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Please check out our new (and growing) database of gaming clubs and organizations world-wide. Please let us know of your gaming club, or any other clubs that you know about so we can make this a truly useful resource.

Spotlight Articles

Outstanding articles that are not necessarily linked to one particular game, but may have broad appeal to gamers.

Epic Project Part II - Painting Figures

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"The first intention was a disaster." Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, continues his Napoleonic project, this time mainly focused on painting strategy. Check out what worked, and what didn't; and how, in the end, Norm has "...no doubt my newly painted Prussian 1st Battalion will perform heroic deeds!"

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 9/27/2023

Creating a pair of Epic Pocket Armies - new project

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Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, combines "...a ‘from scratch’ approach and the ‘want’ to play games along the way, rather than waiting for armies to be fully painted..." as inspiration for his new miniatures project. If you've got figures waiting on the shelf for paint, this might be your ticket, because for Norm, "...an important principle during the life of this project ... to get playing from day 1."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 9/20/2023

Best 3 Games with…Card Driven Games!

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"...I contend that one of the origins of CDG’s was the fantastic Up Front from Avalon Hill." Grant Kleinhenz, in The Players' Aid, covers what he thinks are the best three Card Driven Games. See if you agree with his ranking, and check out which game "...makes me sweat, cringe, jump with joy and bite my fingernails."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 9/11/2023

Putting rules (napoleonic) to the test.

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"...the old saying of ‘Jack of all trades, master of none’ springs to mind." Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, brings us some interesting ruminations from a Napoleonic rule set comparison. Join Norm for some insights and excellent miniatures photos, and see why he ends up wondering "...about just how necessary, bigger, deeper and more thorough rule systems are compared to a simpler fun system - if both come up with a similar result and the result / narrative feels right, then more power to the fun set."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 8/9/2023

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Gaming Conventions

Gaming Conventions

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Grognard Challenge - Expanded Room for Comments! (6/25/2023)

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Grognard Opponents Wanted (9/14/2022)

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Gaming Conventions

New Gaming Conventions calendar. You can see all upcoming gaming conventions worldwide.

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Gaming Clubs/Organziations

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New Search Features

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Grognard Originals

In addition to our links to great content all around the internet, expect to see more Grognard.com "originals" in the future.

PE TANG 1900 Q&A with Marco Campari

Some Q & A between myself and Marco Campari, designer of Pe Tang 1900 from Lumaca Games.

PE TANG 1900 Strategy Tips

This is the strategy I developed after playing Pe Tang 1900 from Lumaca Games.

PE TANG 1900 Optional Line of Sight Table

Here is an optional table to make it a little more difficult to eliminate the Boxer artillery.

PE TANG 1900 Introductory War Game Review

My review for this great introductory war game concerning an obscure siege of a cathedral during the Boxer Rebellion. Use this game to recruit new war game players.

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S T U V W X Y Z 0-9

Game: Sword and Spear


Publisher: Great Escape Games
Game Type: Miniatures
Designer(s): Mark Lewis
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Sword & Spear is a set of wargames rules for large battles set in the Ancients & Medieval period. They are suitable for any scale figures and any basing standard. The only requirement is that figures are organised into units of equal frontage. A typical game consists of about 12 units on each side and games take around 2 – 3 hours. The rules are designed from a top-down perspective, focusing on outcomes rather than detail. The rules feature a clever and innovative system for activating units that creates interesting and challenging decisions, keeps both players involved at all times and has a lot of depth and subtlety. Each turn is split into phases, where players each receive a number of command dice, which are rolled and then used to activate their units. The number shown on each dice determines which units it can activate (with better quality units being easier to activate), what the unit can do when activated, and the numbers also determine the activation sequence. Certain dice also give bonuses to combat, movement distance or shooting range.


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Date: 9/16/2022
Poster: Doug Holt
1471 - Feud on the battlefield!

"...their embittered hatred of each other would now no doubt be played out on the battlefield and it would be personal!" Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, takes the Tewkesbury action between his two Piggy Longton opponents, Darcy and Trebian, from board game to figures table, using the Sword and Spear miniatures rules. Join Norm for the clash, and see if the issue is decided when "…it is Trebian who is getting the upper hand and he eventually cracks the Lancastrian centre, but…"!
Date: 8/17/2022
Poster: Doug Holt
1471 - The 2nd Battle of Coron Torr

"...once again, Darcy had to attack towards Crown Hill, the gateway to his estates from the west." Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, brings us another intense Piggy Longton clash, using the Sword and Spear miniatures rules. The fight reaches a crescendo when the Bishop of Dungborough, Stephen the Fearless, "…led the long spears to the foot of the slope and then started to climb to clash with Trebian’s dismounted Men-at-Arms, the latter being roughly handled." Is this a win for Lord Darcy, or does he just face more hard decisions…?
Date: 6/3/2022
Poster: Doug Holt
1471 - The defence of Crown Hill, Piggy Longton.

"Even as Somerset and Darcy were breaking camp and readying their troops for the attack on the hamlet, Lord Trebian’s men were already marching!" Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, brings us more intense Pocket Armies action, using the Sword and Spear miniatures rules. Join Norm for the fun and great miniatures photos, then find out why he exclaims "Well that was a surprise!", and concludes "1471 is proving to be the year of decision!"
Date: 1/5/2022
Poster: Doug Holt
The Battle of Longton Fields - 1471 Piggy Longton

"Darcy, aware he was outnumbered, joined his own Men-at-Arms and moved them forwards, ready for the inevitable clash of heavy armour on heavy armour." Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, brings us more spectacular Pocket Armies action, using the Sword and Spear miniatures rules. Join Norm for a gripping narrative: "In the Centre, Darcy was coming under extreme pressure, he had lost many archers and his Men-at-Arms were now engaged by both Salisbury’s Men-at-arms and William Stanley’s levy billmen. This centre could become broken…"!
Date: 12/6/2021
Poster: Doug Holt
Festival of Osric’s Chapel - Piggy Longton 1471

"Lord Darcy... suspected that the Festival of Osric’s Chapel the following Sunday was the moment that his adversarial neighbour would choose to strike." Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, brings us more Pocket Armies action, using the Sword and Spear miniatures rules. The men of Lord Darcy, bucked up by local Bishop Stephen the Fearless and the promise of ale, are ready for a good showing. Yet things reach a point where the engagement "…had become a battle that really could go either way. Both commanders simply had to hold their nerve."
Date: 9/21/2021
Poster: Doug Holt
Raiding Piggy Longton 1471

"The moment needed someone to take charge and Bishop Dungborough, or rather Stephen the Fearless, was that man!" Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, brings us more Pocket Armies project action, using the Sword and Spear miniatures rules, and featuring a redoubtable man of faith! Join Norm for the clash of arms, terrific miniatures photos and some unique victory conditions: If the Yorkists successfully burn down the tavern, they instantly win. If the Yorkists capture Stephen the Fearless, they instantly win. If the Yorkists cause the death of the Bishop in combat ….. they instantly lose!
Date: 6/28/2021
Poster: Doug Holt
Wars of the Roses clash

"...I thought it about time I created a generic scenario that different rule sets could be bench marked against, to test different areas of the rules and try to pick a 'go-to' set." Norm Smith, in Battlefields & Warriors, is back at his Pocket Armies project, using the Sword and Spear miniatures rules. Check out the action in a War of the Roses encounter, where "…in the end, the [Lancastrian] pike found themselves fighting to both front and rear."