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Site archived (5th Aug 2013)

I regret that owing to concerted spam and hacking attacks, I have removed the content from this site. Those of you interested in following what I’m up to can find my new blog alive and well at Henry’s Wargaming: An Editor At Play and the site ... Read More

Site archived (5th Aug 2013)

I regret that owing to concerted spam and hacking attacks, I have removed the content from this site. Those of you interested in following what I’m up to can find my new blog alive and well at Henry’s Wargaming: An Editor At Play and the site created to a ... Read More

The Battlegames Blog is moving (12th Jan 2012)

With the Battlegames name having been acquired by Atlantic Editions, I am separating my efforts as an individual wargamer and author from the business side of things, especially since there will now be ‘official’ blog posts on my space at the ... Read More

Battlegames 27 and the Atlantic future (14th Dec 2011)

I’m delighted to announce that the first issue under the new ownership of Atlantic Editions Limited is humming away on the presses right now and is due to be published in time for Christmas. As you can see, a few changes have been made to the style ... Read More

The Grenouissian Intermezzo: on the road (28th Apr 2011)

The Watford Gap services, and so far, all is well. The car is packed not only with hundreds of Spencer Smiths, but also with boxes stuffed with scenery, piles of terrain squares and bags bulging with all an umpire’s necessaries. I had a very, very l ... Read More

The Grenouissian Intermezzo: behind the scenes 5 (23rd Apr 2011)

What with everything else going on, you should know that I’m also making my own troop preparations! The forces of Granprix and Grenouisse will be involved – it’s not all being left up to mercenaries. This means that I’m having to make so ... Read More

The Grenouissian Intermezzo: behind the scenes 4 (22nd Apr 2011)

Now, what were we just saying about making assumptions? There I was, feeling good about myself having spent most of Wednesday poring over maps and orders before sending out everyone’s situation reports, assuming that the dozen players in this campai ... Read More

The Grenouissian Intermezzo: behind the scenes 3 (15th Apr 2011)

With the first orders from the participants arriving thick and fast, it has become clear that I made an assumption that people were used to giving map coordinates, when of course they aren’t! So, here’s the latest missive sent to the players, ... Read More

The Grenouissian Intermezzo: behind the scenes 2 (12th Apr 2011)

The following message has just been sent to all participants: Afternoon all, Okay, this is what I need from you. By now, you should have all have received your first Situation Report, dated 11th April (1747 for our purposes). WD3 campaign example sheet On ... Read More

The Grenouissian Intermezzo: Granprix at Bay – Act I Scene 1 (11th Apr 2011)

Timbers creaked ominously as the vessel rose, teetered momentarily on the crest, and then plunged in a cloud of spray into the valley of the wave, causing a booming explosion which shuddered the ship from stem to stern. In her hold, horses whinnied in ter ... Read More

Stop Press: Borschtian Fleet Turns Back (8th Apr 2011)

The Czar of Borscht, en route to take command of His Grace Duke Zigor’s forces in Granprix, has been taken seriously ill on board the Borschtian flagship репа (pronounced rehba) with a very bad case of beetroot poisoning, which has also affected man ... Read More

The Grenouissian Intermezzo: behind the scenes 1 (6th Apr 2011)

Running a campaign, particularly with more than a couple of participants, consists mainly of writing a lot of messages and doing one’s best to keep things manageable. Thus spake the man sitting in front of his computer at 2 in the morning, having ju ... Read More

The Grenouissian Intermezzo: Granprix at Bay – Prelude (5th Apr 2011)

And so, dear reader, the scene is set, as in fair Granprix the sun doth rise on yet another glowing day, and the sea breeze kisses the shores with flecks of whitest foam in Pescadrix Bay. The scent of pine and wild sage wafts down the valley of the Haxabe ... Read More

Back to basics: written orders (4th Jan 2011)

I was reminded yesterday that those of us who have been playing wargames for some considerable time often take certain concepts for granted. In this instance, reader Jimmy Hansen sent me an email as follows: Help, please!! The author of the rules in issue ... Read More

Mad dogs and hexagons (6th Jun 2010)

My chum Will Townshend, he of The Plastic Soldier Company, lives just a few miles away in Henfield, West Sussex, and in recent months it’s been a boon for my own hobby to have such an enthusiastic gamer nearby who also shares an interest in many of ... Read More

Tweet, tweet! Is that Henry on a telephone wire? (28th Apr 2010)

Well, blow me down with a feather, after resisting for months, I have finally succumbed to the temptations of Twitter. You can follow my ‘tweets’, for so they are named, I am told, both here on the blog (they should appear in the right-hand co ... Read More

Happy New Year (2nd Jan 2010)

Let me begin by wishing you all the very best for the New Year. It’s been such a long time since I last updated this blog, that it’s hard to remember precisely what I’ve been doing, but I’ll certainly give it a try. As far as the m ... Read More

Wargamers’ cheese (12th Jun 2009)

Presenting wargamers with lots of choice might be affecting the ability of companies to sell to them effectively. So what are manufacturers in our hobby to do? ... Read More

Getting there the fustest with the mostest… (8th Apr 2009)

Since Salute (Saturday 28th March), I can’t quite believe how busy I’ve been, and yet I have also managed to cram in three games in under two weeks. I won’t bore you with my recollections of Salute here, but suffice it to say that I didn ... Read More

Now what’s he up to? North African campaign? (11th Mar 2009)

Dan and I had a terrific little game to refresh my memory about the Warmaster-derived rules. Within five minutes, I'd remembered the basic mechanisms and was sending my A13 Cruiser tanks whizzing around the flanks of his lumbering M13/40s. ... Read More

Back from the Front (29th Jan 2009)

I imagine that most people will have missed this short programme made my Jeremy Paxman for BBC News24. One World: Back from the Front is a short but very moving and enlightening piece, interviewing three recent Veterans about their experiences in Iraq and ... Read More

Hear ye, hear ye! (24th Jan 2009)

And now for something completely different… No, it’s not Henry veering off on yet another tangential project, it’s an appearance on Neil Shuck’s Meeples and Miniatures podcast. I have been ‘sponsoring’ this podcast for ... Read More

I’m alive! (6th Jan 2009)

Okay, that’s probably a bit dramatic, but after more than five weeks of the gammy leg thing, compounded by tearing the calf muscle on the way to the bathroom a week ago (how unglamorous can you get?) as a result of having rested it so much, the grad ... Read More