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Crossing the Kalashnikov, 1812

The Napoleonic Wars, Homegrown rules, 28mm The latest League of Gentleman Wargamers’ extravaganza was played out in the snowy wastes of Russia, in a game set during the Retreat from Moscow. the whole thing was engineered with great aplomb by Charlie Grant, who is clearly destined for great things in the military planning line. Essentially though,

The Italian Wars

The Battle of Novara, 1513

The Italian Wars, Pike & Shotte, 28mm This week, “German Michael” staged another of his renaissance games. it was billed as an ultimate “big fat battle”, with 64 figure pike blocks. Unfortunately nobody told the Swiss, who turned up with regular-sized 32 man ones. Still, it looked good, especially Michael’s big French and Landsknecht units.

The Indian Mutiny

The Singhpur Affair, 1857

The Indian Mutiny, Sharp Practice, 28mm This week the Edinburgh club put on a participation game at Targe, a small wargame show held up in Kirriemuir, in north-east Scotland. Its about 90 minutes drive from Edinburgh, so at the unsociable hour of 7.15am Jack and Derek collected me and my figures, and whisked us northwards.

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Targe, 2016

Misc., Wargame Shows, Kirriemuir Targe is probably the smallest wargame show I regularly go to – and one of the best. It’s held in Kirriemuir, the little town in Angus (I love having a county named after me), about 15 miles north of Dundee. The Edinburgh club was laying on an Indian Mutiny game, which

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Shirani, Tochi Valley, 1897

Misc., The North-West Frontier, The Men Who Would Be Kings, 28mm This week Bill Gilchrist and I tried out these new colonial rules from Osprey. In theory they’re a version of Lion Rampant, but after reading and playing them we found them a very different creature.  In The Men Who Would Be Kings there’s a

Pre-Dreadnought

The Battle of Chioggia, 1905

Pre-Dreadnought, Perfidious Albion, 1/1000 scale You’ll look in vain to find any account of this battle, save for the Venetian-Genoese scrap of 1380. Sometimes you just need to invent things in order to justify why six nations turned up with battleships, eager to blow each other out of the water. The rather fast and loose

The Seven Years War

The Warburg, 1760

The Seven Years War, For King and Parliament, 28mm This week the game was a little unusual. Simon Miller visited the club, and laid on a game. Strangely, it wasn’t one using his To the Strongest Ancient rules (which I really like). Simon and my wargaming friend Andrew Brentnall has been developing an English Civil War

The Dark Ages

Ballibugal 1014

The Dark Ages, Saga, 28mm I found myself in Orkney this week, and so I played a game there, rather than in Edinburgh. The Orkney Wargames Club is a broad church, and hisotircal gaming is only a small part of it. In fact there are only four proper historical wargamers there, plus a few occasional

The English Civil War

Upton, 1651

The English Civil War, The Kingdom is Ours, 28mm This week we were in Worcestershire, trying out a new set of rules. Rather our game was set there – as usual we were in the Navy Club in Edinburgh. The battle was fought between my Parliamentarian Eastern Association, posing as part of the New Model

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The Siege of the Wolfsschnaze, 1242

Misc., Medieval, Soldiers of God, 10mm This isn’t really my period, or my scale. However, my planned naval game fell through at the last minute, thanks to Bill Gilchrist eating a dodge Chinese meal. So, when I was invited to help Jack Glanville defend the Wolfsschanze, I willingly agreed, as it was better than just

The Napoleonic Wars

Crossing the Danube, 1809

The Napoleonic Wars, Over the Hills, 28mm This game – our third using Over the Hills – was based on the tried and tested “Bridgehead Breakout” scenario, found in Charles S. Grant’s Scenarios for Wargamers (1981).  Like most of Charles’ his “teasers” the scenario is harder than it looks. We’ve played this particular one a

The Dark Ages

The Ritzebüttel Raid, 1012

The Dark Ages, Saga, 28mm This week my Late Viking warband had an outing, and a scrap against Michael Schneider’s lovely-looking Ottonians. Yes, I didn’t really know who they were either. It turns out the Ottonians were a German dynasty of the 10th and early 11th century, whose span culminated in the reign of Henry

The Italian Wars

The Battle of Florence, 1528

The Italian Wars, Pike & Shotte, 28mm About once a month we play an Italian Wars game, under the watchful eye of “German Michael”. Each time our armies seem to be a little bigger, so this month, Michael decided to lay on a long 12 x 4 foot table, with absolutely no scenery, apart from

The Great War at Sea

The Königin Luise, 1914

Great War Naval, Fleet Action Imminent, 1/2400 scale This little game was something a bit different – a game where none of the ships had big guns, and none of them had gun turrets. The war began late in the evening of 4th August, and the following morning, shortly after dawn, the German minelayer Königin Luise

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Defending Legoland!

Fantasy Nonsense, Dragon Rampant Sometimes you find yourself playing a game that verges on the ridiculous. This went far beyond that. I can honestly say that it was the silliest game I’ve ever played – more so than any Pulp game, or even “Cadillacs and Dinosaurs”. The thing is, several people at the club have