Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Thursday, March 12, 2020
Monday, March 9, 2020
Thursday, March 5, 2020
All Quiet on the Martian Front: Encounter at Lake Superior: A Headless Body Production Location: Phil's Basement Event: Providence Gamer's Game Knight Game : All Quiet on ...
Sunday, March 1, 2020
Monday, February 17, 2020
15mm Wargaming for Fun and Sanity: OAAH MARS Beachhead Participation Game: The Day is here! Participation game is go. Below are the playsheets. The basic stats were formatted to the right, but this being blogger-...
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Flashcove's cay: A Day on Barsoom: This is a quick skirmish near Helium. The actual game took about 10 minutes playtime, so I will let the comic pages do the talking. Also, ...
Thursday, December 26, 2019
What better way of learning about the British Empire than recreating battles or campaigns. There are myriad companies producing board games and miniatures so that pretty much any campaign can be reproduced. Games and figures manufacturers agree that the British Empire makes a wonderful backdrop to set their products within. The products on offer are constantly improved and updated. It can be hard to keep abreast with all the developments, but if anyone would like to add any additional information about games or figures then please do not hesitate to email me so that I can add the necessary links.
Colonial wargaming has a long history, you can go back to HG Wells' Little Wars or Donald Featherstone's Skirmish Wargaming. Wargaming heritage doesn't get much better than that. It can be done in any scale from 2mm to 54mm (and probably bigger for all I know).
Of course, there are many different periods that can be covered in Colonial wargaming. Most people would probably instinctively think of Victorian era games but of course it could encompass anything from the time of Sir Francis Drake to the Falklands War. The geographical reach of colonial wargaming is possibly the widest of any genre out there. So there is a lot of choice out there.
This section is to try and help narrow down that choice and provide a map for those who want to launch in to their own gaming experiences. I also have my own campaign system that you are free to use, adapt or inspire to create your own. It is called Jarania
I personally like to use 15mm figures and have ranges that cover the Indian Mutiny, the Sudan, the Boer Wars, Afghanistan and the North West Frontier and a lot of Zulus! I personally like 15mm as I feel that they are good value for money, and provide a good balance between skirmish and larger battles. Having said that, if you want to fight huge battles - such as Isandlwana - then 6mm is probably the way to go. The advantage of 25/28mm figures is that there is much more characterisation and variety available which makes them particularly well suited to skirmish games. There is an interesting development with hard plastic figures being produced. These are much cheaper than the lead figures and are easier to modify or convert. You have been able to get soft plastic figures for years, but they have a tendency to flake off the paint over time. Hard plastic figures do not suffer from this problem.
As for rules, I have to say that I am a huge fan of The Sword and the Flame rules which I have used with students at school and at various conventions. They are not that common in the UK but they are well worth seeking out! They are much more popular in the States where they are easier to source.
For those who prefer more modern rules for the Decolonisation and End of Empire era, Ganesha Games publishes a set called 'Flying Lead' which provides good low intensity simulations. You can read a battle report of one such example from the Borneo Confrontation here.
Tuesday, December 24, 2019
Saturday, December 21, 2019
Reverse Engineering the Martian War Machine – The Heat Ray and HMS Thunder Child
This article is a “history” of H.G. Wells classic science fiction novel, “The War of the Worlds”, as if it actually happened, complete with technological assessments, logistical evaluations and strategic analyses. Naturally, the first subject will be prominent given the vast technological superiority of the invading Martians.
War Of The Worlds Intel
Thursday, December 19, 2019
15mm Wargaming for Fun and Sanity: OAAH First games at Entoyment.: Seed change in our wargaming. We have the capacity to do bigger games, but my flat & parking restrictions/cost make them impractical...
Monday, December 2, 2019
15mm Wargaming for Fun and Sanity: OAAH Cabbage Crates over the Ruddy Red - the firs...: Rules note-. Of Armies And Hordes isn't a set of aerial combat rules. It can use such elements. This is us playing around with wha...
Saturday, October 26, 2019
Dust, Tears & Dice: War of the Worlds: The New Wave: Well that was a nice surprise for a wet Saturday morning Grey Fox Games Kickstarter drops through the door. Fantastic art work and a very ...
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
All Quiet on the Martian Front: The Forcing of Pithy Gulch: A Headless Body Production Location: Garth's Basement Event: Providence Gamer's Game Knight Game : All Quie...
Thursday, September 19, 2019
Got plans for September 19, 2019? You do now: It's International Talk Like a Pirate Day! So prepare your timbers to be shivered and wait… what? Is this seriously a holiday? What is this all about? And why, exactly, is there a formal holiday for not just pirates but for talking like pirates? You have questions. We have (weird) answers.
Talk Like A Pirate
Friday, September 6, 2019
15mm Wargaming for Fun and Sanity: OAAH Mars - again, same, but added dimension: Racking it up. First, I decided to go from last weeks just over 2,000 points to 3,000. So this was my first "mundane" take ...