Monday, 6 July 2020

A wargame using toy knights

After painting some yesterday I decided to give them a game and have a try of the rules. Simple gridded set up with felt squares representing cover. A few photos showing the rules and the game so far. It has been a most enjoyable solo game, just right for a wet afternoon.





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  1. A definite OS look to your game. I have not seen this ruleset before but it looks interesting. A rainy day is perfect excuse for wargaming.

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    1. I rejoice in the old school as much as in my more modern stuff, a place for both and a delight in both.

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  2. Great looking ruleset Tradgardmastare! Nice to see those Knights in action and recognise ones I had in my childhood.

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    1. It was recognising the figures I bought in my youth ( especially the king figure not in this game) that made me rebuy these on eBay. I still recall the kindly postmistress of my youth who patiently waited as I rummaged in the toy soldier box when I had pocket money to buy a figure and took time choosing him. The local post office also sold Airfix etc and was a cornucopia of delights mid sixties. Thank you Mr and Mrs Thompson for your shop and kindness.

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  3. Hello there Tradgardmastare,

    That set up looks quite superb and it just goes to show what can be done with some fairly basic looking models! The rules look very intriguing and the ‘rainy afternoon’ comment was well made. Why do I think Hollywood medieval with these models?

    Very nice done indeed and I am looking forward to seeing some more in action in due course (I am also sure I have a couple of bags of these figures licking around somewhere!).

    All the best,

    DC

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    1. This is all about how the Middle Ages should have been rather than were. Hollywood incarnated in plastic. Playground games on the table top. I reflected on this as I am working on 28mm dba 15th Century figures for a Zoom game. Serious painting, Modelling and research , something different yet the same. As wargmers we probably need both or perhaps both in one. Thanks for your comments and my apologies about not responding to your email, which I fear went by mistake in an inbox emptying purge.

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  4. I have been looking for a simple set of rules to use with my Britains knights and saracens, I think I have found it. I have written off to Plastic Warrior Magazine for a copy. What a great idea.

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    1. Delighted to have helped in the search. Let us know how you find them, perhaps some pictures on your blog?

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  5. Hi Alan- It goes to prove that good things come in small packages- your small battlefield- 54mm Knights and a super set of Old School Rules- just a sheer delight for you there in Scotland. Cheers. KEV.

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  6. Just right for these knights and archers. I like the swoppet line drawings in the rules.

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    1. I liked the drawings too, although it has to be said I preferred the Herald knights/ archers to Swoppets as a boy. The Swoppets were fiddly and you lost bits of them.

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  7. Brilliant stuff, very interesting, funny thing is I came across my childhood Timpo knights and Romans on Saturday and fancied a game with them. Only problem is a complete lack of weaponry and a dearth of shields.

    I have found weapons available on e-bay but very few shields, I may try to mock some up with cardboard.
    Regards,
    Paul.

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    1. There is a splendid set of Roman v Gauls rules in this year’s Wargamers Annual 2020 which I have used enjoyably with 54mm toy soldiers. Card , or perhaps plasticard would work well for shields. Do pop up pictures on your blog if and when you proceed...

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  8. Hi Alan, I have had a copy of Chitson's Chivalry lying around the games room for ages but have never tried them. I really should! Cheers, Anthony.

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