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The French & Indian War

French & Indian Wars – Playing the Period

Skulking around in the woods I’m not usually a great fan of skirmish games, but that’s the best level to treat this offshoot of the Seven Years War. Forget the few big battles and sieges such as Quebec and Louisbourg – the real wargaming potential of this conflict is found in the struggle in the

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 –

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

Bridging the Oswego, 1756

The French & Indian Wars, Rebels and Patriots, 28mm With Orkney under the fairly light Level 1 – Light of Covid restrictions, we were finally able to stage a game, albeit one played out according to the still fairly restrictive rules. So, we’re able to manage one game every two weeks now, which is a

Lockdown Painting 1

The French & Indian Wars – Update I know things have been a bit slow lately. I haven’t been to a wargame club since mid-March – over four months. No games at home either, thanks to lockdown. So, all I can do is paint, and work on my various projects.So, here’s a little run-through of

Rafting on the Hudson, 1757

The French & Indian War, Rebels  and Patriots, 28mm As games go, this was a very silly one. In Rebels and Patriots, the second of the book’s dozen scenarios is called “The Great River Chase”. In it, the defenders had three rafts laden with supplies, crewed by civilians. We gave the rafts to the British. They

The Raid on Onondago, 1756

The French & Indian War, Rebels and Patriots, 28mm We decided to launch another foray into the North American backwoods this week. This was a four player game, with Lindsay and I playing the British, and Gyles and Sean the French. Each of us had a 16 point force according to the Rebels and Patriots

The Advance on Fort Ticonderoga, 1759

The French & Indian Wars, Rebels & Patriots, 15mm Yes, you read that right. 15mm. That’s the trouble with having your smoke-stained lead in storage – you have to rely on other people to put on games. Michael Evans offered to put on a game using these new Osprey rules, and I jumped at the

Raid on St. Vincent, 1757

The French & Indian War, Muskets & Tomahawks, 28mm The little hamlet of St. Vincent lies in the heart of Vandalia County, in the backwoods of Britain’s North American colony. It originally consisted of a church and four houses, but when the church was burned in a raid the locals replaced it with a stout

The North Valley Raid, 1758

The French & Indian War, Muskets & Tomahawks, 28mm We hadn’t done played a French & Indian Wars game for a while, and so we decided to give it a go. As usual this was a multi-player affair, with three players a side – Dougie, Bart and I playing the British, and Peter, Campbell and

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