Tuesday, August 21, 2018


Here is our handout from our Gothenburg Gamers PP game at Partizan II.  Sorry I only have photos of our game as did not find my camera until we were just about to start packing up.  
Our public participation game this year is a Wild West gun fighting game using Playmobil figures!  The rules we are using are the classic The Legends of the Old West which are simple, fast and enjoyable.

I was inspired to try Playmobil for gaming when I was sorting through a Playmobil collection which a friend gave me to sell for his son.  That young man has just now passed out from Sandhurst.
Our game involves 6 possible types of posses of 4 or 5 figures each.  Four posses take part in each game.  The choice of posses are Lawmen, Texas Rangers, Cowboys, Desperadoes, US Cavalry and Injuns  (Oops I mean Native Americans).  There will be 2 good guy posses and 2 bad guy posses in each game.  Each player is given a mission to complete which along with the Playmobil figures taken out of action adds to their victory score.  Each game has a time limit of about 60 minutes or until two of the posses head for the hills.            
I can proudly say that other than the base mat none of the figures, buildings or scenery have been painted or customised by us – they are all 100% normal Playmobil!  I hope this game helps get some other packed away toy collections into action.

The Gothenburg is an “Arts and Crafts” style pub in Prestonpans built in the first years of the 20th century.  There used to be several of these around the country.  The idea was that all profits from the pub went back into the community.  It is still run with that principle in mind and the return to the community is in the form of art.  There are eight Gamers – Donald Adamson, Bill Gilchrist, Colin Jack, Bill Miller, Ray Neal, Dave O’Brien, Tim Watson and Dave Paterson.  The five of us who attended travelled down to Partizan II by train from Edinburgh.

The games next public outing will be to Skelp on 13th October at Forfar.
View down the table

The 6 posses and townsfolk

Mr Ray studying the rules

Colin inspiring interest

View from back of saloon - note mugs of foaming beer

Bank teller awaiting a deposit or a robbery
Our new banner and Mr Ray still studying the rules

Sunday, August 5, 2018


This Saturday I was at Claymore 2018 held in the Granton Campus of Edinburgh College.  I was busy as a member of the Gothenburg Gamers putting on our Suez 1956 PP game.  The concept, figures and terrain were all provided by Colin Jack.  The display won 3rd place in the judging for the best PP competition.

We were joined by a veteran Mr David Gray of Edinburgh  who served with 1st Para at Suez.  His battalion landed on the beaches whilst 3rd Para made the airdrop.  He brought along a great collection of memorable of the action - photos, newspaper reports, rules of engagement etc.  He seemed to enjoy his first exposure to wargaming and wargamers.

It was a good show –  I met lots of my acquaintances and chatted with people about the game, Bolt Action rules and history of the Suez Action and also about the forthcoming The Great Game (mammoth Waterloo refight) in Glasgow next June. I took some photos so here are a few of them.   My only buy was some mdf bases from the team at Warbases and I almost forgot to collect them as I was enjoying my time at our game.

Link to all my photos of the show on Flickr

Suez 1956 - the PP game - supporting material - the map case actually has a map of Suez.

Tim showing of the new group banner - and the official rig for the day

Suez the harbour

Thule Gamers - a very large Bridge too Far like game

Durham - 42mm Cossack host versus the Ottoman Empire

Mars the Red Planet?

The Iron Brigade - Zorndorf refought in 1813

Carry on Up the Khyber - another great Leuchars PP game

League of Augsburg - grand Napoleonic game

Kirriemuir - A German city square April 1945 - 28mm Rapid Fire

Bathgate - Fantasy PP Game - King Grom is Dead