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Thursday, 31 December 2009

Regarding nostalgia in wargames

Nostalgia.
Over the last year or so there has been a trend towards nostalgia in wargamers,encouraged by the welcome return of Charles Grant jnr,Stuart Asquith and the production of Battlegames magazine etc.
Personally I love the idea, but that is probably an age thing.
However when I started gaming things were very difficult for a young would be wargamer,not least being the lack of figures and lack of information on both wargaming in general and uniform detail in particular.
I enjoy reading everything published over the last fifty years by wargamers,and still feel there is merit in a lot of what was said,however I would hate to see a return to the days when figure ranges were in very short supply and plasticine and banana oil were a must for all gamers.
I never did master the use of the stuff and invariably the adapted figure would fall apart on use.

2 comments:

  1. Robbie,
    The range of available figures, rules, materials, etc. has indeed increased massively even since i started 30 years ago (and i remember Terry Wise back then telling us we were all spoiled), and we all benefit from that. I am not convinced that wargaming has moved on much 'intellectually' though - the well of ideas doesn't seem that much deeper - so the best writing of 30+ years ago (such as by Charles Grant) is as valid today, i think.

    BTW, do i spot Hinchliffe AWI figures painted as an Irish Regiment? Cunning...

    Cheers.

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  2. Amen to that! I remember converting Airfix WWI Frenchies into Louisiana Tiger Zouaves.....what fun (NOT)!

    Nostalgia's not what it used to be

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