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DanLewisTN30 Aug 2016 5:20 p.m. PST

When did you first game WWII miniatures and what rules did you use? How did you like the game and the rules?

Ron W DuBray30 Aug 2016 5:24 p.m. PST

1970 with green and gray armymen.

Slagneb30 Aug 2016 5:27 p.m. PST

What Ron said…Guns of Navarone playset

DanLewisTN30 Aug 2016 5:30 p.m. PST

With formal rules of some sort?

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP30 Aug 2016 5:32 p.m. PST

Not long after WWII--some time in Ike's second term, anyway. Soft plastic 54s and line of sight casualties. Might have been an early Marx set. Later Marx made Germans, which simplified matters.

Zargon30 Aug 2016 5:37 p.m. PST

About mid 70s think I was 12, Airfix 54mm DAK, 8th army, and Commandos all over the back garden lots of figures, me an my mate loaded up with clods of earth and had the best of times, do miss those beautiful long summer days and the simplest of gaming, I'd go back in a click to do it all again.

myxemail30 Aug 2016 5:37 p.m. PST

The plastic army man, boxes of 1/72 figures, and Roco Mini-Tanks in my childhood. If I recall correctly my first formal game of WW II miniatures with an actual ruleset was Panzer Tactics, I believe.


Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP30 Aug 2016 5:40 p.m. PST

2009 or so.

Skeets Supporting Member of TMP30 Aug 2016 5:45 p.m. PST

Early 70's played "1944".

wrgmr130 Aug 2016 5:49 p.m. PST

1973, micro armour, home brew rules.
Before that various Avalon Hill games.

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian30 Aug 2016 5:53 p.m. PST

Late 60's Marx Playsets

Glengarry530 Aug 2016 5:54 p.m. PST

Back in the 70's with Airfix figures… can't remember the rules…

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP30 Aug 2016 6:01 p.m. PST

Late 50s – 60s Army Men, Marx and Airfix

Brian Smaller30 Aug 2016 6:01 p.m. PST

Airfix 1/72nd men and tanks. We made up our own rules we were about nine or ten so about 1970-71. Then progressed to some from a Military Modelling magazine I think.

Somewhere I have some photos of a Bridge Too Far game we played back when I was young, thin and had hair. I do remember that we deployed the paras by dropping little bits of white paper that fluttered down onto the board from about a metre up and that is where the men were placed.

Of the four of us who used to game together all the time three still collect, paint and or wargame (although we all live in different parts of the world now) and one is dead. Not bad for our age I would have thought.

Dynaman878930 Aug 2016 6:04 p.m. PST

Mid nineties with Command Decision 2. Liked it. Never bought my own minis till 2005+ however.

Played board wargames since the late seventies.

Mooseworks830 Aug 2016 6:08 p.m. PST

Toy Soldiers: 1980s
Boardgame: Axis & Allies 1980s
Miniatures: 2004 Combat WWII.

pmwalt30 Aug 2016 6:14 p.m. PST

1960s with plastic soldiers in the basement and the back yard. Late 70s with lead mini tanks and board games

Scott MacPhee30 Aug 2016 6:21 p.m. PST

Command Decision II in about 2003. I quickly switched rules to Battlefront: WWII.

JCBJCB30 Aug 2016 6:27 p.m. PST

Around 1980 with Airfix 1/72 infantry and Roco Mini-Tanks. I used "The PSL Guide to Wargaming."

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP30 Aug 2016 6:30 p.m. PST

Tactics, 1980.

Weasel30 Aug 2016 6:34 p.m. PST

I started with scifi and fantasy stuff.

WW2 somewhere around 96 or so. The rules were either "1943" or "Red Poppy White Feather" or possibly a conversion we made of the Warzone 2nd edition rules.

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP30 Aug 2016 6:40 p.m. PST

60s with airfix,Marx,and mpc

Used little wars, and home grown – smiles with thrown tennis balls and cannons with toothpicks and even a few firecrackers

KarlBergman30 Aug 2016 6:56 p.m. PST

1973 using Tractics and GHQ minis. Once they came out went over to Panzer Warfare because Tractis was just not working in the campaign we were running.

IanKHemm30 Aug 2016 7:01 p.m. PST

Mid 70's with Arfix figures/models. Rules were Airfix Magazine Guide #15 – WWII Wargaming by Bruce Quarrie.

vtsaogames30 Aug 2016 7:22 p.m. PST

1963, Airfix figures, rules not unlike Little Wars. Instead of spring-loaded cannon, artillery fire was by calling out the range and then measuring. A burst circle was placed over the end point.

Infantry fire was a D6 for casualties for every six figures or single MG. Assaults counted up figures, roll a D6 and multiply. High score won, low score lost 50% and retreated, winner lost half of loser's casualties.

Personal logo Mserafin Supporting Member of TMP30 Aug 2016 7:28 p.m. PST

June 1970, the day I finished 5th grade, with Rocco Minitanks.

The day that derailed me from having a productive life…

vdal181230 Aug 2016 7:29 p.m. PST

WRG 1925-1950 in 1983

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP30 Aug 2016 7:30 p.m. PST

Not counting plastic army men, 15mm Panzertroops from the late 70s, if memory serves.

Sundance30 Aug 2016 7:37 p.m. PST

Yup, I was about 7 or 8 in the early '70s. Big Green Army Men, some hard plastic 1/72, later Airfix sets. Still later finally got some metal ones.

Winston Smith30 Aug 2016 7:46 p.m. PST

Back in the previous century.

Col Durnford Supporting Member of TMP30 Aug 2016 8:12 p.m. PST

Some time in the 60's with a game called Woods Edge. Ordered from a comic book. Had a plastic sheet with woods and a town printed on it. The figures were Giant.

Lion in the Stars30 Aug 2016 8:36 p.m. PST

~2006 or so, Flames of War. Bought a bunch of Flames v1 stuff for the Desert (LRDG and SAS), bought more stuff since. Got American 1ID at Omaha, Brit Desert Rats, Panzer Lehr, Fallschirmjager, and a Weird War 2 force of Germans using Eureka scifi German stormtroopers.

rmaker30 Aug 2016 8:43 p.m. PST

1950's, home rules.

Mako1130 Aug 2016 8:56 p.m. PST

Yea, 1960s for me with those cheap little plastic army men and vehicles – one had a small halftrack with twin MGs mounted on it (loved those).

Then 1/72nd scale infantry from Airfix, and of course, the Rat Patrol playset. The latter was really cool, and even came with plastic dunes, and everything. Used to pull that out while watching the show on TV. Never mind that machine guns can't really do much if any damage to tanks – it was still great fun, anyway.

War Panda30 Aug 2016 9:40 p.m. PST

2006 or so, Flames of War….no this isn't Lion in the Stars again…but similar beginnings

Wackmole930 Aug 2016 9:59 p.m. PST

Mini tanks 1970 . rule roll 1 6d 6 is a kill 5 is a track hit 1-4 miss.

Pictors Studio30 Aug 2016 10:21 p.m. PST

Right after Flames of War came out. Probably 2004 or thereabouts.

Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP30 Aug 2016 10:38 p.m. PST

1968, Morchauser rules.

Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP30 Aug 2016 11:44 p.m. PST

"The plastic army man, boxes of 1/72 figures, and Roco Mini-Tanks in my childhood. If I recall correctly my first formal game of WW II miniatures with an actual ruleset was Panzer Tactics, I believe.


"Airfix 1/72 infantry and Roco Mini-Tanks."

Still doing that and have since about 1963.

Mike Bunkermeister Creek
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normsmith31 Aug 2016 1:56 a.m. PST

Mid 70's, Airfix kit and home made rules. The family bought a new dining table and I was given the old one to put in the bedroom. My hills were layers of foam rubber decreasing in size and stitched together, my trees were dyed cotton wool on matchsticks. I had the Airfix gun emplacement that probably was used in every game …….. Happy days.

Next, I discovered 1/300in a city centre store. My parents allowed be to lay four 2 X 4 foot pieces on the new dining table to get an 8 X 4 surface.

My point is that in both cases my parents made my gateway into the hobby easy rather than hard and because of what that led to, I will be eternally grateful and would encourage all nurturing of interests that children have.

Cerdic31 Aug 2016 3:18 a.m. PST

Some time in the late 70s with Airfix figures and kits. Rules were the Airfix green book by Bruce Quarrie.

Someone above mentioned parachute drops using small pieces of paper. We did that as well. I got the idea from a book but can't remember which one!

Shaun Travers31 Aug 2016 4:06 a.m. PST

April 1979 at a friends house with 1/35 plastic soldiers and a halftrack. my first game with figures and miniatures rules. I was nearly 14. Rules were WRG Infantry Action 1925-1975. Never played them since :-( The next game was later that year with 1/72 plastics and Tractics. I was hooked and played lots more of the same for another 5 years.

durecell31 Aug 2016 4:35 a.m. PST

2014 Bolt Action. Enjoyed and still play it. I did by a Flames of War army before I found a club but it's never gotten used.

redbanner414531 Aug 2016 4:37 a.m. PST

Airfix infantry and Rocco tanks, 1974. The rules were a 2 page mimeographed set called Kool's Rules written by a Lt. Kool. We soon graduated to Tractics.

Karellian Knight31 Aug 2016 4:43 a.m. PST

1970's Airfix and Matchbox figures played solo with Charles Grant's Battle rules.

martin goddard Sponsoring Member of TMP31 Aug 2016 4:47 a.m. PST

Minitanks with airfix combat group for brits and germans These figures were quite small so they worked well with minitanks. there was scale creep even in those days!
the minitanks were great. A strange selection of vehicles. we used the late war minitanks half track instead of hannomags. Took the little wheels off to stop tanks on slops from rolling over the enemy.
I thought the German with the panzerfaiuste was a loader for the panzershrek.
The german doing a heil hitler was not good at blending in to the terrain.

Great days and the gnes were not poorer for the lack of huge ranges of kit


codiver31 Aug 2016 4:58 a.m. PST

Back in the 1975-76 timeframe. Tractics with 1/285th scale GHQ on my buddy's dad's pool table.

Boy was his dad annoyed at the bits of lichen left on that pool table…

langobard31 Aug 2016 5:19 a.m. PST

Approx 75 – 76, using Tractics rules and Airfix figures and tanks.

Col Durnford Supporting Member of TMP31 Aug 2016 5:22 a.m. PST

"I thought the German with the panzerfaiuste was a loader for the panzershrek."

Same here.

Personal logo FlyXwire Supporting Member of TMP31 Aug 2016 5:33 a.m. PST

Started playing miniatures during the early 1970s with FAST rules and Airfix miniatures:


In a few years we had advanced to TRACTICS, and enjoyed playing with Mike Reese, their author, when he would come to town and judge games for us here in St. Louis.

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