Old Battles, old toys, old blokes.
Ancient Wargaming Using My Own Rule Set and Vintage 25mm Figures
Thursday, 17 May 2012
There's a lovely moment in an episode of Peep Show when neurotic uber-nerd insurance-drone and live-action role-player Mark Corrigan's internal monologue features the phrase, "I haven't felt this excited since I bought my first set of 20-sided dice". I knew exactly what he meant. These percentage dice, bought at The Model Shop in Blenheim Road, Newcastle have travelled around with me since 1975, and I was very, very excited to get them because - to a thirteen year old-gamer- owning them seemed like crossing over the threshold into adulthood. Buying them also meant I could use the rules in Don Featherstone's Skirmish Wargaming - which my Mum and Dad had given me for Christmas. And I did use them too, for more games than I can remember, everything from Hadrian's Wall to the Malayan Emergency (with Airfix Confederates as Communist insurgents). If I had to pick an all-time favourite rule set it would be these. The Minifigs S range gladiators were bought around the same time at The Stamp Shop in Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough and painted with Airfix gloss enamels from the local newsagents. I think there must be a way of adapting the excellent Reiner Knizia card-driven duelling/fencing boardgame En Garde for use in the Circus Maximus. Until then, back in the draw you go lads.