World War One - air warfare

British Sopwith Snipe somewhere over the Western front.
It was a quiet morning, the sun shone softly through the puffy white clouds floating gently above the inhuman and senseless carnage in the French fields below.
Smudge Smith liked this time of day, and if he could takeaway the gnawing fear from the pit of his stomach, it would almost be a pleasant experience. But ultimately he was on a combat mission over the trenches with the sole aim of intercepting and shooting down enemy aircraft.
His wing man was a newly qualified Belgian pilot flying a Sopwith Camel aircraft.

Smudge looked at the fields below and thought it looked so peaceful - if only this was a flight during more fortunate times.
Blinking, he watched two dots appear on the horizon over enemy lines. His stomach tightened, enemy aircraft!

Turning slightly to starboard, and glancing over a shoulder to ensure his new Belgium comrade was following, he made a straight line to intercept the two dots, that even now, were growing bigger …

The Magnificent Seven in 28mm

My Secret Wargaming Friend marked the opening of his new wargaming studio with a game of the Magnificent Seven. We had a blast.
In somewhat growing tradition we had bacon and egg baguettes to start the day off washed down by steaming mugs of tea or coffee.

We played a slight variation to the classic movie, but overall the game is very much along the lines of the magnificent seven. My secret wargaming friend had done a fantastic job with both the western houses, and our merry band of heroes.

Robert Vaughn
Our enemy was the dastardly band of bandits (try saying that with a mouthful of popcorn) led by the evil Calvera.

The town
The game started after the first thrashing of the bandits by our heroes, and began with their return to the village of the enemy and the subsequent major gunfight.

The local barmaid was popular.
We positioned four of our group on rooftops, and this worked out magnificently as we gunned down the bandits as they entered the town. Chris shot nine enemy figures on hi…

878 Vikings

Today, three of us played this excellent Boardgame by Academy Games at a Secret Wargaming Friends home. It was brilliant.

The front of the box.
The game, artwork and components are very well made.
Now, I have to confess to never being an Englishman or Viking in the period, but it just felt right. It gave a flavour of the times, and was great fun to play.

The game map. This is an additional map that our friend purchased. The map that comes with the game is on thick card board and smaller.
I played the Norsemen faction, my secret wargaming friend was also a Viking and took the Beserker faction, whilst our host played the two English factions.

King Alfred does not make an appearance until late in the game.

Beserkers are suitably colour and temperament.

Some English Local troop pieces.

We began by landing an invasion force under the command of  Bjorn Ironside. Little did he know he would spend the next 12-14 years fighting the English.

Northumbria quickly came under the control of Ir…

Battlecars - 1980’s nostalgia

My secret wargaming friend brought this classic Boardgame over today and we had a blast. I never played it as a kid, but SWF and my other secret wargaming friend both did.

The back of the box explains the idea.
Just think about a weaponised car and free for all battle, and you will get the idea 😊.

The playing area. You can edit and set up the map in anyway you wish. This is a Games Workshop game.
You set up your car by installing weapons in the weapons pod, or using passive defence mechanism such as smoke, or mines and spikes etc.

A blank outline of the car.

My set-up.
We started in various parts of the board and the objective was to be the last car standing.....very much like our local rush-hour.

We were soon zipping around at speed, when I found myself in the fortunate position of being able to try one of my shiny new rockets against an opponents shiny new car.
Each car also has armour fitted to the sides, front and back. With hits from weapons and ramming this armour deteriorates. This is …