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The American War of Independence

The Battle of Germanwine, 1777

The American War of Independence, Black Powder, 28mm This past weekend I took part in a large American War of Independence game, held in Lundin Links in Fife. The game was designed to use Dave Imrie’s nice-looking terrain boards, and a scenario concocted by Bill Gilchrist. The result was a fictitious encounter we fought somewhere

The Battle of Trenton, 1776

The American War of Independence, Black Powder, 28mm This was a very seasonal battle. The real battle was fought on Boxing Day (26 January), and so it seemed appropriate to refight it between Christmas and New Year. So, it was the nightafter Christmas, when all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even

The Battle of Hubbarton, 1777

The American War of Independence, Black Powder, 28mm I found myself in Edinburgh on a club night, so I arranged to play an American War of Independence game with Bill Gilchrist. Actually Bill landed up both umpiring and co-commanding the Americans in this small refight of the Battle of Hubbarton. He was ably assisted by

The Battle of Bell’s Quarry, 1777

The American War of Independence, Maurice, 28mm This Thursday I was invited around to Bill Gilchrist’s house to try my hand at a game of Maurice. I say house, but his wargame room is actually his garage, and very cosy it was too.Maurice is really a set of Seven Years War rules, produced by Sam

The Battle of Germantown, 1777

The American War of Independence, Black Powder, 28mm This weekend three of us flew up to the neighbouring island of Shetland, to take part in an inter-island wargaming weekend with the Thule Wargames Club of Shetland. The airfield in Shetland is just eighty miles north of the one in Orkney, but it was like stepping

The Battle of Hoboken Meadows, 1776

The American War of Independence, Black Powder, 28mm I didn’t have a game lined up this week, but I was lucky enough to take part in an American War of Independence game laid on by Michael, the club’s German member. He uses Black Powder, a rules set I’m very familiar with, but he augments it

The Battle of Germantown, 1777

The American War of Independence, Black Powder, 28mm The first game of the year was a refight of the American War of Independence Battle of Germantown, which was fought on 4th October 1777. The refight took place in Bill Gilchrist’s garage in Livingstone, converted into a spacious wargames den. Bill and I commanded Lord Howe’s

Malden and Medford , 1775

The American War of Independence, Black Powder, 28mm You won’t have heard of the running battle of Malden and Medford, as this was a fictional game – a tabletop teaser. Of course it was based on the very real events that took place a few miles away in Lexington and Concord. The thing is, the

Cambridge County, 1781

The American War of Independence, Muskets & Tomahawks, 28mm As two of the regular Orkney wargamers couldn’t make it, I looked around for a small skirmish game – two players and an umpire. I’d just bought Muskets & Tomahawks rules from Caliver Books, and I wanted to try them out. I’ve actually bought French &

The Battle of Freeman’s Farm, 1777

The American War of Independence, Black Powder, 28mm It seems strange that such a small engagement could have sealed the fate of a continent. There was less than a division aside at the battle, and it was indecisive, but it ended British hopes of defeating the rebel colonies, and thus saving North America from itself.

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