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If you were a kid in the 1960s who loved history and toy soldiers, you probably had a WOW figure!

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Sheepman196124 Feb 2024 6:43 a.m. PST

We all have things we have always wanted to get done in this fantastic hobby and I have finally ticked this one off the list. My personal inspiration to get into wargaming was 'The Wargame' by Brigadier Peter Young, getting that book in, oh maybe 1972 ish blew me away and I've wanted SYW old school figures ever since. It's only taken about 50 years by Prince August moulds were the answer, not the Spencer Smith figures in the book but at least this way it reduces the lead mountain of never to be painted figures in the garage!




Bit of chat on here:


Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP24 Feb 2024 7:51 a.m. PST

Very nice!!

BillyNM24 Feb 2024 7:52 a.m. PST

An impressive unit, but 'The Wargame' was by Charles Grant, Peter Young did the CHARGE! Rules – both of which are what inspired my SSM collection and scratch built building.
Oops! Just realised you're talking about a different book called 'The Wargame' – the one I was talking about contains Charles Grant's Rules for the period. Also, IIRC I the Peter Young co-wrote CHARGE! with James Lawford – both contributors along with Charles in the book above.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP24 Feb 2024 8:21 a.m. PST

Uber neat! I also want to play "The Wargame" using the Charles Grant rules – on the bucket list; I think I have enough SWY figs to play out the games from the book using units in the Grand Style (48 plus fig infantry regiments)

Cockney yokel24 Feb 2024 12:34 p.m. PST

Old school still looks appealing.

dantheman Supporting Member of TMP24 Feb 2024 3:20 p.m. PST

This booked I BEGGED my parents to get me. My Aunt ended up getting it. my parents were stingy. I sill have it and will keep it always.

a part of childhood I will never forget. For me it was plastic Airfix. I have tons of painted metal in 15mm and 25mm. Bought plastic ACW 1/72 recently and painted them up. Look great. I now wish stayed with plastic. It is like being a kid again.

However, my wargame group loves their metals. Just because you can afford them doesn't always mean it is the best way to go.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP24 Feb 2024 6:16 p.m. PST

Beautiful, but…. They are on movement trays! The old masters would never have allowed that. :)

BillyNM25 Feb 2024 12:16 a.m. PST

Nnascati, there's nothing wrong with movement trays if you have individually based figures. Mine are pretty discreet as can seen in the game photos at the bottom of this blog post: link

witteridderludo25 Feb 2024 3:08 a.m. PST

I keep looking at Prince August for just that project. Haven't broken down… yet.

Sheepman196125 Feb 2024 5:09 a.m. PST

Thanks very much for all the comments lads, as to the movement trays, it would do my head in moving individual figures around, one of the guys at my club years ago had his Warhammer ancient Romans individually based. It took all night to get the game done!

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