THE INDEPENDENT WARGAMES GROUP.
Being a Journal of views, prejudices,ideas and photographs of wargaming not just nationwide, but hopefully world wide.The name IWG was adopted in the early 1980's in response to the then dominant Wargames Research Group, but things have moved on,and wargaming appears to be in somewhat of a Golden Age, so sit back and hopefully enjoy my rantings.
Sunday, 16 January 2011
Tackle Model Soldiers This Way
Over the last year or so I have been building up my Old School Wargame library, by sourcing and buying books that I felt typified the start of wargaming. I have been lucky in being to buy,usually at reasonable [cheap] prices, the books of Peter Young, Charles Grant, Charlie Wesencraft, George Gush and obviously Donald Featherstone. I already had a few by Featherstone, but have since been able to pick up most of the books he wrote. Last week however I saw this advertised and was intrigued enough to buy it,[ probably over the odds] Anyway it was a book published in 1963! and like all Featherstone books is interesting and informative, albeit obviously dated. Amongst the chapters is one on how to make your own figures including a helpful photograph of Donald Featerstone pouring molten lead from a saucepan into a mould. God knows what the nanny staters would make of that little gem of advice. It did take me back to my childhood of molten lead [ for arrows] small chopping axes and carbide bombs. I would probably be on an asbo now using current standards. Once again it reinforces how lucky gamers are now, and I for one do appreciate this, Still a very nice book and a pleasant read.