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Contemptible Little Armies

Beyond the Khyber Pass, 1919

The Back of Beyond, Contemptible Little Armies / Back of Beyond, 28mm This was a Colonial game with a difference – a merger of a typical “North-West Frontier” game with “Back of Beyond”, our long running campaign system for the Russian Civil War. In this scenario, a small Bolshevik expeditionary force was attempting to cross Afghanistan and

Rio Perales, 1937

The Spanish Civil War, Contemptible Little Armies / Back to Barcelona, 20mm Sometimes it’s nice when you don’t have to bring along any troops – someone else does it for you. Well, this game was staged by Bill Gilchrist and Colin Jack, using their collection of 20mm figures. The Republicans (Loyalists) had to hold a defensive

Kolka, Latvia, 1920

The Back of Beyond, Contemptible Little Armies / Back of Beyond, 28mm This game had everything – armoured trains, British gunboats, submarines, tanks, armoured cars, biplanes and flamethrowers. In other words no early 20th century wargaming cliché was left unexplored! The loose premise involved a Bolshevik attack on the newly-autonomous state of Livonia, which was

The Khyber Pass, 1919

The Back of Beyond, Contemptible Little Armies / Back of Beyond, 28mm For a while I’ve been painting through my backlog of Pathans and Afghan regulars, so when Colin Jack suggested a North-West frontier game I jumped at the opportunity. The idea was that a British outpost (manned by a detachment of the Khyber Rifles)

To the north of Baku, 1920

The Back of Beyond, Contemptible Little Armies / Back of Beyond, 28mm This Back of Beyond game involved my Turks (with a few “White” allies) taking on the Bolsheviks (owned by Colin Jack & Dougie Trail). It was a meeting engagement, with initial reconnaissance forces being bolstered by reinforcements as the game progressed.  We fought

The 08.15 to Vladivostock, 1921

The Back of Beyond, Contemptible Little Armies / Back of Beyond, 28mm Let’s face it – we like “Back of Beyond” games. They’re fast, colourful, easy to play, and involve both deeds of derring-do and back-stabbing. this game was no exception. The unlikely premise was that the Czech Legion (or someone) had abandoned an important

Somewhere in Central Asia, 1921

The Back of Beyond, Contemptible Little Armies / Back of Beyond, 28mm This was another of those very large multi-player Back of Beyond games, where everyone gets to stab someone else in the back, lands up fighting on two (or more) fronts, and ends up with little to show for the huge bodycount! This game

Los Andamos, 1936

Spanish Civil War, Contemptible Little Armies, 20mm Being prone to indolence I was happy to let someone else put on the game this week. Colin Jack and Bill Gilchrist joined forces to stage a 20mm Spanish Civil War game, complete with a stupendous church which dominated the centre of the table. Against my better judgement

Zam Kuren, Mongolia, 1921

The Back of Beyond, Contemptible Little Armies / Back of Beyond, 28mm I know – we did a Back of Beyond game last week. However, wargaming buddy Dave O’Brien was able to take a break from his long-running Warhammer Ancients campaign (actually, he must have been knocked out), and he wanted to field his Chinese. As

The Minsk Road, 1919

The Back of Beyond, Contemptible Little Armies / Back of Beyond,  20mm I’m not sure if this should be labelled a Back of Beyond game or a Great War one. Effectively it was a Russian Civil War battle, or rather a Russo-Polish War one, using the rules we use for The Back of Beyond. Of

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