Saturday, 20 June 2015

Phalanx Wargame Show 2015

This is one of my favourite wargame shows. Run by St. Helens Wargames Society (Spartans), Phalanx is accomodated in the spacious Sutton Leisure Centre, near St. Helens (UK) and it is a primary show on the wargame calendar and as a consequence is well attended by both traders and all the kind folk who give up their time to put on games.

taken from the 2015 advert

This post gives an overview of the show, with some photographs to highlight some of the tables

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Sunday, 14 June 2015

200th Waterloo anniversary refight

Over the next three days, I will be fighting out the Waterloo battles using the Fading Glory boardgame by GMT and at the end of each day, this post will be update with the latest installment of action.

The posts will be narrative based, with the game generating the story. The account will be written up as the fighting develops. The outcome will only be revealed in the last post, which naturally will be made on the big day itself - June 18th.

Bl├╝cher - Commander of the Prussian army

If readers want to know a bit more about the actual mechanics of the Napoleon 20 system, useful links have been added to the Resource Section at the foot of this post, that give a detailed analysis of the system.

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Monday, 8 June 2015

The renovation of a WWII ruin - old Matchbox scenic

While visiting a model shop, my Brother-in-law made a great spot in one of the display cabinets - a second hand plastic street corner scene for £2. I have been looking for some cheap but effective ruins that have a small footprint, to get my 1/72 project up and running.

Second hand diorama


Those of a certain age may recognise the scenic as being the Matchbox diorama that came out in the 70's with the 1/72 kit for the Sd Kfz 11, towing a Pak 40 and paired with a BMW motor cycle combo. The diorama and it's associated vehicles had since parted company prior to my purchase, but I could see the potential of the street scene alone, to once again have traffic rumble past on my table.

This post concerns itself with the some background to the original model and my attempts to convert it into a useful tabletop ruin.

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Monday, 1 June 2015

Holdfast Korea

Holdfast Korea by Worthington Publishing is the second title in the Holdfast Campaign Series. The first covered the Russian Front 1941/42 and proved very popular due to its high level of playabilty and simple well-developed rules.

Evocative box artwork
The first game worked well and felt like the system had been developed and grown around that particular campaign, which led me to wonder how well it would translate to other campaigns.

This post gives a light overview of the system (because the Russian game has already been substantially reviewed here, see the link in the Resource section at the foot of this post) and an AAR with conclusions and observations.

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