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The Great War – Playing the Period

Gaming the un-gameable… Private Baldrick: I heard that it all started when a bloke called Archie Duke shot an ostrich ’cause he was Hungry. Captain Blackadder: I think you mean it started when the Archduke of Austro-Hungary got shot. Private Blackadder: Nah, there was definitely an Ostrich involved, Sir… [from Blackadder Goes Forth] Who on

The Battle of the Somme, 1916

The Great War, Black Powder (modified), 28mm  Every year, between Christmas and New Year, the guys at the Leuchars club up in Fife lay on a big multi-player game. this year it was The Somme – the third great battle of 1916 (the others being Verdun and of course Jutland). The table was 25 feet

The Bois de la Vauche, 1916

The Great War, Chain of Command, 28mm We hadn’t played a Great War game in ages, so this week Campbell and I put that right. We fought a small platoon-level skirmish, set in the shattered remains of the Bois de Vauche in late February 1916. The wood lies outside Verdun, about a mile north of Fort

Rearguard at Prune sur la Fouche, 1918

The Great War, Black Powder, 28mm Chris Henry cancelled the game we were going to play, so I was at a loose end. Instead of just heading to the bar I sat in on this interesting little game, played by Michael and Campbell, and set in the closing days of the Great War. Michael’s smaller

The Château-Thierry Salient, 1918

The Great War, Chain of Command, 28mm This week I didn’t have a game organised – my arranged game fell through thanks to a sick cat. Not mine I hasten to add – I’m a dog owner – but I was lucky enough to get involved in a game run by Campbell Hardie, using a

Drive on Pskov, 1918

The Great War, Setting the East Ablaze, 28mm In October we’re playing a large multi-player Back of Beyond game, so we’ve been tinkering with the rules. This game, set in the last months of the Great War, was designed to test some of these changes out. The main thing is that Setting the East Ablaze!

Stallaponen, East Prussia, 1914

The Great War, Setting the East Ablaze, 28mm In October the AB1 group I’m part of is running a big weekend-long Back of Beyond game. The plan is to use the Setting the East Ablaze! rules, which are a revamped version of Chris Peers’ Contemptible Little Armies.  We wanted to run a game, just so

Neidenberg, East Prussia, 1914

The Great War, Setting the East Ablaze, 28mm I usually post the little maps for scenarios lifted from books, but I forgot to scan it before I jumped in the plane south. Anyway, this one is called “Encirclement”, and comes fromScenarios for all Ages, by Messrs. Grant and Asquith. In this scenario the Russians were

Bischofsburg, 1914

The Great War, Setting the East Ablaze, 28mm After our brief foray into 10mm, this was a welcome return to “the one true scale”. This game followed on from the one last week involving the Freikorps. We were using it as a vehicle to put Setting the East Ablaze, an update of Chris Peers’ Contemptible

The Red Factory, 1919

The Great War, Setting the East Ablaze!, 28mm Last year, Partizan Press/Caliver Books produced Setting the East Ablaze, an update of Chris Peers’ Back of Beyond/Contemptible Little Armies rules. We decided to give them a go, and for our game we used Colin Jack’s figures for the German Revolution of 1918-19, augmented by a few

Waplitz, 1914

The Great War, Where the Poppies Grow, 28mm My Russian 1914 army came about late last year when I bought a box of Copplestone Russian Civil War figures at a wargame show. I re-touched them, added a bunch more, and then painted up a German army to fight them. I was planning to use “If

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