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The Battle of Ramillies, 1706

Misc., The War of the Spanish Succession, Homegrown Rules, 28mm This was the second of the three games I played in a single weekend, when I was down in Warwick for the AGM 2017 get-together. Of the three games this was the largest, both in terms of table size and number of figures. It was

Wilson’s Archipelago, 1718

The Golden Age of Piracy, Shug’s Pirate Rules, 28mm On the morning of 5th April I heard that my wargaming pal Hugh Wilson had died suddenly – the result of complications following surgery. This was a real shock – it still is. Every two weeks Hugh hosted games round at his house, and laid on

The Battle of Scatsa, Shetland, 1938

Misc., A Very British Civil War, Homegrown Rules, 28mm In The Very British Civil War guide to the fighting in Scotland it says that; “Shetland occupies a strategic position for shipping between the Atlantic and the North Sea”. I beg to differ. This was written by a Shetlander with an axe to grind, as the

The Siege of Vienna, 1683

Misc., Homegrown rules, 28mm The theme of Historicon this year was “Pike & Shotte”, and so appropriately enough the first of the two games I played there was not only “on message”, but the Siege formed the cover poster for the show. This particular multiplayer game was run by the charming Peter Hess. I know

The Dilkusha, Lucknow, 1857

Queen Victoria’s Little Wars, Home Made Rules, 28mm Next weekend is Targe 2009 – a wargame show in Kirruemuir, about 80 minutes’ drive north of Edinburgh. We’re putting on a participation game, whose centrepiece is the Dilkusha. it was a big house on the outskirts of Lucknow, which was fought over during the 2nd Relief

Orellana’s Raft, The Amazon, 1542

Misc., Renaissance Skirmish, El Dorado – a home-grown set,  28mm I’d rather hoped to play a game with Chris Henry’s superb collection of Conquistadors and Aztecs, but that game is still on hold. Instead Colin Jack asked us to playtest his new show participation game – a rather silly affair based on a bizarre event. In 1541

The Battle of Lissa, 1866

Ironclad, Home grown rules by Colin Jack, 1/2400 scale I’ll be the first to admit that we’ve been at sea a lot lately. However, Colin Jack hadn’t brought these little ships out for several years, and felt a sortie was long overdue. We were tempted by not having to do anything – useful as I

The Pirates of Madagascar, 1720

Misc., Pirates, Home-grown rules by Peter Nicholson, 28mm I’ve just returned from a gaming weekend, where I was the guest of the League of Gentleman Wargamers. Andrew and Peter Nicholson who organised the event had worked out a great set of rules and a campaign system, and everyone spent the weekend blundering around the Indian