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Sunday, 8 October 2017

Ben's Portable Wargame Battle

Just over a week ago I wrote a blog entry entitled THE PORTABLE WARGAME: OTHER PEOPLE'S BATTLES. At the end of the blog entry I mentioned that I had received an email from Nic (one of my regular blog readers) to the effect that he had been trying to interest his son in wargaming, and that my rules seemed to done the trick. I subsequently sent Ben – Nic's son – a signed copy of my DEVELOPING THE PORTABLE WARGAME BOOK, and today I received both a reply from Ben and a photo report of a battle he and his father recently fought.

In his email Ben wrote that 'We played with Developing The Portable Wargame book which you sent me. The rules were really good and exciting. I liked the pinning rule and the aircraft.' He also sent me some photographs of the battle. Nic explained that they had used the C S Grant scenario entitled 'Holding Force', but had set the battle in Abyssinia during the Second World War. Indian forces, supported by British and South African armour, were given the task of forcing their way along a road that was defended by Bersiligari, whilst a Gloster Gladiator and a Fiat CR.42 Falco fought overhead.

The scenario.
The terrain and the opposing forces.
The Allies.
The Italians.
The Italians in defence.
The air war!
Here come the Indians!
The Allies advance.
The Allied armour leads the advance.
The Light Tanks screen the advance from a potential Italian attack.
The outcome of the battle is presently unknown, but it was very pleasing to see a youngster getting the taste for wargaming, and hopefully he will develop into a fully fledged member of the hobby in due course.

The photographs featured in this blog entry are © niclobb.

14 comments:

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    1. Conrad Kinch,

      I hope that seeing his game on the Internet will encourage him to fight even more wargames!

      All the best,

      Bob

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  2. And well done, Bob, for creating a wargame that youngsters can play and enjoy without selling their souls to the 'Evil Empire' or bankrupting their parents to purchase expensive figures, rulebooks, codices &c.!
    PW could prove to be the perfect entry-level wargame.
    Best wishes,
    Arthur

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    1. Arthur Harman (Arthur),

      Reading Ben’s email and seeing the photographs makes all the work involved in writing the books worthwhile.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  3. Great looking models and AAR! Well done to you, Nic and Ben!

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    1. Peter Douglas,

      I totally agree! Well done Nic and Ben!

      All the besr,

      Bob

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  4. Very cool and about time I picked up your second portable wargaming book ;)

    May have to get you to sign them in exchange of a beer ;)

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    1. Geordie an Exile FoG,

      I sign copies for nothing as I’m just grateful that someone buys my books!

      All the best,

      Bob

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  5. Really like those models and the game set-up. Great to see well-remembered scenarios set up for different periods, too.

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    1. Archduke Piccolo,

      The models used were of a very good standard (better than mine by far!) and the scenario was well chosen.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  6. Lovely set of pictures - looks like a great game.

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    1. Maudlin Jack Tar,

      I absolutely agree!

      All the best,

      Bob

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  7. Good stuff! PW doing its job, father and son having fun together, and a great looking game. (love the look of early British & Italian AFV )

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    1. Ross Mac,

      It certainly looked as if Nic and Ben had a great time fighting this battle ... and it was nice to see lighter armour in action on the tabletop.

      All the best,

      Bob

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