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Queen Victoria’s Little Wars

De Jager’s Drift, 1899

Queen Victoria’s Little Wars, The Men who would be Kings, 28mm We were off to South Africa this week, for a small three player game set in the Second Boer War. The British objective was to capture De Jager’s Drift (ford), the only place for miles where British guns and wagons could cross the Buffalo

Probing the Mamund Valley, 1897

Queen Victoria’s Little Wars, The Men Who Would be Kings, 28mm This week was a strange one at the club, with most of the usual suspects either unable to come in, or else playing other things. So, it was left to German Michael and I to do something quick and simple. He’d wanted to run

Action at Sandspruit Halt, 1900

Queen Victoria’s Little Wars, The Men Who Would Be Kings, 28mm I never planned to wargame the Boer War. Sure, I found it interesting enough, but I always thought the thing pretty dull to wargame, especially the big battles. My mistake, of course, was to buy a “sample pack” of Old Glory Boers recently. Then,

Ambush in the Tirah Valley, 1898

Queen Victoria’s Little Wars, The Men who would be Kings, 28mm This week, by popular demand, we transported ourselves to the North-West Frontier of the British Raj, for another encounter between the British Empire and the wily Pathans. This was an ambush scenario, with the British column plodding its way up the Tirah valley, only

The Relief of Kirriepur, 1857

Queen Victoria’s Little Wars, Bonny Blue Flag (Homegrown Rules), 28mm A weekend of Indian Mutiny wargaming isn’t complete without a beleaguered residency and a relief force struggling to reach it before the defences are overcome. That then, is exactly what this Sunday game was all about, played out during the latest League of Gentlemen Wargamers’

The Road to Kirriepur, 1857

Queen Victoria’s Little Wars, Muskets & Tomahawks, 28mm This weekend was the spring gathering of the League of Gentlemen Wargamers, which means we were up in Kirriemuir, a small town about 90 minutes drive north of Edinburgh. The weekend was divided into two parts. On the Saturday, we played a bunch of skirmish games, using

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

Maharajpur, 1857

Queen Victoria’s Little Wars, Muskets & Tomahawks, 28mm In a few weeks time I’ll be running a weekend-long Indian Mutiny. While the second day involves a big battle, with suitable rules, the Saturday will centre round skirmish-level games, with four or five different scenarios. We thought my Mutiny rules set of choice Sharp Practice offered

The Singhpur Affair, 1857

Queen Victoria’s Little Wars, Sharp Practice, 28mm This week the Edinburgh club put on a participation game at Targe, a small wargame show held up in Kirriemuir, in north-east Scotland. Its about 90 minutes drive from Edinburgh, so at the unsociable hour of 7.15am Jack and Derek collected me and my figures, and whisked us

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