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Crossing the Bug, 1812

The Napoleonic Wars, Black Powder, 28mm This game took place half a lifetime ago. Actually, it was only two and a half weeks, but since then the world has turned upside down. It’s also our last game at the wargame club, at least for the foreseeable future. I’ve got one more game to post after

Witkerk Drift, 1899

Queen Victoria’s Little Wars, The Men Who Would be Kings, 28mm This was an attack and defence game, with the Boers dug in around the hamlet of Witkerk (“White Church”) in the Transvaal. The British appeared out of the veldt to the north. The hamlet lay just  north of a ford over the Mizinyathe River.

The Ambush at Suetovo, 1812

The Napoleonic Wars, Black Powder, 28mm This week we went for an all-cavalry game. The scenario was lifted from Charles S Grant and Stuart Asquith’s Scenarios for all Ages (1996), which has long been a source of fun gaming ideas. This one was called “Tables Turned”. In it, a powerful cavalry force chasing a weaker

The Wagon Train, 1760

The Seven Years War, Black Powder, 28mm We had an AGM this week, so we wanted a game that would be fun but quick. So, I came up with a tried and tested scenario called “The Wagon Train”. It was first devised by Charles Grant Senior, and published in the Wargames Digest in 1961. The

Rafting on the Hudson, 1757

The French & Indian War, Rebels  and Patriots, 28mm As games go, this was a very silly one. In Rebels and Patriots, the second of the book’s dozen scenarios is called “The Great River Chase”. In it, the defenders had three rafts laden with supplies, crewed by civilians. We gave the rafts to the British. They

The Battle of Volkmarsen, 1758

The Seven Years War, Black Powder, 28mm It’s been ages since my last Seven Years War game. That’s unusual, as it’s my favourite period. However, since the fire in my Edinburgh flat last January, I’d steam-leaned the smoke damage to all of my lead collection, apart from my SYW figures,  and the Back of Beyond

The Battle of Emilovska, 1812

The Napoleonic Wars, Over the Hills, 28mm First of all, my apologies. I’ve been snowed under with writing deadlines (two Ospreys in two months), and I didn’t get a chance to update the site. So, after this you’ll get a run of game reports over the next week or so. This one was something of

The Raid on Onondago, 1756

The French & Indian War, Rebels and Patriots, 28mm We decided to launch another foray into the North American backwoods this week. This was a four player game, with Lindsay and I playing the British, and Gyles and Sean the French. Each of us had a 16 point force according to the Rebels and Patriots

Action at Krupskaya, 1812

The Napoleonic Wars, Over the Hills, 28mm This small Napoleonic game was set during Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812, somewhere near Polotsk. The premise is that after the battle there on 17 July, the Russians under Wittgenstein were retreating, with their battered troops heading east through the small village of Krupskaya. A mixed bag

The Storming of Ali Masjid, 1897

Queen Victoria’s Little Wars, The Men Who Would Be Kings, 28mm This week we were off to the Khyber Pass, for a small skirmish game set in the North-West Frontier. This involved a British attack on a fort, Ali Masjid, which had recently been overrun by the Afridis in a surprise attack. In fact all

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