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The Orkney Wargames Club meets

in Kirkwall on Thursday evenings.


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Horse & Musket Periods

The Encounter at Grantsheim, 1758

The Seven Years War, Post of Honour, 28mm This was something of a blast from the past. For starters, the scenario came from a wargaming classic – Charles Grant (Senior)’s The War Game, published in 1971. It was just a small game between Sean and I, just a reinforced brigade a side, and I chose

Attack on the Siege Train, 1758

The Seven Years War, Post of Honour, 28mm I missed the last couple of games due to to Covid striking the club. Fortunately I managed to squeeze in a small Seven Years War game at home this weekend, as a way of trying out the rules before next Thursday’s club game. Post of Honour is

The Battle of Raisagrod, 1812

The Napoleonic Wars, Shadow of the Eagles, 28mm The idea of this little game came from a “tabletop teaser” published in an old copy of Battlegames magazine. Unusually the author wasn’t Charles S. grant, but his son Charlie. In this one, the 6×4 foot table was dominated by two small Russian hamlets and a farm.

Bridging the Mohawk, 1756

The French & Indian War, Rebels  and Patriots, 28mm This week it was just Sean and I, so he opted for a French & Indian Wars game. I got to choose the scenario though, which involved the French building a bridge across the Mohawk River, so they could bring their big guns into action against

The Oswego Valley, 1756

The French & Indian War, Muskets & Tomahawks, 28mm At long last. I haven’t been to a “League of Gentlemen Wargamers” weekend since Covid first reared its head. This weekend though, ended that drought. As usual we gathered in Kirriemuir near Dundee – a long ferry trip and a short drive away for me –

Last Stand at Kruger’s Farm, 1899

Queen Victoria’s Little Wars, The Men who would be Kings, 28mm We headed off to the Transvaal this week, for a Colonial-era game set in the 2nd Boer War. In this one, the Boers had been defeated, and were retreating in some disorder. To buy time though, a small rearguard decided to hold off the

Crossing the Bobber, 1813

The Napoleonic Wars, The Shadow of the Eagles, 28mm These rules were a big hit the last time we played them. So, we decided to give them another spin. One of the things we all like is that they’re simple and fast play enough to let us easily finish a game in a club night.

The Battle of Antolpol, 1812

The Napoleonic Wars, Shadow of the Eagles, 28mm This week we decided to try out a new set of Napoleonic Rules. These were produced by Partizan Press, and were written by Keith Flint. I’d heard some good things about them – they were meant to be fast and fun – just what I like in

The Hindu Bagh, 1895

Queen Victoria’s Little Wars, The Men Who Would Be Kings, 28mm As we hadn’t played a colonial game for a while we visited the North-West Frontier this evening. The game involved a powerful British Imperial force driving up the Zhob Valley, in an attempt top capture the fort at Hindu Bagh. It had been held

Duracelle’s Battery, 1758

The French & Indian War, Rebels and Patriots, 28mm This week, as Sean requested it, we played a French & Indian War game. As there were just three of us we opted for a scenario where there was a disparity in numbers. In the rules, one scenario involves an attack on an artillery battery, with

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