Sunday, August 6, 2017


This Saturday I was at Claymore 2017 in Edinburgh.  I was busy as one of the four judges of the displays and PP games.  Here are the results
1st  Iron Brigade – 28mm ACW game
2nd Kirriemuir - 10mm Gettysburg
3rd Glasgow Phoenix - 6mm Ramilles

PP games
1st  Funky Skull games – Street Wars New York
2nd East Neuk Irregulars – Indonesian Confrontation
3rd Leuchars - Fury

It was a good show –  I met lots of acquaintances.  My one buy was some more skirmishing French and Spanish Napoleonics from Ian at Eagle Miniatures.  This year I even remembered to take photos so here are a few of them. 

The link to all my show photos on Flickr is
Iron Brigade - 28mm ACW

Border Reivers - 28mm Quatre Bras

Falkirk Napoleonic - 28mm Austrians Vs Bavarians 1809

Gourock - 15mm Nijmegen Bridges

funky Skull Games - Street Wars NYC

Kirriemuir - 10mm Gettysburg day 1

League of Ausgburg - 28mm 1814 Campaign - French vs Austrians

Glasgow Phoenix - 6mm Ramilles

Tuesday, August 1, 2017


Last week my garage staged a big 28mm Bolt Action game.  It was a 1960 Arab Israeli game based on the Yom Kippur War.  The equipment is too early for the 1967 War.  I supplied the 12ft by 6ft table and the river, Colin Jack supplied the scenario, the troops, most of the terrain and Tim Watson supplied the dust sheet covering.  Tim and Bill Millar commanded the Israeli forces, I commanded the Syrians, Colin the Jordanians and Mr Ray Neal the Egyptians.  Mrs Gilchrist supplied an excellent pre-game dinner.

View from south end of table

The Israeli’s quickly took the west bank village and from that position held of the attack by the Jordanian M47’s across the River Jordan.  Too the south the mass of Egyptian armour made slow progress against the  gallant Israeli AMX13s but did manage to capture a kibbutz.  In the north my armour poured down the Golan Heights but after an early success knocking out an Israeli Centurion the advance slowed down to a long range tank battle.  I lost 3 of my 6 tanks.  In the end the game was adjudged to be a draw.  Good fun and everyone enjoyed it.  Thanks to everyone who has contributed to me getting up to 400,000 views.

My Syrian armour coming down from the Golan Heights

Jordanian M47s under artillery fire

Shell bursts near my leading T55 - Panzer burning beyond

Tim has put a report on his blog at

Here is the OB for the game.

ARAB-ISRAELI 1950-1960
Light Armour Brigade
3 x AMX 13
Light Armour Brigade
3 x AMX 13
Reserve Armour Brigade
2 x Sherman E8
Independent Tank Batt
1 x Centurion
Independent Tank Batt
1 x Centurion
SP Artillery
2 x M7 Priest
Infantry Battalion
12 x Infantry
Infantry Battalion
12 x Infantry
Medium Mortar
Kibbutz Garrisons
4 x 6 Infantry
Heavy Armour Brigade
3 x SU100
Medium Armour Brigade
2 x Super Sherman
1 x Sherman Bulldozer
Anti Tank Battalion
1 x Archer
Infantry Battalion
12 x Infantry
10 x Infantry
Medium Mortar
Heavy Armour Brigade
2 x T55
Medium Armour Brigade
2 x Panzer IV
Light Armour Brigade
2 x R35
Infantry Battalion
12 x Infantry
Infantry Battalion
10 x Infantry
Heavy Armour Brigade
2 x M47 tanks
Arab Legion
1x Panhard A/C
10 Infantry in Lorry

M47 assaulted by Israeli infantry who immobilised it!
Some words from Colin about the source of his figures.  Nobody seems to make the correct troops so some improvisation is required.
Most of the Israelis are Reiver Castings Post War infantry with bush hats + Commando Miniatures support weapons.  Also some Artizan British Commandos, desert version.  The Kibbutzim are just any Partisan figures.
Arab Legion are Artizan + Foundry Arab MMG.
Egyptians are Reiver Castings Post War infantry with beret + Artizan 8th Army (no shorts).
Syrians are Commando Miniatures Indonesian and Arab infantry.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017


Once again the show will soon be here at the Granton Campus of Edinburgh College.

See you there.
B&B sheets available at

Tuesday, June 20, 2017


I was away at the weekend at Kirriemuir in Angus for an American Civil War event.  Over the two days 12 gamers attended from the LOGW.  The impressive figures were supplied by various members of the group.
Short range naval action

The land campaign was developed by Kevin Calder and Peter Nicholson and the rules used were Kevin Calder’s quick play ACW rules. The table was over 24ft long and stretched from Washington to Richmond.  The game involved trains and cavalry raids with each player commanding an infantry division.  The first days gaming was a  series of successes for the Union driving back the Confederates into Virginia.  On the 2nd day the Union ran out of luck and initiative so their advance was held and eventually driven back by the Confederates.  On the last turn of the game Washington fell to a flanking Rebel division under Charlie Grant but at the same time his dad Charles Grant captured Richmond.  So the campaign was agreed to be a draw.
A desperate melee

Union cavalry raid

Peter Nicholson and I supplied the 28mm ships for the naval side game.  I worked up the scenario for this and we used my Big Ship Ironclad rules.  The naval game was played twice.  The union ships heavy guns did not prove effective and both were Confederate victories.

It was a very enjoyable weekend.  We will be back in November for an Italian Wars game.

Here is a link to all my fotos on Flickr

Union unit retiring

My Dictator in action at last

Charlottesville  burns - Union atrocity

Richmond falls to the Union and is set aflame

Tuesday, June 13, 2017


On Saturday John Perkin and I went to Methil in Fife where some members of our AB1 group were testing out new facilities for our big six monthly games.  The game the group staged was a fictional Seven Years War game – the Action at Fictionburg – using Black Powder.  The terrain was provided by Dave Imrie and the players brought along their own toys.

View from Schloss Fictionburg before the armies deploy
We had six players – the allied Prussian and British forces were commanded by Jack Glanville, Chris stone and Ken Pearce whilst the allied French, Austrian, Russian and German states troops were commanded by John Perkin, Dave Imrie and myself.  The battle took place on the river plain below the mighty Schloss Fictionburg.  The other commanders started with 2 brigades on the table with a further brigade in reserve.  I held back a 2nd brigade to see how the game developed.  Generally all the forces advanced to meet their opponents whilst my first German states brigade stood on the defensive on our right wing.

Troops deployed - Chris's Prussians await to cross the Fictionburg stream
Things went well for us at the start and by lunchtime John’s French on our left wing had pummelled Jacks Prussian infantry.  On our right my initial infantry and artillery decisively shot Ken’s British infantry (good shots) to pieces.  Our centre under Dave was under heavy attack by the massed cavalry of Chris and Ken.  It looked like it would be our victory. 

British cavalry charge an Austrian line

Sadly it all changed after lunch.  On our left John’s French lost all their cavalry to the 2 brigades of Prussian cavalry and his flank infantry brigade was forced to withdraw.  I lost 2 battalions to the fire of Ken’s 2nd Brigade.  In the centre Dave’s Austrian infantry were forced back by the enemy cavalry charges but the situation was stabilised by the gallant efforts of the Russian cavalry brigade.  They were outnumbered by the heavier Prussian and British horse but held them of with both sides having to withdraw shaken to reorganise.  At the end the game was judged to be a draw with both sides losing 10 battalions/regiments and 2 guns.

Action on flank - my troops in firefight with the British - my gun proved decisive
It was a fun, exciting game that could have gone either way fought on wonderful looking terrain.  Here is a link to all my photos on Flickr:

Situation early afternoon

Prussian dragoons crash into an Austrian line

End situation on our left flank - French infantry making fighting withdrawal in front of advancing Prussians

Anglo-Prussian command - Jack, Chris, Ken - pondering how they managed to draw!

Thursday, June 8, 2017


This Tuesday I was at the SESWC in Edinburgh.  I have been working on a big ship version of my ACW naval rules and this meeting gave me a chance to test them out.  It finally gave me a chance to get most of my 28mm ships onto the table.

Onondaga under ineffective Confederate fire

Tuscaloosa and Mississippi concentrate against the Onondaga

The scenario was a raid by Union forces to disrupt the Confederates effort to complete the conversion of a river steamer into an armed ram.  The Union had 2 monitors the Montauk and the twin turret Onondaga.  To oppose the attack the confederates had a small ironclad ram the Tuscaloosa and a large centre wheel ironclad ram the Mississippi plus a shore battery of 2 medium smoothbores.  The table was 8ft by 6ft and to give an impression of the scale of the ships the Onondaga is 24 inches long.  The ships were all made by PMC.

The Confederates ironclads sortied to meet the approaching monitors.  Things quickly went badly for them as the Tuscaloosa was rammed by the Onondaga and then smashed by the heavy guns of both the monitors.  She lost all her flotation points, struck her colours and being holed by the ram sank.  The Union ships then battered the Mississippi which lost 2 guns, had her steering jammed to starboard and was set on fire.  She failed a morale test and had to break of the action.  She could not repair her steering so instead of steaming for safety she turned around the Union monitors and ran aground.  Her crew promptly abandoned ship.  The Confederate shore battery proved particularly ineffective scoring only one hit which bounced of the Mondauk.  The incomplete ram finally got underway but hit by multiple heavy shots she struck her colours.  It was a Union whitewash.

It was a fun game – the rules played well.  I made a few improvements to the rules after I got home.  I am trying out the rules in another 2 weeks at an ACW weekend.  My thanks to Angus, Campbell and Michel helping with the playtesting.  Angus has written a detailed action account on his blog at

Onondaga rams the Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa sinks - Captain is last man aboard

Sternwheeler has struck her colours to the Montauk

Confederate shore battery - truly hopeless gunners

Monday, May 22, 2017


This Sunday I went to Partizan at Newark.

Colin Jack presented a 28mm Boshin War game  as the SESWC contribution.  Ray Neal, Tim Watson, Dave Paterson and I supported Colin at the display.  We went to Newark by train so Colin had to develop a lightweight game for us to take down.
We played the game as a PP game with members of the public playing the Imperial forces with one of us commanding the Shogunate troops.  Over the day the Imperialists won three games and the Shogunate one.  The figures are from BAC NINH except for a few Perry engineers building a rice bag wall.

Lots of great games at the show at its venue in the Newark Showground.  The exhibition hall allows 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.
Here are some of my photos below - and here is a link to all my photos from the show in an album on Flickr.
Boshin War handout

Dave removing another unit under wily Imperialist fire

Zombie Wild West PP

Peg Wars - FIW Game - I love this!

Port Arthur

Bunker Hill
Kokoda Trail