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Monday, 27 November 2017

Other people's Portable Wargames: Some of Stephen Briddon's battles

Stephen Briddon has been using my PORTABLE WARGAME rules since before they were published, and was one of the wargamers who gave me very useful feedback during their development. He has continued to use them, and what follows are some photographs of some of his battles.

The Battle of Hook's Farm ... using 54mm figures on a squared grid




The Battle of Hook's Farm ... using 54mm figures on a hexed grid



(The corners of each hex are marked with a dot, which makes them almost invisible in these photographs.)

A desert battle ... using 20mm figures on a hexed grid



Please note that the photographs featured above are © Stephen Briddon.

20 comments:

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    1. Conrad Kinch,

      I'm afraid to say that I don't know. Perhaps Stephen can enlighten us.

      All the best,

      Bob

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    2. Bob was too kind to show my games. Most of the infantry are Airfix (both scales). Large scale tanks are Classic Toy Soldiers, artillery are either Britain’s or Tamiya. I went for those easy assemble jobs for the small scale because I’m all thumbs and have no patience.

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    3. Stephen, the games look absolutely fantastic! Almost makes me wish I had stuck with the 1/32 CTS armor instead of the 1/43-1/50 stuff.

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    4. Stephen Briddon,

      I love the simple but very effective figures and vehicles you use in your battles. I have a fair number of 'ready to use' vehicles in my collection, and they are better painted than some of the ones I did.

      All the best,

      Bob

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    5. John Yorio,

      They do look great, don't they!

      All the best,

      Bob

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    6. I was actually wishing I had 1/48 scale vehicles, but they are too spendy. I did toy (no pun) with the idea of making my own. I came across this jolly website https://petite-infanterie.blogspot.com, and it doesn’t look to hard. Of course I can also be glad of what I have.

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    7. Stephen Briddon,

      Thanks for the link. The models look very effective.

      However I think that you have added an extra 's' to the url, which should read http://petite-infanterie.blogspot.com.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  2. Great looking games - are they somewhere on the internet?

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    1. Maudlin Jack Tar,

      Unfortunately Stephen Briddon doesn't have a blog. I've tried to persuade him to write one, but he prefers not to.

      All the best,

      Bob

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    2. The games are so few and far between, and I’m not sure I have anything to say beyond what has already been said. Of course if I had more time, you wouldn’t be able to shut me up.

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    3. Stephen Briddon,

      Perhaps one day you will have your own blog. In the meantime I'll be only too pleased to feature your battles on my blog.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  3. Fine and very nicely presented battlefields, aren't they just? A pity we don't get to see more of these.

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    1. Archduke Piccolo,

      Hopefully Stephen Briddon will send me photographs of his future battles so that I can publish them on my blog.

      All the best

      Bob

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  4. I especially like the square hills. I need to make something like that soon for my PW battles. Any advice?

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    1. David Cuatt,

      I'm not sure what they are made of, but it look very similar to certain a type of insulation board.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  5. Great looking games,maybe he will do a blog soon?
    Alan

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    1. Tradgardmastare (Alan),

      We can hope that he will ... but it would appear that it might be a long wait before he does.

      All the best,.

      Bob

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  6. Bob

    Well I am a lucky boy and received your first book for Xmas and the second is on it’s way for my birthday in January. I have played a single game before the book arrived using the modern hexed rules off the web , a couple of aspects in them puzzled me , especially as they differ from the rules presented in the book ?

    There is a Close Combat table in the download rules that do not appear in the book ?

    The Resolving Unit hits and Status in the download rules does not impact on the SP of a unit ? I think in the book that is referred to as Quick Death ?

    However this is all good fun and keep up the good work.

    Not sure this is the right place to post this ? although it is relevant to Portable Wargame , just not to this splendid post !

    regards Paul

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    1. Paul_n (Paul),

      I hope that you enjoy reading both books and using the rules they contain.

      The rules that are online are an early draft, and were developed into the version in the book, hence the changes. Over time I removed the 'Sudden Death' element from the basic rules and made it an option for players who wanted a quick battle. Likewise the changes to the Close Combat mechanism.

      If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to send them to me.

      All the best,

      Bob

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