Please note I will not be hosting any Public events from 31st January 2023. Nothing too drastic from our side, just need a break.

I’ll be providing updates when we’re back, here and on my social media platforms.

Thank you for all the custom and friendship this has brought me to date.

I look forward to seeing you all again soon, both new and old customers.

Here is the final part of our General de Brigade Battle of Vitoria 1813, as mentioned in part 1 this was the attack of Sir Thomas Graham. Nearly all the figures shown here are from the collections of Andy Thomlinson (Andy also drew up the OoB for the game along with the map.) and Doug Birnie, the Villaviciosa dragoons are from the Wargames Holiday Centre and were painted by Paul Williamson over twenty five years ago, remarkable how well they have stood to the ravages of time.

I would also like to offer my thanks to Derek Oram who’s efforts in the first place, along with his skill with the printer made this all a very pleasurable experience. Last but not least Martin Standbridge, for playing fully in the spirit of the game and testing the rules and helping my understanding of the rules immensely.

Figures are from the Connoisseur Miniatures range available from Bicorne Miniatures

Figures from Elite Miniatures

This excerpt presents more photos from last weekend. These are more of the Allied and French opponents in the shape of figures from Elite Miniatures and Front Rank Miniatures

So more Elite miniatures than anything. I hope you have enjoyed the images as much as I have taking them and putting them on.

Another final part tomorrow, there were hundreds of photos and all of them were great images, so I really have tried to whittle the presentation right down.

Following on from Mondays update i wanted to present you with some more of the photos from the game at the weekend.

Here are the rest of the figures that make up the Front Rank miniature range of the figure collections from Doug Birnie and Andy Thomlinson.

This is the only photo here that contains more than Front Rank Miniatures. The cavalry is predominantly Elite Miniatures.

A great collection of 28mm figures, I hope you all enjoy the images.

Well you won’t see this very often here on the site, however I have a certain passion for the satellite states involved in the Napoleonic Wars, probably the highest on the list being the Polish Troops, as a young wargamer I always had a romantic image of the down trodden Polish nation rising like a phoenix from the ashes, fuelled with an idea of becoming a nation again in their own right. Added to this the uniforms are fantastic. Now when you add this to the redoubtable quality of the majority of the Polish fighting troops during this time and it is a no brainer for me.

Well I was taking a look around some of the forums and as you do I came across a link to a Blog, merely by chance from the WD 3 Wargames forum. This led me from their gallery to a blog run by a gentleman, Roger Murrow, RTBatLarge Well, what a find!!!! More Poles than I could shake the preverbial Czapka at!! Duchy of Warsaw, Vistula Legion, Cavalry, Artillery the lot. The website Murawski Miniatures Take a look around the website for more on the cavalry, I have included a few samples for the infantry and artillery below.

After talking to Roger I also visited his website, Take a look, I have only a smattering of the figures offered here. I especially liked the comparisons he offers on the Blog. Here’s some of the new Vistula and greens for the range from his Blog.

Unpainted, the detail is there and can only add to the painting experience.

Keep up the good work Roger, a great find for me and indeed the discerning wargamer!

Go on….treat yourself!! They look fantastic!

I am jumping the queue a little with the input selection from the recent games, I have a long list of engagements that need to be entered onto these pages, however I really needed to show you some of the action from the Vitoria game here last weekend.

Four of the Gentlemen from the General de Brigade forum offered to help with a few queries I had regarding the rules and how things would work for the general public. Making sure that the players get enough figures and can get a grasp of the rules quickly is very important.

So the Battle of Vitoria 1813 was chosen and the part offered with Grahams attack across the river caught the attention of Mr Andy Thomlinson, Andy drew up the O.o.B and the map and along with his good friend Doug Birnie provided all the troops for the engagement (well when you have a load of beautifully painted figures yourselves you would want to get the toys on a table). I contributed the Spanish and a couple of regiments of French Dragoons.

It wasn’t that I didn’t have more than enough, having seen these guys 18mm figures and the photos in the rulebook I just couldn’t help myself I had to see the 28’s in their collection. So here goes!

The Battle really boiled down to the Allies attempting to cross the river as quickly as possible, with the thought to join up with the main allied army driving the French before them from the East. Four bridges were the focal points, that and the villages around them.

So in order to give you a glimpse of the fantastic figures we had the pleasure of playing with…..These are predominantly from the Front Rank Miniatures range and I have to say, very fine they are too!

I will bring you more photos of over the next few days, stay tuned.

Here at the Wargames Holiday Centre, we like to think that we are versatile enough to support the majority of gaming systems. The Centre provides the venue and all the figures, terrain and accoutrements to allow clubs and groups of friends to just turn up and start playing their favourite games. The difference here is that it is on a truly huge scale.

Last month we had a group of Age of Eagles enthusiasts visit the Centre for their third year running. They like to play the Fire & Fury system and have used the Napoleonic version for their games of Fuentes de Onoro and this year, the Battle of Wagram.

The rules operate at Brigade level.

The view of the table, showing a lot of the brigades still on tiles.

The game saw the French holding onto their left flank desperately while on the French right flank, there was a huge push across the river in order to turn the Austrian left flank.

The village of Aderklaa was hotly contested all weekend.

The guys came from all over the country and in one case, from the other side of the world, Australia, hello Mr Cook. The Brigade system worked extremely well with some huge formations slugging it out for quite a while.

We look forward to the next engagement.