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The Battle of Maida, 1806

The Napoleonic Wars, Over the Hills, 28mm Last week’s Napoleonic game wasn’t enough for everyone. So, we decided to stage another Napoleonic bash this week. Bill offered to organise it, and he sensibly came up with the idea of refighting the Battle of Maida, fought in the toe of Italy in 1806. The battle was a fairly

The Indian Mutiny

The Relief of Kirriepur, 1857

The Indian Mutiny, Homegrown Rules, 28mm A weekend of Indian Mutiny wargaming isn’t complete without a beleaguered residency and a relief force struggling to reach it before the defences are overcome. That then, is exactly what this Sunday game was all about, played out during the latest League of Gentlemen Wargamers’ weekend up in Kirriemuir.The

The Indian Mutiny

The Road to Kirriepur, 1857

The Indian Mutiny, Muskets & Tomahawks, 28mm This weekend was the spring gathering of the League of Gentlemen Wargamers, which means we were up in Kirriemuir, a small town about 90 minutes drive north of Edinburgh. The weekend was divided into two parts. On the Saturday, we played a bunch of skirmish games, using Bill’s

Queen Victoria's Little Wars

Abu Halfa, 1884

Queen Victoria’s Little Wars, Black Powder, 28mm This week we were off to the desert, fighting an fictional engagement in the Sudan. This scrap was set against the backdrop of the Nile Expedition of 1884-85. The premise was that in late 1884, before the advance could begin a telegraph line had to be built across the

The Indian Mutiny

Maharajpur, 1857

The Indian Mutiny, Muskets & Tomahawks, 28mm In a few weeks time I’ll be running a weekend-long Indian Mutiny. While the second day involves a big battle, with suitable rules, the Saturday will centre round skirmish-level games, with four or five different scenarios. We thought my Mutiny rules set of choice Sharp Practice offered too

The Italian Wars

The Battle of Agnadello, 1509

The Italian Wars, Pike & Shotte, 28mm Have you ever seen a game set out and your heart sinks, because you know you’re in for a turkey shoot? Well, this was one of those games! This week we were refighting the Battle of Agnadello, fought in Lombardy between the French and the Venetians. The real

The Age of Fighting Sail

Action off Ushant, 1803

The Age of Fighting Sail, Post Captain, 1/1200 scale We hadn’t played these rules before, so this game was really about learning the system. Four of us took part, so we fielded four ships – two French 40 gun frigates (Bart’s Cornelie and Campbell’s Hortense) and two British frigates, Peter’s Aeolus (32) and my Naiad

The Napoleonic Wars

The Battle of Koshka, 1812

The Napoleonic Wars, Over the Hills, 28mm This week we returned to the Napoleonic Wars, in a scenario set during the Invasion of Russia in 1812. This was drawn from Charles Grant and Stuart Asquith’s Scenarios for All Ages.  Actually, as the scenario called for river gunboats and transport barges we simplified it slightly by

WWII Coastal Forces

Cross Sands, North Sea 1941

WWII Coastal Forces, Attack with Torpedoes! 1/600 scale If you look on the period link, you’ll see we haven’t played a Coastal Forces game for quite a few years. There’s no real reason for it – this just seemed to be a naval period that slipped between the cracks. So, when Bart said he wanted

The Napoleonic Wars

Fort Fleur, Guadeloupe, 1794

The Napoleonic Wars, Sharp Practice, 28mm This game came about because I unearthed a small force of French Revolutionary figures I hadn’t used for years. Simultaneously The Two Fat Lardies published an e-book set of campaign rules for Sharp Practice. The result was the battle for Fort Fleur d’Epee, the first game of a mini-campaign

The Second World War

Mersa Brega, Western Desert,1941

The Second World War, Battlegroup Panzergrenadier, 10mm Last week Sandy Gillespie and I discussed the possibility of staging a small WW2 game, as I hadn’t yet tried out the new “deluxe” version of Battlegroup Panzergrenadier. These used to be a staple rules set of ours, but they got set aside as we got caught up in