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The Spanish Civil War

Fight for Tres Cantos, 1937

The Spanish Civil War, Chain of Command, 28mm My old sparring partner Dougie Trail was in town this Thursday, and so we celebrated by staging a small Spanish Civil War game using Chain of Command. Rather, we used CoC and its variant – CoC Espana. This was a small meeting engagement in a small village

Battle for Cojonazos (2), 1937

The Spanish Civil War, Chain of Command, 28mm This was the continuation of last week’s game – a real hum dinger set in a little Spanish village during the early days of the Spanish Civil War. Joe and I played the good guys (he had Security Forces while I had International Brigade), while Alan, Gyles

The Battle for Cojonazos, 1937

The Spanish Civil War, Chain of Command, 28mm This long awaited game was our first Orkney foray into the Spanish Civil War. Over the past few months a few of us up in Orkney have been painting up figures for this, and this week we decided to “blood” them on the tabletop. I’d also dug

The Assault on Badajoz, 1936

The Spanish Civil War, Triumph & Tragedy, 20mm The year’s wargaming didn’t get off to a very good start. My own game was cancelled. Britain is in the grip of heavy snow, and our Russian Civil War game set in tabletop snow fell victim to the real stuff piling up outside. Instead I sat in

The Drive on Zaragosa, 1936

Spanish Civil War, Guerra Civil Actions, 20mm  A colonial game we’d planned was cancelled at the last minute, so instead we returned to Spain, as we’ve been tinkering with the Guerra Civil actions rules, to try to make them work a little better. Well, actually Bill Gillchrist was rules tinkering, while the rest of us

Alto de Leon Pass, 1936

Spanish Civil War, Guerra Civil Actions!, 20mm A few weeks ago we had a windfall – someone was selling their unpainted 28mm Spanish Civil War lead at a bargain price. Several of us bought lead, and ever since we’ve been wondering what to do with it. People in the club already game the Spanish Civil

Rio Perales, 1937

The Spanish Civil War, Contemptible Little Armies / Back to Barcelona, 20mm Sometimes it’s nice when you don’t have to bring along any troops – someone else does it for you. Well, this game was staged by Bill Gilchrist and Colin Jack, using their collection of 20mm figures. The Republicans (Loyalists) had to hold a defensive

Los Andamos, 1936

Spanish Civil War, Contemptible Little Armies, 20mm Being prone to indolence I was happy to let someone else put on the game this week. Colin Jack and Bill Gilchrist joined forces to stage a 20mm Spanish Civil War game, complete with a stupendous church which dominated the centre of the table. Against my better judgement

The Spanish Civil War – Playing the Period

¡No Pasarán! Spanish Civil War in the Journal I’m not going to write much here – not yet. This is just a holding page, waiting for me to get round to filling in some more background. Suffice to say I play the Spanish Civil War as a skirmish period – the same as I do

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