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The “Back of Beyond” – Playing the Period

Campaigns in Central Asia, c.1919-25 For those of you unfamiliar with the Back of Beyond idea, the name comes from a rules supplement to Chris Peers’ Contemptible Little Armies. Back of Beyond was a set of army lists and a campaign system which allowed players to recreate events which played out in Central Asia during

The Road to Bokhara, 1920

The Back of Beyond, Setting the East Ablaze!, 28mm We can’t go too long without staging a Back of Beyond game. They’re just such good fun. This week’s one was set on the road between Samarkand and Bokhara, where a Muslim League blocking force was trying to delay the Red Army’s drive westwards. The game

Assault on Vozyliuka, 1919

The Back of Beyond, Setting the East Ablaze, 28mm  This week we were off to the backwoods of Lithuania for another Back of Beyond game. I know these games should really be set in Central Asia, but this time we felt like a change. Bart also wanted to field his Poles, so we duly moved

Trouble in Tashkent, 1920

The Back of Beyond, Setting the East Ablaze!, 28mm This rather crazy game – as most of our Back of Beyond ones are – was set in the city of Tashkent, during the Russian Civil War. For some reason the local Red garrison had been sent away by train to deal with a rising in neighbouring

The Battle for Buscok, 1922

The Back of Beyond, Setting the East Ablaze,  28mm What do a bunch of middle-aged men do when they get a chance to escape for the weekend? Right – they play a big multi-player wargame in a country hotel! In fact I hang out with two groups who do this two or three times a

Assault on Bokhara, 1920

The Back of Beyond, Setting the East Ablaze, 28mm We have a big “Back of Beyond” weekend coming up, and a few of the guys wanted a bit more practice with the rules. This included Campbell Hardie, the man I hired out my Bokharans to in exchange for a bottle of Tanqueray. That was a

Red Victory at Zakhsy, 1920

The Back of Beyond, Setting the East Ablaze, 28mm Next month we’re playing a big weekend multi-player game, set in “The Back of Beyond”. This game was all about giving people a flavour of the rules, and trying out a few amendments. The brief was, each of the four players had a battalion-sized force of four

The Defences of Bokhara, 1920

The Back of Beyond, Setting the East Ablaze, 1920 This week we played out a game from the scenario book for Setting the East Ablaze!, which follows on from one we played in January. In that, the Bokharans repulsed an attack by the Bolsheviks, and lived to fight another day. Well, this was that other

The Battle for Bokhara, 1920

The Back of Beyond, Setting the East Ablaze, 28mm First off, let me apologise for the ropey photos. I left my good camera in Edinburgh, and these were taking with an old and temperamental one, which I’ve forgotten how to use. Anyway, the game was so much fun we’ll do another one soon, using these

Battle for Krasnovodsk, Turkmenistan, 1919

The Back of Beyond, Setting the East Ablaze, 28mm This was the second half of a two part game – the first instalment was played out the week before (see Journal 96) The two sides spent the game landing or advancing, and now both sides were poised for a fight through the dusty streets of

Assault on Krasnovodsk, Turkmenistan, 1919

The Back of Beyond, Setting the East Ablaze, 28mm This game was something of a trio down memory lane – the (fictitious) Turkish landing at Krasnovodsk on the eastern side of the Caspian Sea featured in a game played out back in 2006. It was the opening move of the Turkish entry into the Edinburgh

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