Friday, 14 September 2012

The Portable Wargame etc etc

Friday at last! Been a busy week here in Tradgardland. My middle daughter,Anna, is 17 today and we are hoping to have an excellent family meal today prior to an exciting day tomorrow.More about this later...
As I got home early I finally rigged up a "portable wargame"set up as follows:
I got a spare kitchen tile and drew a 64 square grid on it in pencil. Scenery and troops will be mentioned with the next pictures below.The battle is between Spanish and Cuban forces in 1895.
The river is from a set of DBA scenery I got years ago,the buildings are ones bought by my wife years ago in Cyprus and the figures  are 15mm Frei Corps painted years ago for an Edinburgh University Wargames club game of El Caney at Claymore.
This photo and the previous one shows the Cuban forces.The trees I seem to have had for ages but I just can't remember from whence they came.Blue Tac comes in handy to hold them down.
Here are the Spanish forces with cavalry and gun. Loads of fun for little outlay and quite a reasonable looking set up even if I say it myself.Being the Monday Edinburgh September holiday I have a long weekend and am looking forward to trying the game ,painting and generally relaxing.


  1. A splendid little engagement- any chance of a fuller report?

  2. That looks just the ticket and I wonder if the Greek ceramic company that mass produces those buildings have any idea that many of their products end up being used for scenery across many a stricken tabletop!

    I would love to know how this goes and am in full agreement with Mr Kinch!

    All the best,


    PS Enjoy the birthday celebrations while you can - in a few years time it is doubtful you will get a look in!

  3. Great stuff on two counts - the portable game and 1898! Remember the Maine!!

  4. Great stuff on two counts - the portable game and 1898! Remember the Maine!!

  5. What are the dimensions of the tile and the individual squares?
    It looks very good, and portable/small footprint/outlay. A good option for limited time, space or other resources, or just as a fun alternative to larger figures and games.
    Have fun!

  6. That is very clever and I like the idea.

  7. Thanks for the positive comments chaps.More on this game anon.The tile is 13 inches square and what I did was to make the squares based on halving the length then quartering it and then making eights if you know what I mean...
    I intend to experiment a bit with this and see where it takes me.

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  9. Tradgardmastare,

    I finally managed to read your blog entry about the Portable Wargame ... and it looks like a great set-up! I hope that here will be more to come in the future.

    All the best,