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Dodgems in the DFA, off Iceland, 1975

The (Third) Cod War, There’s Something Wrong with our Blood Fish Today, 1/1200 scale This week we were going to play a Napoleonic game. Bill Gilchrist was going to supply all the figures, but unfortunately he took ill on the way in, and so we were left game-less. However, Peter gave me a lift home

Pre-Dreadnought

Battle of the Fehmarn Belt, 1906

Pre-Dreadnought, Perfidious Albion, 1/1200 scale The rather ludicrous excuse for this game involving three navies was the Algeciras Conference of 1906. The main diplomatic protagonists were France and Germany, and in our alternate history tensions had mounted so much that the countries were at the brink of war. To rattle the German cage a French

The Seven Years War

The Foss Heide, 1760

The Seven Years War, Black Powder, 28mm Last week, Dave Imrie suggested laying on a midweek daytime game, to entertain the gifted Thomas Foss, who was visiting from California. Thomas is the man behind those Renaissance galleys and rules we use, and a bunch of other projects, although his day job is working as a

The Back of Beyond

The Road to Bokhara, 1920

The Back of Beyond, Setting the East Ablaze!, 28mm We can’t go too long without staging a Back of Beyond game. They’re just such good fun. This week’s one was set on the road between Samarkand and Bokhara, where a Muslim League blocking force was trying to delay the Red Army’s drive westwards. The game

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Bismarck's Wars

The Battle of Faulquemont, 1870

Bismarck’s Wars, Bonnie Blue Flag, 10mm With a lot of people on holiday this week my regular group was reduced to just one – German Michael (aka “Mad Micha”). We opted for a small Franco-Prussian game using our 10mm toys, to see how they work with Bonnie Blue Flag. While Michael hadn’t tried these rules

The Italian Wars

The Merano Ambush, 1524

The Italian Wars, Pike & Shotte, 28mm For weeks, German Michael (aka “Mad Micha”) has been wanting to run a Renaissance game. He loves them, especially if they involve lots of landsknechts. He normally prefers a battle fought on a flat and featureless plain, but this time I talked him into doing something a bit

The Seven Years War

The Battle of Die Wildnis, 1759

The Seven Years War, Die Kriegskunst v2, 28mm This week we were off to High Germany, for our first proper playtest of Die Kriegskunst 2, or Son of Kriegskunst, or whatever we’re going to call it. Essentially the rules are a modified version of Dave Brown’s General d’Armee, with a lot of the original Die Kriegskunst thrown into the

The Spanish Civil War

Pueblo Tranquilo, 1937

The Spanish Civil War, Chain of Command, 28mm This week we were off to sunny Spain. Quite a few people weren’t at the club (it’s the Edinburgh Festival), so this week it was just Peter and I, playing a small Spanish Civil War game on a 6×4 foot table. It was a “Patrol” scenario, with

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Misc

Claymore 2017

Misc, Wargame Show, Edinburgh I missed this week’s game, thanks to a sick First Mate. The early ferry from Orkney was cancelled due to illness – apparently you need two crew with Master’s tickets before you can sail. Then on the way down I had the customary pit stop with Charles Grant, who brews a

The Roman World

The Battle of the Samara, 57BC

The Roman World, To the Strongest, 28mm Due to popular request we returned to Gaul this week, for another grudge map between Caesar’s Romans and the locals. While our last one was set down in modern Switzerland, this one was in northern France, or rather Gaul, near the Gallic oppidum of Somarobriva (Amiens).We fought this

The Second World War

Brettevillette, 1944

The Second World War, Chain of Command, 28mm Last week we all agreed to take along our Second World War toys, as we hadn’t played that period for a while. It used to be a leading wargames staple, but in the last year or so other periods have overtaken it. This was going to be

The Napoleonic Wars

The Massacre of Daugieliszki, 1812

The Napoleonic Wars, Over the Hills, 28mm  It isn’t often that something happens on the wargame table that makes your jaw drop. Well, apart from rampant gamesmanship that is.  It certainly did in this game, and so has already gone down in history as it included the most spectacular tabletop charge I can ever remember.

The Seven Years War

The Wagon Train, 1760

The Seven Years War, General d’Armee, 28mm  This week several of the regulars were off on holiday, so it was left to Bart, German Michael, MDF Michael and I to entertain ourselves. I put on a small Seven Years War game in order to put General d’Armee through its paces. Yes I know, this is

The Roman World

The Battle of Burgiens, 58BC

The Roman World, To the Strongest, 28mm This week – a day of non-stop rain – Campbell and I braved the elements and made it to the club, where we fought a small Ancients game, using my Gauls and Caesarean Romans. This was Campbell’s first foray into the Gallic Wars, and his first proper experience

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