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Setting the East Ablaze

The Advance on Kiev, 1920

The Back of Beyond, Setting the East Ablaze, 28mm By popular consent we returned to The Back of Beyond again. Actually, that’s not quite accurate – while we used our Back of Beyond toys, for once the game wasn’t set in Central Asia, but rather in the Ukraine. Essentially it was an excuse for Bart

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

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

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

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