All posts filed under “Pike and shotte

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De Bellis Antiquitatis, Just do it!

Sometimes, in order to go forward, one must take a few steps backward. Backward to me meant going back to where my wargaming journey began, many moons ago. The ruleset was De Bellis Antiquitatis or D.B.A. to the hobby illuminati! For the first time it… Read More

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Desperta Ferres ruleset- unit statistics

Not the most inspired title for a blog post I know but a big thank you to everyone who has volunteered ideas and suggestions so far. Before we go any further, could you put your mind to the following categories and think if there is… Read More

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Desperta Ferres – Awaking the Iron in 2019!

Have you ever felt that slightly uneasy feeling when the uninitiated stumble across evidence of our hobby? I could have blamed my sons for leaving their books downstairs, I could have run to throw the wargames ruleset behind a potted plant but I was interested… Read More

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Cerignola 1503 

When  you are recreating Cannae, Agincourt or the Somme, in order to get semblance of what happened, you need an opponent who will be so obliging as to charge blindingly forward. Mr C Jackson is such a man…… However, on seeing wall to wall entrenchments… Read More

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The Pikeman’s Lament: The flames are stamped out!

  When I last wrote the Parliamentary horse had been halted by the resolute musketeers in the Royalist centre. It would take the intervention of the company commander to break the impasse. Charging over the remains of the fallen, the horsemen finally broke through. With… Read More

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The Pikeman’s Lament : Glamorganshire aflame!

The more things change, the more they stay the same. The English Civil War has re-ignited and a small but determined force of Royalists, disgruntled Parliamentarians from Tenby, and brow- beaten farmers’ sons from West Wales are heading towards Cardiff. However, their movements have not… Read More

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The Pikeman’s Lament Wargames Rules

Two regular contributors from our vast “movement” have been vocal in their opposition to my new policy of cutbacks on my toy military. I devote what follows to my dear friends Ann and Louen….. Spending Thursday away from work with an ill son meant that… Read More

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Michael Potter

What a great phrase is “to potter”. Nothing can be finer than just having time to finish all those little jobs. I can’t take claim for Prospero’s brushwork but I did attach the flag! My wife perhaps unkindly pointed out that Richard III was a… Read More

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The Enemy At the Gate: Despertaferres read of the week

“The harassed wife dropped her Next carrier bags at the front door. Deftly she pushed open the door and beheld the sight…..”What the hell are you ordering now!!! ” she shrieked! ” oh nothing darling, they are for Rob’s birthday……” We gamers know of course… Read More