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The Bridge at La Mesa Verde, 1937

The Spanish Civil War, Chain of Command, 28mm This week we’re off to sunny Spain, Y viva Espana! There were two reasons for this. First, I needed some pictures of Spanish Civil War figures for an article in Charles Grant’s Wargamers’ Annual, and second, Lindsay Bailey, who normally plays fantasy games wanted to try out

The Cod War

The Whaleback, off Iceland, 1975

The Cod War, Cod Wars!, 1/1200 scale We hadn’t played this for a couple of years, and so we decided to give this another go. In fact, during that time the rules received a makeover, and even a new name. This one was set in the mid ’70’s, with four British trawlers fishing “The Whaleback”,

The Napoleonic Wars

Action at Krupskaya, 1812

The Napoleonic Wars, Over the Hills, 28mm This small Napoleonic game was set during Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812, somewhere near Polotsk. The premise is that after the battle there on 17 July, the Russians under Wittgenstein were retreating, with their battered troops heading east through the small village of Krupskaya. A mixed bag

Bismarck's Wars

The Battle of Lembach, 1870

Bismarck’s Wars, Bonnie Blue Flag, 10mm I hadn’t used these little figures for some time, so I brought them out this week, to stage a small fictional Franco-Prussian Battle. This was very much designed as a learning game, as Gyles hadn’t played these fun rules before, and I hadn’t for quite some time. Actually, Michael

The Second World War

Action at Point 192, 1944

The Second World War, What a Tanker!, 28mm  I’d never played What a Tanker! before, so when the guys suggested it I was fairly amenable. I gave them a read during the week, and brought along a handful of German AFVs on the night. Rather strangely, there were three of us playing, but we fielded

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The Napoleonic Wars

Battle of Shuvwitz, 1813

The Napoleonic Wars, Over the Hills, 28mm A couple of weeks ago I ran a Napoleonic game in the Orkney club, to give the guys a taste of the period. They’d played Napoleonic games before, but not for a few years, and not with these rules. They enjoyed themselves, and wanted another go. In the

The Spanish Civil War

Skirmish at Bellavista, 1936

The Spanish Civil War, Chain of Command, 28mm This week, three of us played a Chain of Command game, set near the start of the Spanish Civil War. The idea was, a detachment from the anarchist Durutti Column was charged with seizing the village of Bellavista, while another column of Falangists was heading there too.

Early Periods

Skirmish at Harelaw, 1592

The Border Reivers, The Pikeman’s Lament, 28mm First of all, sorry for not updating this website for a while. the thing is, I’ve moved house, and life got in the way. Mind you, I only missed one week’s game, but I haven’t had a chance to update the site – until now. I’ll “backfill” some

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The Second World War

Gueuze, 1944

The  Second World War, Chain of Command, 28mm We hadn’t played a Second World War game in ages, and so with everyone else fresh out of ideas, Peter suggested a “Big CoC” Actually, it wasn’t that big a game, despite being played on an 8×4 foot table. It was a fictitious one, set somewhere near

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