Tuesday 16 July 2024

The Battle of Bosworth 1485 - A 6mm, Test of Resolve, Quick Strike Battle Report

On Saturday I finally got my Wars of the Roses / Bosworth game on the table in the shed-o-war for the Rejects. It's been a long time coming, but it went well, with just a couple of issues I will discuss later in the week. Before the game I gave the players a briefing of the rules, but also an outline of the scenario and why I had chosen to represent the battle the way I had.

The location of the Battle of Bosworth has been debated and plotted by antiquarians and historians many times in the 539 years since the battle took place. For several hundred years it was linked to Ambion Hill where Richard probably camped the night before the battle. This seems logical because it is one of the highest points in a semi-circular range of hills, with good visibility for miles around. However, few artefacts had been definitively found to tie the battle to this location, and core samples of the surrounding terrain revealed no evidence of the now-famous marsh in which Richard lost his life.

Between August 2005 and August 2009, the Battlefields Trust undertook a major new study of Bosworth battlefield, on behalf of Leicestershire County Council. Combined with new analysis of documentary sources, this analysis shifted the location of the battle away from its traditional site to a position two miles southwest, on either side of Fen Lane. A wealth of artefacts was uncovered, including the single largest collection of medieval cannon balls ever found, numerous sword hilts, buckles, spurs, horse tackle and the by-now famous Boar Badge which would have been worn by one of the king's closest entourage. All of these have definitively identified the site of the engagement and indicated the orientation of the battles, the location of the guns and even the infamous marsh. This game is based on this most recent interpretation of the evidence.

Tuesday 2 July 2024

Tankfest 2024

Just came back from a weekend away with the family, centred around a trip to the Tank Museum at Bovington to attend Tankfest 2024. If you like your living history loud and exciting, this is one not to be missed! 


Sunday 30 June 2024

Creative Distractions: Blogger, Vlogger, Wargamer

Am I a blogger who wargames, or a Wargamer who blogs? I've touched on this subject before but decided to discuss it in more detail today (I've had a couple of questions about this). I am happy with the mix of gaming and content creation that is 'My Hobby', but I am aware that I could game more if I wasn't writing blog posts or scripts for YouTube. However, I think the benefits of the social interactions from blogging and vlogging far outweigh the impact on gaming time.

Sunday 23 June 2024

Dice have no Memory

Wargamers exhibit many superstitious and peculiar behaviours when it comes to their dice. We've all seen it (and probably done these ourselves) but the simple truth is that Dice have no memory.


Sunday 16 June 2024

The Medway Gaming Festival 2024

Today I have been to the Medway Gaming Festival with my daughter. She didn't just come because it was Father's Day, our fandoms overlap significantly in the ven-diagram of geekdom, so we both had a great day at the festival. Like me, she also has a YouTube Channel (TheNerdyGoth) so I challenged her to a 'Short-off'! We both shot videos during our day out and published a Short mini-video of the event today (both went public at 17:00 today). The winner is the video with the most views by 8pm tomorrow night. Let the battle commence! 

The festival includes a selection of Tabletop Wargames, Roleplaying Games, Cosplay, Computer Games (modern and retro) and can only be described as a celebration of geek culture. Here are a few pictures form the day.

The QRS Conundrum: The Pros and Cons of Quick Reference Sheets

What are the pros and cons of Quick Reference Sheets in wargame rules, and how does their inclusion impact gameplay and player engagement? And I ask, do you love them or hate them? And have you ever written your own QRS because you thought the ‘official’ version missed something?


Sunday 9 June 2024

Friday 7 June 2024

Broadside Wargames Show - Meet the Rejects

Posties Rejects are running a demo game at the Broadside Wargames Show in Gillingham this Saturday, 8th June 2024. We have been running games at this event for many years and this time it's Ray's turn to put in a game. We have had a couple of practice games recently and a very nice-looking game for visitors to see. I don't want to give away too much at this point, but Ray has put together a lovely-looking game which tells the story of what is often called the only successful slave revolt in history. Here's a sneak peak, but check out this post on Ray's Blog for more details. 

If you're in the Medway area next Saturday, or within driving distance, please pop along to this great little show and come and say hello. 

Sunday 2 June 2024

Epic Wargame Campaigns: Free yourself to play unsafe

Wargame Campaigns provide a framework for linked games on the tabletop and a fruitful opportunity to inject narrative elements into the story of the conflict you are exploring. Take a leaf from the roleplayers' skillset and play unsafe and unscripted for a more exciting experience for all involved.


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