Chestnut Lodge Wargames Group

My current wargaming

Peter Merritt asked what wargaming we’re doing.  Mine could probably be best described as a return to my roots of toy soldier games albeit in a campaign / mini-campaign context and mostly 19th century.  I think I’ve tired of what I’d describe as the common format of ‘stab-each other in the back’ games, thus my […]

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A Space Dog-Creature Absorbed My Homework…

Just wondered what everyone was working on? For myself, with all my books and kit (still) in a container somewhere in Kent (20 months and counting), I’ve only been working in my mind and a notepad on: Toy soldier games/rules/ideas (various; 6mm ancients, 1496 Italy, steampunk; 15mm ACW grand ops (have some wonderful maps; always […]

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Island Fortress 3 – the invasion

This long overdue post records the final resolution of the plans for the French invasion of the British Isles in 1759. See earlier posts for the details of the French and British planning games. Essentially the French were seeking to sail up the Thames with the support of their new Dutch allies, land a vast […]

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France Fights On! (for now)

It’s not a stretch to say that the 1940 campaign is what got me interested in military history – I think possibly the first history book I read was a Dutch translation of “Winston Churchill: The Valiant Years” by Jack Le Vien and John Lord – an utterly forgettable work of historiography, but it did […]

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Yes, Prime Minister, we could send a gunboat…

This in two parts, first the introduction I wrote for the game, then the onside report. This was the first rough and ready attempt at a game about running the British Empire. I’ve long been interested in 19th century colonialism and the varied interactions between the colonising powers and the rest of the world. Given […]

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Nine Years War – Debt and Taxes

The Nine Years War isn’t a particular interest of mine but I read about it as background to my Ancien Regime megagame. Yes, most government expenditure is war related. During the period roughly 1688 to 1783 Britain’s expenditure on the military was roughly 65 – 75%. As a comparison, during the Great Northern War Russia’s […]

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Milmud Editor’s Report 2019 [admin]

Golden Chestnut

This is the Milmud Editor’s Report 2019 for the CLWG Business Meeting. I can’t be sure that I’ll be able to attend the meeting, but I’ll be with you in spirit if not. Editor’s Report 2019 Restructuring Milmud as CLWG’s website As directed at the previous business meeting the website has been collapsed into the […]

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Jubilation T Cawnpone’s Art of War (and Survival)

Modelling Idiocy in the ACW [preview] For many years now I have been fascinated with the difficulties of modelling in a fun, challenging manner some of the total losers of history, rather than the usual suspects on the (much shorter) genius list – you know, good old ‘Unfortunate Mack’ (1805), any Frenchman in 1940, English/Russian […]

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CLWG (2018) Autumn Conference Session Report #4

Napoleonic Divisional Management Game (by Peter Merritt) This session was originally inspired to fill the blank page of things on offer…. However, on the day I was surprised to find that (a) I had an audience, and (b) they were all from our wonderful associates based in the Netherlands! After some initial chatting, I began […]

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Conference (2018) Report #3 – TGFC – Too Good For Children?

The Art of Steal- Err, Adapting Classic Toys For Wargaming An occasional series on raiding the toy cupboard for wargming ideas (or future Christmas presents, if they’ve not got it already!) #1 – Snakes & Ladders as siege simulator Some considerable time ago now I was looking at the problem of a systemic game process […]

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