On 3.6.2018 Royal Holloway University in Egham are putting on a FREE Festival of History.
They describe it as a" A day of re-enactment, family friendly activities, talks and performances, bringing history and the struggle for citizenship, liberty and democracy to life"
Historia Normanis---- discover a 13th Century encampment talk with soldiers, knights and camp followers - watch knights demonstrate their combat skills.
On Friday 18th May, I mustered my 6mm Heroics and Ros Napoleonic French and Russians and put on a refight of the battle of Borodino (1812) at the club.
Phil, Patrick and Noel were on the Russian side, defending a line of redoubts, hills, and streams, on high ground. Rob, Simon, Mike, and Mal, played the French. Set up was not historical, so each side could deploy as they saw fit.
According to wargames lore, 6mm figures emerged in the 1970s as an alternative to 15mm figures – but never really took off.
6mm figures are considerably cheaper (£3 for 50 Heroics and Ros Napoleonic infantry); they look great ‘en masse’ (the main selling point, of course); they are quicker and in many respects easier to paint; and they work very well if you have a limited space in which to wargame (I live in a loft conversion).
However, they have not displaced either 15mm or 25/28mm figures as the scale most commonly collected or gamed with. Does this matter?
From Friday 16,3,18 to Sunday 18.3.18 Rob hosted the Napoleonic Battle of Wagram at his War Room. Rules used Napoleons Battles. Noal provided the Figures and acted as umpire,
It was large game with 4 to 5 players on each side, The French army concentrated its attack on the Austrian right wing and won by breaking the Austrian armies morale. I attach some photos of the Battle taken on the Friday and Saturday
I once joked at a Friday game, while waiting for someone with the keys to the store room to arrive, that we were all 'Wargamers Anonymous'. Sitting there in a circle around the wargames table, that altar of our hobby, we seemed to be wargaming junkies in need of therapy, or at least the next fix!
And that's the thing about wargaming: it can be both an addiction and a form of therapy all in one.