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The Orkney Wargames Club meets

in Kirkwall on Thursday evenings.


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The Defence of Raussenitz, 1866

Bismarck’s Wars, Fire & Fury, 10mm This week it was just Sean and I, and with another gale in the offing we scaled down the game, so I could make it home before the blast. The other reason we wanted to keep it small was that we were trying out a new edition of the

The Battle of Buka, 1920

The Back of Beyond, The Men Who Would Be Kings, 28mm With yet another week when we couldn’t game in Kirkwall, Sean 2 came out to the house for a game here. We’d been planning a large Back of Beyond game the previous day in the club’s all-day event. When this couldn’t happen, we decided

Frontier Clash at Kaakha, 1920

The Back of Beyond, The Men Who Would be Kings, 28mm This week’s game saw the inauguration of Sean 2’s new battle mat, which for obvious reasons was duly dubbed “the mould mat”. So, apologies if these pictures look a little – er – garish! Anyway, this saw a three-cornered contest in Tajikistan, close to

The Clash at Knischnitz,1866

Bismarck’s Wars, Fire & Fury, 10mm We were stuck again. Yet another “hoolie” was blowing, and the Churchill Barriers were closed. So, with a game at the club off the cards, Sean 2 came round for a game in my kitchen instead. As it was so windy we didn’t bother bringing in the 6×4 table

The Stapelburg Position, 1985

Modern Wars, Cold War Commander 2, 1/300 scale  This week – like I do every month – I had to miss a club night, due to a veterans’ meeting, the RNA. Fortunately, this month Sean 2 stepped up to the plate, and offered to do the blog, reporting on the game the two Seans played

First Clash at Soskovo 1943

The Second World War, Iron Cross, 10mm I called this meeting engagement “first clash” because that’s exactly what it was – the first tabletop encounter in a new project. Recently, Sean 2 and I decided to collect some World War 2 toys in 10mm, as we’d enjoyed our recent Arab-Israeli games in the scale. The

The Battle of Colombey 1870

Bismarck’s Wars, Fire & Fury, 10mm We had a Franco-Prussian game this week, with a little under a Corps a side. It was based on the Battle of Colombey-Nouilly (or Borny-Colombey), fought outside Metz in August 1870. The French were on the defensive, and their aim was to hold off an impetuous Prussian assault, buying

Probing towards Buna, 1942

The Second World War, Chain of Command, 28mm Over the past few months, while we’ve been playing games set in the Pacific we’ve tended to focus on the Buna campaign in New Guinea. So, this one is set on the track leading to Buna, where it skirts the Girua River.  The Americans, played by Sean

Las Granjas Gamalas, Toledo 1937

The Spanish Civil War, Chain of Command, 28mm With none of us able to attend the wargame club this week, Sean 2 and I staged a small Spanish Civil War skirmish in my house over the weekend. This was a standard Chain of Command scenario, using the very straightforward amendments for this particular war. In

Frontier Clash, Tash Gozar 1920

The Back of Beyond, The Men who Would be Kings, 28mm We revisited the Back of Beyond this week This was a border clash, fought just south of Termez, near the Russian-Afghan border, just south of Termez in Uzbekistan. the Bolsheviks were planning an invasion by their “Army of God”, led by Indian communists. To

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