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Queen Victoria’s Little Wars

Painthar Kee Maand, 1897

Queen Victoria’s Little Wars, Muskets & Tomahawks, 28mm This game was going to be a little different. Bill and I are planning scenarios for an Indian Mutiny weekend, and the idea is to use a slightly adapted version of Muskets & Tomahawks. Bill has come up with all the amendments- all we need to do

Abu Halfa, 1884

Queen Victoria’s Little Wars, Black Powder, 28mm This week we were off to the desert, fighting an fictional engagement in the Sudan. This scrap was set against the backdrop of the Nile Expedition of 1884-85. The premise was that in late 1884, before the advance could begin a telegraph line had to be built across the

Shirani, Tochi Valley, 1897

Queen Victoria’s Little Wars, The Men Who Would Be Kings, 28mm This week Bill Gilchrist and I tried out these new colonial rules from Osprey. In theory they’re a version of Lion Rampant, but after reading and playing them we found them a very different creature.  In The Men Who Would Be Kings there’s a

The Relief of Abu Kru, 1885

Queen Victoria’s Little Wars, Peter Gilder Colonial Rules, 28mm Although I was down in Warwick for a Seven Years War weekend, other games were on offer, and this one looked so good that I couldn’t resit playing it. All the figures and the terrain were from Dave Docherty’s collection, and he umpired the thing too,

Khartoum, 1885

Queen Victoria’s Little Wars, Black Powder, 28mm This weekend game was run by the AB1 crowd (which stands for “Anything but a 1”). We lay on games twice a year in a hotel in Lundin Links, Fife, and this time we were off to the Sudan. I was later arriving at the first game, as

The Battle of Ey Bai, 1883

Queen Victoria’s Little Wars, Death in the Dark Continent, 28mm Winston Churchill once called the Egyptian Army of Hicks Pasha as “perhaps the worst army that has ever marched to war”. So, when I was offered the chance to lead it into battle on the tabletop I jumped at the chance. The figures for this

The Battle of the Alma, 1854

Queen Victoria’s Little Wars, Republic to Empire, 28mm About two or three times a year I take part in a League of Gentleman Wargamers game, a fancy name for what is essentially a group of gamers who get together for a weekend to refight a battle. These games are usually pretty big, and this one was

El Tubi, 1884

Queen Victoria’s Little Wars, Black Powder, 28mm The new Black Powder rules purport to cover the period from around 1700 to 1890, and the rules include a sample game set during the Sudan Campaign of 1884. well, we thought we’d give the period a try, using figures from the collections of Dave O’Brien and Colin

Sweetwater Canal, Egypt, 1882

Queen Victoria’s Little Wars, Warriors against Bullets, 28mm This week I was given the chance to participate in a colonial game, run by fellow Edinburgh gamer Dave O’Brien. It was set in the Egyptian Campaign of 1882, and revolved around a British attack on an Egyptian outpost and oasis, somewhere on a spur of the