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Skirmish at Broxburn Chapel, 1568

The Age of Mary Stuart, The Pikeman’s Lament, 28mm We hadn’t had a game for a few weeks thanks to Scotland’s tight lockdown restrictions. Still, Gyles and I still managed a small socially-distanced game in the garage. As we couldn’t take all day with this, we settled on a skirmish set in the Age of

The Second World War

Beyond the Matanikau, 1942

The Second World War, Chain of Command, 28mm There’s still no sign of the Orkney club opening in the foreseeable future, so instead we held another game in my house. This time we headed off to the South-West Pacific, for a clash set on the north coast of Guadalcanal. This was a “Big CoC” game,

The Roman World

Ambush on the Berghaltern, 8 AD

The Roman World, Infamy! Infamy, 28mm This evening, Gyles, Lindsay and I tried out Infamy! Infamy!  for the first time. These are a new set of large-scale skirmish rules from The Too Fat Lardies stable, and looked really promising. In fact, they’re the reason I’ve been painting up a warband of Ancient Germans. This would

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Updates to the Site

This folks, is kind of important. We’ve moved! From 1 September, we won’t be Edinburgh Wargames anymore. We’ll be Orkney Wargames. This change has been a long time in the offing – for a year and a half really, since I moved back to the islands. At the moment, it doesn’t matter which address you type

The Roman World

Lockdown Painting 3

The Roman World    Infamy! Infamy!   28mm One of the things that happened during Lockdown was the Two Fat Lardies published a new set of rules. Infamy! Infamy! is a large scale skirmish set, and draws on the previous Lards sets like Sharp Practice, Dux Britanniorum and Chain of Command. I’d rashly decided to build

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The Second World War

Bas de Feu 5, nr. Hanoi, 1951

The Second World War (French Indochina), Homegrown rules, 28mm As promised, here’s another look at Bill Cainan’s amazing tabletop setup for the French Indochina War. This time we’re focusing on Fire Base 5, part of the De Lattre Lines near Hanoi, in the Red River Basin.This actually looks a lot like an American one from

The Second World War

Lockdown Painting 2

The Second World War, 28mm  Just before lockdown started, there was some talk in the Orkney club of using Chain of Command for the Pacific Theatre. I really like CoC, but until now I’ve stuck to Normandy. It took the collection of a box of jungle terrain of mine I’d left at the Edinburgh club

The Second World War

The Black River, Hoa-Binh, 1951

The Second World War (French Indochina), Homegrown Rules, 28mm To entertain us during the pandemic, my chum Bill Cainan (a man with Orkney connections) has sent us a few images from his French Indochina collection.The first are of some of his Dinassault forces – his French riverine kit. Here’s what he had to say: Five years ago

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The French & Indian War

Lockdown Painting 1

The French & Indian Wars – Update I know things have been a bit slow lately. I haven’t been to a wargame club since mid-March – over four months. No games at home either, thanks to lockdown. So, all I can do is paint, and work on my various projects.So, here’s a little run-through of

The Second World War

Ambush on the Tu Duam Road, 1945

The Second World War (French Indochina), Homegrown Rules, 28mm  I have to confess I haven’t played a game for over a month. Fortunately, others have. So, here’s a spectacular game report from my chum Bill Cainan, an honourary member of the Orkney Wargames Club. These are just too good to miss. Bill wargames the French

The Back of Beyond

Mayhem in Mongolia, 1920

The Back of Beyond, Setting the East Ablaze, 28mm This, strangely, was my last proper wargame before the lockdown. It was a get-together of the League of Gentlemen Wargamers, who meet up in Kirriemuir in north-eastern Scotland three times a year. This game will probably be our last until the end of the year. Anyway,

The Napoleonic Wars

Crossing the Bug, 1812

The Napoleonic Wars, Black Powder, 28mm This game took place half a lifetime ago. Actually, it was only two and a half weeks, but since then the world has turned upside down. It’s also our last game at the wargame club, at least for the foreseeable future. I’ve got one more game to post after

Pre-Dreadnought

The Battle of Cape Hel, 1905

Pre-Dreadnought Naval, Perfidious Albion, 1/1000 scale Apologies for the delay in posting this – and the next few reports. I suppose it’s fortuitous really, as with Covid-19 on the rampage, and all socialising on hold, then its good to have a backlog. Silver lining and all that. This was a fictitious naval game, set in

Queen Victoria's Little Wars

Witkerk Drift, 1899

Queen Victoria’s Little Wars, The Men Who Would be Kings, 28mm This was an attack and defence game, with the Boers dug in around the hamlet of Witkerk (“White Church”) in the Transvaal. The British appeared out of the veldt to the north. The hamlet lay just  north of a ford over the Mizinyathe River.

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