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Archives for October 2013

Mobile Bay, 1864

Ironclads, Bill’s Ironclad Rules, 1/600 scale Bill Gilchrist and I have been developing a set of naval wargame rules. Actually Bill has been doing almost all the work – I’m just there to share the credit. They’re tentatively called Ironclad, and the plan is to have them published by Osprey, as part of their rules

Primosole, Sicily, 1943

The Second World War, Bolt Action, 28mm I had a very strange weekend. On Friday night I was in Orkney, giving a speech and the “immortal memory” toast at a very boozy Trafalgar Night Dinner. I had my car “valet parked” on the ferry, and the following morning I driving it ashore in Aberdeen. Two

Klinkhausen, 1813

The Napoleonic Wars, General de Brigade, 28mm  This little game was played up in Orkney using the little 7×5 foot table in my attic wargaming den. Three of us took part – Mark Colston commanding the French, while Alan Bruce and I took charge of the Prussians and Russians respectively. It was a little encounter

Clash near Rauray, 1944

The Second World War, Chain of Command, 28mm In the Edinburgh club two of its most senior members are collectively known as “The Old Stoners”. They’re a bit like Stadler and Waldorf from The Muppet Show, only more laid back. Anyway, every so often they rave enthusiastically about a new set of rules, proclaiming them

Retski Halt, 1919

The Back of Beyond, Setting the East Ablaze, 28mm This was a long-overdue return to “The Back of Beyond”, a period I really enjoy, but for some reason play far less often than I’d like. Largely because I didn’t have the right sand-coloured cloth to hand, this game was set in Northern Russia, rather than