Friday, 27 May 2016

Blackhouses and a Sad Ending

In Gearrannan on Lewis there is a reconstruction of a Blackhouse village (link). Although there are no remaining blackhouses more than 150 years old it is thought that the building style of dry stone walling could have been used for at least a 1,000 years. So they would be quite suitable for dark ages/medieval games as well as the Jacobite rebellions.




As I traveled around the countryside in Harris and Lewis I was struck by the number of CWG (Commonwealth Ear Graves)signs on many of the small cemeteries. It turned out that most were as a results of the shipwreck just off Stornoway harbour of the HMY Iolaire bringing servicemen back from WW1. Out of the 280 on board only 75 survived and almost every community was affected. (wiki)

There is a nice memorial and model in the Calmac terminal in Stornoway.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Border Castles

It's always nice to break up a long journey into chunks seperated by something interesting to do. For my Scottish trip, the first leg split the journey from Chester into four chunks by visiting three castles not too far off route.

First just outside Penrith is Brougham castle (wiki)




A couple of interesting reconstructions of its appearance.








Across the border to Caerlaverock, where unfortunately the Scots mist had arrived. An unusual triangular affair it was beseiged and taken by Edward the first




A surprising amount of accomodation was fitted inside






Craignethan was quite a contrast a sixteenth century artillery fortification, unfortunately the massive artillery rampart was demolished.




The caponiere in the ditch (far end) is quite unusual and the nearer (later) version was an attempt to improve the design

The gorge around three sides makes this castle quite imposing, although the modern woodland prevents a clear view.

Monday, 23 May 2016

Carronade show - Falkirk

On my way to the Outer Hebrides we stopped of with friends in Scotland, so I got to spend most of the day at the excellent Carronade show in Falkirk. AS can be seen from the pictures I was quite interested in the winter terrain being used in a couple of games. Apologies in advance if I got anything wrong as it's over two weeks since I attended.

The battle of Assaye 1802 (If I were to start a new period then this would really tempt me.)












Great Northern War game by the league of Augsberg










Retreat from Moscow 1812






An ECW game






D-Day landing Omaha beach


A Napoleonic Wars scrap between French and Russians


WW2 game (not Pegasus bridge they used it because it looked nice)


54mm Ancients


Gaugamela






break-out from Salonika WW1 played with Bolt Action


Russo-Japanesese War of 1904 naval action


Craig Cartmel in action with his new rules:Blood Eagle


A really good fun participation game - Custer's last stand

Back from the Outer Hebrides

I've had little or no internet access for the last two weeks while I made my way up the Outer Hebrides from Barra to Lewis. Luckily I managed to pop in to the Carronade show on the way, so I'll post my pictures of some of the games once I've sorted out my photographs.

Sunday, 15 May 2016

A blast from the past - Tigers in the snow 2006

As a reminder for myself of what snow terrain I already have, basically some white cloths and powdered perlite to give a snow dusted effect.

This is a ficticious Ardennes scenario written for rapid Fire by Steve ord