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The Age of Chivalry

Le Champ de la Beuh, 1425

The Age of Chivalry, Lion Rampant, 28mm Lindsay bought a couple of new mats this week, and so for this medieval romp I suggested she use the green one. They bizarrely describe it as “forest green”, but frankly it looks more like undried pot – hence the name of the battlefield – the field of

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

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

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

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 Siege of the Wolfsschnaze, 1242

Misc., Medieval, Soldiers of God, 10mm This isn’t really my period, or my scale. However, my planned naval game fell through at the last minute, thanks to Bill Gilchrist eating a dodge Chinese meal. So, when I was invited to help Jack Glanville defend the Wolfsschanze, I willingly agreed, as it was better than just

The Tripoli Road, 1099

The Age of Chivalry, Cross & Crescent, 28mm I have to say, I’m not really a fan of the Crusades. Too many religious nutcases – on both sides. Still, Alan Bruce, leading light of the Orkney wargames scene is keen on the period, and talked us into playing a couple of games set in the

Feuding in Driffield, 1455

The Age of Chivalry, Lion Rampant, 28mm A few weeks ago I picked up a copy of Lion Rampant, and gave it a read. The rules looked both simple and fun, while giving enough period flavour to make the game interesting. Better still, I found a box of Perry plastic Wars of the Roses infantry

Clash at El Jut, 1099

The Age of Chivalry, Cross & Crescent, 28mm This was a strange day. I’d no intention of being in Orkney. I planned to go up at the weekend, but I checked the forecast and saw a major storm was brewing. So, I jumped in the car and headed north, one step ahead of the tempest.

Shefa Amr, 1098

The Age of Chivalry, Saga, 28mm This week Alan Bruce decided to lay on a Saga game, using his First Crusade figures. Two of us – Joe and Gyles – hadn’t tried Saga before, so I was curious what they’d make of the rules. Actually, the rules themselves are simple. What really makes Saga are

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