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in Kirkwall on Thursday evenings.


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The Battle of Borodino, 1812

The Napoleonic Wars, Republic to Empire, 28mm The League of Gentlemen Wargamers’ Napoleonic games are never small affairs, but this weekend’s one – a refight of Borodino – might well have been our largest yet. it was also one of the most enjoyable. I was rather dreading the game, as Borodino is known for being

The Battle of the Alma, 1854

Queen Victoria’s Little Wars, Republic to Empire, 28mm About two or three times a year I take part in a League of Gentleman Wargamers game, a fancy name for what is essentially a group of gamers who get together for a weekend to refight a battle. These games are usually pretty big, and this one was

The Assault on Paris, 1814

The Napoleonic Wars, Republic to Empire, 28mm This large weekend game was a bit of a monster, and one of those where both sides had thousands of figures at their disposal, but there were never enough when you needed them! The premise was that Paris was just off one edge of the long table, and

The Battle of Cannonmullen, 1808

The Napoleonic Wars, Republic to Empire, 28mm This Sunday we took part in a playtest of the forthcoming Republic to Empire rules. As this was just a playtesting session the armies were highly unusual. One side fielded British, supported by a pair of American guns, while the opposition was an unholy alliance of Frenchmen, Americans, Bavarians an

The Battle of Rioja, 1812

The Napoleonic Wars, Republic to Empire, 28mm Two or three times a year a group of wargamers who call themselves “The League of Gentlemen Wargamers” get together to play a game – usually up in the Scottish town of Kirriemuir. A year or so ago they kindly included me in their group, and now I

The Battle of Ligny, 1815

The Napoleonic Wars, Republic to Empire, 28mm The weekend was spent up in the little Scottish town of Kirriemuir, some 100 miles north of Edinburgh, where “The League of Gentlemen Wargamers” refought the Battle of Ligny. For years I’ve claimed that this period never really interested me, and that Prussians were one of the dullest-looking