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Queen Victoria’s Little Wars

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

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 Bridge at Fattibum, 1857

Queen Victoria’s Little Wars, Sharp Practice, 28mm This was little more than an excuse to get all my Indian Mutiny toys out on the table. I was actually going to lay on the figures for two games, fought out on two single 6×4 foot tables, separated by an impassable river. With a certain degree of

The Revolting Khazi, 1857

Queen Victoria’s Little Wars, Sharp Practice, 28mm For me the main event at Deep Fried Lard was to take part in the Indian Mutiny game. Richard Clark of Too Fat Lardies was running it as a Sharp Practice battle, and while I supplied the terrain and the figures, Rich concocted the scenario. While I’ve got a few

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,

The Purwa Raid, 1857

Queen Victoria’s Little Wars, Sharp Practice, 28mm This small game was all about getting players used to the new Sharp Practice rules. It was also a chance to “blood” my new buildings, built for me by the talented Nick Buxey. All that, and having a rollicking good game. It was a simple rescue mission. The

Escape from Cawnpore, 1857

Queen Victoria’s Little Wars, Sharp Practice, 28mm After a week filled with events – my Jutland book launch, the centennial commemorations, talks, drinks receptions, warship visits and services, this was a week of down time in Orkney. to celebrate, I had the guys round for a spot of wargaming, on the kitchen table in my holiday

Barapur, 1857

Queen Victoria’s Little Wars, Sharp Practice, 28mm The recent release of the new version of Sharp Practice has caused quite a stir in the Edinburgh Club. The days of playstesting and ambiguity are now over, and we now have a shiny set of rules in our hands, ready to test out. So, that’s exactly what

Skirmish outside Delhibelli, 1857

Queen Victoria’s Little Wars, Sharp Practice, 28mm This – our second Indian Mutiny game in two weeks – was something of a let-down. We had so much fun the week before that we had high expectations, and I’d come up with a rip-roaring little scenario too. It was to be played out on a 6×4

Skirmish at Fattiwallah, 1857

Queen Victoria’s Little Wars, Sharp Practice, 28mm For the past few years, my pal Dougie and I had figures on loan to each other. I had his WW2 Italian fleet, while he had my Indian mutiny figures. I got my “pandies” back during the Christmas holidays, and returned his ships. This proved an expensive move,

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