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Archives for March 2013

The Storming of Kaahka, 1920

The Back of Beyond, Setting the East Ablaze, 28mm Given the enjoyment of the large Back of Beyond game earlier this month it was almost inevitable that I’d revisit the period. Besides, all the figures were ready to hand, and it was something different to stage in Orkney – none of the other two wargamers

Clash off Bligh Bank, 1942

WWII Coastal Forces, Attack with Torpedoes, 1/600 scale Orkney-based wargamer Chris Werb expressed an interest in a Second World War Coastal Forces game, so out came the sea mat and the little boats. I can’t even call them ships. Anyway, the plan was to play two games – a straightforward night-time clash between small German

The Trans-Siberian Campaign, 1921

The Back of Beyond, Setting the East Ablaze, 28mm This weekend it was time for another wargaming extravaganza staged by the League of Gentlemen Wargamers, a motley collection of gamers who meet three times a year in Kirriemuir, in north-east Scotland. On this occasion their behaviour was far from gentlemanly, with no end of plotting,

Malburgen, Arnhem, 1944

The Second World War, Bolt Action, 20mm found myself in Edinburgh on Thursday evening, with no game planned, and no lead with me. Fortunately, Bill Gilchrist invited me to take part in a  Second World War skirmish, using his 20mm figures, and Bolt Action rules. I’m still not convinced by Bolt Action, so I was

Beda Fomm, 1941

The Second World War, Battlegroup Panzergrenadier, 10mm This wasn’t the prettiest game I’ve ever played. The Italian player forgot to bring the terrain mat, and so we were reduced to playing on a bare wooden table, with green hills covered in muslin bags we found in a store cupboard, by way of terrain,. Still, this

The Relief of Paronakos, 178 BC

The Roman World, Hail Caesar, 28mm I’ve got to say, I’m not really an Ancients player. However, I found myself talked into taking part in this huge game, and it inspired me to finally paint that Roman army I’ve had languishing in the lead pile for several years. Actually, that’s not strictly true. I swapped