David Bickley's Wargames Blog

The occassional ramblings of an average gamer, journeyman painter, indifferent modeller, games designer, sometime writer for Wargames Illustrated and host of games in GHQ.

Friday, 25 January 2013

Blandings:Top Secret

Phil and I spent a jolly day here in GHQ playing a Bolt Action WWII game set in our fictional world of Lord Emsworth and Blandings Castle. Top Secret experiments were being held deep in the Shropshire countryside, attracting Churchill in person, and of course some unwelcome Hun!

Well known scientific genius Professor Braynestawme was planning to test his latest device, the D-Ray which it was hoped would "...shorten the war by at least two years!"

The BBC's Film Unit were here to record another triumph in the British War effort!

The castle is heavily defended by units of the Regular Army.

While units of the Local Defence Volunteers are deployed in a wider field to screen the castle from prying eyes.

Meanwhile, the first 'unwelcome visitors' make an appearance.


And soon the LDV are under heavy pressure defending Home Farm and the approaches to Upper Blandings Bridge.

While the Regular Army defending the castle's perimeter come under heavy mortar fire.
Soon Home Farm is in the enemy's hands.

Churchill arrives admidst all the fighting, eager to see the D-Ray deployed in action against the Hun!

While Lord Emsworth, Connie, Freddy and Galahad lend a hand against the Hun!

The D-Ray is ready to be deployed for the first time ~ against a totally unexpected enemy!!!!!

 First blood to the Prof!

Bitter fighting ensues between the Da-Leks and the defenders of Blandings.

Aided by the mysterious 'Doctor', Professor Braynestawme and his assistants soon deals with those bothersome Da-Leks.

But, in his moment of triumph, Braynestawme and his wonderous D-Ray are destroyed by a hit from the Hun's 80mm mortar!

Time ran out for the Hun at this point!  Although the D-Ray and its creator were destroyed, the remaining force was unable to enter the castle to steal the secret documents of the ray's creator and in addition found its flanks threatened by the stout fellows of the castle's own LDV. We decided that the game was a draw!


  1. A grand little game it was too, totally bonkers of course. Shows how versatile Bolt Action rules can be.

  2. A delightfully demented game, wonderfully imaginative. I would have sold my first born into white slavery to have been there.
    Were the Daleks independent actors or we they in league with the Germans?
    The secret ray weapon is a Bob Murch Pulp Figures set, yes?

    1. Thanks, Michael. Da-Leks were German 'allies' and yes, the D-Ray is from Pulp with bits and pieces added from here and there.

  3. Looks like a brilliant game! Well done! Might have to try something like this myself.