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Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Other people's Portable Wargames ... at the Victorian Military Society's recent seminar

Last Saturday was a very important day (and I am not referring to the Royal Wedding or the FA Cup Final!) as it was the date of the Victorian Military Society's Seminar: INVASIONS SCARES AND THE 'BATTLE OF DORKING'.


Unfortunately, I was unable to go, but I understand that during the lunch break, the Battle of Dorking was re-fought using 15mm figures, my PORTABLE WARGAME rules, and a purpose-built terrain board. I have seen some photographs of both the figures and the terrain, and it all looked very, very impressive. These can be seen on the Society’s Facebook page.

I hope that more information about the game will become available in the fullness of time as it is exactly the sort of wargame I envisaged being fought using my rules.

4 comments:

  1. Bob was kind enough to send me a copy of the game flyer, with a map of the terrain, and a photo of the game. The latter looked splendid and, IMHO, demonstrated that a simple, stylised battlefield on a grid can look just as attractive as the diorama-standard displays of military modelling that seem to gain all the kudos in the hobby press and prizes at the shows.
    The VMS display showed a wargame that was visually attractive, but - more importantly - achievable without an inappropriate expenditure of time and money, and - thanks to Bob's PW rules - actually playable in a reasonable time.
    Best wishes,
    Arthur

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    1. Arthur Harman (Arthur),

      The whole game looked even better than I hoped it would, and had the 'look' of a modern-day version of H G Wells' lawn games.

      The work that went into producing the terrain and the figures produced a stylised but nonetheless very effective tabletop battlefield, and hopefully it will help to set a trend that others will follow.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  2. Bob, The Portable Wargame version of the Battle of Dorking will be at Hammerhead in Newark next year.

    Regards,
    Richard

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    1. Richard Black (Richard),

      I don't know if I'll manage to get there, but if it is at all possible, I'll try!

      All the best,

      Bob

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