Tuesday, 29 November 2011

How it all started for me - Part One

I just thought that I would tell you about how I ever got into the wargaming hobby and what I have collected over the years as a gamer.
So far back as I can remember I have always loved playing with toy soldiers. When I was very young I started to collect the Timpo plastic figures 54mm scale ranging from The Crusaders/Knights/Romans, Cow Boys and Indians through to the American Civil War and to the British Guards for the Queen’s Birthday parade. I had nearly 100 of all sorts of periods and as you do when you are little, had big battles with each and every one taking part on our front room floor or hall way. We did not have any green fields or rivers to march across and what were trees and bushes. We had slippers and table/chair legs for cover then.

Then by pure chance one Christmas in 1962 I had a couple of Airfix 1/72 box soldiers of the ACW Union and Confederate infantry sets. I can remember in the summer months of making battlefields in my Dad’s flower beds making sure that I did not kill any of his beloved flowers which he grew with pride. To this I then followed with the Artillery set and then in 1965 the Union Cavalry set.
It’s hard to imagine back then but Airfix was the only company producing HO/1/72nd scale models at the time. I must admit that at that time of my life, I did not know how Airfix would affect my youth into manhood.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

It's been a while

I did not realised how long ago I had posted anything on my blog, but I will get round to do something soon.
This weekend I went Christmas shopping in Norwich and had a great time but brought more for myself than for anyone else.
Remember that I had some birthday money given to me this year; well I have brought a few things out of that. Well after a long while thinking about them I went along to my favourite toy shop Langley and picked up a box of Hats Prussian Infantry Command set. Out of these fine figures I am going to use an officer and a drummer for my Prussian 6lb battery that I am finishing off. I have had a couple of goes with the camera to take some pictures of the one’s finished but none have come out any good to publish. But I will keep trying for you all.
Also I picked up another book bargain while I was away with the Waterloo Relics Book.  I have seen this book for years but was too expensive to buy. This I found for under a fiver.
As Christmas is fast approaching I must get the Prussian foot artillery finished and the first batch of Prussian Landwehr Infantry finished before then.