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Battle of Thespiae, 86 BC

The Roman World, To the Strongest, 28mm The plan was to play two Ancient games, one with Gauls against Romans and the other one with Romans fighting a Mithraditic Pontic army. However, someone had the bright idea to merge them into one big game. So, that’s what we did. On one side we had Bart’s

The Battle of Thatcham, 1644

English Civil War, For King & Parliament, 28mm This week we returned to the English Civil War, and a small game set during the Second Newbury campaign of 1644. A Royalist force under Lord Astley was deployed to the east of Newbury, blocking the path of the Earl of Manchester’s Eastern Association, who was trying

The Battle of Driffield, 1644

The English Civil War, For King & Parliament, 28mm Everyone enjoyed these new rules when we played them last, so we decided to play them again. Ken and I both produced a matched pair of armies – six regiments of foot, six of horse, a dragoon regiment and a battery of guns. While my Parliamentarians

The San Juan River, Mosquito Coast, 1665

The Spanish Main, A Pikeman’s Lament, 28mm This game was a result of some hasty improvisation. For various reasons only Bart and I were able to play this week, so we wanted something “quick and dirty”. We settled on The Spanish Main, and our second clash between the Buccaneers and the forces of His Most

The Battle of Montgomery, 1644

The English Civil War, For King & Parliament, 28mm This was something of a big day. Several months before, Ken and I playtested these rules, written by Simon Miller and Andrew Brentnall. This week, we were using the finished rules, which have just come out. Back when we ran the playtest, the battle we were

The King’s Gold, New Granada, 1665

The Spanish Main, A Pikeman’s Lament, 28mm This week I “rolled out” a new period. I meant to do this two weeks ago, but the heavy snow forced it to be postponed. Actually, this isn’t really a new period at all, but the re-branding of an old one. I’ve had most of these Foundry pirate

The Battle of Canusium, 82 BC

The Roman World, To the Strongest, 28mm Last Thursday Edinburgh was gripped by snow, and while it all looked very pretty, it meant the club was closed. So, this week’s game was all the more enjoyable for the forced absence of the week before. A while ago I’d arranged an Ancient game with Dave Irmrie,

The Battle of Sanguinoso, 1503

The Italian Wars, Pike & Shotte, 28mm It was good to get back to shuffling figures around the table after a few weeks break. I was actually in at the club last week, but the only game on offer was a boardgame – Junta. While it was quite fun to play, it wasn’t “proper” wargaming,

The Battle of Bibrax, 57BC

The Roman World, To the Strongest, 28mm I missed out on a game last week, thanks to a very anti-social cold. In my absence, the guys decided to play an Ancients game this week, to develop their knowledge of the rules. So, I was duly asked to join in – and oh, could I please

Peasant-Bashing at Burgau, 1525

The Italian Wars, Pike & Shotte, 28mm This week, German Michael unveiled his new “thing”. For weeks now we’d heard rumours that he’d been painting up peasants. This is where his new project first appeared on the tabletop. I’ve labelled this as an Italian Wars game, but in fact it belongs firmly on the far

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