a Man Before His Time
ten years ago I was standing around Bruce Meyers table when Oliver (JFK)
walked in and proclaimed that the future of wargaming was in his hand,
whereupon he produced a couple of Playmobil knights.
Oliver is a person who lives for acclaim, dejected he placed his
figures back in his bag and the evening continued with ‘real toy
soldiers’. Oliver was (is) a
visionary, quite literary a man before his time or at least a man with
better intelligence than Bush and Blair, because along came Eric.
was sometime after joining the club that Eric mentioned that he also
wargamed with Playmobil, he did so discreetly in a similar fashion to the
spiv that confronts you on a street corner with a, “Psst, do
after he fronted up with a bag of Playmobil soldiers to prove that he really
did, to further prove the benefits of Playmobil he shook the bag that they
were in and proclaimed, “Look no damage”, followed by, “and they are
no more expensive than 25mm”, and “ you don’t need to paint them”.
Wargamers being opened minded people much akin to addicted gamblers
who are willing to bet on raindrops running down windowpanes, we agreed to
give it all a go. Shortly later
six of us met and played a seven years war game.
The little people looked superb and had an animation all of their
own, especially in the way they appeared to turn and glance at each other.
As a result the little group grew and more gave it a go.
We have now fought twice, two times at Eric’s house and twice in
Wargaming is a wargames site dedicated to using the H.G Wells rules,
Little Wars, and large spaces. H.G
Wells gamed in his garden and in his ‘front room’, and although it
sounds quite twee to wargame in the garden a large indoor space is
preferable (at least the neighbours can’t see and get on to the Happy
pictures show the latest in a series of games depicting the Italian Wars.
Prior to these the Forces have met on two previous occasions at
Eric’s house, (wife and kids had been sent off at the time and only
Eric’s Hound of the Baskervilles was there to greet us).
On the first occasion the French were soundly thrashed but on the
second they triumphed over the Italians - mainly as the Polish Chapter of
the Knights of St John were a little tardy.
was over so quick that there was time for a second game.
time the Forces were evened up and the terrain set as per DBR 2.0.
were even which gave a nice result to the day and the ‘campaign’ to
used for all games were DBR.
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