and 3rd Companies, the men are ready. The Bane could make orbit in a matter of days, and we could send a smaller strike force ahead in the Arx Fidelis to secure a drop zone and scout forward.”

[Tibus] – “Good Serro; I have no doubt your men are ready, but are they prepared? We will doubtless encounter foul Xenos threats; that we can deal with, but it is no small thing to pitch battle brother against battle brother. There is no room for doubt…”
Tibus paused to allow his words to truly sink in.
“I will not deceive you; it will not be the first or last time the Red Scorpions have had to wield the blade against our brethren, but tell yourself this, our brothers may not be impure in body, but while they continue to pursue this blasphemous cause, they are impure in mind, and you know well our sacred Doctrines, the impure have no identity, they are less than nothing to us.”
It is necessary, for the greater good of the Empire, it is the Emperors will and we serve that will unflinchingly…”
[Serro] – “The men know their duty sir, it will be done, in the name of the Emperor.”
[Tibus] – “Make it so Lieutenant, dismissed.”
Serro, saluting smartly, marched from the room to make ready, but Danzio remained seated.
[Tibus] – “You doubt this course of action, you doubt the purity and justness of our cause my old friend?
[Danzio] – “No Irian, no, you are right, Belisarius must be stopped, but I fear the taint of chaos at work here, pitching brother against brother, chapter against chapter, it’s insidious designs seeking to divide, to sunder, ever weakening the Imperium, weakening us…”
[Tibus] – “I fear it too, but I fear this ancient evil more, no good can come of it. Remember, ours is not to question the will of God the Emperor, the scriptures are clear, we are not the thought, we are but his right hand, we are the blade. This blasphemy cannot be permitted, it must be destroyed! I will not stay my hand nor flinch from this!”
Danzio new his old Battle Brother all too well, while he could not stay his hand, he would do all he could to direct the blade when it struck.
[Danzio] – “Peace my friend, I will not gain-say you on this, it will be done, but Serro is young and hot headed, competent and loyal to our cause yes, but he lacks perspective. Belisarius will be stopped, but our path to redemption is not clear to me, if we are to win through we may need to find allies in strange places before this is done – think on that…”

Prepare for the new Warhammer 40k Crusade Campaign coming soon to Dice & Bolter. More stories to followthe full collection can be found under the #tag 40k Crusade Campaign.