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.

This last Saturday I hosted the first of many one day games here at the Wargames Holiday Centre. These are proving to be popular with clubs and individuals alike. The first Battle was from the Spanish War of Succession and the Battle of Oudenarde.

The French poured forth onto the field in an effort to smash the initial Allied deployment of Cadogans troops.

The Allies managed to stem the tide a little, with Argyll moving up to support Cadogan, while Lottum, Lumley and Overkirk brought up the rear. Natzmer attempted a bold outflank manoeuvre and applied some pressure to the French left.


Swiss in French pay prevent them fording the river

The fighting on the French left flank intensified, with Biron rallying his men and counterattacking to successfully recapture the village of Eyne. The centre however came under extreme pressure from Argyll and the British Guards, reinforcements poured in from Vendome to stabilise the situation. On the French right, the Maison du Roi charged the German troops of Lottums force, stopping them in their tracks. Lumleys timely arrival allowed the Allies to advance again.

Overall the encounter battle was hard fought, the French initially giving ground while the Allied forces gathered momentum as they were a good deal closer to their reserves. The French centre and right were assaulting the central villages with great force with around 20 battalions involved against the British 8 or 9, however the Bastions appeared to be holding. I guess at the end the French still had a good deal of the Royal Guard left , while the British that had borne the brunt of the attack were now relying on less reliable troops. All in all a great game and I guess if is fair to say that all had a thoroughly good time!

On the Sunday I hosted a game taken from Operation Bagration, the Battle of Borisov. Last year the Gentlemen from the Reigate Club had fought a game as a private booking and they very kindly agreed to me using their scenario for this game. So on this crisp Sunday morning all the gamers arrived 09.00 sharp.

The Battle commenced with the Russian advance pouring forward with an overwhelming number of troops and vehicles!!


Some of the lovely models from Plastic Soldier Company


They are a dream to put together and the variety in each box means you certainly get value for your money.

The whole game was fought with real gusto, the Russians didn’t let up a bit and the Germans made them pay for every step! The rules used are the fabulous Rapid Fire, a really easy set of rules to pick up and play with and fast play…so you never feel like the action lets up. Last but not least my thanks especially to Paul Goodwin and Mark Herdman for their support and efforts in making this all happen in the first place.

Wargames Holiday Centre – Rome at War Weekend

Here at the Wargames Holiday Centre we like to put historical epics and this time we have come up wth a real treat for all you Ancients lovers out there. We have teamed up with Simon Miller of “BigRedBat Blog” fame to present a fantastic weekend of Iconic battles or Rome.

Simon Miller has one of the UK’s largest collections of 28mm ancients miniatures. He has tied up with the Wargames Holiday Centre to present a weekend of ancient gaming, on the theme of “Rome at War”.

The rules used will be Simon’s “To the Strongest!”, copies of which will be provided in advance but which can be quickly picked up on the day. The rules retain all the flavour of ancient warfare, and enable very large battles to be fought, at an exciting fast pace.

The four games have been picked to represent the diverse nature of the challenges faced by the Roman army during the Empire. All of the players will be able to play each of the four games at least once, over the weekend.

Game 1 Chaeronea 86 BC “The Last Phalanx”

(1400 minis: 4-6 players)
Sulla’s battle-hardened legions clash with the last recorded phalanx of ancient history, under Mithridates of Pontus’ general Archelaus. Will the Pontic scythed chariots disrupt the Roman line? Can the phalanx withstand a hail of roman pila?

Game 2 Ruspina 46BC- “Skirmish in the Desert “

(600 minis, 2-4 players)
Caesar, invading Pompeian Africa in , is desperately of supplies. He is leading a force three legions of recruits to seek supplies, when sudden appearance of a vast dust cloud indicates the approach of a large enemy army, including many elephants…

Game 3 First Bedriacum 69AD- “Brother vs. Brother, Father vs. Son”

(1150 minis, 4-6 players)
Early in the Civil War of 69 AD, a large Roman force of legionaries drawn from the Rhine garrisons, under Caecina and Valens, marches south into Italy. The Emperor Otho’s forces, including gladiators and ex-marines march north to meet them and a massive battle takes place near Bedriacum.

Game 4 Count Theodosius vs. the Barbarian Conspiracy 368 AD

(450 minis, 2 players)
Betrayed by the garrison of Hadrian’s Wall, much of Britannia is under the heel Pictish, Scottish, Saxon and other invaders. A field army, led by Count Theodosius, has crossed from Gaul and is marching north to restore order, when it sights the banners of the Picts and Saxons, fluttering on a ridge ahead.

Wargames Holiday Centre – Rome at War Weekend

Here at the Wargames Holiday Centre we like to put historical epics and this time we have come up wth a real treat for all you Ancients lovers out there. We have teamed up with Simon Miller of “BigRedBat Blog” fame to present a fantastic weekend of Iconic battles or Rome.

Simon Miller has one of the UK’s largest collections of 28mm ancients miniatures. He has tied up with the Wargames Holiday Centre to present a weekend of ancient gaming, on the theme of “Rome at War”.

The rules used will be Simon’s “To the Strongest!”, copies of which will be provided in advance but which can be quickly picked up on the day. The rules retain all the flavour of ancient warfare, and enable very large battles to be fought, at an exciting fast pace.

The four games have been picked to represent the diverse nature of the challenges faced by the Roman army during the Empire. All of the players will be able to play each of the four games at least once, over the weekend.

Game 1 Chaeronea 86 BC “The Last Phalanx”

(1400 minis: 4-6 players)

Sulla’s battle-hardened legions clash with the last recorded phalanx of ancient history, under Mithridates of Pontus’ general Archelaus. Will the Pontic scythed chariots disrupt the Roman line? Can the phalanx withstand a hail of roman pila?

Game 2 Ruspina 46BC- “Skirmish in the Desert “

(600 minis, 2-4 players)

Caesar, invading Pompeian Africa in , is desperately of supplies. He is leading a force three legions of recruits to seek supplies, when sudden appearance of a vast dust cloud indicates the approach of a large enemy army, including many elephants…

Game 3 First Bedriacum 69AD- “Brother vs. Brother, Father vs. Son”

(1150 minis, 4-6 players)

Early in the Civil War of 69 AD, a large Roman force of legionaries drawn from the Rhine garrisons, under Caecina and Valens, marches south into Italy. The Emperor Otho’s forces, including gladiators and ex-marines march north to meet them and a massive battle takes place near Bedriacum.

Game 4 Count Theodosius vs. the Barbarian Conspiracy 368 AD

(450 minis, 2 players)

Betrayed by the garrison of Hadrian’s Wall, much of Britannia is under the heel Pictish, Scottish, Saxon and other invaders. A field army, led by Count Theodosius, has crossed from Gaul and is marching north to restore order, when it sights the banners of the Picts and Saxons, fluttering on a ridge ahead.

All this on one weekend….book to now to avoid disappoinment, these games are phenomenally popular!