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.
Due to the current crisis we have had to suspend society meetings. We will review this decision depending on government advice.
We will investigate ways of keeping some contact with members through games on social media platforms. In the meantime stay safe folks.
Solo wargames are another option, although they lack the social contact element. The Solo Wargamers Association is a good source of information and ideas. Henry Hyde has also just done an introduction on his Battlechat podcast
The 2020 Falkirk show in May has been cancelled due to the crisis. We will have to wait and see about the other Scottish shows scheduled for later this year.
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.
2019 was 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.
Here a few photos of members collections from 50 years ago.