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Queen Victoria’s Little Wars

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

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

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