Tuesday, February 7, 2017


This weekend I went down on the Falkirk and District coach trip to the Vapnartak wargames show held at York Race Course in York.  It was an enjoyable outing to my first show of the year.  Here are some photos of the display games at the show.  I only bought one item at the show - a Sharp Practice AWI Continental force painted by my old friend Jim Duncan of Edinburgh who had a table at the flea market. 

Big 17th century game

Big 17th century game - the town

Relief of Kut-Al-Amara


Some junior Falkirk members

King Kong

Minions the PP game!
My sole purchase - many thanks Jim

Thursday, February 2, 2017


Yesterday I finally got around to have another game at my house.  It has taken me a year to tidy up my wargames table since the new central heating system was installed.  It was also my first Sharp Practice game.  In fact only one of the five of us had played the rules before.  The game was the Indian Mutiny Rescue from the Sharp Practice rule book.  Donald Adamson umpired whilst Colin Jack and Dave O'Brien commanded the British rescue force while myself and Dave Paterson commanded the unruly mutineers.   Colin provided all the scenery and troops for the game. We played on a 6ft by 4ft section of my table.

It was an enjoyable game and by the end of it we were all quoting parts of the rules.  It proved a British victory as their main formation stormed the Pink Fort and rescued the charming and unruffled Lady Howe.

Lady Howe detained at the Pink Fort

Main British formation deploys forward

Main British formation comes into action covered by their skirmishers

Mutineer formation pass burning hut

British storm the Pink Fort with the bayonet and save Lady Howe

Sunday, January 22, 2017


I got back into wargaming last week following our 3 weeks Christmas and New Year cat sitting for our daughter in London whilst she was away on her honeymoon.   It was a VBCW game 'The Action at Alnwick' using Bolt Action which Colin Jack set up in his wargames room.  Tim Wilson, Ray Neal, Dave O'Brien and Donald Adamson also took part.  Colin supplied the scenery and the bulk of the figures employed.

Planning to have the first game in my garage for over a year in 2 weeks time......

MarkVIb covers advance of the French monarchist volunteers

Confused Alnwick street scene with abandoned BUF armoured trucks

Overhead view of the Loyalist Lanchester

The 2nd Mark VIb passing the command car

The cinema is an impressive model.

The red battle bus of the Grimsby trawlermen

Tuesday, November 22, 2016


I was away at the weekend at Kirriemuir in Angus for a Retreat from Moscow Napoleonic event..The weather was very appropriate as Kirriemuir was covered in frost for the game.. Over the two days 12 gamers attended from the LOGW.  All the scenarios were developed by young Charlie Grant.  The figures were supplied by various members of the group and Steve Rimmer, Dale Smith and Peter Nicholson supplied the vast bulk of the terrain.  The white sheets were newly ironed by Charlie.
A Saturday scenario - French blow bridge abandoning the brave Neapolitan rearguard!

A Saturday scenario - French allies emerge early morning from their bivouacs in a village
On the first day there was a choice of 6 tables with differing scenarios.   Each of the players played 3 games on a different table.  I managed to lose all of my games as my cautious Russian approach did not work. On the Sunday we played a single huge game – set in an impressive 30 foot long white wilderness.  There were 6 Russian forces and 6 French.  The objective of the game was for the French to get the Emperor Napoleon’s sledge across the table to a pontoon bridge the French were building across the wide Kalishnikov River.  The Russians objective was simple they had to capture the Emperor.  In the last turn my Lithuanian Lancers made a gallant attempt to seize the Emperor as he neared the almost complete bridge but they were driven back by Marbot’s skirmishing sledge force.

Angus's militia moving on the French

A retreating French column

Charles Grant Snr positioning his French facing my Jaeger column

It was an enjoyable weekend and the rules adapted from the simple ACW rules developed by Kevin Calder worked well and were easily picked up by all the players.   My thanks to Charlie who acted as the hard working rules umpire.

My thanks to all those who have got me up to 350,000 views

A duel between Poniatowski and Dombrowski - it disrupted their commands for many turns

Marbot's skirmishing sledges escorting the Emperor

My Lithuanian Lancers almost get to the Emperor but failed

Gallant last charge by the Dutch Lancers to halt the Russian hordes

Monday, November 14, 2016


Here are some photos from the Targe show at Kirriemuir last Saturday. I had a busy time judging the displays and the painting competitions. Overall a good show and enjoyable.

SESWC - Mutiny PP Game

Leuchars Veterans- Custer's Last Stand PP game

Glasgow Warhogs - Omaha Beach

Falkirk - Lord of the Rings

Iron Brigade - ECW Pike and Shot game

Angus - Congo display game

Sunday, November 6, 2016


Played my first game of The Men Who Would Be Kings with Angus Konstam at the SESWC on Thursday.

I commanded a British punitive expedition which had to destroy an Afghan village.  My force consisted of 2 Sikh sections, a Gurkha section and a Screw gun.  Dicing for the leader attributes gave me a Hero of the Empire commanding the screw gun.  Angus diced and got truly abysmal leaders for two of his irregular infantry units.

I won by bombarding the village and destroying 3 of the houses.  Neither side lost a unit possibly because we misread the rally rules.  Overall an enjoyable game - leader quality and attributes are the key to victory under these rules.

The doomed village

The rules - enjoyable

Sikh infantry and screw gun advance

Gurkhas take the commanding hill

My infantry shooting dice - nine ones out of 12 dice

Screw gun smashes another house - well done Haveldar Singh
Angus Konstam has his longer account on his blog at

Friday, October 14, 2016


Last weekend it was Shedfest 2016 in Livingston.  We moved from our usual Shedfest venue in Dave Paterson’s shed to Rob Pooley’s new shed which can accommodate a 12ft by 6ft table.  Dave did all the arranging as usual providing breakfast, lunch and pizza for dinner.  He also provided all the 15mm troops for our early period Sudan wargame and the scenario.  I think he was still basing the figures up to the previous evening. 

There were 8 players with Dave acting as the umpire.  I played the commander of one of the British infantry brigades.  We played the game twice with the British gaining a marginal then a more decisive victory.  We used Black Powder rules at 66% scale.  It gave a good, enjoyable and simply understood game.  Here are some photos - a few problems with the low October sun here.

View down the table - in distance besieged Atbara, in centre the vital British objective the sweet water well

British right wing facing the massed hordes of Madhist cavalry - look to your right men!

Dave the exhausted organiser taking some much needed liquid refreshment.

Dervish hordes threatening to flank the Highlanders

Highland brigade facing the Dervish Ferocious Charge.