Sunday, March 21, 2010

Really Old School Interlude




Littlejohn, before the computer revolution...

A French attack column goes at them in "the old way"...the Thin Red Line in the distance.


Though I had planned to post the battle report from last Saturday's battle here at Lead Gardens, my wife (the CinC LeadGardens...) asked me to clean out the garage this weekend :0!! But....in the process of cleaning, I found a couple of old Polaroids of my very first wargame! These pictures are from 1973 or 74 and show my crude attempt at a game table in my mother's "pool room" , (a white sheet on our family pool table!?). The figures are Scruby 9mm Napoleonics, the first leads I ever owned. The artillery are repainted pieces from a Parker Bros game called "Conflict". the hills were made of particle board with paper model railroad grass stapled on to the board. The rules were a modified version of Don Featherstone's rules from "Battle With Model Soldiers", a book I still read sometimes when I want to go back to our "roots", ...or just a good read before falling asleep!

The buildings are from a set called "Village in a Bag" that I recall had five plastic houses and a church for $5.00 USD back in the day... interestingly enough, the buildings still do service in 15mm games even today (that's 35 years ago! :0) That strapping lad in the picture is yours truly (littlejohn) all of 17 or so...with hair and everything...ahh the good old days! If you look closely you will see that most of the armies are construction paper counters, the Scruby's were a first purchase, and I was on an 8.oo per week USD allowance so I basically had a choice of taking a girl on a date or getting a few figures...and you can guess where most of my money went. ;) It took a few months but the white sheet was eventually replaced by the classic green painted plywood surface...

And a teaser from the latest battle here at Lead Gardens, ( Mindens in the service of the Grand Duchess)...though they were routed early in their first battle, they looked splendid on the way off the table! :

...more soon!

9 comments:

Bluebear Jeff said...

Wow! I remember games like that (well, sort of . . . my memory isn't all that great).

Yes, your Minden's look splendid indeed.


-- Jeff

DeanM said...

Ha; it doesn't look that bad, especially for a first game. Looks like a winter battle. Dean

JET (aka Jason) said...

The real question is... Is that wallpaper still in service? ;)

littlejohn said...

Yes that wallpaper was really something else!...but I think long gone....as we moved from that house long ago...and you should have seen the bathroom!

Fitz-Badger said...

Ah, the 70's, when I was young and thin (not to mention penniless compared to these days)! LOL

The Mindens do look great! Cool banners, too. The black and white one looks intriguing and different.

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Steve-the-Wargamer said...

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Those Minden's are magnificent, and I really wouldn't worry about the excesses of the 70's - somewhere in Steve-the-Wargamers loft there is a picture of hisself playing a game while wearing a hideous red and white striped woolly hat.. whatever was that about????

Capt Bill said...

My Mindens just arrived, I hope they turn as well as yours. What an inspiration!!!

tidders said...

A blasthof (?) from the past

Lovely Mindens,

-- Allan