Friday, 11 November 2011

David Crook's 'A Punitive Expedition' battle report

As I mentioned in a recent blog entry, David Crook has used the imagi-world of 1891 that I created as the background to a wargame he has recently fought. He has written a long and very interesting battle report on his blog – A Wargaming Odyssey – and has given permission for me to feature the photographs of his battle – The Battle of Keder Sirte – here.

The Battle of Keder Sirte

The Fezian forces occupy the high ground (top left of the photographs) and await the attack of the larger Rusland force (advancing from the right of the photographs).

David fought this battle using a slightly modified version of the first edition of my PORTABLE WARGAME rules.


  1. Pat G,

    They are extremely effective ... and David Crook tells me that they are relatively simple and inexpensive to make.

    All the best,


  2. Hi Pat G (via Bob!),

    The wood blocks come from a cheap version of the game Jenga and the labels were drawn in MS Paint and printed off via inkjet printer. I have seven colours available with 20th century add ons (vehicles, mgs, mortars and at guns) for the olive, grey, brown and khaki sets.

    Very inexpensive to put together and very versatile for trying out new periods and rule sets.

    All the best (and thanks Bob for passing this on!)


  3. Very nice - those blocks look great. Such a simple idea but so well done. I might have to do something similar to try out Bob's rules. Thanks for posting!


  4. Prufrock (Aaron),

    David's blocks look so good because he took time to get the symbols just right.

    He did not use any special drawing program, just good old MS Paint. The results look very professional ... and I must admit that there have been times recently when I have been tempted to copy his example.

    All the best,