Games of 2018

As 2017 draws to a close, it’s time to look ahead to next year and the games for the coming twelve months.

Here is what has been proposed so far:

Month Primary Secondary
January 28mm ACW “Campbell’s Station”
February 15mm DBA 28mm WWII ?
March 28mm Colonial (Zulus)
April 28mm Vietnam
May 15mm Napoleonic
June Mission Command (15mm WWII)
July 28mm Vietnam
August
September 28mm Colonial (Zulus)
October Bolt Action (28mm WWII)
November 15mm WWII
December

As you can see there are plenty of blank spaces, so if you would like to offer up a game, please contact Pete to discuss.

Photo Roundup

Content has been a bit sparse around here recently, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been playing games. Here are some photos from a few of the recent Big Game Saturdays.

May saw us once again getting the Zulus out, this time for some The Men Who Would be Kings action. The Flickr album can be found here.

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Jumping ahead to October and it was the turn of Force on Force to take centre stage as we tackled the Vietnam War (the recent BBC Four series may have been a factor here). The Flickr album if here.

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And finally November saw the return of Mission Command, with further adventures in Russia, and the continuation of the Maurice campaign. Once again, photos on Flickr.

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Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes…

(With apologies to D. Bowie Esq.)

You might notice things look a little different around here. That’s because the site has moved from it’s previous platform to being built on WordPress, probably the most popular blogging platform available.

The reason for the change is to make it easier for other people to add content and to reduce the bus factor by not having just one person responsible for maintaining the site. As an added bonus, it is now possible to comment on posts.

All the old content has been moved across. some old links might be broken but for the most part things should be as they were on the old site.

Onwards and upwards!

Neil.

Photos and write-up: April 2017 Big Game Day

Mission Command: Pleskau / Pskov, June ‘44

After action report by Alan Paull.

The Eastern Front. For the Soviet Army, it was a long way and a costly way to retreat, and now it’s a long way and a costly way to push forward to Germany. But after Kursk it’s just a matter of time and blood. For the German Army, the endless steppe is no longer the front, now it’s back nearly to the Baltic States and Poland, trading space for time, so that the Army can be re-built.

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April Big Game: Mission Command heads north!

Alan Paul is running an Eastern Front game of Mission Command for our April meeting. Here is what Alan has to say about the game:

The Eastern Front. For the Soviet Army, it was a long way and a costly way to retreat, and now it’s a long way and a costly way to push forward to Germany. But after Kursk it’s just a matter of time and blood. For the German Army, the endless steppe is no longer the front, now it’s back nearly to the Baltic States and Poland, trading space for time, so that the Army can be re-built.

The date is sometime during the autumn of 1944. Pskov / Pleskau on the north of the Eastern Front is an important rail junction and flank protection for the long German front line. A Russian Tank Corps has been tasked with pushing German parachute (and other) troops out of the town and across the river. The Germans have to delay them for as long as possible.

This April’s Mission Command game will be a second outing for this scenario, which some of you may remember from 4 years ago. It will be fought out on several linked tables, representing the town and surrounding area. Although victory overall can be earned by either side, each commander will have their own victory assessment, based on losses inflicted and taken, and on positions held or lost.

Please let Pete and myself know if you can make it to Pskov / Pleskau on 1 April. It’ll be a blast!

Photos and write-up: The Assault on Fort Gertrude

Chris Tuck has kindly provided a write up of the game he and Toby Whitty played at February’s big game day.

The Assault on Fort Gertrude

Being another of the military encounters between the warring states of Mittelheim

Comprising the latest action in the military ‘cake and arse party’ that are the Wars of the Gelderland Succession, the assault on Fort Gertrude pits a combined force of attackers from the Kingdom of Gelderland and the Palatinate of Saukopf-Bachscuttel against the defending troops of Imperial Fenwick.

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March Big Game: All at sea again!

Ships!

Stephen Etheridge has released the following information about March’s big game:

Gentlemen,

The main game for 4 March will be another of my soggy naval encounters, this time set during the Anglo-Dutch contretemps during the 17th century.

As Pete said on Saturday last, we will be limited a little for space as the main hall will be in alternative use, so it would be helpful for me to gauge numbers who want to (or will!) play.

Each player will control a squadron of ships (3-5), or so the plan is currently. The game will be using rules from Rod Langton, “Tiller and Whipstaff” which are reputed to be quick play………….but I will see about that when I playtest them!

Can you reply ASAP so I can get planning.

Thanks,

Stephen, aka Old Father Neptune

If you are interested in participating, please let Pete know as soon as possible.

Neil.