I have been a wargaming since the late 70s and have tried many periods and scales. Until recently I had naval miniatures in three scales covering 200+ years of naval combat. My land forces covered from the Biblical period to the Cold War and from 2mm to 15mm. While I am good at doing detail work on my 6mm figures the 15mm American Civil War troops needed some help. With thousands of miniatures I needed to rethink and downsize to a playable limit.
So in the past two years I decided to try to game three periods. These were 25-28mm Old West (more Mexican than West), 1/6000 scale Falkland War and 3mm Arab Israel Wars. I started to sell off my miniatures that were not part of these periods (I forgot how many 6mm pre 1941 Russians I had, like three corps worth), and I got a few dollars in my PayPal account.
As a historian by training I was always drawn to the history of transitional technology of military hardware. So when I read about a new source book on a 1930s civil war in Britain I was intrigued. As I had a few dollars in the PayPal account, I ordered it and was also informed that there was also a discussion board that continues the story line. After looking at it I was impressed but I needed a set of skirmish rules to use with the source book. So I still had my PayPal account so I go ahead and order Through the Mud and the Blood from TOOFATLardies and a few unpainted figures to try out the game. Nothing huge…yet.
Than Simon from Solway Crafts and Miniatures posted eight painted miniatures from the Royal Naval Division by Gripping Beast and I thought they would go well with my recently purchased naval ratings. Well that was the start of “huge”.
The 63rd Royal Naval Division fought in Belgium, France and the Middle East. It got me to think that maybe a fourth period would be ok. I have always been a fan of the movie Lawrence of Arabia so there was an interest in the Great War in the desert and I thought I could tie it in with the Very British Civil War. I did not think that I would soon be painting trenches to do the battle before the siege of Kut or researching Jewish volunteers that were part of Allenby’s 1918.
As I know I am not the only one that is interested in the period I wanted to share my travels through this unwritten Law of Unintended Consequences for gamers. We have all started new periods so why not just take a look at this one. It will not hurt a bit. I promise.
Gentlemens Wargames Parlour – Source Books and Painted Miniatures
Miniatures by Gripping Beast
Solway Crafts and Miniatures
Trenches by Kallistra