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Archives for July 2008

The Khyber Pass, 1919

The Back of Beyond, Contemptible Little Armies / Back of Beyond, 28mm For a while I’ve been painting through my backlog of Pathans and Afghan regulars, so when Colin Jack suggested a North-West frontier game I jumped at the opportunity. The idea was that a British outpost (manned by a detachment of the Khyber Rifles)

Pregel Wood revisited, 1757

The Seven Years War, Die Kriegskunst, 28mm Last week, after my miserable defeat in the Advanced Column scenario, the Prussian commanders laid down a challenge. They said that if the Prussians had been attacking and the Russians defending, then they would have captured their objectives without any problem. Consequently we decided to repeat last week’s

Pregel Wood, 1757

The Seven Years War, Die Kriegskunst, 28mm I blame Charles S. Grant. He seems like a nice chap, a mild-mannered retired brigadier, but he’s really a sadistic individual, hell-bent on making a wargamer’s life an unpleasant one. Anyone who thinks this a bit harsh obviously hasn’t seen his Scenarios for Wargames (1981). You see, we decided

Lislet, 1940

The Second World War, Battlegroup Panzergrenadier, 20mm This was a scenario from the “Battles for the West” scenario book for Battlegroup Panzergrenadier, but I suppose it would just as well for any other similar rules. It involved a rare French attack (launched by General de Gaulle) against the flank of the advancing German columns. In

The Battle of Bad Kissingen, 1866

Bismarck’s Wars, Blood and Iron, 28mm A few years ago local wargamer Dave O’Brian developed Blood and Iron, a variant of Warhammer for the late 19th century in Europe. He uses them them to refight the battles of the Austro-Prussian War (1866) and the Franco-Prussian War (1870-71). Despite their dubious pedigree his rules work really

Gavre, 1708

Misc., The Marlburian Era, Beneath the Lilly Banners, 28mm While its nice to get your own toys out, sometimes I appreciate games where I don’t have to bring along hundreds of figures. When someone suggested playing a “Marlburian” game, to try out Beneath the Lilly Banners, then I acquiesced. That’s because other people had whole