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The Orkney Wargames Club meets

in Kirkwall on Thursday evenings.


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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

The Tapline Road, Golan Heights 1973

Modern Wars (Yom Kippur, 1973), Seven Days to the River Rhine, 10mm This was my second game with these rules – and the first for two of us – Nick and Sean 1. Still, they’re very straightforward, and easy to pick up. In this one – a meeting engagement set in the opening days of

The Assault on Vionville 1870

Bismarck’s Wars, Fire & Fury, 10mm We opted for a 10mm game set in the Franco-Prussian War this week, in glorious 10mm. there were only three of us playing this evening – others had other commitments (it being a lovely summer’s evening in Orkney). So, Sean 1 took charge of the French, while Sean 2

Action at Ramat 1973

Modern Wars, Seven Days to the River Rhine, 10mm This was something of a new departure. It began when I picked up a copy of these rules on a whim, after reading a few good reviews. I wasn’t that fussed about “The Cold War gone hot” theme, but the rules’ Facebook group had an interesting

The Raqib Tanklar, Usbekistan 1920

The Back of Beyond, The Men who would be Kings, 28mm This little game, entitled (according to Google Translate) means “The Rival Tanks” in Usbeki, was all about tinkering with our house rules. You see, we’ve adapted this excellent little colonial set of rules for The Back of Beyond, and so we need bolt-on rules

The Advance on Buna, 1942

The Second World War, Chain of Command, 28mm This was another week where we didn’t make it to the club. As two of our regulars were either working or sick, Sean 2 and I changed our plans. Instead of the long trip into town, we played a small Chain of Command game at my place.

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