Monday, October 5, 2015


On Wednesday I was at Hugh Wilson’s for another Medieval game designed by Dave O’Brien.   It was a variant of his previous French raid game this time set in Ireland in the 12th century.  5 players commanded the English supply missions  whilst Dave umpired and commanded the ambushing Irish.  The table was 14ft long and we used Hail Caesar.
Map of the layout showing hidden Irish deployments

Henry de Clare Earl of Pembroke finally managed to marry Domnall Mor Ui Briain’s daughter and ‘surprisingly’ Domnall suddenly died leaving all the lands of Thomand one of the largest areas of Southern Ireland to him and he quickly set about erecting castles to protect his inheritance.  The natives have been extremely upset by this and have launched attacks against isolated castles.
Player Briefing

A number of knights have been sent to deliver supplies and reinforcements to the castle at Knock.  Each knight has a small force of troops and either a wagon of supplies or herds of sheep or cattle to deliver to the castle, once the supplies have been delivered that Norman player will then take command of Irish troops. 

Each wagon is worth d3x10 VP’s, a sheep is worth 1 VP and a cow 2 VP’s.  Each skirmish unit destroyed is worth 1VP, each formed infantry unit is worth 2 VP’s and each Fianna unit is worth 4 VP’s.  Troop losses will be deducted, mounted knights are worth 10VP’s and formed troops 4 VP’s.

If your character is killed then all VP’s are lost and your troops will disperse and not take any further part in the game.
English press onto Knock

Disaster for the first supply group as their cattle stampede of the road

Hugh's group with their flock of sheep cross the last obstacle before Knock

The game was won by Hugh commanding the 2nd supply group who managed to slip into the lead when Tim's leading group was ambushed by the Irish. A situation made worse when his cattle herd repeatedly stampeded.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015


I have continued to work slowly away on my Napoleonic collection.  I bought some very nice painted Front Rank Russian Lithuanian Uhlan figures on Ebay.  I have rebased them and fitted them with the correct regimental lance pennants and a standard from GMB Designs.

I have also added 2 more regiments of Light Dragoons and a battalion of guard infantry to my British army.  I bought the figures ready painted from South Africa and I added some more shading and rebased them.   The infantry flags I found on Warbases.


Wednesday, September 9, 2015


On Saturday I went down to the Border Reiver show held once again at Gateshead International Arena.   It was a successful visit chatting with some old friends.  Also I discovered the stand of Eagle Figures and bought 2 battalions of their Portuguese Militia to add some allies to my Peninsular War British. Here are a few photos from the show:
PP Fantasy PP game - I liked the big buildings

Falkirk's Tiger tank PP game - John the Tiger Meister

Russo-Japanese Naval game

Dumfries ACW Wilderness game - the relaxed union commanders

The view from the CSA side - the Union commanders have gone for lunch

Tuesday, September 1, 2015


As the second part of my blog on Les Invalides here are some photos of uniforms from the Musee De L'Armee. 
A circle of  Napoleonic Eagles


2nd Empire Zouave

2nd Empire Cavalry

Napoleonic 23rd Dragoons

2nd Empire

Sunday, August 23, 2015


My wife and I went to Paris this week to celebrate our anniversary and we included a trip to Les Invalides.  At the Musee de L'Armee we visited the pre WWI sections - I will get to the 20th century sections on our next trip.   Here are a few photos from our visit

The massive tomb of Napoleon in the domed church

Tomb of  Marchal Foch in the domed church

Armour of Henri IV

Electronic table display of Austerlitz



Siege of Paris 1870

St Louis Cathedral with some unusual trophy standards

Sunday, August 2, 2015


I had an enjoyable day at Claymore.  Attendance seemed to be up at just over 800.  Good to see so many familiar faces and chat to people.   Building work by the College meant that there was no internal link between to the 2 halls so wargamers were forced into the fresh air of the College garden to get between the halls.  So it was a good thing we only had 5 minutes of rain.  The building work also forced the B&B to move out of its normal room to the rear entrance which was not a good location as there was simply not enough space. 
Kirriemuir - 2nd St Albans

Leuchars - WWI Dardanelles 1915
I had an interesting time as one of the judges for the games.  Here are the results

Best display game

1st - Leuchars – World War One Dardanelles

2nd – League of Augsburg – Great Northern War

Commended - Kirriemuir – 2nd St Albans

Commended – Dave Imrie – English Civil War

Best pp game

1st – Sally Forth  - Very British Civil War

2nd – Glasgow Games Group – Jurassic park

Commended -  Bathgate – Terror of Monkey Island

All my photos with descriptions at

Falkirk - Tank War PP game - enjoyed by all the parents

Bloodbowl PP game

Sally Forth - VBCW PP game

D Imrie at his ECW game

League of Augsburg - Great Northern War - toasting their 2nd place

Bart Zynda has put up a report on his blog with a link to more photos at

Wednesday, July 29, 2015


My local club will be putting on it's annual show again this Saturday.

All the info is here

Some photos from last year