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Bismarck’s Wars

The Battle of Nachod, 1866

Bismarck’s Wars, Field of Battle, 10mm  I wouldn’t say that my pal Gerry “the Vet” Henry is a one trick pony. Oh no. He doesn’t just wargame – he competes in hill rallies in a souped-up Mini, he raises horses which his daughters ride competitively, and he’s extremely well-read. Once can almost forgive him his rabid

Storming the Pratberg, 1866

Bismarck’s Wars, Field of Battle / Piquet, 10mm When my friend Gerry “the Vet” invited me to take part in a “learning curve” game in 10mm, I admit to being underwhelmed by the prospect. However, Gerry is a nice chap, and it seemed churlish to say no, just because I’m a size snob, and was

The Battle of Froeschwiller, 1870

Bismarck’s Wars, 1870, 10mm I missed most of this game, and I obviously missed a treat, as by the time I was able to turn up the Prussians were already on the ropes. Also, I was down to command a Corps of Bavarians, who never actually made it onto the batltefield, thanks to some random

The Battle of Reidseltz, 1870

Bismarck’s Wars, 1870, 10mm This was another game laid on by Gerry Henry, using figures from his vast 10mm late 19th century collection. Of course, you could melt a whole Corps down and still not have enough lead for a decent 28mm battalion, but even the most ardent scales snob has to admit that this

The Battle of Steinseltz, 1870

Bismarck’s Wars, 1870, 10mm This was rather unusual – a game in a scale I’d never contemplated before (10mm), run as a rules-learning exercise by the incredibly patient Gerry Henry (he of the grey cable-knit cardigan). In this game a French Corps-sized forces defended a line of hills, while a slightly larger Prussian force attacked

The Battle of Bad Kissingen, 1866

Bismarck’s Wars, Blood and Iron, 28mm A few years ago local wargamer Dave O’Brian developed Blood and Iron, a variant of Warhammer for the late 19th century in Europe. He uses them them to refight the battles of the Austro-Prussian War (1866) and the Franco-Prussian War (1870-71). Despite their dubious pedigree his rules work really

Battle of Görlitz, 1866

Bismarck’s Wars, Blood & Iron, 28mm Edinburgh wargamer Dave O’Brien kindly invited me to join him for a game using his 1866 figures – a scrap taken from the battle of Görlitz which saw a Prussian Division assaulting up a valley defended by an Austrian brigade. I took one Prussian wing, Dave Imrie the other.We started

The Battle of Königgrätz, 1866

Bismarck’s Wars, On to Richmond, 15mm It isn’t often that you get the chance to play a game with about 2,500 figures (even if they are 15mm), so when I was asked to take part in a refight of Königgrätz then I jumped at the chance. Wargame buddies Colin Jack and Bill Gilchrist planned to sell their

Bismark’s Wars – Playing the Period

All of my wargame figures are 28mm – a scale that lends itself well to big battalions, and to periods with pretty uniforms. This is the exception – a period which I game in 10mm. It came about as part of a club project. Someone suggested gaming the Franco-Prussian War, 10mm was proposed as the

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