One Friday night in winter, in the early-mid 1970s, I found some Meccano magazines in the Remuera Public Library in Auckland, New Zealand, containing the articles that were compiled into Charles Grant’s Battle! Practical Wargaming. I remember at the time searching through the magazines excitedly looking for all of the articles. Nothing much came of those, as I was a little young for them, but a few years later I picked up a typewritten set of WWII rules from the Stoker Model Shop and I played them quite a bit with my Airfix and Matchbox soldiers and vehicles. My father built an extension onto our trainboard which we built some hills, a river crossing, and a wood on. The Germans would tend to get pushed back off the extension and make a last stand in the town on the trainboard.
After that came boardgames, notably Panzer Leader, and role playing – D&D, Paranoia, Gamma World, and The Fantasy Trip.
I went to the UK in 1991 and made model aircraft as a hobby, but towards the end of my stay I bought a number of armies for a game called De Bellis Antiquitatis. For some reason although I had painted a number of the armies my first game with them against another person was when I was showing the game to my friend Mark. Mark was a successful convert though, as you can see from his blog. I now get out to wargames clubs every couple of weeks to play DBA, or whatever else looks interesting. Now that we have our big new house I should have the space I need to set my airbrush up again and build more models. I’ve also been squirrelling away the tanks and figures to start on some WWII gaming, in amongst the plethora-and-a-half of side projects we wargamers seem to find ourselves involved in!
While I work my way through my unpainted wargames figures, play wargames, and make models, I’ll be blogging about various painting tools and techniques I’m trying out, the results of any amateur research I do, and hopefully get a few more battle reports up here.