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Welcome to The Welsh Open


It’s night before the prestigious Welsh Open Flames of War competition here in Cardiff. I’ve just finished painting the smallest and most powerful force I ‘ve yet to take to a competition. If you can’t out-think or out manoeuvre your opponent, you need to roll over him and that means Pershings!

Big and ugly but what a tank...

Big and ugly but what a tank…


A third of the force points is spent on three of these bad boys! Five more Sherman tanks takes me to over a thousand points. Half a battery of priests and a platoon of ground-hugging G.I.s and that’s it……..

The night before and I've just stopped painting...

The night before and I’ve just stopped painting…


Colin looks to have worked his magic in hearding the cats towards the Saturday start-line. It looks like it’s going to be over fifty competitors and guess who is going to be last….

The field of glory at four o'clock today

The field of glory at four o’clock today

Top seed, and sensei to us younger gamers, Mark Grizzly Bear followed the latest trend; heavy armour in a maximum of one Really Useful plastic box…

Grizzly's mammoths with pizza box arty template!

Grizzly’s mammoths with pizza box arty template!


So, good luck to all competitors and here’s to a weekend of War-toy orientated shenanagins!

Welcome to Cardiff!

Welcome to Cardiff!

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The wild ramblings of an infamous wit and wargames guru. One of nature's true gentlemen who devotes his time to the care of his two sons, i.e. watching episodes of Peppa Pig together, and recreating great moments of military history using toy soldiers. Currently a leading light in The Collectivo Despertaferres wargames and duelling association who meet regularly at Firestorm Games ( formerly Ali Baba's Carpet Warehouse). Find me also on Facebook "Despertaferres"!


  1. Steve B

    What happened to the hourly updates??? Kick some ass Mike, with all those IS’2s kicking about your heavies might stand a chance!


    • Don’t you dare talk about Colin and Robin like that! Heavies indeed!
      Hourly updates! You don’t know what it’s like to be surrounded by the heat, flies and dust and general unpleasantness of Cardiff in high Summer…….er……oh yeah….I remember….😊


  2. Keith Mcglynn

    Hi ,just a reminder . Art de la Guerre 25 mm 200 pts . 9/8/15 .thornbury leisure centre.



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