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Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Other people's Portable Wargame battle reports

It is quite some time since I did a review of the battle reports that have been featured on the PORTABLE WARGAME Facebook page, and doing so reminded me just how inventive so many of the players are.

Paul Wisken has been using the TRAVEL BATTLE boards made by the Perry brothers with 3mm figures from his collection ...


... and the result is very impressive!

Gary Sheffield took the 'Seize and Hold!' scenario we fought online some weeks ago, and re-fought it with another wargamer ... but this time the location was changed from central Europe to the American Civil War.


He named the river crossing points ('Griffithville Bridge' and 'Paddy's Ford') in honour of the late Dr Paddy Griffith, a military historian and wargamer we both knew well.

Jon Freeman has produced a wonderful setup using Billy Bones paper figures and terrain ...


... which give the whole battle the look of a contemporary woodcut! In this case, the Parliamentarian forces were fighting the Royalists in the Battle of Bucklebroadwood near the hamlet of Luckett.

Finally, Barry Cater continues to use the rules to fight all sorts of unusual tabletop battles. In this instance, Croatian UstaĊĦa units of the Black Legion were fighting Chetnik partisans in part of the former Yugoslavia.


I am sure that my regular blog readers (and especially the other users of the PORTABLE WARGAME series of wargame rules) will agree that these players had produced a very varied set of battle reports, all of which have interesting and innovative features.

Please note that the photographs featured above are © Paul Wisken, Gary Sheffield, Jon Freeman, and Barry Carter.

6 comments:

  1. Hi BOB,
    Interesting to see the variety these Gamers are building into the Portable Wargames. I recall last COW gathering you put on a Khartaoum- Sudan batte in 15mm- will you be doing something similar for the Virtual COW ? Cheers. KEV.

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    1. Kev Robertson (Kev),

      I think that the flexibility of the rules lends them to being used for a wide variety of different historical periods.

      I’m not running a game at VCOW, but I am doing a short talk.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  2. Thanks for sharing more from the Facebook page - these games are all very interesting - do the wargamers involved use your rules as published or are there house variations?

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    1. Maudlin Jack Tar,

      It never ceases to amaze me how players use my rules for such different historical eras.

      I think that the players have all modified my rules to a certain degree.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  3. The very small figures and "paper" figures really catch my eye
    Good stuff

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    1. Geordie an Exiled FoG,

      There are some excellent ideas for PW armies and terrain being developed and used by the players, and I always enjoy sharing them.

      All the best,

      Bob

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