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First Derby# for 2018: St Albans

Posted on April 22nd, 2018 under Posted by

In Old York a little boy was walking with his father,Little Boy: What’s that over there Dad?Dad:  That’s Lancashire.Little Boy:  What’s Lancashire?Dad: Shite!Meanwhile, in antipodean York, the brave York roo-boys gathered before the litt…

The Great Cavalry Battle: Battle of Liebertwolkwitz, 14th October 1813

Posted on April 20th, 2018 under Posted by

Liebertwolkwitz, the largest cavalry action of the Napoleonic Wars—and in European history—was a prelude to the Battle of Nations. Marshal Murat was ordered by Napoleon to delay the Allied forces massing south of Leipzig. Always adherent to regulations…

Book Review: Napoleonic Army Handbook—a fabulous resource

Posted on April 18th, 2018 under Posted by

I have had this book for many years now. In all this time I have not read it from cover to cover (and I never will) but have found it to be a fabulous resource. In fact, if I was only able to have one book as a source of information about units an…

Read the book; play the game

Posted on April 12th, 2018 under Posted by

Many think about writing a book—I have several in mind—but few actually bring it to reality. Not so our sometime guest blogger Phil Ball, who now runs his own blog. He wrote the book, had it published and has now played a game that it inspired!Phil doe…

Battle of Akragas, 406 BC

Posted on April 1st, 2018 under Posted by

Akragas was a gas!The Battle of Akragas was fought in 406 BC during the Second Sicilian War (or Second Greco-Punic War) for control of Sicily. We played our game of the battle on 12th November 2016, using Impetus rules.That fabulous inspiration fo…

Battle of Wavre, 18th June 1815

Posted on March 24th, 2018 under Posted by

Mark and I played this game of Wavre back on 25th November 2017, using the Fields of Glory scenario.Julian has a scenario that he calls ‘Pont du bois’ which he likes to use as a test of rules. We played out the scenario as a nostalgic game of the …

A bit of Greek on Greek

Posted on March 21st, 2018 under Posted by

Well, Macedon v Greek to be precise.Mark and I were joined by John from the Serpentine Wargames Club for this, our most recent game, which we played on 10th March.This semi-historical battle was a mish-mash with armies roughly based on Chaero…

Twin battles: Napoleonic and Ancient

Posted on March 18th, 2018 under Posted by

We are back blogging* with two firsts for the ANF: two battles in a week involving the three of us and a fictitious game of Napoleonics! Reports of these are the topic of this first blog entry in nine months.*We’ve been doing heaps of wa…

Race for the bridge: Action at Pretzsch, 29 October 1759

Posted on June 26th, 2017 under Posted by

This is the first of several reports about games that we played at the end of 2016 and earlier this year.The Action at Pretzsch is a little-known rearguard action involving an Austrian retreat (how unusual for this period?) under strong pressure from a…

Battle of Bagradas River (Tunis) 255 BC

Posted on June 24th, 2017 under Posted by

The Battle of Bagradas River, Battle of Tunis or perhaps first Battle of Bagradas River was fought in the First Punic War between a Roman expeditionary force under consul Marcus Atilius Regulus and a Carthaginian army led by th…

La Haie Sainte inspires 100th game idea

Posted on June 21st, 2017 under Posted by

Unknowingly, I have followed the course of John at “The Nameless Blog” who posted back in March that he had recently completed the Waterloo Farmhouse by Sarissa Precision—and a fine job he made of it too.I thought at the time that it loo…

Ligny 202 (plus 1 day) at the NWS

Posted on June 19th, 2017 under Posted by

On Saturday I joined some of the fellas at the Napoleonic Wargaming Society for one of the ‘Games Day’ (weekend wargaming days), of which there are three or four per year. This one, inspired by the Open Day held for the bicentennial of Waterl…

Vale R.A. Fisher

Posted on June 18th, 2017 under Posted by

Ralph Austen Fisher died on 28th April at 15:59 AEST, after a brief illness, surrounded by family.Dad in 1996, hamming it up for the camera in a photo captioned “The Intensity of Solo Wargaming”.Framed award given to him by the French Government i…

3 700 km east to Austerlitz—follow-up

Posted on February 16th, 2017 under Posted by

If you would like to read and see more about this game, I strongly urge you to visit Ben (Rosbif’s) blog for his second instalment “The Revenge of Dr Love”As always an entertaining, balanced account with plenty of piccies. Thanks Ben.

All about the history

Posted on February 16th, 2017 under Posted by

Mais qu’est alors cette vérité historique, la plupart du temps? Une fable convenue. Ainsi qu’on l’a dit fort ingénieusement…(What then is, generally speaking, the truth of history? A fable agreed upon. As it has been very ingeniously remarked…)Las …

3 700 km east to Austerlitz

Posted on February 13th, 2017 under Posted by

Prior to Julian’s recent, excellent post about our game of “Glorious First of June”, it had been three months since our last post on this blog. The blogging may have been quiet over Dec–Jan, but there was plenty of action on wargames tables various.For…

The Battle for Mastery of the World: Zama 202 BC

Posted on October 29th, 2016 under Posted by

“Is there anyone who can remain unmoved in reading the narrative of such an encounter? For it would be impossible to find more valiant soldiers, or generals who had been more successful and were more thoroughly exercised in the art of war, nor ind…

Old ancient games no. 4 (plus packaging re-visited)

Posted on October 21st, 2016 under Posted by

Celts v GreeksThe last of the games that Mark and I played back in June was another game of ancients. This was a surprise for the Celts!As the priests of both sides performed their sacrifices…… the sheep continued “harmlessly passing their time in …

Ancient games from the past no. 3

Posted on October 17th, 2016 under Posted by

Republican Romans v Samnites-CeltsAfter our games of Numidians v Caesarean Romans and Battle of the River Düna, the third of our games played in June gave Mark a chance to use his newly painted “Samnites in White Satin”  (the fourth…

Another game past: a dream realised

Posted on October 15th, 2016 under Posted by

Battle of the Düna (Riga), 9th July* 1701(by Swedish calendar; 8th July Julian calendar, 19th July Gregorian calendar)The fourth game from our June wargames splurge was a special treat for me as it enabled the realisation of a long-held wargame dream; …

Ancient wargames from the past

Posted on October 14th, 2016 under Posted by

Yes, it’s tautology central here today.Back in mid-late June Mark and I took advantage of a lull in our combined work schedules to play out a series of small games. This lead to us playing five wargames in two weeks, a record by our standards.I ma…

Delivery disappointment—with epilogue

Posted on September 23rd, 2016 under Posted by

A big part of wargaming for me is reading about the history, so I am a great collector of books.In recent years my purchasing has become quite prolific (perhaps even over the top!) driven by the availability of so many books, large and small, ‘cla…

Battle of Mollwitz, 10th April 1741

Posted on September 11th, 2016 under Posted by

Historically, Mollwitz was the first victory for the recently crowned Frederick II of Prussia.This was another chance to use our snow terrain (yippee!) as, despite the date (10th April), a snow storm in the days prior to the battle had left the field c…

The Leuthen Chorale, 5th December 1757

Posted on August 12th, 2016 under Posted by

The Prussians immediately attacked the exposed left flank of Charles’ army.The latter, at the behest of the C-in-C, tried to escape by use of the now famous “Julian manoeuvre”.Daun’s forces were coming down the road, trying to raise the spiri…

5th December, 1757

Posted on July 30th, 2016 under Posted by

The Battle of Leuthen is our next game, so Mark and I headed down to ANF HQ today to set up the table.Having been fought in December, this is another snow-covered battlefield. I always like the look of these!The Prussians set to spring Frederick’s…