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in Kirkwall on Thursday evenings.


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Mary Queen of Scots’ Wars

Kidnapping the Queen, Cowdenbeath, 1567

Mary Queen of Scot’s Wars, The Pikeman’s Lament, 28mm This week the wargame club wasn’t open, as we’d been bumped by another worthy group. Instead, I played a game at home over the weekend – a skirmish set in the age of Mary Queen of Scots. In The Pikeman’s Lament, one of the scenarios is

Ambush on the Camelon Road, 1568

Mary Queen of Scots’ Wars, The Pikeman’s Lament, 28mm This week we were in central Scotland,  fighting a skirmish set in the Marian Civil War (1568-73). I’ve been painting up my figures for this period, and reckon I have enough for both sides. In this game, taken from Scenario C in the rule book, the

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

Skirmish at Harelaw, 1592

The Age of Mary Stuart, The Pikeman’s Lament, 28mm First of all, sorry for not updating this website for a while. the thing is, I’ve moved house, and life got in the way. Mind you, I only missed one week’s game, but I haven’t had a chance to update the site – until now. I’ll

Slaughter on the Redesdale Road, 1592

The Age of Mary Stuart, The Pikeman’s Lament, 28mm This was a strange week. First, we’d planned to play an English Civil War game, but then the Royalist commander couldn’t make it. So, we planned an Ancients game instead, and that fell through when the Roman player crashed his car. So, at very short notice we

To Jedburgh, with fyre and sworde, 1572

The Age of Mary Stuart, The Pikeman’s Lament, 28mm The club always holds its AGM on the last Thursday of November, which usually means the evening is wasted. Well, it’s wasted in terms of gaming, but not if you like the interminable reading out of budgets, minutes, health & safety regulations and other such stuff.

The Age of Mary Stuart – Playing the Period

“Tak that, Mary Queen o’ Scots…”  (Monty Python – the Death of Mary Queen of Scots) As a historical period this is one of my favourites. I’d actually wargamed this many years ago, in 15mm. Yes, I used to play with tiny figures once upon a time – about 20 years ago. Then, I built