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Contemptible Little Armies

The Battle of Bishtek, 1920

The Back of Beyond, Contemptible Little Armies / Back of Beyond, 28mm I mentioned to Colin Jack that we hadn’t played a Back of Beyond game for ages, and so he produced this rather bizarre scenario to keep us all entertained. The game involved a clash between the Red Army and the advancing Turks and

Battle for Khor, 1920

The Back of Beyond, Contemptible Little Armies, 28mm With Angus missing out the game due to his temporary exile in Orkney, this report comes to you from Comrade Bill Gilchrist;  This weekend we played out a large scale Back of Beyond game set in 1920, in the short lived Far East Republic in eastern Siberia.

Collonowska, 1920

The Great War, Contemptible Little Armies, 28mm With Angus away in Orkney for a few days, this game report is brought to you by Bill Gilchrist. The rather unusual game was set in Silesia in the aftermath of the First World War – a hotbed of national and political fervour. So, while it isn’t a

The Kaluga Railway, 1919

The Back of Beyond,  Contemptible Little Armies / Back of Beyond, 28mm This lively little encounter came about for no other reason than we hadn’t played a Back of Beyond game for almost a year. It used to be one of our main wargaming staples, but for some reason it dropped by the wayside. I’ve

Houffalize, 1914

The Great War, Contemptible Little Armies, 28mm Due to yet another baby crisis Dougie failed to show up this week, so instead I joined in a First World War game staged by Colin Jack. Colin’s lime-green table, buildings from a mix of regions, and troops with shiny varnish all had a lovely “old school”, reminiscent

The Defence of Nukus Station, 1920

The Back of Beyond, Contemptible Little Armies / Back of Beyond 28mm We hadn’t played a Back of Beyond game for almost a year, partly because the campaign organiser Colin Jack was wrapped up in his fictitious “A Very British Civil War”. In the “BoB” campaign the Turks landed on the eastern shores of the Caspian Sea,

Berlin, 1919

The Great War, The German Revolution,  Contemptible Little Armies, 28mm I have to say, I was more of an observer in this game than a participant, as I was waylaid at the Book Festival, and only appeared once things were underway. Still, Dave and Sam Marks were on hand to take the part of the

Aksha, 1921

The Back of Beyond, Contemptible Little Armies / Back of Beyond, 28mm We were due another “Back of Beyond” game, and for a change this one was set near the border between Mongolia and North-Western China, rather than in southern Central Asia – our usual “Back of Beyond” region. The game saw a Chinese warlord’s

Ashkhabad, 1921

The Back of Beyond, Contemptible Little Armies / Back of Beyond, 28mm This week we revisited our Back of Beyond campaign – loosely based on the Central Asian theatre of the Russian Civil War. The game involved a Red Army assault on the city of Ashkhabad, which was defended by the local Emir and his

Tartu, Estonia, 1919

The Back of Beyond, Contemptible Little Armies / Back of Beyond, 28mm We’d planned to play a Seven Years War game, but as we’ll be doing that on Sunday, we opted for the Russian Civil War instead. This was a small and pretty straightforward game, played out on a 6×4 foot table. The objective was

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