Saturday, 6 January 2018

Hello All,

Due to various PC issues I'm finding to easier to reply to the majority of people blogs with blogger if the are on blogger but wordpress if they use that platform.

I'm still blogging on Wordpress. You can find my blog here:
Please feel free to follow me there.

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Still alive and blogging

Repeated attempts to import my old blog here have failed so I have given up. You can still find me blogging there at:



Saturday, 29 December 2012

On going problems.

Still having PC issues.

Accordingly this account will be used to comment on other blogs whilst I'll still post on my word press blog. So if you want to look at what I've been writing please go to:


Pete. aka SP>

Monday, 27 February 2012

Air War Gaming Plans.

Monday night is one of my regular game nights, and tonight's was particularly productive. Firstly Brian, Evan and I ran through a couple of turns of the board game Attack ( with a view to having a proper, hopefully 4 player, crack at it in a weeks time.

After the quick run through the 3 of us brainstormed some ideas for future games. We have decided to run a SF campaign tying together GZGs Stargrunt and Full Thrust. This means getting a few more 20mm figures and a set of ships for me. Your collected 20mm historicals will fill in as human forces at different tech levels: medieval, black powder, 20th century etc....

In the week Evan sent me the final modifications to his Air War combat system, I intend to adapt it to the post WW2 era. We started playing Air War games with the introductory sets that are put out by Tumbling Dice (, over time these sets have been rewritten so that the only thing that remains is the movement table. I'm a big fan of the rules, and the modifications, as they are fast playing and can cope with a fair few numbers of planes on the board at once. Also as they are not hex based, unlike many other sets, we've not had to shell out for a hex map. My plan is to work out stats for the Korean conflict as well as rules for missiles. This should let us play Vietnam and Falklands games as well as any others. In the slightly longer term I'd like to modify the rules further to do a dedicated helicopter air to ground set.

Sticking with the Air War theme... I've developed an interest in the obscure 'Alto Cenepa War' fought between Ecuador and Peru in 1995. My plan is to develop the short conflict into a board- cum- miniatures game. I may well pick up some more 1/600 aircraft the next show I'm at....



Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Innovations in Wargaming- review.

I recently picked up a copy of 'Innovations in Wargaming Vol. 1', edited by John Curry. The book is subtitled 'Developments in professional and hobby wargames' which got me wondering how many 'professionals' would buy it....

Anyway the book covers the kind of game that moves away from either a traditional toy soldier set up or else adds to the interest by upping the scale- the chapter on 'hall games' would be the most recognizable to most hobby gamers. Basically the example given is a large multiplayer game against an umpire controlled opponent.

The majority of the games covered are committee games. These fall somewhere between a planning session and a role playing game. 5 such versions are featured. It is a style of gaming I've slowly been planning myself so the hints and tips I read will be very useful, along with the excellent opening chapter on designing wargames rules.

Also included is a rather nice example of a naval Kriegsspiel set in the Napoleonic era. Sadly not an area of history I'm particularly au fait with otherwise I'd run it myself; however the ideas in it would be easily transferable to any other time you'd care to mention.

The book delivered pretty much what I hoped it would. I've been wanting to add an extra level to my regular Monday night games; a kind of mini game before the table top toy soldier game. My SWAT raid was an early attempt at this, so now with a few more ideas I'll try some more things out.

My only complaint about the book is in the ordering of the chapters. Having read it in the order each chapter is presented I felt that the first half of Paddy Griffiths' text should have been incorporated into the main body of the text rather than being left as an appendix, possibly after Bob Cordery's Designing Wargames Rules...?

The book is available here:



Monday, 13 February 2012


Still having PC trouble- can't comment on other people's blogs...  something to do with cookies but I'm stumped. I tried using a different blogging software with a view to winding up the other blog however I've no decided to keep it going and using it as my main posting site. This might mean when I comment on your blog it might be from my other account or this one; yes it's incredibly annoying....

Either way please see for a fuller service.

Sorry about this - one day it'll get it sorted.



Thursday, 9 February 2012


Is it a case of SP's Project blog is dead long live SP's project blog.

I've been having some rather frustrating issues with my blogging. Basically I've been unable to comment  on anybodies blog that doesn't use Word Press software, it seems that this is a problem related to cookies but for the past week I've been updating software and messing about with setting but getting nowhere. As an interim measure I have set up this account...

... I was hoping to import my old wordpress blog but that seems to have run into it's own problems.

Meanwhile I'll leave the old site up as an archive:

Hopefully something approaching normal service will be resumed soon.

It goes with out saying that any technical help would be gratefully received as the suggestions on the various support forums have come to naught....