I started this blog to publish a record of my exploits in the world of wargaming with miniatures. It will probably be highly irregular in publication, but my intention is to make an update at least once a week, and to have some progress to report, despite real life intervening.
I am in my late fifties and have been wargaming in one way or another since 1968 when my parents bought me Terry Wise’s book “Introduction to Battle Gaming” for christmas. Films like “Charge of the Light Brigade” and “Waterloo” inspired me to buy and paint loads of Airfix soldiers.
Next I moved into World War Two, still with 1/76 or 1/72 models. A school friend and I spent many Saturdays not quite finishing battles.
I married and wargaming took a back seat, but I discovered a game by Merit called “Combat” endorsed by General Sir Brian Horrocks, just before the birth of my first child. I then found some 1/300 models and expanded the game to include infantry, in the form of lorries. The next discovery was SPI’s “Arnhem” game, which is still my favourite hexgrid board wargame.
Later, single again and moving to smaller premises, the 1/72 collection was sold and I invested in 1/300 scale English Civil War armies. I had by now discovered historical re-enactment and my battles alternated between 1/300 and 1/1 scale soldiers. The re-enactment took over as main hobby in a variety of wars in the gunpowder era.
Many years later, with a big enough house to host a wargaming room and a new wife to ensure it’s never available for that purpose, I have returned to wargaming as my main hobby. I still re-enact, but have found a compromise as a pensioner of les Invalides in 1812, presenting the battles of my youth as public displays with home-made wooden equipment in a style that could have been invented by an old soldier as a pastime.
I have a number of long-term projects that I will work on from time to time. Amongst these are:
– A campaign of the whole of World War Two, based on the “Axis and Allies” board game, but using weekly based grand strategic turns and converting the combats to tabletop battles with GHQ miniatures and (probably) “Blitzkrieg Commander” rules.
– Operation Market Garden, using SPI’s Arnhem game and local combats in 2mm scale on a 6cm hex terrain.
– An imagi-nation set on the island of Belgica (Belgium). Two ready-made countries with six provinces each and an independent city state. Each country conveniently has an exclave in the other to fight over. This will use figures culled from games of Risk.
– The wars of the Spanish Succession in 6mm at a figure scale of 1:10 with Irregular Miniatures troop blocks.
I have several other piles of unpainted lead in the toy cupboard, but that will do to be going on with.