Sunday, 14 January 2018

Tanks: The WWII Skirmish Game

I had a £25 Amazon voucher for Xmas, so had a look for something to blow it on and decided that the Gale Force Nine Tanks! starter set would be a good idea. I have read some positive reviews of this 'beer and pretzels' miniatures game and could use the 1/100 scale models for other things if I didn't like it, so it seemed like an opportunity to give it a try. I also added a second Panther to the order to use up the voucher and to make for a more interesting challenge for the US player. I think the boys will like this and will be keen to give it a go, although I quite like the idea of scaling it down to 1/144th and using pre-painted plastic tanks on a smaller area?

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Rifles in the Ardennes

There's a sale on at Wargame Vault so I thought I would try out this solo play WW2 boardgame, which sounds like a great beer and pretzels style game:

Rifles in the Ardennes recreates the tense action that characterized Ardennes in a unique single-player format.  Designer and Artist Gottardo Zancani has replaced the literal map typical of World War II games with a stylized track, allowing for endless customization of the battlefield.  

A simple solitaire system allows the recreation of small combat engagements (five to ten units per side) over a bevy of scenarios. Blind chit draws and die rolls, combined with artfully crafted charts create an impressive “artificial intelligence,” embuing the game with a true fog of war.

The rules are generic enough to cover many periods and genres (the World Wars, Classical Battles, Science Fiction, Fantasy, and more), but the units (American, German, and Russian) and scenarios are specific to the European theatre of World War II, focusing on the years 1942-1944.

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Airfix Battles

I have brought Airfix Battles on holiday so will be unboxing it and re-playing the first couple of scenarios over the next few days, having not had a go at it since the summer holidays. I really liked the system when I tried it out then, even though it involved quite a lot of fiddly counters and a bit of head scratching, so this time round I hope it goes a little more smoothly!

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

X Wing at Xmas

I took the kids to the new Star Wars film at the weekend, so they're all fired up to play some games of X Wing over the Xmas holidays. I have to say I wasn't impressed by the film itself, apart from the kick ass fight with the red guards, so I left disappointed at the end. Anyway, I'll be packing the X Wing collection for the holiday break along with a couple of other board games to play if the weather socks in. I still haven't opened my copy of Escape from Colditz from my birthday in January (!), so that may well be coming along for the ride too?

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Local Game Shop

A new 'bricks and mortar' game shop has just opened in my town, although it's more CCG and comic book than board or wargame orientated. This has to be a rarity these days, so I'll pop in to find out what's available and hopefully to pick up a game or two to play over the holidays. I'm not a CCG fan but any new gaming venture is worth a bit of support:

Saturday, 11 November 2017


I found a complete copy of this Viking mythology board game in the local charity shop this morning, so thought I'd add it to the collection of games to be played, especially as it's pitched at a level that the kids can play. It's in pretty mint condition too, so worth the twenty quid that I spent on it, if only to keep the sprogs happy on a cold, wet and windy weekend. The reviews on Boardgame Geek aren't bad either!