GDWS is the home of wargaming in Glasgow since 1969. This site tells you all about the society - what we do and when we meet. You can also browse through our extensive collection of display games that highlights the very best this fascinating hobby has to offer.
2019 is the 50th anniversary of Glasgow and District Wargaming Society.
In 1969, helped by Dundee Wargames Club, eight members gathered in St Nicholas Church Hall for the first meeting of GDWS. The Society grew rapidly in the 1970’s, no doubt aided by the incentive of a pie and mash lunch! Members participated in the regional competitions that led to the formation of the Federation of Scottish Wargames Clubs and UK conventions.
Relations with the priests had always been cordial, but the church hierarchy decided wargaming wasn’t compatible, leaving GDWS homeless. After a couple of moves the Society found its current home on the south side of Glasgow.
This year's Falkirk show was on 11 May. GDWS was there with our 28mm pre-WW2 participation game, 'Breakout from Zara'. An Italian force invading Yugoslavia from the enclave at Zara on the Dalmatian Coast.
Glasgow Games Gathering
A new event in the calendar this year. It was held on 29 June at Bellahouston Sports Centre. GDWS presented a new participation game Viva Revolution!
The Edinburgh wargames show was held at the Granton Campus on 3 August. GDWS ran a game based on Game of Thrones - The Battle of Riverrun.
To The Strongest
We hosted a two day 'To The Strongest' competitiion on 21/22 September 2019. Congratulations to the winner Peter Clarke, who narrowly beat Simon Miller. Thanks to Dave Soutar for organising and Claymore Castings and Warbases for donating prizes. Pictures on our blog.
In our 50th year, we thought we would remind ourselves how far the hobby has come in that time with a collection of photos of old models.
First up is Dave Souter's Macedonians - a competition winner in 1976. All painted with Humbrol oils. This what we had to do before acrylic paints, shield transfers and basing materials.
Here are some early Hinchcliffe models in 25mm from Dave Watson's collection. This range, while a little small by modern standards, has stood the test of time.
And one from Ian Austin who reckons it is at least as old as the Society. The model not him!
We also have a Facebook Group, for operational postings - discussing and organising games etc.