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Black Hat Miniatures01 Feb 2017 8:42 a.m. PST



Anthony and I played another fun game using the Portable Wargames Rules and a scenario from One Hour Wargames.

Full report on the blog:




Bob the Temple Builder01 Feb 2017 9:41 a.m. PST

A great battle report! I like the combination of OHW scenarios with my Portable Wargame rules. They seem to work well together.

KTravlos Inactive Member01 Feb 2017 11:14 a.m. PST

good show!

Royal Marine Supporting Member of TMP02 Feb 2017 12:43 p.m. PST

I like the 180mm model at the rear of the table … what are the stats?

English Thegn06 Feb 2017 3:17 p.m. PST

Now I have enough 54mm Zulus from Little Legion Mike and I will be trying out Bob's colonial version of his Portable Wargame rules soon.

Royal Marine,

There are no 180mm figures at the rear of the table unless you mean me, and although I'm not tall I am not that short..!


Gone Fishing06 Feb 2017 7:48 p.m. PST

Anthony, please post an AAR when you do. I've been reading about The Portable Wargame for some time now, and just received my copy in the mail today. They look very promising! Can't wait to crack the figures out and give them a try.

English Thegn06 Feb 2017 11:50 p.m. PST

Certainly Daryl! Mike's on holiday at the moment so our next game will be in March but I will certainly let you know how it went. One of the best tweaks of Bob's colonial version is that tribal units have a 50% chance each turn of moving twice. This gives them a chance to swamp European armies before losing too many casualties to firepower.


Gone Fishing07 Feb 2017 6:44 a.m. PST

Hi Anthony,

Yes, I noticed that rule myself. Very good, as it gives native units a real sting, which should keep the Imperial player on his toes.

Since I'm currently doing the exact same thing myself, I'll be interested to see how you organize your impis figure-wise. Like you, I game in 54mm metals (almost all by Dorset) and am tinkering with the idea of giving native units a few extra figures, just to help build that sense of "God, there be thousands of 'em!" atmosphere that so helps the look of a Colonial game. The nice thing about The Portable Wargame is that such tweaks seem to come naturally.

This is the mat I'll be using (just ordered yesterday!): link As you can see, it has 6" squares and so is a little on the larger size, but this only allows me to "pad" those units that need it aesthetically.

Those Little Legion figures really do look lovely. I'll eagerly await seeing your collection in action.

Best of luck with it all!


English Thegn07 Feb 2017 2:31 p.m. PST

Hi Daryl,

Great minds think alike! Although Mike uses a 4' x 3' mat with 4" squares (his 54mm metals have nice small bases) I have already acquired a 6' x 4' mat with 6" squares as my Zulus have a larger footprint what with assegais being brandished in all directions and generally very athletic poses. I use 40mm square clear Perspex bases for my Little Legion figures. All will be revealed when we post photos of our first colonial portable wargame!

Best wishes

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