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The Siege of San Sebastian (1813)

Sunday 29 September 2019 witnessed our refight of the Siege of San Sebastian (1813) at Rob's War Room. Phil was umpiring, and by consensus was considered to have outdone his own high standards with the terrain, which looked spectacular.

The town of San Sebastian was situated on a headland in Basque country, northern Spain. It was one of the last outposts of Napoleon's French, and a target for Wellington's army. The game replayed the second siege, which ended historically in a British victory.

Breitenfeld (1631): A Universal Block Wargame

Last night's club game saw the first trial of my new Thirty Years War rules, 'Tercio Viejo!'

I have been fascinated by this period for a long time: it combines a wealth of wargames possibilities with captivating personalities and contrasting tactical systems, but I lacked the figures to do it justice. The war always seemed a bit overwhelming from a wargames perspective, until I came up with the concept of the 'Universal Block System'.

Age of Taras Bulba: Battle for Zaporozhian Sich

Sunday 26 May 2019 saw five armies fight it out on the Ukrainian steppes at Rob's war room. The game simulated the strategic situation on the Polish-Lithuanian military frontier in the early 17th century, with different factions vying for power. We watched Taras Bulba and Ogniem i Mieczem on the war-room DVD, which proved quite atmospheric. Yours truly was umpiring, using my Sobieski! rules.

Gettysburg - Day Three (6mm)

Last night's game was a refight of day three at the Battle of Gettysburg, 1863, in 6mm scale. Mal, Richard and Doug controlled three Confederate corps and a cavalry corps (led by Jonathan), while Rob, Phil, new player Cameron (Phil's son), and Noel, were in charge of six Union corps and a cavalry corps.

Battle of the Bulge 2mm

On Friday 15th March 2019 I put on a Battle of the Bulge game at the club. Richard and Simon each had a panzer division, while Noel controlled a Volksgrenadier division, as the German side was tasked with crossing two rivers to capture the US fuel depot. Meanwhile, Mal, Doug, and Mark, each with a battle group of Americans, stood in their path. Jonathan and Phil took control of the German and American air forces respectively.

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