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Early Periods

Skirmish on the Essonne, 1429

The Age of Chivalry, Lion Rampant, 28mm It’s been a long while since I played Lion Rampant. My wargame buddy Gyles had an army though, and so I promised to raise a force myself. I opted for French, for two very good reasons. First, I like their red wine, and secondly, I could build a

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

Battle of the Scaldis, 57BC

The Roman World, To the Strongest, 28mm Like buses – you wait for ages, then two come along at once. So, this was our second ancient game in two weeks, largely because the first one proved so much fun that Gyles wanted another go at the rules. This time we fought a clash between a

The Battle of Claudiopolis, 74BC

The Roman World, To the Strongest, 28mm My chum Peter Mearns came up this week, to return the two Ancient armies he’d borrowed from me. He also laid on an Ancient game of his own, using his own toys. This scrap, set during the First Mithraditic War was between Bythnia and Pontus, with the Bythnians

Skirmish at Harelaw, 1592

The Border Reivers, The Pikeman’s Lament, 28mm First of all, sorry for not updating this website for a while. the thing is, I’ve moved house, and life got in the way. Mind you, I only missed one week’s game, but I haven’t had a chance to update the site – until now. I’ll “backfill” some

The Battle of Worcester, 1651

The English Civil War, Pike & Shotte, 28mm It was the League of Gentlemen Wargamers weekend, up in Kirriemuir. That means a fun multi-player game, and the chance to hang out with friends for a couple of days. This session was no exception. Last year, we agreed to play an English Civil War this weekend,

The Battle of San Bonifacio, 1512

The Italian Wars, Pike & Shotte, 28mm German Michael had been whining about not playing a Renaissance game for ages, so that’s what we did this week, just to keep him quiet. When I arrived he’d already set up. It was only a 6×4 foot table, and he’d so many troops he filled all of

The Kirkwhelpington Skirmish, 1644

The English Civil War, A Pikeman’s Lament, 28mm The hiatus in my gaming was down to a trip to North Carolina, for the 300th anniversary of Blackbeard’s carryings-on. Fresh from the pirate trail I arrived at the club without any lead, but managed to get involved in a small English Civil War skirmish game, laid on

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

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