Sunday 26 May 2024

Measuring scale: Confusion & Controversy

Scale means different things to modellers and wargames and is a highly contentious subject. This week I prise the lid off the worm can to discuss the difference between various scale measurements and try to address the foot-to-eye or foot-to-scalp controversy. 

Check out my Scale Guide page in the tabs at the top of this blog. 

If you have any suggestions or see any mistakes please let me know... it's been a while since I have updated this and something is bound to need to be updated.

Thursday 23 May 2024

Partizan 2024: Pick of the Photos

It's a few days since Partizan 2024 and I wanted to share some of my favourite pictures from the games on display. For the full lineup, I recommend watching my video (linked below) or visiting Ray's Partizan post for more pictures. The photos below only represent a tiny proportion of the 550+ pictures I took and don't show every game on display. They are just my favourite photos from a day that was a visual feast from beginning to end. 
All Hell Let Loose - Bloody Omaha in 6mm

Hornsea Contemptibles - ECW

The Gentleman Pensioners - Sharp Practice on the Cape Frontier

Huntingdon & District - 28mm AWI - Guildford Courthouse 1781

Harrogate Wargames Club - Welcome to the Jungle

League of Gentleman Alchemists - 28mm Home Guard

Morris & Chums - Midguard - The Silmarillion

Simon Miller - The Relife of Norchester

Peter Dennis - 10mm Plexiglas The Battle of Plexidorf

The Bodkins - 28mm Rove v's Sassanids

The Bodkins - 28mm Rove v's Sassanids

Derby Wargames Society - 20mm WW2 Eastern Front

Boondock Sayntes - Indian Mutiny

Westbury Wargames - The Successors

Yarkshire Wargamer - Italian Wars

Barely Legal Wargames - 28mm South American Wars of Independence - Battle of Carabobo

Chesterfield Old Boys - 1/35th WW2 Skirmish -  Into the Reich

Forest Outlaws - Battle of Blandensburg

1st Corp - Mexican American War

1st Corp - Mexican American War

Phil Olley - One Steppe at a Time

North Riding Wargames Club - Sudan it's Hot Here Sir

Durham Wargames Group - Battle of Fulford Gate

League of Extraordinary Kriegspeilers - Back of Beyon down to the Adriatic Sea

Steve Jones - Freemans Farm

Steve Jones - Freemans Farm

Kallistra/Forest Outlaws - Siege of Belgrade

Tuesday 21 May 2024

Partizan 2024 Photo Report

A photo review of the games at this year's Partizan. It was another amazing show with incredible miniature art, creativity and fun. This is a longer video than usual, so sit back and enjoy the music...or turn the volume down to zero and put on a podcast instead!

Sunday 19 May 2024

From Warhammer to Historical Wargaming: Finding the right rules

How does the Warhammer player branch out from Games Workshop's systems to find historical wargaming rules from the thousands of titles available? There are three essential questions you must ask yourself that will help narrow the options available and make it easier to find the right set of rules for you.


Monday 13 May 2024

Command & Control: Giving the General something useful to do

Last week I discussed some of the problems associated with multi-player wargames, particularly the headaches this can give the army commander. This week I offer suggestions for providing the overall commander with a meaningful role when he has sub-commanders. to control.


Test of Resolve: Deep dive rules review

My long overdue review and flip-through of the Test of Resolve rules is finally here. Test of Resolve is a set of rules designed for refighting the dynastic struggle in England between 1455 and 1487, known as The Wars of the Roses. This is a card-driven system which produces exciting and unpredictable tabletop conflicts. 


Sunday 5 May 2024

Command Tensions: When sub-commanders go rogue

How do you deal with the tensions of command in multiplayer wargames? When there are two or more players per side, is it more difficult to execute a cohesive strategy than if you played one one-on-one? There are no court martials around the game table, so how can the army commander bring order when his subcommanders go rogue? 

Friday 3 May 2024

The Battle of Beaumont 1870 - Quick Strike Battle Report

The Battle of Beaumont took place in 1870 during the Franco-Prussian War. This game sees the French conducting a fighting withdrawal in the face of intense German pursuit. We used They Died for Glory as the rules for this 15mm wargame and the end result was a very close run contest. 

For more details, army lists and maps please check out Richard's blog posts on this game:

Wednesday 1 May 2024

The Battle of Beaumont 1870 - Franco-Prussian action in the shed-o-war

Over the weekend the Rejects got together for another game of 'They Died for Glory' refighting part of the Battle of Beaumont which took place during the Franco-Prussian War. The game commenced a few hours into the start of the battle as the French began a fighting withdrawal and the Prussians did their utmost to catch and destroy this Corp before it crossed the Meuse. 

I was going to post a long, detailed battle report here...but I'm trying to knock a Quick Strike Battle report video instead. So in the meantime, I highly recommend checking out Richard's Blog My Wargaming Habit and his posts on the prep for the game and a review of the battle as it played out. I'm hoping to have my video ready by Friday or Saturday and of course, I will post a link to that here when I have it completed. In the meantime here are a couple of 'teaser' pictures of the game.