Sunday 26 May 2024

Yarkshire Gamer Podcast 56 - Nick Jellicoe - Prelude to Jutland


Hello again, welcome to Episode 56, the first of a double header on the Battle of Jutland, by far the largest sea borne action of the First World War and what a great guest we have to discuss it with you, Nick Jellicoe, grandson of John Jellicoe Commander of the British Fleet at the battle.

The episode is available on the link below or from any major Podcast Host

We recorded for about 4 and a half hours and it was a great discussion cover many aspects of Nicks life as well as the battle itself. 

I haven't split a guest episode for a while but I had recorded this episode along with the ones with Nigel Atter and the Rapid Fire in a period of two weeks so splitting this episode will make it easier on your time and also give me a bit of a break until I record the next episode.

In this show I talk to Nick about his life as well as a most interesting chat around his fathers WW2 career. We then go on to discuss the prelude to the battle and some of the characters involved.

Back in two weeks to talk about the battle itself and its aftermath.

Until then, Sithee

Regards Ken

The Yarkshire Gamer

And the last episode is available on Utubes 

Thursday 9 May 2024

Yarkshire Gamer Podcast - Episode 55 - Richard Marsh / Colin Rumford - Rapid Fire


Welcome to the latest episode of the Podcast with my two guests Richard Marsh and Colin Rumford who are responsible for one of the most popular sets of WW2 rules available - Rapid Fire.

As always you can hear the episode via the link below or on any of the major Podcast hosts, please like, subscribe and leave a comment wherever you listen to it, many thanks

First released in 1994 and supported by many subsequent Supplements, Campaign and Scenario Books the rules have gone through a recent update with Rapid Fire Reloaded, a chartless version of the orginal rules.

It's a long episode but with two guests that's always the way as we go through the regular features with each guest, eventually after a couple of hours we get round to actually talking about the rules ! But this isn't a short form Podcast after all it's just as much about getting to know the guests as it is the main topic.

The Rapid Fire website where you can obtain all the various books is

Hope you enjoy the episode, next up I hope will be another Historian style show with Nick Jellicoe where we will be discussing the Battle of Jutland.

Until then Sithee

Regards Ken 

The previous episode is also on the Utubes


Thursday 2 May 2024

Yarkshire Gamer Podcast 54 - Nigel Atter - WW1 in Mesopotamia


Hello everyone and welcome once again to the Yarkshire Gamers Reet Big Wargames Podcast as I reach the 54th episode. In a bit of an extended introduction I go through and explain a recent change in my guest booking process. Before moving onto the main course.

You can listen to the Podcast via any major Podcast Host or direct from the link below,

Today my guest is Nigel Atter who is a WW1 historian with a couple of books to his name who has studied one of my favourite campaigns of history to recreate, The Great War in Mesopotamia.

Its a fascinating area to look at and very different to the more commonly studied war on the Western Front.

My guest is no stranger to the wargaming table as well so we look at his own personal wargaming and history story before doing the features session, skipping over the usual Big Game chat to give us more time to concentrate on the main topic.

Nigels books can be obtained via Helion on the link below,  

Nigel Atter - Biography | Helion & Company | Military History Books

Hope you enjoy the episode and maybe get a taste for the Campaign yourself.

My next episode will see me talking with the authors of the WW2 rule set Rapid Fire, Richard Marsh and Colin Rumford.

Until then, Sithee

Regards Ken

The Yarkshire Gamer

The previous episode is now on the Utubes 

Monday 22 April 2024

Yarkshire Gamer Podcast 53 - Phil Andrews and Martin Gane - Salute 51


Welcome to Episode 53, for the first time on the Podcast we are going to have a detailed look at a Wargames Show in the UK and we have started with the biggest.

You can download the episode on the link below or from any major Podcast Host

Salute is a London based show which has been around since the 1970s, it has grown and grown through a series of venues to its current location in the Excel centre and it sees around 6,000 devotees of the Wargaming Hobby descending on it each year.

My guests are Phil Andrews who is the current lead organiser of the show and Martin Gane who is the President of the South London Warlords, the club that runs the show.

As usual we get to know our guests through the Introduction, Big Game Chat and Features section before getting into the Big Topic which of course is the Salute Show.

Full details, including tickets etc on Salute can be found at the following location,

Hope you enjoy the episode and I will be back next month with another guest and another show.

Until then, Sithee

Regards Ken

The Yarkshire Gamer

And if you prefer the utubes, here's the last episode 

Monday 15 April 2024

Yarkshire Gamer Podcast - Episode 52 Giles Shapley - Shed Wars

Welcome to the first Podcast of 2024, it always seems to take me a while to get started again in the New Year, but at least I managed to get an episode out i January this time around.

Today my guest is the author of the blog Shed Wars, Giles Shapley who is also known by his nom de plume "Eric the Shed".

The episode is available on the link below or via all the major Podcast hosts just search for Yarkshire Gamer

Shed Wars was and remains one of the staple Wargaming Blogs and it continues to be regularly updated (unlike some, yes I mean you Yarkshire Gamer !) with the gaming adventures of Giles and his friends.

In recent months the Shed has relocated to a more rural location outside the M25 and Giles has converted on of the buildings on the land he bought into a new improved version of the Shed. Plans are afoot to get on site accommodation so you can stay and play.

All the usual features are here, so sit back and enjoy nearly three hours of Wargames Chat.

The Shed Wars Blog is here

Shed Wars

And details of The Shed Wars Experience

The Shed Wars Experience

As always here is the previous episode on the Utubes 

Until next time, Sithee

Regards Ken

The Yarkshire Gamer

Thursday 29 February 2024

Yarkshire Gamer Podcast - Episode 51 - Xmas Brews in the Binyard 2023


A bit late to the blog, but Its back, the Podcast within a Podcast, our traditional (well 3rd episode) of the Brews in the Binyard Xmas Special. Link below,

After being serious this year with special episodes on Paintbrushes and Papal Zouaves its time to let our hair down with a festive blow out. Sadly our usual hombre Sean Clark wasn't available this year so the wonderful Iain McDonald of Flags of War has stepped in, so Sean's Mexican corner is now Iains Jacobite Corner.

As usual the episode has a Parental Guidance Sticker as Alex can't stop swearing (as usual), I am of course as clean as a church mouse !

Sadly the recording of the track for Alex in part 1 didn't record so I have edited it together as best as I can, I couldn't leave out the Mistletoe and Wine bit.

Then Part 2 sees us review the recent entries into Wargames room 101 before moving onto a hot topic chat about how History is represented on the big screen. I then have my own Perry Miniatures related rant !

Finally its your questions and me and Alex actual get serious on our Complexity vs Playablity Session for a least 5 minutes.

Hope you all have a great Xmas and New Year. Its been a great 2023 for the Yarkshire Gamer Podcast and I want to thank everyone who has listened in. I hope to be back in the New Year with many more.

Until then, Sithee

Regards Ken

The Yarkshire Gamer

As always here's the previous episode on the Utubes 

Thursday 1 February 2024

Yarkshire Gamer Podcast - Episode 50 - Toofatlardies World Cup Winners


For my Golden Jubilee Episode I thought I'd celebrate with a couple of the hobbies luminaries, who just happen to have recently won the World Cup of Historical Wargames Rules with their Chain of Command WW2 set, not only that the runners up were another one of their rule sets, Sharp Practice.

The episode is available on all major Podcast hosts or via the link below

Nick and Rich have done many Podcasts in the past so I tried to approach familiar topics from a different angle or ask new questions, in Part 2 I turned the tables on Rich and got him to interview me on Sidney Roundwoods 7 golden rules of Podcasting.

It was a great way to celebrate 50 Episodes, here's to another 50 more !

The next episode will be the Xmas Brews in the Binyard, I did have another 3 episodes planned for this year, but I don't want to make the same mistake as last year and end up burning out trying to catch up, so those will appear early in 2024.

Finally thanks to all the listeners over the last 50 episodes, great to have you all on board.

Until next time, Sithee

Regards Ken

The Yarkshire Gamer 

As usual here is the precious episode, now on the Utubes 

Sunday 28 January 2024

Yarkshire Gamer Podcast - Episode 49 Dave Brown - O Pickett de Armee


I'm miles behind on the blog but want to keep it ticking over, so there will be a few Podcast catch up posts over the coming days

After last episodes Paintbrush Geek Out its time to return to the regular format of the show with one of the hobbies premier rule writers.

You can listen to the show on any major Podcast Host or via the link below

Dave Brown broke into the world of wargames rules with his Napoleonic set General de Brigade and since then has developed successful sets of rules in both WW2 and the ACW, with other taking forward the basic system into the AWI, Seven Years War and late 19th Century Europe.

Dave has recently joined forces with the toofatlardies to reinvigorate his earlier rules and we now have another holy trinity of O Group, Pickett's Charge and General de Armee.

We cover all the usual sections and have a good laugh through the quiz and Wargames Room 101.

We have a quick chat about the forthcoming GdeA2 but mostly its me asking him how long it took to think of the name.

Its a long one, over 3 hours so make sure you have a couple of pints of milk in so you can keep the brews coming !

Next episode will be my Golden Jubilee so I will be having special guests Nick Skinner and Rich Clarke on to celebrate their remarkable achievement of getting two rule sets in the final of the recent World Cup of Wargames Rules.

Until then, Sithee

Regards Ken

The Yarkshire Gamer

The previous episode is available on the Utubes 

Friday 6 October 2023

Yarkshire Gamer Podcast Episode 48 Peter Thompson - Pro Arte Brushes


Its Podcast time again, this episode I've stepped aside from the usual format to get a deep dive into the world of paint brushes.

My guest is Peter Thompson, the head honcho at Pro Arte a company based in my favourite place in the world, Skipton.

The episode is available on all major Podcast hosts or via the link below,

We had a lovely chat covering the history of the company before moving on and discussing the finer points (pun intended) of the brush making world. From brush types, to materials, to handles, to brush care, its all there.

Its important for me to step slightly outside the Wargaming World and have guests who can enlighten us on aspects that maybe sit just outside our hobby yet still have a big influence on it, I hope you enjoy it.

The main Pro Arte website detailing the full range of brushes is here,

Pro Arte UK Artist Paint Brush Makers | Watercolour, Acytlic Oil Painting

Recently a company called ABC Brushes has started to attend UK Wargames shows selling some Pro Arte brushes so you should be able to pick some up there.

ABC Brushes

My next episode will be with the Big Game rule writer, Dave Brown.

Until then, Sithee


Regards Ken

The Yarkshire Gamer