Tuesday, March 18, 2014


I was away at the weekend at Kirriemuir in Angus for a 28mm French Revolutionary era island hopping series of games.  Over the 2 days 10 gamers attended from the LOGW.  All the scenarios were developed by Charles and Charlie Grant.
British invasion force encamped in the POW scenario - it was burnt by the Spanish....
The 6 main players played the part of the British, French and Spanish colonial forces who were contesting for control of the islands.   There were 2 players for each of these powers.  On the first day there was a choice of 5 tables with differing scenarios.   Each of the 6 players played 3 games always playing a different opponent and on a different table.
The POW stockade - my attempted escape was a complete failure

The attack on the pirate harbour
On the Sunday we played a single big game – the invasion of the British colony of Calapso.  This was played on a 24ft by 6ft table.  The Spanish landed on the western beaches of the island and the French on the eastern beaches.  The 2 invasion forces first had to overcome the dangers of the surf and then cross the wilds of the island facing British and native ambushes and then assault the capital of Calapso to capture the 2 key buildings.   This game worked very well and ended with all 3 powers contesting over the key buildings at the end of the game.  It was adjudged by the umpires that the British were the winners as it was unlikely that they would lose both of them.
Big game being setup - British commanders planning their defence

Calapso town - capital of the island of the same name
Over the weekend I played the part of the local distractions commanding various bands of natives, Barbary corsairs, prisoners of war and pirates who fought the forces of all 3 colonial powers.

It was an enjoyable weekend and the rules adapted from the Wargame worked well and were easily picked up by all the players.   My thanks to Charles and Charlie Grant who acted as the hard working umpires over the two days.  All my photos are on Flickr at



  1. What a fantastic way to spend the weekend Bill! Awesome looking games!

  2. Bill what rules did they use as usual a great mega game by you folks in Scotland!!!!

    1. Dave
      The rules were an adaptation of the skirmish element in The War Game Rules by Charles S Grant. They are an update of the rules has father Charles Grant wrote in the 1960s and featured in his classic 1971 book The War Game. Very much classic old style rules.