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The Battle of Cape Hel, 1905

Pre-Dreadnought Naval, Perfidious Albion, 1/1000 scale Apologies for the delay in posting this – and the next few reports. I suppose it’s fortuitous really, as with Covid-19 on the rampage, and all socialising on hold, then its good to have a backlog. Silver lining and all that. This was a fictitious naval game, set in

Queen Victoria's Little Wars

Witkerk Drift, 1899

Queen Victoria’s Little Wars, The Men Who Would be Kings, 28mm This was an attack and defence game, with the Boers dug in around the hamlet of Witkerk (“White Church”) in the Transvaal. The British appeared out of the veldt to the north. The hamlet lay just  north of a ford over the Mizinyathe River.

The Spanish Civil War

The Ford at El Rio Rojo, 1937

The Spanish Civil War, Chain of Command, 28mm We decided to return to sun-kissed Spain this week, with an attack and defence game set in the Spanish Civil War. Just for a laugh we had the Anarchist militia doing the attacking, and the Nationalist regulars holding the line. Actually, they had to hold a ford

The Napoleonic Wars

The Ambush at Suetovo, 1812

The Napoleonic Wars, Black Powder, 28mm This week we went for an all-cavalry game. The scenario was lifted from Charles S Grant and Stuart Asquith’s Scenarios for all Ages (1996), which has long been a source of fun gaming ideas. This one was called “Tables Turned”. In it, a powerful cavalry force chasing a weaker

The Roman World

The Battle of Lagdunum, 53 BC

The Roman World, To the Strongest, 28mm The uppity Gauls were at it again. A peaceful Caesarean Roman column was marching through Gaul, minding its own business when a horde of unwashed Gallic barbarians turned up looking for a fight. Naturally the Romans obliged. This was a straightforward encounter game, but with a slight twist.

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The Seven Years War

The Wagon Train, 1760

The Seven Years War, Black Powder, 28mm We had an AGM this week, so we wanted a game that would be fun but quick. So, I came up with a tried and tested scenario called “The Wagon Train”. It was first devised by Charles Grant Senior, and published in the Wargames Digest in 1961. The

WWII Coastal Forces

Brush off the Bullock Bank, 1941

WWII Coastal Forces, Narrow Seas, 1/600 We were all at sea for the first game of the year, somewhere in the English Channel midway between Newhaven and Boulogne. There wasn’t much point to this game – just a nocturnal clash between two groups of baby warships. This time we left the freighters and big escorts

The French & Indian War

Rafting on the Hudson, 1757

The French & Indian War, Rebels  and Patriots, 28mm As games go, this was a very silly one. In Rebels and Patriots, the second of the book’s dozen scenarios is called “The Great River Chase”. In it, the defenders had three rafts laden with supplies, crewed by civilians. We gave the rafts to the British. They

The Second World War

Return to La Cambe, 1944

The Second World War, Chain of Command, 28mm This was our second trip to this little corner of Normandy. A few weeks before, the American probe here got driven back by the Germans. Now we were back, and were out for revenge. As before, this game formed part of a scenario – the first one

The Seven Years War

The Battle of Volkmarsen, 1758

The Seven Years War, Black Powder, 28mm It’s been ages since my last Seven Years War game. That’s unusual, as it’s my favourite period. However, since the fire in my Edinburgh flat last January, I’d steam-leaned the smoke damage to all of my lead collection, apart from my SYW figures,  and the Back of Beyond

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The Second World War

Probe at La Cambe, 1944

The Second World War, Chain of Command, 28mm This game is actually the opening scenario from the “pint-sized campaign 29, Let’s Go!  from the Two Fat Lardies. It all centres round the US 29th Division in the days after landing at Omaha Beach, and the drive inland towards Isigny.  In this game, an American probe

The Roman World

The Ambush at Agedincum, 53BC

The Roman World, To the Strongest, 28mm This was another “learning the system” game, using my Gauls and Caesarean Romans. It was a fairly straightforward little clash, fought out in reasonably open ground on a 6×4 foot table. the odd patch of forest sat on the edges of what was otherwise an open plain, dominated

The Great War at Sea

Clash off Helder, 1916

The Great War at Sea, Fleet Action Imminent, 1/2400 scale After a couple of weeks off due to other things getting in the way, we felt like a naval game. So, none of the players had played these rules before, I kept things simple. This was a fictitious clash between battlecruisers, with the German 1st

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