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The Hunt for Red Raisa, 1920

The Back of Beyond, Setting the East Ablaze!, 28mm It’s been too long. Remind me not to leave it so long between “The Back of Beyond” games. They’re just so much fun. This was a small game though, as there were just three of us. So, I made it a “quest”, shamelessly stealing the scenario

The Battle of Nachod 1866

Bismarck’s Wars, Field of Battle, 10mm Recently, a care package arrived from my pal Gerry. In it was a pile of unpainted 10mm figures, including enough for an Austrian Corps. So, thanks to him, I could expand my Franco-Prussian kit into another war. This then, was the inaugural game of my new Austrians. I opted

The Clash at Bethel Church, 1861

The American Civil War – Rebels and Patriots – 28mm We decided to change the pace this week, and stage a large skirmish game using Osprey’s Rebels and Patriots rules. I mainly use these for French & Indian War games, but during lockdown Lindsay talked everyone into building up small  skirmish forces for the American

Valdenoches, Guadalajara, 1937

The Spanish Civil War, Chain of Command, 28mm This week we were off to sunny Spain, and a Chain of Command game involving more than one platoon a side, set in the Spanish Civil War. We usually abbreviate that to “Big Spanish CoC”. This one was an attack – defence game, set in the Guadalajara

The Battle of Sarreguemines, 1870

Bismarck’s Wars, Field of Battle, 10mm We had something of a change of scale this week. Newcomer Bob had just bought a copy of the new 3rd edition of Piquet’ – Field of Battle. So, we decided to try them out. Now, I’ve used these rules a few times before, but only with 10mm figures,

Numa Numa, Bougainville, 1942

The Second World War, Chain of Command, 28mm This was our first game back at the wargame club since March 2020! It was nice to be back after so long, even if it meant sharing a hall with a lot of fantasy-playing wierdos. After a year and a half of not playing at all, or

Prelestnoe, Kursk 1943

The Second World War, What a Tanker! 1/100 scale (15mm) This was a very lazy game for me. All I had to do was to provide the table and base cloth. Bob Mcleish, the newest member of our little group provided the rest. As you probably know, What a Tanker! isn’t a game for the

First Clash at Munson’s Hill, 1862

The American Civil War, Rebels and Patriots, 28mm This was something of a new departure. Several months ago I was talked into painting up two forces for a club project – American Civil War skirmish games using Rebels and Patriots. We’d planned a larger  ACW skirmish game this week, but Lindsay, the duty driver  injured

Attack on Warlaing 1940

Second World War, Chain of Command, 28mm This game, played at home, had to correspond to all Covid restrictions, so this were a little limiting. Still, I was able to play facemask-to-facemask as it were, and this is the result. My friend Lindsay wanted to field her 1940 Germans, so I dug out my early

The Storming of Tashkent, 1919

The Back of Beyond, Setting the East Ablaze!, 28mm This game was an almost forgotten pleasure – gathering with a few friends to shuffle lead. Of course, we had to do it while adhering to all the Covid rules, but it was a joy nonetheless. As I got to choose what we played, I settled

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