Wednesday, 17 February 2016
Just a thought?
Some were better than others, but all contained eye candy that I assume is meant to hopefully inspire, but more likely create a degree of envy. Being the saddo that I am, I bought them all, just to look at and paw over, and generally enjoy.
However, and this may be just me, the one book I would gladly pay just to own and cherish, would be one containing the painted units that belonged to the late great Peter Gilder.
I have often wondered what happened to the armies, that were owned over the years by Peter Gilder, and just how wonderful it would be, if images from all of these armies could be compiled into one book with a history of the great man included.
I know that the American Civil war armies were sold in America, and that the Armies for the Sudan Wars were also sold to Keith Leidy also of the USA.
But what happened to the wonderful Napoleonic armies, the armies of the English Civil War, the armies made up of the later Connoisseur ranges and other lesser known armies, such as the ancient units that Peter Gilder used in his competition wargaming.
No doubt most would have been broken up, and scattered to the wargaming four winds, even I managed to locate and buy a very small number of renaissance figures.
But for me, Peter Gilder was the main inspiration to attempt to make a wargame more than just a green sheet laid over some books.I just think it would be a wonderful book to own, in which there would be an account of Gilder's contribution to wargaming, anecdotes from people who were lucky enough to have gamed with him, and most importantly images from his wonderful collections. Not just the famous images from the early Miniature Wargames, and wargaming books, but quality images taken by the current lucky owners of his units.
The image, that really inspired me to try harder, [in my wargaming life]