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in Kirkwall on Thursday evenings.


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Pike & Shotte

The Battle of Amalfitana, 1516

The Italian Wars, Pike & Shotte, 28mm This fictitious scrap was dreamed up by or club’s Renaissance enthusiast Michael Schneider. the figures came from his collection, backed up by those of Donald Adamson, plus my own fledgling Venetian “battle”.  The game was played on an 8 x 6 foot table, with a river running down

The Battle of Cernigola, 1503

The Italian Wars, Pike & Shotte, 28mm Michael Schneider is our club’s true Renaissance man. Rather, he’s the one with most of the lead, and keep staging games. Donald has quite a few figures too, and recently I’ve got in on the act by starting a small Venetian army. Anyway, Michael organised this game, which

The Battle of Garigliano, 1503

The Italian Wars, Pike & Shotte, 28mm These days, when we don’t know what else to play at the club, my German friend Michael Schneider suggests a Renaissance game. We’ve played a few of these now, and they always look good, despite Michael’s minimalist approach to scenery. He likes battlefields stripped of ancillary detail –

The Battle of Pavia, 1525

The Italian Wars, Pike & Shotte, 28mm We called this game Pavia because it was loosely based on the Battle of Pavia, but really it should be Pavia Light, as  only the general proportions of troops and dispositions were the same as in the real battle. This game had no walled city, no French siegeworks

The Battle of Fornovo, 1495

The Italian Wars, Pike & Shotte,  28mm I’ve always been rather fond of the Italian Wars – in fact it was the subject of one of my earliest Osprey books – Pavia 1525, published way back in 1996. It’s still one of my favourite Ospreys, largely because it redefined what happened during the battle –

The Battle of Soltau, 1519

The Italian Wars, Pike & Shotte, 28mm Yes, I know this isn’t really an Italian Wars game as the battle was fought over the mountains in Southern Germany, but the time period is right, so it’s getting lumped in with the goings on in Italy. I can’t say I’d heard of the Battle of Soltau until

The Battle of Silly, 1692

Misc., The War of the Grand Alliance, Pike & Shotte, 28mm There actually is a place called Silly in Flanders, to the south-east of Brussels, near the town of Ath. Anyway, it seemed like a good name for this fictitious little battle. We played it to try out Warlord’s Pike & Shotte for the War

The Fight in Chorley Lane, 1648

The English Civil War, Pike & Shotte, 28mm This little clash set in the Second English Civil War (1648) was a test-bed for Pike & Shotte, the Renaissance version of Black Powder. Bill Gilchrist supplied the small force of Covenanters and Royalists, who were pitted against my New Model Army. The game was a small

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