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The Orkney Wargames Club meets

in Kirkwall on Thursday evenings.


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Trouble in Tashkent, 1918

The Back of Beyond, The Men who would be Kings, 28mm This week we had a visitor – my old chum Peter Marshall – which was an excellent excuse to run a multi-player Back of Beyond game. The 6 x 6 foot table was covered in buildings, representing Tashkent. the town was divided into the

The Drive on Kastorf, 1985

Modern Wars, Cold War Commander 2, 1/300 scale Well, this was something different. For some strange reason a couple of the guys in the Orkney club have a thing for 1/300 scale tanks. Sean 1 had even built up a “Cold War Gone Hot” West German Bundeswehr force, c.1985, but never raised their Soviet opponents.

Estacion sin Salida, 1937

The Spanish Civil War, Chain of Command, 28mm First of all, my apologies for taking so long to post this. I’ve got writing deadlines, and finishing this bloody book is taking up most of my waking hours! Still, the other week we still had time for a game at home with a few of the

The Race for Doo Lali, 1919

The Back of Beyond, The Men Who Would be Kings, 28mm We planned a multi-player Back of Beyond affair for our pre-Christmas game, but one player had to back out. So, I came up with a three player game instead. The inspiration was this cartoon entitled “Save me from my friends”, with a voracious Russian

Striking at St. Nicholas, 1944

The Second World War, Chain of Command, 28mm This was the fourth scenario in our Chain of Command “pint-sized” campaign Operation Martlet. In the last three games the British 49th Infantry had driven the Germans out of the Normandy village of Fontenay-Le-Pesnel, and were now continuing their advance towards the south. This time they faced

The Action at Burkersdorf, 1866

Bismarck’s Wars, Fire & Fury, 10mm With two of our usual crowd off doing other things, Sean (1) and I were left to entertain ourselves at the club this week. I was surprised when, given the choice of a whole range of periods, he opted for this one. He tells me he likes the period,

Le Hameau de Bérigny, 1944

The Second World War, Chain of Command, 28mm For the second week in a row my car is in the garage, waiting for the mechanic to get cracking. So, as I couldn’t make it to the club, Sean 2  kindly offered to pop out for a Sunday evening game. He’d never played Chain of Command

The Battle of Trautenau, 1866

Bismarck’s Wars, Fire & Fury, 10mm With my car in the garage I wasn’t able to get in to the wargame club. So instead, Sean 2 came round for a game – he lives a few miles away. As I couldn’t be bothered getting my full 6×4 foot table out, I set out the game

Attack on the Hauptkampflinie 1944

The Second World War, Chain of Command, 28mm This was the third scenario of our Operation Martlet “pint-sized campaign”. The last two saw the British 49th Infantry Division push into the Normandy village of Fonyenay-le-Pesnel, driving back the forward outposts of the 12th SS Panzer Division. Now, the advance units of the Royal Scots Fusiliers

Encounter at Djebel Alem Hamza 1941

The Second World War, Blitzkrieg Commander, 6mm This was a game with quite a few firsts in it. For starters, it was the first game laid on and run by Nick since he came to Orkney. Thanks, Nick, for stepping up to the plate! Second, it was my first 6mm game for the best part

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