Thursday, May 26, 2016

Partizan 2016

This Sunday I went to Partizan at Newark.

Colin Jack presented a 28mm Bolt Action WWII display of the Brazilian Expeditionary Force engaging Italian RSI fascist units as the SESWC contribution.  Dave O’Brien, Ray Neal, Tim Watson and I supported Colin at the display.  We played the game for real and got to a draw mainly due to the Brazilians calling in American support.
Lots of great games at the show at its new venue in the Newark Showground.  The exhibition hall allowed more displays and traders to be present than the old venue at Kelham Hall.  It was big bright and airy with lots of space, better catering and more parking.
It was a good weekend.  We will be back.  Here are some of my photos.
French Indo-china 1954 - F8 Bearcat

Austrians vs Russians in 1812

Big VBCW game

Amazing Verdun fortress game

Superb Roman Vs Sassanid game

Ramilles 1707

Siege of Limerick

Our game Brazilians close up on the bridge of death

View from the other end of the column

Dave Imrie's Carlist Wars skirmish game

Brazilian armour on fire

Perry Brothers Syria 1941 game - superb models and terrain

SYW Peg Wars - troops all made from old fashioned washing pegs - Amazing!

Thursday, May 19, 2016


Here are some more photos of my most recent additions to my Napoleonic collection. 

To my French/Allied army I have added 5 Staff stands, 2 units of Dragoons, 2 units of Carabiniers and a unit of Bavarian light infantry skirmishers.  I also added 3 extra French infantry command stands so that I can field my Polish combined grenadier units as French.   Finally I added a further unit of Russian line infantry as one of my existing stands went missing.
I bought the figures ready painted from South Africa and I added some slight shading to the infantry and cavalry.  The staff were wonderfully painted and I left them as they were.  I rebased all the figures using MDF bases and Silflor tuffs from Warbases and Javis static grass.  The flags come from Warflags except the Russian infantry flags which come from the Napoleon Russian flag download.

Murat in a modest cosutme

Grouchy in a pre 100 days decisive moment

Prince Eugene

New French command

Bavarian light infantry based as skirmishesrs

Even more Russian line

French carabiniers

French dragoons

Tuesday, May 3, 2016


I have not put up many reports in the past month as my close wargaming friend Hugh Wilson died suddenly at the beginning of April.  Hugh was recovering at home from an operation on his knee when he suffered a DVT.  It was completely unexpected.  Hugh was 55 and one of the younger members of our gaming group.  I cannot recall him ever being ill.

Hugh is a great loss to our gaming as he staged and built the terrain used in some of our best ever games as you can read in my blog reports.

He was a very good friend, a great enthusiast, who will be very sadly missed.

A happy Hugh presenting Bart with a wooden spoon at one of his games.

Bart Zynda  has written a report on this sad news with photos of many of Hugh’s gaming tables see

Friday, April 15, 2016


In the past 2 months I have added more troops to my Napoleonic collection.  I have completed the brigade of Kleve-Berg infantry as supports for my French army.  I also added another brigade of 4 battalions of Russian infantry plus a regiment of French hussars.

I bought the figures ready painted from South Africa and I added some more shading and rebased them.  The Russians were my official birthday present from my wife.   The French and Berg flags come from Warflags whilst the Russian flags come from the excellent Napoleon rules Russian flag download.

French 9th Hussars

Kleve-Berg infantry

Petrovsk infantry with 1803 pattern flag

Chernigov or Sevsk infantry with a 1813 St George's flag

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

28MM Muskets and Tomahawks Weekend

This weekend I was away at Kirriemuir for a meeting of the League of Gentlemen Wargamers. I organised the French Indian War games which used Muskets and Tomahawks.

On the first day we had 6 2 player games setup and on the second day a single 6 player a side game on a 24 ft long table.  Overall it proved to be a French victory.

The games identified that we lacked certain troop types and that has given me another project for the coming year.  It was all very enjoyable - here are some photos.

View of the escape scenario game

Settlers must die scenario

West end of the big game - Kevin and Charles Snr

View over the big table - Steve Rimmer surveying the position

Peter Henderson's superb scratch built French fort

My British fort - by Stronghold

Outer defences of the British fort

French Indian amphibious assault on the outer defences of the British fort
Angus Konstam has written a fuller report on his blog at

Friday, March 4, 2016


Here are my photos from Wednesday nights Napoleonic game set in Spain using Black Powder rules.  I came up with the scenario and supplied all the 'French' and Portuguese troops while Hugh Wilson supplied the British infantry  and all the terrain.  The table we used was 12ft long and 5ft wide.  Dave O’Brien, Dave Mitchell, Ian Carter and Hugh commanded the allied troops while Bart Zynda, Tim Watson and I took charge of the French.

View from north of the field
The British had 8 line battalions incl 2 veterans, 2 rifle detachments, 3 Portuguese militia battalions, 2 light cavalry regiments and 2 guns.  The French had 12 line battalions incl 3 veterans, 2 light cavalry regiments and 4 guns. 

Portuguese militia defend allied far left flank
The French made some amazing command rolls in the centre which allowed them to quickly close with the enemy and break some British regiments. It looked as if the battle could be over by move four .  However eventually the Allies started to make more of a fight of it and slowed up the French on both flanks but could not stop them claiming a victory.

Bart has written a report of the game on his blog

French centre hits home on the British lines

Action on the British left- after Portuguese militia lose the flanking farm

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Scottish Battlefields Trust Show Prestonpans 20 February

On Saturday I went to the Scottish Battlefields Trusts first wargames show held at the Gothenburg pub in Prestonpans. Enjoyable small show with some good displays.

Possibly a unique venue as the Gothenburg has it's own micro-brewery. Recommend the porter and 80 shilling.  Here are photos of  some of the games. Will be back next year.

ECW Game

ECW Game

Warriors from the Gododdin game

Flodden game

Border Riever game