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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

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

The skirmish at La Calloterie 1432

The Age of Chivalry, Lion Rampant, 28mm This a slightly strange one – a game played in a converted bus in the wilds of Orkney’s West Mainland. The host, Lindsay, wasn’t taking part, while I was otherwise engaged on the other side of the island. So, the photos and the basics of the game review

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

Bloodbath at Clochmerle-sur-Loire, 1429

The Age of Chivalry, Lion Rampant, 28mm The Orkney Wargames Club meets in the St. Magnus Centre, a sort of very posh church hall, only with several rooms as well as the main one, and a self-serve cafe. We usually play our games in the main hall, but once a month we get bumped by

The Battle of Lagdunum, 53 BC

The Roman World, To the Strongest, 28mm The uppity Gauls were at it again. A peaceful Caesarean Roman column was marching through Gaul, minding its own business when a horde of unwashed Gallic barbarians turned up looking for a fight. Naturally the Romans obliged. This was a straightforward encounter game, but with a slight twist.

Skirmish on the Essonne, 1429

The Age of Chivalry, Lion Rampant, 28mm It’s been a long while since I played Lion Rampant. My wargame buddy Gyles had an army though, and so I promised to raise a force myself. I opted for French, for two very good reasons. First, I like their red wine, and secondly, I could build a

The Ambush at Agedincum, 53BC

The Roman World, To the Strongest, 28mm This was another “learning the system” game, using my Gauls and Caesarean Romans. It was a fairly straightforward little clash, fought out in reasonably open ground on a 6×4 foot table. the odd patch of forest sat on the edges of what was otherwise an open plain, dominated

Battle of the Scaldis, 57BC

The Roman World, To the Strongest, 28mm Like buses – you wait for ages, then two come along at once. So, this was our second ancient game in two weeks, largely because the first one proved so much fun that Gyles wanted another go at the rules. This time we fought a clash between a

The Battle of Claudiopolis, 74BC

The Roman World, To the Strongest, 28mm My chum Peter Mearns came up this week, to return the two Ancient armies he’d borrowed from me. He also laid on an Ancient game of his own, using his own toys. This scrap, set during the First Mithraditic War was between Bythnia and Pontus, with the Bythnians

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