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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP10 Jun 2020 9:16 p.m. PST

"These days, when reading most of the glossy wargames magazines, I come upon what can only be regarded as totally staged sets, where the figures take second place to a totally, 100% accurate depiction of a 17th century tavern (with waterbutt and authentic Olde English Inn sign), But for us veterans, wargames used to be more game and less pomp. When I first acquired the books of Don Featherstone, the land and naval books (I didn't buy the air wargaming title) there were few models about, and some were damned expensive. These turned up again recently, when I was writing a note on a review I'd encountered. Haven't used them for years, but I dusted them off and used them.

I wonder if anyone recognises these little models? These are the plastic pirate ships from Waddington's 1960's game "Buccaneer" and, if I recall, you got six in a box, used to carry treasure around the board. Several colours, green, purple, red, orange and yellow. Having carved galleys from clothes pegs and made balsa battleships, I thought the little one-inch long, half an inch wide, hollow plastic pirate ships would adapt to the wargames table. I tried it out with Don's slightly adapted rules, and it worked. This of course was over 50 years ago…"

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