Welcome to Real Time Wargame Rules from Bernie, Brian, Gareth, Keith & Martyn
FEBRUARY & MARCH 2014 NEWS
Welcome once again!
Keith and Realistic Modelling is as ever very busy. He has already done a number
of shows, including two in Tonbridge. Below is a picture of his stand at the start
of Cavalier Wargames show.
For those of you who play Megagames, no less than three of us are at the next one.
Brian is having another outing of his Renaissance & Reformation game in March, Gareth
is playing one of the French generals, while I am playing Emperor Charles V, who
had the multiple misfortune of having to deal with rise of Protestantism, Turks from
the East, French in Italy and of course various Dutch and Peasant revolts. See link
for other upcoming games.
At long last the “This War Without an Enemy” English Civil War Rules are out. You
can get them at shows we are at: Tunbridge Wells, Salute & Sittingbourne are our
next three or click on the link to purchase on-line. The rules come with a campaign
system set in Worcestershire. Brian has been very pleased with his system, which
has motivated him to look at doing the war at the national level using the same figures
but using a large figure scale of 1 base to 100 foot or 50 horse. We will let you
know how he gets on…..
I do not usually mention the wider gaming world, but would just like to mention the
nice article that Paul Stevenson did on Charlie Wesencraft in the February issue
of “Miniature Wargames”. He was an inspirational author for me as a kid and I still
have his Practical Wargaming & “With Pike & Shot”. On re-reading them recently it
was amazing how fresh and modern his ideas are even now, when compared with much
else on the market.
APRIL & MAY 2014 NEWS
Well April was of course SALUTE. Stupendously busy show as ever. Good to see lots
of the usual suspects from wargaming past and present, including someone from the
Western Front Association from Canterbury who I did not even know was a gamer! The
“War Without an Enemy” display went very well. We were able to fight three battles
on the day, as well as shop and chat. So all in all an excellent day. Thanks to
Gareth once again for running the games in his own inimitable style.
Click on the picture of a slideshow of pics from the day - the only pics that did
not come out were some shots of the map and counters included in the game, but they
are seen in the background. Good to see Pendraken Miniatures being very busy. Keith
as ever sends his apologies, but he was at a two-day railway show the same weekend
taking lots of tree and terrain orders.
The main gaming event in May was Jim Wallman’s inspirational “Watch the Skies” Megagame
set in the near future in a world faced by a possible Alien Invasion.
Very thought provoking and made more so by a group who filmed the event! They have
provided a great impetus for the upcoming games in London on the opening moves of
the Great War in the west: “Iron Dice” & the Successors of Alexander the Great: “Funeral
Games”. There is also a game on Ancient Greeks in the heroic age “Of Gods & Men “
in Leeds in October.
JUNE & JULY 2014 NEWS
June for Keith and me is the Sittingbourne Wargame show on 8th June. For once we
are both at the same event. We usually put a game on as well, but due to lack of
space due to some problems with the hall authorities I will be helping out/hindering
Keith on his stand and talking about these rules. (Click on central picture for a
The design for the campaign element of the August 1914 goes on afoot. I have been
pleasantly surprised by the simplicity of the rules we are putting together, yet
they will generate interesting field battles. We are experimenting with upping the
scale along with the ranges from the system used in the “To the Last Gaiter Button”
rules. At the moment looking to use 500 men (½ battalion/base) or 12 guns as so many
of the battles were multi-corps affairs. We will let you know how we move along next
Well they have had their meeting for the games we are offering for next year. Click
on the logo to take you to the page. There is a cracking range of topics being covered:
Alien Terror, Italy 1943, England 1940, Pre-Conquest Britain and City of Shadows
about Gangsters & Weird Science. Brian and me are designing a Megagame on the French
Revolutionary Wars with teams playing the great powers: France, Austria, Russia,
England, Prussia, Turkey & Spain. As befits the global nature of the war we will
cover not only Europe but the wider world. We will be running this twice: once in
London and once in Leeds.
AUGUST & SEPTEMBER 2014 NEWS
The design for the “Home Before the Leaves Fall” Campaign system is now largely complete.
Quite a simple (we call it elegant!) system, but generates lots of interesting table-top
battles and highlights some of the operational problems of the period.
Now moved onto the on-going design of the table-top rules. These have gone through
a number of recent changes, not least the scale, as we are settling on 1:500 for
the infantry, 1: 300 for sabres and 1:12 for guns. This makes the European Regiment
of approx. 3,000 rifles or 6 bases as the basic combat unit. Players can still fight
1 corps on 1 corps on a 4-5 ft table or go up to a couple of corps a side on an 8-10
By doing this it has removed a lot of the ranging problems of 1914 artillery as ground
scale is now 10” to 2 km. This allows the approach march and reserves to be properly
deployed to give a good visual effect. Click the picture for a recent corps on corps
On another Great War theme, Jon Casey of Megagame Makers, is running his Iron Dice
Megagame on Saturday 20th September in London. It covers the autumn 1914 campaign
in the west. There should be 60 players and umpires. Jon has designed an excellent
campaign system with bags of period flavour. I hope to see some of you there? I will
be umpiring the German High Command team. See the link for the game and other Megagames
coming up in the next year if you have yet to experience such fascinating games.
Finally we need to thank all of you who have bought games in the last two months
- these were our best period of sales ever!
OCTOBER & NOVEMBER 2014 NEWS
The SELWG in October was excellent as ever. Gave us an excellent opportunity to portray
“Home Before the Leaves Fall” battles in action. We did just two games as we were
all talking too much with gamers!
The first battle had two German active corps facing two French corps. It really emphasised
the nature that different corps had such varied experiences in any one day. On the
German left the two corps pinned each other in place, preventing the French aiding
their left which was overwhelmed in a ferocious attack. In the second game two British
corps faced a German Reserve Corps and an Active Corps. Again brought out the weakness
of the Reserve Corps in attack with their lack of artillery compared to an army with
a high allotment of artillery. The Reserve Corps were held in place and it was only
caution on behalf of the British that did not eject them from the battlefield. All
excellent stuff and bodes well for our game at SALUTE next year.
In November there was another outing of Rob Cooper’s “Funeral Games”, his Megagame
on the successors of Alexander the great. It was excellent with really good buzz
amongst both new and veteran megagamers. Check out the Facebook page for pictures
and details of upcoming games. One of these will be “A New Age Dawns” Brian Cameron’s
and my game on the French Revolutionary Wars from 1794 to 1802 in Europe and beyond.
DECEMBER 2014 & JANUARY 2015 NEWS
Well as another year draws to an end, all the guys at Realistic Modelling & Real
Time Wargames, wish all you gamers out there a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New
As it is the bicentenary of Waterloo next year, look out for WATERLOO 200 events
on the web or Facebook. I was lucky enough to go to a cracking two day conference
at my old alma mater, King’s College, London earlier this year as well as a Waterloo
day of talks and film in Folkestone last month. We might even be in a position to
reissue our “Eagles Last Flight” our game on the four battles in the Waterloo Campaign.