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General wargaming

Corona made me less a wargamer, more a citizen

Lockdown killed my free time This is what corona did to me. Until March I lived my live and spent my after-work / free time analyzing history, Napoleon, uniforms, reading and evaluating rules, thinking about dice statistics and painting. And gaming, at the club, every two weeks. Then we lockdowned. I couldn’t believe it. At […]

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Napoleonic

Napoleon’s 6 Days In 1814 (7) Simple Prusso-Russian Orders of Battle

Assisted by an excel army builder (see below) for my favourite Napoleonic wargame Blücher, I created a fictional but plausible 200-point 1814 Prussian-Russian army and an Austrian army. Again, no historical OoB but a quick setup for casual play. Campaign Overview After the La Rothière battle (a chaotic snowstorm fight east of Troyes, 1st February […]

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General wargaming

Donnybrook: I repeat, nice wargame rules

Today, after more than five years, I finally played a game of Donnybrook. Donnybrook is a fast game. I bought it in 2015 as an impulse buy, the rules looked fine and I happen to like the late 17th century. Brits remember that age as the age of Marlborough, Irish as the age of King […]

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Painting Guide

Speedpainting Wargames Factory WSS Cavalry

The terror virus Osama Bin Corona and my overcautious government forced me to spend my days inside and to cancel all my tabletop games. So I finally had time to finish my 28mm Donnybrook project. Donnybrook is a fun skirmish League of Augsburg/WSS 1672-1720 game, with storytelling aspects. More than three years ago I bought […]

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Painting Guide

Wargames Factory WSS 28mm Infantry – Review & Speedpaint Project

In this time of not-so-splendid-isolation (I hate disproportionate lockdowns, based on lacking data and global panic, not on facts) I took refuge in my hobby and started a long overdue project, a Donnybrook (or other Renaissance skirmish) 28mm miniature set. I bought this heavily discounted Wargames Factory set for 12 euro a couple of years […]

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6mm miniatures Toy Soldiers Opinion. Hate Me Now? Get A Life!

6mm Wargame Cheaper Than 28mm? Beat It!

One of the sales arguments of 6mm wargaming is that it’s ‘much cheaper than 28mm‘. Is it? I made a simple comparison. I can tell you: it’s a myth. Peter Berry once published a funny rant against the 28mm-fanboys who hate 6mm and who are convinced that 6mm is not only smaller, but also inferior […]

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Napoleonic Painting Guide

Napoleon Crossing The Alps – Miniature Painting

I crossed the French border last summer, visited of course Les Invalides and bought a nice 25 euro souvenir in a shop near the Sacré Coeur. To honour the Emperor who defied the French and Italian lockdown I decided to paint him this week. He looked so… nude. Not like David meant him to be. […]

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Painting Guide SF Wargaming

Quickshade A Space Marine: The 10-Minute Blood Angel

I’m a virgin. I never ever played a game of 40K. I battled my first games with Airfix, I played the marvellous Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, I won and lost with Blood Bowl and I have painted many (my wife says too many) historical miniatures in 6, 15 and 28mm. O, yes, and Dropzone. Until yesterday […]

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Napoleonic Painting Guide

Hard Plastic 28mm HäT Bavarian Miniatures: Review & Speedpainting

I recently bought 3 boxes HäT 28mm Bavarians at a convention: marching, action poses and infantry command. I should say we, because I bought these budget miniatures for our club and promised to speedpaint them. Here’s my review and speedpaintblog. Why Bavarians? The Bavarians are a versatile army because they regularly switched sides. They were […]

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General wargaming Napoleonic

Eat Like Napoleon: The After-Wargame Dinner

I’m a historical perfectionist. The subtitle of this blog used to be ‘all about dice, miniatures, wargame rules and cognac‘, because I imagined that any French (Corsican) general would like French cognac – but I suddenly wondered if Napoleon really liked cognac. I just had to know. As always, I checked this subject online. Uniforms […]