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Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Other people's Portable Wargame battle reports: Cavalier 2018

One thing that I really regret about not making it to CAVALIER this year was the opportunity to see Mike Lewis and Anthony Morton running a PORTABLE WARGAME using 54mm-scale figures. Luckily Mike has written a blog entry about the game, and he has illustrated it with some excellent photographs.



As I wrote in a commented on his blog, 'I was struck by how similar the whole game looked to the battles fought by Joseph Morschauser, who was – of course – the inspiration for my PORTABLE WARGAME rules. Mike’s terrain and figures look beautiful, and I love the very simple but very effective trees and built-up areas. A truly inspiring wargame!'

Reading Mike's blog and seeing the photographs has certainly given my somewhat lagging spirits a bit of a lift, and when I begin feeling a bit better I hope to stage a PORTABLE WARGAME of my own.

Please note that the photographs featured above are © Mike Lewis.

24 comments:

  1. Great looking battle - Little Wars meets Morschauser meets Cordery!

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    1. Maudlin Jack Tar,

      It does look good ... and I regret not being well enough to see it at the show.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  2. Hi Bob,

    I reckon if those pictures had been taken in black and white they would be a dead spit for the Morschauser look! I like the way the woods and buildings have been done and if I recall you made some L shaped representational buildings some time ago.

    It certainly looked a very impressive game.

    All the best and get well soon,

    DC

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    1. David Crook,

      I did think of making the photos black and white ... but decided not to because they looked too much like photos of Morschauser's wargames!

      The hollow/L-shaped buildings and woods work very well with the square grid, and I really must re-visit that idea soon.

      All the best,

      Bob

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    2. I love the terrain as well. Representing buildings is a challenge at this size and scale.

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    3. Stephen Briddon,

      As I commented elsewhere, they are simple and elegant.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  3. Very interesting way of doing the terrain. Everything fits together so nicely!

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    1. David Cuatt,

      It is simple and elegant, and seems to go well with the 54mm toy soldiers.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  4. Really eye catching. I do like the elegant solutions for trees and villages.
    Alan

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  5. Bob, I was looking forward to your report on the game(s) from CAVALIER, so I feel your pain. And since I was terribly ill for 11 straight weeks, I know what you had to endure.

    I will be moving, this summer, to a teaching job in a location where the wargaming population will be 1, which is myself. I am looking at playing the Portable Wargame solo, possibly using my 40mm SYW figures.

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    1. Justin Penwith,

      The problem that I have with colds etc., goes back over twenty five years. I caught a virus that affected - and still affects - my brain chemistry, and made me so ill that I was off work for six months. Since then, every time I catch a cold or 'flu, it takes weeks to get well again.

      I hope that you enjoy your new job, and with luck you might actually be able to use the late 18th/early 19th century version of my PW rules.

      All the best,

      Bob

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    2. I came down with a sinus infection, at the same time as catching the flu, a year ago February. I've not gotten over the sinus infection, still. So, I really do empathize with long-term illnesses.

      Yes, I am VERY MUCH looking forward to your Age of Reason rules.

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    3. Justin Penwith,

      Infections in the sinuses can be excruciatingly painful and really debilitating (I know from personal experience). To suffer from that sort of infection for a year must have been awful. I hope that you can get it sorted out soon.

      All the best,

      Bob

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    4. Bob, did you link to Mike's blog or do you have it listed in the sidebar? I did not see it here, but perhaps I did not look closely enough.

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    5. Ah, you did. It just does not show up on my work laptop unless I mouse over the text link.

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    6. Justin Penwith,

      For some reason the sidebar link hasn't updated to the latest blog entry.

      All the best,

      Bob

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    7. Justin Penwith,

      For future reference, the link is: http://mikelewis.info/littlewars/

      All the best,

      Bob

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  6. Elegant, simple, looks good... I like it.

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  7. Very well done, a very attractive boardgame/playset look and a good advertisement of sorts for PW!

    Last year I played with the idea of similar terrain for Huzzah since I had a few semiflat trees from playsets and had seen pictures of something similar but decided not to go there. I'm glad someone has done it and done it so well.

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    1. Ross Mac,

      It looked very attractive, and hopefully it will generate some interest in the rules.

      Having seen how good it looked, I am thinking of producing something similar.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  8. What a charming set up. That table would have drawn me like a magnet.

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    1. Archduke Piccolo,

      I suspect that this game was attractive to quite a few people ... and total anathema to those who like to see so-called 'realistic' figures and terrain.

      All the best,

      Bob

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