I’ve recently joined the Gravesend Wargamers Club, who seem a friendly and enthusiastic bunch. The pics below are of a large participation game set in WW1, specifically the Battle of Le Cateau. This was an early war engagement, before everybody started living in holes in the ground and writing poetry about how unpleasant mustard gas is.
In the real battle the British managed to delay the Germans long enough and retired in good order, although with fearsome casualties. This game looked to be playing out similarly, with the Scots in the village suffering badly, but preventing a complete breakthrough, and the Germans hitting a wall of lead and shrapnel trying to leg it across the open fields on the outskirts.
The pics don’t really do justice to how nice the board looked. Copious good quality scenery and swarms of nicely painted 28mm toy soldiers made for a real spectacle.