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Magersfontein 1899 - a Boer War AAR
I never used to be very excited by the wargaming potential of the Second Boer War. I suppose I had a superficial image of Boer super-snipers mowing down blundering Brits in a series of dull frontal assaults of limited interest for either player. Of course t...

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Spotsylvania, Chorrillos & Miraflores, Sarantaporo - AARs

We fought some fun and varied battles in the past couple of weeks. Full reports are on my BBB blog as usual: http://bloodybigbattles.blogspot.co.uk/2017/06/playtests-sarantaporo-1912-balkan-wars.html . Meanwhile here's a photo of a patch of Peru in 1881, being invaded by Chileans:

https://flic.kr/p/UGXVLz


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Playtests: Sarantaporo 1912 (Balkan Wars), Chorrillos & Miraflores 1881 (War of the Pacific), Spotsylvania 1864 (ACW)
It's been a fruitful couple of weeks for playtesting and refining three very different scenarios old and new, spanning half a century. === SARANTAPORO (1912) I kicked off with the first of Konstantinos Travlos's epic collection of 15 scenarios for the Balka...

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Saint-Cyr military academy museum
The École Spéciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr in Brittany is the French military academy, like Sandhurst but with better food and nicer weather. It also happens to have a rather good museum . Last week I found myself in striking distance of it, so obviously I h...

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V-E Day games ... and granularity
Monday 8 May was of course V-E Day . Pierre kindly came over and we marked the occasion with two games with very different scales and settings but some striking similarities.   Yep, that's me in the middle, surrounded by some of my many BBB groupies. First ...

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BH HQGE at Mars-la-Tour
First, to translate the title: BH = the Bank Holiday weekend we just enjoyed here in UK; HQGE = the High Quality Gaming Experience . Our host Crispin treated us to another outing of the custom terrain he created for when he ran the Franco-Prussian War battl...

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Taiping error! (not really)
OK, pop quizzers, here's your starter for 10: name the second bloodiest conflict in the whole of human history, after World War II (according to the list here ). A little light reading for me. Oops, did I give it away in the title of this blog post? That's ...

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Very nice photo-AAR from First Bull Run / Manassas:
http://pushingtinwargames.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/first-battle-of-bull-run-or-manassas.html#!/2017/04/first-battle-of-bull-run-or-manassas.html

"A most entertaining afternoon then, and finished in much less time than it usually takes us to complete a battle. The combination of poorly trained troops and a continually changing balance of forces certainly kept things lively. The rules were simple enough to pick up and with enough subtlety to give a good reflection of warfare of the period. I suspect we'll be using them again before too long."

I should add that I wasn't involved in this game, and I haven't met these guys myself. I just enjoyed the AAR and thought it deserved to be shared.

Chris

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