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The Battle of Cadeby, 1642

The English Civil War, For King & Parliament, 28mm This week saw a return to Yorkshire, and the fictitious struggle between the Royalist Earl of Doncaster and the Parliamentarian Earl of Rotherham. The latest clash took place not far from the last, on the outskirts of Doncaster. The battlefield had a few scattered fields and

The Battle of Armthorpe, 1642

The English Civil War, For King and Parliament, 28mm Here’s a thing. I haven’t played an English Civil War game since lockdown first began in early 2020. It was the last “proper” wargame I played – a weekend game played somewhere other than a farmhouse kitchen. Since then I’ve re-based my figures, and touched up

The Battle of Aeginium, 88BC

The Roman World, To the Strongest, 28mm This week we were off to Greece – well, Thessaly – in a non-historic clash between a small Late Republican Roman force, and an unholy barbarian alliance. These ruffians were made up of Galatians and, somewhat surprisingly, Dacians. Actually, Mally had been painting some Dacians – two warbands

The Battle of Wielsbeke, 1430

The Age of Chivalry, Lion Rampant, 28mm This week we jumped at the chance to play a game in a local hall, while conforming to current Covid restrictions. The result was this multi-player “grand skirmish” involving Thomas’ Burgundians, Gyles’ English, Lindsay’s Flemish and my French. there wasn’t much in the way of foreplay – this

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.

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