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The Second World War

The Second World War – Playing the Period

Fighting the Nazis on every Front (but mainly in Normandy) Second World War in the Journal I don’t play Nazis, or at least I try to avoid it. Every wargame club has its members who glorify the Nazis, and who field SS units and King Tigers at a drop of a hat. I’ve not one

Pushing on into Fontenay, 1944

The Second World War, Chain of Command, 28mm We returned to our Chain of Command pint-sized campaign this week – “Operation Martlet”. This was the second scenario, called “Pushing On”. Essentially it saw a platoon of the Royal Scots Fusiliers moving deeper into the Normandy village of Fontenay-le-Pesnel. We fought Scenario 1 “Probe into Fontenoy”

Probe into Fontenay, 1944

The Second World War, Chain of Command, 28mm A few weeks ago, Sean and I agreed to embark on a “pint-sized campaign” for Chain of Command. We settled on Operation Martlet, set in Normandy, and this was the first scenario. On the day though, as there were just three of us, Nick took charge of

Tank Clash at Rogachev, 1944

The Second World War, What a Tanker!, 15mm (1/100 scale) This week we held our AGM, which inevitably sucked up some time. It all went fairly smoothly though;  Lindsay was re-elected as Madam Chair, Gyles as Treasurer, while I managed to slope off my Secretarial responsibilities to young Chris. We also adopted a constitution for

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

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

Virtual Tanker – Volchansk 1943

The Second World War, What a Tanker! 1/56 scale (28mm) This was our second foray into the world of Skype gaming. This time, I took charge of a brace of T-34s, while Gyles led a pair of German tank destroyers into battle. We started off at opposite ends of a 6×4 foot table, with fairly

Virtual Tanker – Coriano 1944

The Second World War, What a Tanker!, 1/56 scale (28mm) This was a first. Orkney might have the lowest Covid incidence per population in the UK, but we’re still saddled with Tier 3 restrictions. That means no face-to-face gaming. So, Gyles and I decided to try something – a game using Skype. I moved my

Beyond the Matanikau, 1942

The Second World War, Chain of Command, 28mm There’s still no sign of the Orkney club opening in the foreseeable future, so instead we held another game in my house. This time we headed off to the South-West Pacific, for a clash set on the north coast of Guadalcanal. This was a “Big CoC” game,

Bas de Feu 5, nr. Hanoi, 1951

The Second World War (French Indochina), Homegrown rules, 28mm As promised, here’s another look at Bill Cainan’s amazing tabletop setup for the French Indochina War. This time we’re focusing on Fire Base 5, part of the De Lattre Lines near Hanoi, in the Red River Basin.This actually looks a lot like an American one from

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