A series of six 1/2 hour episodes showing a different battle and historic period each week.
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Each episode featured either a historic battle or a fictional battle, which opposing wargaming generals would fight using 25mm figures. The viewers were shown edited highlights during episode. Each episode represented different periods of history and/or different types of battles. Episode 1 - The Battle of Edgehill 1642 set during the English Civil War Episode 2 - Waterloo 1815 set during the Napoleonic Wars Episode 3 - Battle of the Nile 1798 (a naval battle - set during the Napoleonic Wars Episode 4 - Chalons sur Marne 451 AD (A battle between between a coalition led by the Roman general Flavius Aëtius and the Visigothic king Theodoric I against the Huns and their allies commanded by their leader Attila). Episode 5 - France, 1944 (An imaginary game set in Northern France after D-Day) Episode 6 - Gettysburg 1863 set during the American Civil War Each minute that was shown represented several hours of studio work. The series took over 5 months to make. Written by Paul Gerard Kennedy

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The series interviewed over 100 wargamers. They had to demonstrate that they were able to endure the pressures of wargaming, but also the production stresses. See more »

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A Boon to the Hobby!
17 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Although I was aware that Edward Woodward was a war-gamer, I had never heard of this series until it was introduced to me as a link on a Facebook group I recently joined.

In a string of 6 episodes, this series not only introduces the uninitiated to the hobby of war-gaming, it serves as a time capsule since it features some of the icons of the hobby from the time period.

To see all of the miniatures on these beautifully created game tables is a joy to behold, and is required viewing for all hobbyists.

Not only a joy for war-gamers themselves, this series serves as a wonderful example for all those friends and family members who scratch their heads and wonder just what we're up to when we spend all those hours in our hobby rooms or basements! I only wish this series was preserved on DVD, as the only way to view them at present is on YouTube.

No matter what your level of interest, by all means find a way to view the 6 episodes of the wonderful series. I hope you are transported to your childhood, as I was.


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