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Friday, 10 August 2012

My mystery figures.

As I previously stated I bought some painted figures,with the intention of re painting them. Amongst the figures,were a unit painted as French SYW.
These really are good quality figures,with expressive faces,and good realistic proportions. Not to bang on too much,I like them.But I just dont recognise the figure maker.
Anyway,I have now re done one unit,bar the basing.Please ignore the officer,as he is RSM, but if  anyone can identify the figures,I will give them a prize of either some unpainted SYW figures,or a painted Foundry Malburian mounted officer.
The figures are stamped on the bottom, MF1,MF2,MF3,MF4. As I have said previously they are made of soft lead,not the more modern alloy.Anyway best of luck.






1913 A significant year for wargaming.


 1913 was the year H.G.WELLS first  had published LITTLE WARS,which certainly in the USA, and by me is seen as the start of modern wargaming.
I know the Prussian's had their wargame, but Wells, book was more about fun,and the emphasis was on gaming.
 Donald Featherstone carried the book right through the war. As a consequence Donald Featherstone and the small band of toy soldier misfits began creating the hobby we have now.
I call them misfits,because lets be right,playing with toy soldiers hardly ranks as 'normal behaviour' and certainly some of the group were a little bit eccentric.
Still it got me into a hobby which if I hadn't discovered would have made my life pretty empty.I would have probably taken up golf or something similar, God forbid.
 Personally I think the centenary should be marked in a lot of ways, a special edition from some of the wargaming magazines, although I cant see Wargames Illustrated latching onto the concept, but I might be wrong. Certainly Battlegames with its vintage ethic,should take up the mantle of celebration.
I do hope Miniature Wargames does something to mark the 100 years.
 I think,once I've spoken to John that is, that we should put on some sort of display just to give people an idea of were wargaming evolved from.
I dont think I can stretch to some Britains,and a couple of naval guns, but perhaps,some sort of visual display might be in the offing.
Anyway,just to make wargamers aware,and something to think about.

 

Return of an Old Friend

In the early 1980's through to the mid 2000's John and I would put on a game at Stockton on Tees,run by David Clemmett and his friend Tom. The proceeds went to help the disabled in the area,and it was a really well run show. The show grew from a pretty small affair,to a really decent size,but unfortunately ill health and the local council put the kibosh on the show.
Amazingly I received an e mail from David the other night announcing that they intended to plunge back into holding a wargames show.
The event is intended to slot into a quiet period for wargamers,and the proceeds this time are for the British Legion.John and I will be putting a game on.The location is the same as Smoggycon,which has itself grown into a good show. Put this in your wargames diary,and support a good cause.
The details are..............................
A Call To Muster 2013
Saturday 23rd March 2013
Southlands Leisure Centre, Ormesby Road, Middlesbrough, TS3 0HG



My 6mm Napoleonic set up.

My 6mm Napoleonic set up.
Austria 1809.

Austrian Hussars

Austrian Hussars
Hinchliffe figures

Austrian Grenzer

Austrian Grenzer
Austrian Grenzer

Smoggycon 2013

Smoggycon 2013
Smoggycon 2013

Smoggycon 2012

Smoggycon 2012
Smoggycon 2012

Smoogycon 2009

Smoogycon 2009
My French getting another beating