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Probing the Mamund Valley, 1897

Queen Victoria’s Little Wars, The Men Who Would be Kings, 28mm This week was a strange one at the club, with most of the usual suspects either unable to come in, or else playing other things. So, it was left to German Michael and I to do something quick and simple. He’d wanted to run

Misc

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

Misc

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

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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

Pre-Dreadnought

Battle of the Fehmarn Belt, 1906

Pre-Dreadnought, Perfidious Albion, 1/1200 scale The rather ludicrous excuse for this game involving three navies was the Algeciras Conference of 1906. The main diplomatic protagonists were France and Germany, and in our alternate history tensions had mounted so much that the countries were at the brink of war. To rattle the German cage a French

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The Seven Years War

The Foss Heide, 1760

The Seven Years War, Black Powder, 28mm Last week, Dave Imrie suggested laying on a midweek daytime game, to entertain the gifted Thomas Foss, who was visiting from California. Thomas is the man behind those Renaissance galleys and rules we use, and a bunch of other projects, although his day job is working as a

The Back of Beyond

The Road to Bokhara, 1920

The Back of Beyond, Setting the East Ablaze!, 28mm We can’t go too long without staging a Back of Beyond game. They’re just such good fun. This week’s one was set on the road between Samarkand and Bokhara, where a Muslim League blocking force was trying to delay the Red Army’s drive westwards. The game

Bismarck's Wars

The Battle of Faulquemont, 1870

Bismarck’s Wars, Bonnie Blue Flag, 10mm With a lot of people on holiday this week my regular group was reduced to just one – German Michael (aka “Mad Micha”). We opted for a small Franco-Prussian game using our 10mm toys, to see how they work with Bonnie Blue Flag. While Michael hadn’t tried these rules

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