Saturday, 18 April 2020

The Portable Colonial Wargame (on Mars)

Bob’s new book has arrived in the Duchy from Lulu. “The Portable Colonial Wargame “ is well produced, pleasing to look at and filled with gaming ideas. Possibilities for splendid games in all scales abound as well as pointers to conflicts, further reading and more. Although I cannot say I have given the book the time it deserves yet I would recommend it as just the sort of book to enjoy and stimulate your gaming in these strange days. Go on treat yourself to a copy!
I have , as I already have mentioned here, two armies for 1898. However I wanted to try the rules out with my Martian figures. Firstly to celebrate Kev’s returning to health after a big op and secondly because Marines / Naval Landing parties versus Martians is not beyond the potentialities of the rules. Not the Martians of H G Wells or the exotica of E R B but a Mars where soldiers of the Queen encounter inhabitants organised for war with a mix of spears,rifles and rifle armed skirmishers. Here are the forces arrayed before the game over the weekend.

I am looking forward to the game. I will use stone chips from the garden as terrain features and will let you know how it goes...


  1. Hi Alan...very pleased to see these photos of what was my first MARS 1840s figures that I made so long ago which you so generously bought from me- and very pleased that your having a game with them. Cheers me up greatly. All the Best there in Scotland. KEV.

  2. Looking forward to seeing how you get on with the PCW rules. The figures look great.

  3. I am looking forward to getting into it too.