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The King’s Gold, New Granada, 1665

The Spanish Main, A Pikeman’s Lament, 28mm This week I “rolled out” a new period. I meant to do this two weeks ago, but the heavy snow forced it to be postponed. Actually, this isn’t really a new period at all, but the re-branding of an old one. I’ve had most of these Foundry pirate

The Roman World

The Battle of Canusium, 82 BC

The Roman World, To the Strongest, 28mm Last Thursday Edinburgh was gripped by snow, and while it all looked very pretty, it meant the club was closed. So, this week’s game was all the more enjoyable for the forced absence of the week before. A while ago I’d arranged an Ancient game with Dave Irmrie,

The French & Indian War

Raid on St. Vincent, 1757

The French & Indian War, Muskets & Tomahawks, 28mm The little hamlet of St. Vincent lies in the heart of Vandalia County, in the backwoods of Britain’s North American colony. It originally consisted of a church and four houses, but when the church was burned in a raid the locals replaced it with a stout


A visit to Firelock Games

Misc., Wargame Companies I’ve missed the last two wargames club nights as I’ve been away in Florida. I was there to give a talk about pirates, and I used the trip as an excuse for a few days of R&R down in Key West, and up in Miami/Lauderdale. On my travels I seized the opportunity

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The Roman World

The Battle of Bibrax, 57BC

The Roman World, To the Strongest, 28mm I missed out on a game last week, thanks to a very anti-social cold. In my absence, the guys decided to play an Ancients game this week, to develop their knowledge of the rules. So, I was duly asked to join in – and oh, could I please

The Italian Wars

Peasant-Bashing at Burgau, 1525

The Italian Wars, Pike & Shotte, 28mm This week, German Michael unveiled his new “thing”. For weeks now we’d heard rumours that he’d been painting up peasants. This is where his new project first appeared on the tabletop. I’ve labelled this as an Italian Wars game, but in fact it belongs firmly on the far

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To Jedburgh, with fyre and sworde, 1572

Misc., Border Rievers, The Pikeman’s Lament, 28mm The club always holds its AGM on the last Thursday of November, which usually means the evening is wasted. Well, it’s wasted in terms of gaming, but not if you like the interminable reading out of budgets, minutes, health & safety regulations and other such stuff. Don’t get

The Italian Wars

The Italian Job, 1506

The Italian Wars, Pike & Shotte, 28mm Our League of Gentlemen Wargamers games are always large-scale affairs, but this one put most of them in the shade. Effectively, we spent the weekend fighting all across Italy – or rather most of it – from the Alps in the north to Naples in the south. The


Targe 2017

Misc., Wargame Shows, Kirriemuir This Saturday I jumped into the car and headed up to Kirriemuir, for the annual Targe show. “Kirrie” is a place dear to my heart – my grandparents lived there, and much of my childhood was spent playing in the woods there, or exploring the little town. It’s also in the

The Seven Years War

The Defence of Königswinter, 1757

The Seven Years War, Die Kriegskunst, 28mm Having tinkered extensively with the draft set of Die Kreigskunst 2 (DKK2) we thought it was time to try out the rules again. So, in this battle, my Reichsarmee were pitted against the forces of Hesse-Kassel. The game was very loosely based on a Charles Grant scenario – “The

The Back of Beyond

The Advance on Kiev, 1920

The Back of Beyond, Setting the East Ablaze, 28mm By popular consent we returned to The Back of Beyond again. Actually, that’s not quite accurate – while we used our Back of Beyond toys, for once the game wasn’t set in Central Asia, but rather in the Ukraine. Essentially it was an excuse for Bart

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