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The Orkney Wargames Club meets

in Kirkwall on Thursday evenings.


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Dogfight over Paju, 1951

Misc. (Air War over Korea) Bag the Hun, 1/300 scale We took to the skies again this week – well, Nick and I did, in another Korean War dogfight. Nick took the Allied side, with four USAF F-80 Shooting Stars, two USAF F-51 Mustangs and three Fleet Air Arm Sea Furies. I had three Mig-15s,

Bismarck's Wars

The Battle of Spichern, 1870

Bismarck’s Wars, Fire & Fury, 10mm With Sean away digging holes in the rain-sodden countryside (he’s an sore-kneed archaeologist), Nick and I delved into the Franco-Prussian War, and this game based loosely on the Battle of Spichern, one of those frontier battles in August 1870. Nick’s two divisions of French were charged with holding the

The English Civil War

The Clash at Everton, 1643

The English Civil War, For King & Parliament, 28mm I’ve been remiss. Trips away and work  got in the way of wargaming, and of posting games. My apologies, and I’ll do better, I promise! This clash was a renewal of the fictitious fight between the Royalist Earl of Doncaster (Sean) and his Parliamentarian counterpart the

The Napoleonic Wars

The Roterflügel Ford 1813

The Napoleonic Wars, Shadow of the Eagles, 28mm This small Napoleonic game was based on a scenario from Grant & Asquith’s Scenarios for All Ages (1996), a book I often turn to for fun gaming ideas. this one, called ‘Breakout’ has a force guarding a ford, pursued by a slightly larger force. However, a light

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The Roman World

Setback on the Scaldis, 57 BC

The Roman World, To the Strongest, 28mm I missed out on a game last week as I had a veterans’ meeting, but this week we were back, and off to modern-day Belgium. This encounter game was set near Ghent, on the small Narkin River, a tributary of the Schelde, or the Scaldis in Roman times. A

The American Civil War

The Battle of Iuka 1862

The American Civil War, Brigade Fire & Fury, 28mm  For a while now, I’ve been building up units for the American Civil War. At first I was just doing Union troops, but when ‘Sean 2’ moved away with his Confederates I had to raise them too. This was their first outing. Sean (formerly ‘Sean 1’)

The Back of Beyond

The Saving of Samarkand, 1920

The Back of Beyond, The Men Who Would Be Kings, 28mm Hurrah! With Spring almost upon us it was time for the first ‘League of Gentlemen Wargamers’ get-together of the year! that involves a weekend in Kirriemuir (just an hour’s drive from the ferry port at Aberdeen), a large game, and a chance to catch

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WWII Coastal Forces

Ambush off Flushing, 1942

WWII Coastal Forces, Narrow Seas, 1/600 scale True to his word, Bruce agreed to fit in another  game, on a rainy Saturday afternoon, while his wife visited friends. As we didn’t have much time, and he wanted to try another naval game, I settled on a Coastal Forces scrap – a British attack on a

The Age of Chivalry

The Fondue Pass, 1428

The Age of Chivalry, Lion Rampant, 28mm My apologies for not posting sooner,. It’s been ages. Gaming has suffered due to high winds closing roads and causeways, snow, and then car trouble. Still, things are slowly returning to normal. As I couldn’t get to the club, this little Hundred Years War game was played at

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