This Week


Tigers at Caen

Is now uploaded and available.

My hex based rules for tactical WWII (Tigers at Minsk), now has a north west front 1944 - ‘45 expansion. This add some module specific rules, together with equpment lists and a new scenario, which is bigger than those published to date, being played on a 10 x 9 grid, but this still fits the ‘kitchen table’ gaming ethos. 

The module is introduced in a post on the blog (link below), which gives the links for the download and highlighs some new amendments to the March 2018 version of the Tigers at Minsk rules.



A tidy up of Tigers at Minsk and Tigers at Caen.

With the new west front 1944 - ‘45 module almost ready to put out for download, I have used the week to tidy up both documents.

These sort of review moments bring the opportunity to make text clearer, improve examples and introduce any new rules in the Optional Rules section. the formatting is kept intact so that, those that have got printed copies of the rules can just print the changed pages.

One of the improvements that I have made to the core rules is to better explain how linear terrain features work. In this system such features as hedges walls, bocage etc as being ‘IN HEX’, while most commercial sets at this scale have this terrain located on the actual hexside, so the feature can be shared by two adjacent hexes. 

To make sure this is clear, I have added a full page of examples to the example section at the rear of the rule book.

The next post on the blog will likely cover the Tigers at Caen expansion and all the changes will be listed at that time.


Counter-Attack at Buron

The Scenario descussed in the post below has been played out and written up as an AAR, giving some insight into the scope of the system.

I did get my face-to-face game in with Mike and we both enjoyed the scenario, which I still think needs a minor tweak or two, but essentially the who expansion package for the western front 1944 - ‘45 should be ready over the next couple of weeks.

As with Tigers at Minsk, it will be a free download.

in the meantime, here is the link to the AAR, which covers Canadian forces defending a village against German counter-attack.



I have been working on a west front 1944 - ‘45 module for my Tigers at Minsk hex based rule set and this is in the final stages now. 

In addition to the additiional equipment lists, new terrain types and specific module rules, I have been working on a scenario involving a German counter-attack against a Canadian held village.

The scenario is quite interesting and a little different from previous scenarios as it includes tank destroyers that can make use of the new ‘shoot and scoot’ rule. It is also plays out on a 10 x 9 hex grid, so the playing area is a little larger than those previoulsy covered, but still within the realms of the kitchen table style gaming.

There was a solo play in the week, which tweaked a few things and a face-to-face with Mike last night, which raises some new tweaks, so hopefully there will be enough in there to give both sides some interest when things are settled.

Dealing with the new equipment caused some system problems with those anti-tank guns that have a relatively small bore but large calibre. A suitable fix was found, but this has meant that some of the previous lists have had to have a few values slightly lowered. There will be a blog post in the near future that includes the new module and highlights any changes - which I always try to keep to a minimum. 

Painting has been diverted to get the Commonwealth troops up and running and the Pendraken figures are turning out quite nicely.


A superb week on the old wargaming front as I spent around 11 hours over a few days with the Battle of Ligny 1815.

As one of my changes to hobby time for 2018, I wanted to get a few bigger games onto the table. The sort that would take more than a single session to play, would likely use two maps and that might offer a deeper level of gaming experience. I have a new space that allows for a temporary set-up of a day or two and so the ‘Wargame Fest at Home’ page has been opened here, that will put the spotlight on these sort of games that I hope see the light of day at least bi-monthly or quarterly.

Hexasim’s Ligny was the first candidate and I did the set-up and opening turn with Mike as a face-to-face and then played out the remaining 6 turns solitaire, over a long weekend.

Anyway, I have posted a significant replay article over on the blog at the link shown below that gives an appreciation of how the order and combat systems elevate the player to the role of Army Commander.

On the painting table, I have the German WWII motorcycle combination from Zvezda in their 1/72 series. A very nicely detailed model, though one with small parts, leaving much glue on my fingers.

Boookwise (another aspect of improving 2018 gaming by having a book that covers the game subject), Waterloo (Ligny) by John Franklin from the Osprey Campaign Series is giving a nice background narrative to my own Ligny game and the narrative is producing quite a lot of ‘my game did that!’ moments.

LINK to the replay notes of Ligny 1815.


I have been massively enjoying Ligny 1815 by Hexasim, with a particular interest in the starter scenario ‘Streets of Ligny’.

I have just put up an article on the blog that looks at the system in some details and uses an AAR of the Streets of Ligny Scenario to demonstrate some of the system.

This is the third game in the series, Quatre Bras is promised soon and a fifth title is in planning. I am so impressed by this game, that it will certainly be my ‘go to’ napoleonic series.

This is going to see a lot of game time in 2018.



Popping into my local Waterstones (UK bookstore), I came across this title in the military section. It is not something that they would normally stock, but a customer had ordered it and then changed their mind, so it went onto the shelves ..... thankfully!

The volume is just chock full of American war of Independence unifom colour plates and while I am not ready for AWI armies yet (hopefully next year), this was just simply too good to walk past. So another excellent chance buy in a bookstore.

Last night we once more had a go at Hexasim’s wonderful napoleonic series, this time putting the four turn St. Amand scenario onto the table, which easily sits into a short evenings play. I took the French and opened with some rather poorly arranged attacks. I then spent turn 2 trying to fix my poor opening and also trying to rally my strongest stack that had routed, which essentially uses on of the two activations available each turn. The best unit failedto rally and I was now seriously behind in gaining enough Victory Points to win.

Turns 3 and 4 were spent concentrating on the right flank to smash the Prussian formations there. The pressure was mostly successful, but the Prussians managed to to still keep some roughly handled units in play. The derteriorating situation did however force the Prussians to bring on some bonus reinforcements at a Victory Point cost to them. 

In the end, it was a French defeat (which was totally deserved), though the Prussian Victory Point advantage had been narrowed. All told, another very entertaining game that engaged us both throughout and I am becoming increasingly eager to see the full campaign game on the table.

Today the painting table has some of the 10mm WWII british forces on it that I picked up from Pendraken last week at the York show. This is part of a side project that hopefully will see my Tigers at Minsk rules migrate to the west front ‘44 - ‘45.


An interesting few days. A good game, a new book and a wargames show.

Last week while in a waterstones book shop looking at the military section, I had to make a double take as I saw a wargamers Guide to Dark Age Battles by Martin Hackett and the military section NEVER has wargame books. A nice looking resource for my 1066 project, that has a bit more written about it at this link;

Friday saw a face-to-face game with Mike. we did a re-match of The Street of Ligny (see below post) by Hexasim and had a thoroughly good game. This time the Prussians won, so the scenario looks to be well balanced. The rules are quite nuanced, so several plays and deeper reading of the rules are needed to get a good grip on this somewhat simple appearing system. More of this system to follow I think.

Today I went to Vapnartak 2018 (York wargame show in the UK). rather than say more about this thoroughly enjoyable day, the reader would be best served looking at my latest blog post, dedicated to this show.