|Indian Mutiny figures. Painted and based by me again in the 1990s received style.Though I always undercoat white or grey rather than the colour killing black.|
The Need for Individuality.
|An example of a somewhat more "stripped back" terrain style which seemed in keeping with the retro feel of "Charge!. by Young and Lawford.|
So my "retro" ECW collection looks subtly different from my "modern" one even though they have sometimes appeared on the same table for a bigger game. Its the same for the retro and modern AWI groups too. Though for these , being smaller collections by far -are not quite stand alone yet, but once they are will be used for different style games. The "modern " set being used for rules such as British Grenadier and the "retro" set for Featherstone. Of course they can, at need, come together for larger games in either discipline where a "pure" look for either is not needed during er... playtime .
|"Retro" E.C.W. painted in the style I used in the 1970s- though these days hopefully with more skill. Most of the figures in this unit are Les Higgins 30mm castings out of production since the late 1970s.|
|More "Retro" E.C.W. This time mostly Hinchliffe Foremost- still available. Again painted in the shiny 1970s style .|
You may have gathered by now that the actual game play is the bit of this hobby I treat with the least seriousness. The reason is simple, the actual dice rolling is of no consequence. I don't do competition so I don't often care about such minor matters as win or lose. Win UNHISTORICALLY mind, now that is of some matter -at least to me but in our group that is very difficult to achieve in Umpire controlled games where the Umpire knows his period and the rulebook is merely a toolbox for him to select the bits he needs to run the game. No army lists no points systems simply a scenario and a narrative.
|The more usual "look" this time a 15mm game our group did at the Durham show in 2019. Models Blue Moon Marlburians from Jim Mains collection|
My point here is that each wargamer should be free to choose his own "look". I have for instance "gone off" - for some periods the heavy terrain boards in the Marlburian game photos in favour of the more portable cloths and "assorted things to stuff under cloths" to make hills and dead ground. For some games that approach is simpler and more effective. I have -in this case- reverted to an earlier time.
|Another demo game at Durham- this time 15mm moderns. Those MDF boards do weigh a bit- but look good.|
|A similar game using the same models but with a different look. That "desert cloth" fits in a holdall rather than a van !|
The choice as they say is yours ... discuss!