Saturday 18 December 2021

Yarkshire Gamer Podcast - Episode 19 - Xmas Brews in the Binyard

Its Christmas Time, there's no need to be afraid, or maybe there is as Brews in the Binyard returns for a Xmas Special.

Sadly there is just me and Alex as the third 6 from the unholy trinity Sean Clark couldn't make the recording.

You can tune into the episode on any major Podcast Host (search for Yarkshire Gamer)  or through Podbean on the link below, if you enjoy the Episode and can spare the time, leave a review on whatever Host you are on,

My 2021 28mm Roman Legion 

Its a typical end of year episode with a review of 2021 and a look forward to 2022, as usual there are 14 swear words in the episode so please don't play aloud near children or nervous goldfish.

My short lived 28mm Wars of the Roses dabble

Which is better, Worcestershire Sauce or Henderson Relish, Yazoo or The Flying Pickets and what we are having for Xmas Dinner. Stories of tape measure duels and Big Games abound in a lengthy 2 hrs and 40 minutes.

Another Project this year 15mm Arab Israeli 

Also included are some more of Yarkshire Gamers Rules for Life, what are yours ?

Many of my previous guests have been kind enough to record special Xmas messages throughout.

My 28mm Swiss Pike Block 

Its been a brilliant 2021 and I want to thank all my guests and especially you, the listeners. You have made this Podcast worthwhile with your support, likes, comments and follows, thank you one and all.

We will be back with new episodes in 2022, have a great Xmas and a Happy New Year.

Until next time, Sithee

Regards Ken

The Yarkshire Gamer

Alex can be found at Storm of Steel Storm of Steel Wargaming - YouTube

Finally the last episode can be found on the Utubes 

Monday 22 November 2021

Yarkshire Gamer Podcast - Episode 18 - Curt Campbell Analogue Hobbies Paint Challenge

Welcome to Episode 18 and today we have saved on jet fuel and stayed in North America for todays guest who is Curt Campbell. There is an embedded player at the bottom of the page to listen to the episode, or you can subscribe to me on Podbean (or any other major host) it's FREE 👍

Curt lives in Canada and has an excellent Hobby Blog called Analogue Hobbies.

Analogue Hobbies (

Each year for the last 12 years Curt has run a Painting Challenge over the Northern Hemisphere Winter Months (20 Dec to 20 Mar). Painters from all over the world have gathered together in a virtual Art Studio every year to encourage each other to make an bighole in their Lead (and plastic) mountains. The web page for the Challenge is below.

The Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge (

As always the chat is full of the usual features, the Big Game chat, the Quiz and the new feature Wargames Room 101 gets a new entry.

If you enjoy these Podcasts then why not nominate it for the Little Wars TV Caesar Awards, it would be great to grab a nomination in the Podcasts first year. Link to nominations is below.

Caesar Awards - Home

I hope to have a couple of episodes out in December so stay tuned, this episode has been released a week early to coincide with the announcement of the Challenge, the Utubes version of Episode 17 will be on YouTube next week, until then


Regards Ken

The Yarkshire Gamer

Friday 12 November 2021

Yarkshire Gamer Podcast Episode 17 - Jason Weiser - Military Miniature Magazine


Back to the usual single guest format for this episode and I am very pleased to be speaking with Jason Weiser who is the Editor in Chief of a new, yes I said NEW Wargames Magazine, based in the USA.

As usual I speak to Jason about his own Wargames story in the first part of the Episode, before moving onto our usual Big Game Chat.

Then after Sean and Alex tried to destroy the Yarkshire Gamer Quiz in the last episode we get into further problems with translation and somehow manage to upset the State of Texas in the process !

The final section of the Episode (starts 1hr 14 mins in) is all about Military Miniature Magazine. How it started, how its going and what its plans are for the future.

The main website for the magazine is at

Home - Military Miniature

Jasons own personal website is at

It's 500 Miles to the German Border! - A Twilight 2000 miniature wargaming blog (

I didn't realise that the US didn't have a currently in print Magazine for Wargaming at the moment and I wish Jason and the Magazine every success in the future.

I will be back in two weeks time speaking with Curt Campbell on the eve of yet another Analogue Hobbies Winter Paint Challenge.

If you missed the last episode, or just fancy listening to it again (and who wouldn't !) then its available now on the Utubes, link below.

Hope you enjoy these episodes, until next time,


Regards Ken 

The Yarkshire Gamer 

Wednesday 10 November 2021

Team Yankee - First play, thoughts and changes

Those of you who regularly follow the blog will be aware of my journey into Team Yankee and some 15 mm Arab-Israeli wars set in the 1980s. This is based on the Team Yankee Oil War Book which is a subsection of Team Yankee rules and and I've set my armies in around 1982, 1983 the time of the Lebanon war between Israel and Syria.

Team Yankee was always going to be a controversial choice for us as the rule set as it is written is very different from those that we play normally and it was obvious before we even started playing that we would need to make some changes so get it to fit in with the way that Yarkshire gamer enjoys our games.

I have outlined some of my thoughts on this on previous posts on Facebook and the like, I was quite surprised that they received quite negative reaction on one of the Team Yankee Facebook groups. One guy got really angry about it, so if you are triggered by people changing sets of rules, then this probably isn't the article for you. If however you are playing or think of playing Team Yankee and you are maybe not happy with how it flows or you just want to see how we are playing around with the rules then this and a subsequent number of posts which will follow will show how we change the rules. We have probably now invented a new game, let's call it Team Yarkee.

The 1st thing to say is that I am aware that Team Yankee is kind of a cross over game between your GW40K type games and the more traditional historical miniature games. People who come into Team Yankee will be used to a I Go, You Go, game mechanism which is not particularly popular here at YG, and they will also be used to being restrained to a relatively small size table a 6 by 4 or maybe even 4 by 4 and therefore the way that Team Yankee will be familiar and therefore will be quite comforting for somebody coming from a GW science fiction background into a more historical setting.

Everything that we do with Team Yankee is not saying that Team Yankee is a poor game it's just changing the game to the way that we like to a play here at Yarkshire Gamer. So what I'm going to is explain initially the changes that we have made to the rules and how those changes came about a then I'm going to go on and describe how our 1st game went and had then stick some pretty pictures in, for you to have a look at as we go along ! Before I start it's probably best for you to know we don't use points and our games do not using any of the official scenarios in the team Yankee book.


So for a first practice game I chose not to use any aircraft, no helicopters and no artillery. Different people learn different games in different ways and we like to build a basic knowledge of rules of before we move on and add more complicated bits in, so for this game we have got forces of mostly armour with a little bit of infantry added in just to mix things up a little bit.

But before we even started we knew that the I Go You Go mechanism in the rules would not work for us and I had a couple of choices that I've been looking at for possible replacement. The main contender, and the one we playtested for this game, is the card activation system and if you look at the photograph below our show you some of the cards that I have made to use in our games.

It's very straightforward system, one which many of you will be familiar with. Rather than one player moving shooting everything and then the second player doing the same,  each turn will start with the turn of a card, that unit on that card will activate and complete its move and fire etc Then the next card is drawn and that unit will activate and do its move. You carry on until all units have moved fired etc and then the next turn begins.

This gives a very different dynamic to the game and it means that 1 player isn't sat around doing nothing for ages whilst all their troops get killed. It allows both players to be interactive with the game at the same time and it's a system that we prefer and will probably stick with. 

The other method that I was contemplating was at the old order chip system which comes from a rule set called Johnny Reb but the card activation worked well so this will stay on the back burner for now.

The next change that we introduced became very apparent within a couple of turns of playing. This was in relation to the range that weapons can fire, most modern tank weapons can fire out to 3, 4 even 5 kilometers, the same for anti tank missiles. In Team  Yankee the maximum range that you can fire is 32" or 40 " (for most weapons). Now I get that when you've got a small table but it it's a very strange "Ground scale" when you can in the same turn move on a road move 20 or 30" easily moving 3/4 of U maximum gun range are in one turn !.

I can see why it's there with the rules been made for smaller tables but for us on a larger table, a 12 by 6 normally,  just doesn't make any sense so it was simple enough to add range bands in. So all Soviet built Syrian vehicles have a range band of 16" and all Israeli vehicles have a range band of 20". The simple mechanism is that it just becomes harder to hit the further away you are and there is an extra plus 1 modifier for each range band as you move out at with your firing, so the current rules are plus 1 to hit over 16" for all vehicles. We have simple made it +1 16" to 32" +2 32 to 48, +3 48 to 64 and so on for Syrian Vehicles and +1 20 to 40, +2 40 to 60, +3 60 to 80 for Israeli weapons. We also added plus 1 to the armour of each vehicle (per range band) the further away it was from the firing vehicle. In our first initial game that all seemed to work really well, straightforward and intuitive for everyone involved and was more realistic.

The changes are in their infancy and it will be something that I will come back to and put more detail in the more we play and make changes in other areas if required.

The Game

I said earlier we don't use points and I didn't use any of the missions in the book.  We already had the table set up with the desert terrain from the 28 mm World War II Western desert game we played a couple of weeks ago so we just simply fought over that train with our team Yankee vehicles. It was a case of putting everything that I had painted on the table really (apart from helicopters which were gonna add in in a future game) so here are the 2 forces that we used.

Team Israel

 One unit of 2 times Merkava 1 HQ

 2 units of 3 times Merkava tanks

 2 units of 3 Magach 6 tanks

 One unit of 3 Pereh anti tank missle launchers

 One unit of Israeli mechanised infantry mounted in M113 armoured personnel carriers

 1AA unit with 2 Israeli Shilka

Team Syria

 One unit of 5-T 64 tanks

 One unit of 5-T 62M tanks

 2 units of 5-T 62 tanks

 One unit of Syrian mechanised infantry mounted in BMP 1s

 One unit of 2 Syrian Shilka 


Having set to terrain up we just simply allowed each unit to enter the table on the 1st draw of its card. We rolled a D12 which determined how far along table edge the vehicles came on, drove on the table and had a scrap.

How the game went

Once we started the game and made the initial changes to the ranges as discussed above we quite enjoyed the battle. We found it quite engaging and easy to pick up. One of the reasons I wanted to try Team Yankee rather than try out say 7 days to the Rhine or Battle Group Northhag, was that I really like the presentation of the rules and also the presentation of the little unit cards that come with the models. It would be a shame not to at least try and get those cards to work in a context of a game that we would enjoy and I was quite pleased with how it went. More are going to be introduced in further games, I will try helicopters in the next game, possibly this weekend.

The Israelis managed to stop the Syrian advance and both sides got cover and entered into a bit of a slug fest. But the rules coped well with it and we found that the heavier Syrian tanks the T62M and T64 vehicles which would necessarily available to the Syrians in the timeframe (but were in operation with Soviet Union) They made a big difference and gave them a bit more of a chance whereas the standard T62s lost 8 out of 10  and T62 m's lost 3 out of 5 whereas losses on the Israeli side were 3 Merkava and 2 Magach 6. A reasonable exchange I think, reasonably realistic in terms of exchanges of tanks.

So I hope you enjoyed that little introduction into our changes fo Team Yankee and hope you will follow the journey as we go along and try out different things with this set of rules. I'm looking to add more things in as we go along and of course take lots more pretty pictures which is hopefully what most of you are here for anyway, so thanks for visiting, until next time, 


Friday 5 November 2021

Israeli Force for Team Yankee Oil War

Israeli Team Yankee models

A few weeks ago I posted up an article on the Syrian Forces I had painted up as a taste of our introduction into a semi historical 1980 - 1985 Arab Israeli Conflict based loosely on the Lebanon War of 1982. 

For any new readers, at Yarkshire Gamer we don't do Army Lists or points, so everything you see is not based around any particular points total, its just a bunch of units that will help us to learn, modify and most importantly enjoy gaming in the modern(ish) era.

We have played one game so far using Team Yankee rules, we very quickly made 2 changes, we went to a card Activation system and we increased ranges. This post concentrates on the Israeli forces I have done and I will do a separate post on that first battle and our thoughts and experiments with the rules in a separate post. In fact we have probably started a new game, let's call it, Team Yarkee !

So here is a run down of the individual units in the Army to date

A Company of Israeli Infantry

4 M113 APCs

3 x Pereh Anti Tank Missile Vehicles 

5 x Magach 6 Tanks

2 x AH1 Viper Attack Helicopters 

And 8 Merkava 1 Tanks

There is no Artillery as yet but that's something that I will add in due course. I like to learn new rules (especially when we are changing them) in blocks so we have started with Vehicles and Infantry in our first game and then as we are happy with that we will add in, Helicopters, then Artillery and then maybe Aircraft and AA. 

The vehicles are all painted with a base of Israeli Sinai Grey which replaced the earlier Sand Colour just prior to the Lebanon War, again I intend to do a video tutorial on painting the vehicles when I do the next batch.

Hope you have enjoyed that little journey through the start of my Arab Israeli project, I will be back soon with a game write up and my thoughts on the rules.


Saturday 23 October 2021

Yarkshire Gamer Podcast Episode 16 - Wargames Room 101


Here we go with Part 2 of the Brews in the Binyard Episode.

PARENTAL GUIDANCE - This Podcast contains at least 14 naughty words.

If you missed Episode 15 I was talking to Alex Sotheran of Storm of Steel and Sean Clark of Gods own Scale, it took us nearly 2 hours to get to the end of what is normally the first section of what is normally my first section of the Podcast, so a strategic decision was made to cut the recording in half and present it in two separate episodes.

So we start where we left off and have a short Big Game discussion (having covered a lot in Part 1). We then go into what can only be described as a "very different" Yarkshire Gamer Quiz. With Alex and Sean taking the quiz at the same time and Alex doing the quiz pretending to be me it made for the longest ever Quiz but probably the funniest.

Up next in homage to Seans Gods Own Scale Virtual Library I introduce Yarkshire Gamers Wargames Tip or Wargames Room 101. So if you have a particular aspect of Wargaming that's a pet hate for you then, if you can persuade me, I'll chuck it on an old trailer and take it down tip for you. Tune in to hear the choices of my two guests. 

We end the show with a #askournora Wargames Problem Page which generated some really interesting discussion. I finally disclose my detailed painting philosophy.

Alex produces excellent Battle Reports, Reviews and Painting Tutorials on his wonderful channel Storm of Steel

(3) Storm of Steel Wargaming - YouTube

Whilst my other guest hosts the brilliant God's Own Scale Podcast, broadcasting small scale loveliness to the world on a regular basis

God’s Own Scale Podcast (

Pop along and enjoy their content (obviously after you have listened to this first !)

I really enjoyed doing these episodes and hope to persuade Alex and Sean to come back and do a Brews in the Binyard special every now and again.

Back on the 2nd week of November with an interview with Jason Weiser who has just launched a new Wargames Magazine called Military Miniature in the US.

If you missed Episode 15 it's avaliable to watch on the Utubes 

Back soon, Sithee 

Regards Ken 
The Yarkshire Gamer 

Wednesday 13 October 2021

Syrian Vehicles for Team Yankee Oil War

A short while ago I did a tutorial video and post regarding a bit of a new Mini Project for Yarkshire Gamer, a mid 1980s Arab Israeli collection mostly using the Team Yankee models available from Battlefront. They are 15mm which is smaller than most of my more recent collections but I did look at 20mm and 28mm but couldn't find a decent range of figures and kits in either of those scales for the time period I was looking at, Yom Kippor and earlier loads of stuff, later nothing.

The photo above shows my first batch of vehicles, sufficient to get some playtesting done, with a few sets of rules to see what we like.

I like the presentation of Team Yankee but watching games on the Utubes it's very Warhammer like with the IGO kill everything and then UGO with what's left activation system. Which isn't what we do, the rules are clearly designed for a small table club game (which is great if that's what you want) where as I want large table weekend rules.

It would be a shame not to use the wonderfully produced and presented unit cards so I will be giving Team Yankee a go but with alternative activation systems. Firstly I will try our current card driven activation and see how that goes before trying an order chit (Johnny Reb style) system and see if that works.

Failure would send me initially to Battlegroup with a back up of Fist Full of TOWs and Modern Spearhead in reserve.

I've done the vehicles in a 3 colour colour scheme common to the pictures of Syrian tanks I can find from the time period. It consists of a sand yellow, a deep green and a mid to light grey, it often looks very worn in some of the real life shots. I did the basics with an airbrush, I will do a video tutorial on the next batch I do.

I've been very impressed by the Team Yankee models, the majority are plastic kits but some, like the Shilka AA are metal and resin. Detail on the models is very good, the plastics especially are easy to put together and most of the kits come with a number of options to make different models of the same vehicle.

The models do come with decals but these BMP are from the Russian collection so have Soviet markers. I have hand painted Arabic numerals on the vehicles, not in any confirmed Syrian Army official manner but so I can recognise most vehicles on the tabletop. I've discovered after painting these that the Fate of a Nation (earlier than oil war) Syrian T54 box set has Syrian decal markings included so at least I have some for the next batch.

I've put together a total of 26 Syrian Vehicles and I'm working on some Infantry after which I will do some playtesting. The tanks include a number of what ifs like these T62 Ms an update that appeared in Russia in 1983 but probably didn't arrive in Syria until much later.

It will be an interesting challenge to balance up the scenarios in the period to make them more playable and not a straight up Israeli walk over. These T62M and some T64s (below)  will hopefully help that balance.

I'm quite happy with how these have turned out, a nice basic fairly straight forward paint job but plenty good enough for what I want.

The main stay of the force will be these basic T62s to which I will add some T54/5.

So there we have it, part 1 of my Syrian forces, more to come in the future. Next up will be the Syrian Infantry and then some more Israeli vehicles so I can get those playtests underway.