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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

The Napoleonic Wars

Battle of Dobro Viatski, 1812

The Napoleonic Wars, Over the Hills, 28mm You really can’t beat a good Napoleonic scrap – and this was one of the best of them. Light all good club-night battles it involved limited forces – just two brigades of infantry and one of cavalry per side. Campbell’s Württemberg division had nine battalions in two brigades,

Misc

Claymore 2016

This Saturday, my Edinburgh club – the South-East Scotland Wargames Club (or SESWC) hosted its annual wargames show in Edinburgh College. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day out, which began with moving heavy boxes of books and lead around, and ended with a major beer-drinking session with a bunch of wargamers, in a bar full

The Napoleonic Wars

Battle of Warsteiner, 1813

Napoleonic Wars, Over the Hills, 28mm A few weeks ago I read that Caliver Books / Partizan Press were coming out with a new set of Napoleonic rules. they were billed as a more period-specific answer to Black Powder, but with slightly more to them. Now, Black Powder remain a stalwart of the Edinburgh club,

Misc

Clash near Etaples, 1058

The Dark Ages, Saga, 28mm   First of all, my apologies for the poor photo quality. What sort of idiot goes on holiday and forgets to bring their camera. Er, that would be me. I went up to Orkney for two weeks, staying in a cottage by the beach, and forgot my camera. This trip also

Naval Warfare

A Clash in the DFA, off Iceland, 1976

The (Third) Cod War, There’s Something Wrong with our Bloody Fish Today!,1/200-scale This really was a game with a difference. I wasn’t in the army, but I did serve on HMS Falmouth, which plays a key role in this game. Thirty years ago, the Icelanders arbitrarily extended their fishing limits to 200 miles – a

Bismarck's Wars

The Austro-Prussian War of 1866

Special Feature. This last weekend I went over to Hradec Kralove in the Czech Republic, to see the marking of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Koniggratz (3 July 1866). Here are a few pictures of the re-enactors, doing their thing…

The Italian Wars

The Battle of Amalfitana, 1516

The Italian Wars, Pike & Shotte, 28mmThis fictitious scrap was dreamed up by or club’s Renaissance enthusiast Michael Schneider. the figures came from his collection, backed up by those of Donald Adamson, plus my own fledgling Venetian “battle”.  The game was played on an 8 x 6 foot table, with a river running down the

The Seven Years War

The Battle of Munchhausen, 1757

The Seven Years War, Honours of War, 28mm This week we staged a Seven Years War game, using the new Honours of War rules. The gamers are divided over these rules – some like them, others don’t. the nay-sayers claim – with some justification – that artillery is far too effective, and they’re slower than

Misc

Wilson’s Archipelago, 1718

The Golden Age of Piracy, Shug’s Pirate Rules, 28mm On the morning of 5th April I heard that my wargaming pal Hugh Wilson had died suddenly – the result of complications following surgery. This was a real shock – it still is. Every two weeks Hugh hosted games round at his house, and laid on

The Great War at Sea

The Battle of Jutland, 1916

The Great War, Fleet Action Imminent, 1/2400 scale Wargames rarely go according to plan. That’s largely because wargamers rarely do what’s expected of them. I thought this was a fairly sensible scenario – I really did. I’ve just finished writing a mammoth book on Jutland, and so the battle was pretty much fresh in my

The French & Indian War

The Hudson Valley, 1760

The French & Indian Wars, Muskets & Tomahawks, 28mmThis was one of our League of Gentleman Wargamer weekends, up in Kirriemuir, a small town north of Dundee. The group’s composition has changed a little over the last few years, but its core remains the same bunch of laid-back middle-aged wargamers who you enjoy hanging out

The Italian Wars

The Battle of Cernigola, 1503

The Italian Wars, Pike & Shotte, 28mm Michael Schneider is our club’s true Renaissance man. Rather, he’s the one with most of the lead, and keep staging games. Donald has quite a few figures too, and recently I’ve got in on the act by starting a small Venetian army. Anyway, Michael organised this game, which

The Second World War

Skirmish near Voronezh, 1943

The Second World War, Chain of Command, 28mm This game was played during one of my visits to Orkney. In my absence the guys in the Orkney Wargames Club have been living on an almost total diet of Chain of Command, and although their terrain still looks very western front, their games are now set

Bismarck's Wars

The Battle of Wissemweiller, 1870

The Franco-Prussian War, Fire & Fury, 10mm This is a new departure for me. I’m pretty much a dyed-in-the-wool 28mm wargamer, and it takes a lot to get me even sniffing at other scales. Still, I have some 10mm Western Desert kit somewhere, and I’ve seen people play 6mm and 10mm games and survive the