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Triumph & Tragedy

Skirmish at Kirbuster, 1936

Misc., A Very British Civil War, Triumph & Tragedy, 28mm I was recently talked into taking on the “Very British Civil War” (VBCW) as a “period”, and I decided to set it in Orkney. After all, the islands are custom-built for a mini-campaign, and it’s always fun fighting over a landscape you know. You can

Acklington, 1938

Misc., A Very British Civil War, Triumph & Tragedy, 28mm As I had to be up in Orkney, this game report is brought to you by Colin Jack, who’s enthusiasm for his ficticious “Very British Civil War” – an alternative history take on the aftermath of Edward VIII’s abdication – has led to its development

The Pont d’Eau, 1944

The Second World War, Triumph & Tragedy, 28mm I’ve railed about skirmish games before, and how they’re almost universally unsatisfying. They don’t seem to have much purpose. One exception is usually a skirmish game run by my friend Colin Jack, who invariably cooks up some fiendish plot, throws in a mix of competing factions, and

Jedburgh, 1938

Misc., A Very British Civil War, Triumph & Tragedy, 28mm Colin Jack is nothing if not inventive. Here’s his account of the latest battle in his fictitious “A Very British Civil War” campaign, set in the Scottish Borders in 1938. It seems that in this game the bad guys got a kicking. Anyway, here’s what Colin

On the Road to Damascus, 1941

The Second World War, Triumph & Tragedy, 28mm Note: As I was up in Orkney, Dougie Trail provided the write-up of this game. I wanted to play it too, as Colin Jack’s games are always really fun. Anyway, while Dougie lacks my literary style, he makes up for it in inventiveness. Here’s what he has to

Border Outpost 17, 1937

Misc. A Very British Civil War, Triumph & Tragedy, 28mm Note by Angus: this report was written by Colin Jack, who’s been running an inventive, colourful and utterly silly “Very British Civil War” campaign, an alternate history period which lets people field the wierdest stuff. I miussed the game as I was over in the

Mansouri, Syria, 1941

The Second World War, Triumph & Tragedy, 28mm My wargame pal Colin Jack never takes the obvious path. If he was a Napoleonic wargamer (which he isn’t) he’d opt for the Neapolitans or the Wurttembergers. In Second World War games he avoids sensible theatres like Normandy, Russia or Italy, and opts for more outlandish places.

The Assault on Badajoz, 1936

The Spanish Civil War, Triumph & Tragedy, 20mm The year’s wargaming didn’t get off to a very good start. My own game was cancelled. Britain is in the grip of heavy snow, and our Russian Civil War game set in tabletop snow fell victim to the real stuff piling up outside. Instead I sat in