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Open Day

Sunday 13 January 2013

A selection of photies from the games

Multiplayer Battle of Blenheim using Maurice rules in 15mm.

Bit of a Sam Mustafa day with the Battle of Katzbach 1813 using Grande Armee rules in 15mm.

Then the WW2 lads with the Command Decision game

And of course the ever popular FoG competition. Won by Larry Cheyne.



Sunday 15 January 2012


A selection of photies from the games:

Ukraine 1812

A combined Russian, British and Ottoman army thrusts towards Napoleon's flank as he advances on Moscow.

The Austrians supported by Three French Corps aim to stop them.

Boer War

A Kriegspiel game of the Boer war in 6mm.

Russian Front

Some strange looking Russian armour. More of this at Carronade later this year.

FoG Biblical

Just one of the many games in the FoG tournament won by Russell Simpson




Sunday 16 January 2011

The feature games was:

Somerled’s Last Stand 1164 


Somerled, King of Argyll and Lord of the Isles died at the Battle of Bargarran (sometimes called Knock or Inchinnan) in 1164. His Islesmen, Manx and Irish allies were defeated by a Norman/Scots army led by the High Steward, Walter Fitz-Alan. We actually know very little about the battle or the forces involved, so this wargame is somewhat conjectural. 

Historical Background 

Somerled was born around 1100 the son of Gilliebride who was exiled in Ireland from his lands in Morvern. There is much debate about his antecedence, with some arguing for a Viking link, and others an Irish or Scots heritage. From about 1130, Somerled led a brilliant campaign to recapture Argyll from the Norse and eventually became King of Argyll. This was a largely independent entity from the lands controlled by the King of Scots during this period. 

He married the daughter of the King of Man and was embroiled in the succession conflicts, including two major sea battles in 1156 and 1158. By 1160, Somerled controlled a Gaelic-Norse kingdom that covered much of the western seaboard from the Isle of Man up to the Butt of Lewis. Whilst his Kingdom was split up among his sons after his death, the Lordship of the Isles was not fully incorporated into Scotland until the 15th Century. Prince Charles holds the current title. In 2005 an Oxford University study concluded that Somerled has possibly 500,000 living descendants, making him the second most common currently known ancestor after Genghis Khan. These include a quarter of Macdonalds, a third of McDougalls, and 40 percent of MacAlisters as direct paternal descendents of Somerled. 

Mainland Scotland during this period was also changing. David I, brought up in post-conquest Norman England, made sweeping changes to the social and political order. He introduced feudalism with large numbers of knights as well as endowing monasteries and generally strengthening the position of the Catholic Church. He appears to have had a working relationship with Somerled, possibly including his participation in the Battle of the Standard in 1138, but this broke down after David’s death. 

The Battle

It is believed that after David’s death Somerled became concerned over the growing power of the Stewards of Renfrew (later the Stewarts) and other Anglo-Norman lords in the West of Scotland. He organised a punitive expedition with Manx and Irish allies on their lands in the lower Clyde. He landed somewhere near Renfrew where the Steward had a castle and the Bishop of Glasgow had lands. The Scots army would probably consist of Anglo-Norman troops and mercenaries plus more traditional Scots led by local Thanes. 

We know virtually nothing about the site or the battle itself other than the ground was marshy to negate the power of the mounted knights. Somerled either died in the battle or was assassinated the night before. Either way; the Islesmen fled to their boats. The victory is commemorated in a poem by a Glaswegian cleric, the Song on the Death of Somerled, which ascribed the victory to the power of St Kentigern. 

Our re-fight of the battle uses 28mm figures from a variety of figure ranges. The rules are Warhammer Ancient Battles (Version 2). 

Further Information

A good modern history is Somerled: Hammer of the Norse by Kathleen MacPhee. A broader history is Kingdom of the Isles 1100-1336 by Andrew McDonald and for mainland Scotland, Kingship and Unity: Scotland 1000-1306 by G.Harrow. Nigel Tranter’s fictional account Lord of the Isles is a great read.


Plus some of the other games:

George Dick's excellent 15mm Arthurian FoG army

Nice little command cameo from Russell Simpson's army in 15mm

Early WW1 in France. 15mm for PoW

Early WW2 in France using Command Decision.



Sunday 18 January 2009 – 11am to 5:00pm

 At the Scout Hall, Shawmoss Road, Crossmyloof, Glasgow

Glasgow and District Wargaming Society opened its doors to anyone who wanted to find out more about wargaming at Glasgow’s oldest society. This was not a wargames show, just our normal January gathering when we play larger and somewhat longer games over two days.

The feature game was the Battle of Corunna 1809.

200 years ago on 16 January 1809 one of Glasgow’s (possibly less well known) sons, General Sir John Moore, died commanding a victorious British army fighting the French in Northern Spain during the Napoleonic wars. The battle was recreated using Principles of War rules.

There was a FoG competition won by Ian Austin.

Ian Austin              1st        73pts
Neil Grant              2nd       33pts
Andrew Muir           2nd      33pts
John Muir               4th       30pts
Graeme Simpson    4th      30pts
George Dick           6th       24pts
Rab McNaught        7th      22pts
Hugh Cameron        8th      20pts


Other games included Byzantine against Rus using 28mm figures and  Warhammer Ancient Battles rules

Plus Command Decision in the Western desert.




Glasgow and District Wargaming Society

Corunna Aniversary
200 years ago on 16 January 1809 one of Glasgow’s (possibly less well known) sons, General Sir John Moore, died commanding a victorious British army fighting the French in Northern Spain during the Napoleonic wars at the Battle of Corunna. There is a statue of Sir John in George Square and a monument in St Paul's Cathedral. There is even a pub named after him in Argyll St.
Sir John was born in the Trongate district in 1761 son of a Reverend cum physician. He attended the High School before being enlisted in the 51st Regiment of Foot. He fought in North America, Ireland and Corsica. He was also the MP for Lanark Burghs. After the Egyptian campaign he returned to Britain in 1803 to command a brigade at Shorncliffe, where he established the innovative training regime that produced Britain's first permanent light infantry regiments. He had a reputation as an exceptionally humane leader and trainer of men. He was promoted to Lieutenant-General in 1804 and after service in the Baltic he commanded the British army in Spain up to his death at Corunna.
To celebrate this anniversary Glasgow and District Wargaming Society is opening its doors to anyone who would like to find out more about wargaming at Glasgow’s oldest society. Come and watch some games, ask any questions and we will do our best to help. Entrance is free.
The feature game will be the Battle of Corunna refought with 15mm figures using Principles of War rules.
Sunday 18 January 2009 – 11am to 5:00pm
At the Scout Hall, Shawmoss Road, Crossmyloof, Glasgow
Further details at our website www.gdws.co.uk
Or contact: Dave Watson Tel. 0786 3816487
Note for Editors
1. Originally devised to train military staffs, wargaming today is a popular hobby enjoyed by many thousands of people from all walks of life across the globe. Modern casting and painting techniques allow wargamers to recreate historic battles on the table top with model soldiers, scenic terrain and a range of rule sets. And it’s a lot of fun too!
2. Charles Wolfe's famous poem commemorates Sir John's death in The Burial of Sir John Moore after Corunna, which begins:
Not a drum was heard, not a funeral note,
As his corse to the rampart we hurried;
Not a soldier discharged his farewell shot
O'er the grave where our hero we buried.

and ends, six verses later, with:

Slowly and sadly we laid him down,
From the field of his fame fresh and gory;
We carved not a line, and we raised not a stone,
But we left him alone with his glory
You Tube Reading of the poem at http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Qc0FU4ReHiQ
3. A fuller biography and pictures on the 51st Light Infantry website http://51stlightinfantry.co.uk/sirjohnmoore.html


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