by Rob Morgan
George Arnold and I were exchanging remarks about Airfix wargames figures, the 1/72nd or HO/OO scale, not the big ones, and I remembered that I still had a pack of Confederate infantry and another of their Union opponents . . . somewhere!
I had a pack of the ACW artillery too but used the guns for WWI Russian howitzers and the limber for a general’s carriage. The gun crews, lovely poses, must be somewhere too.
Like all wargamers, yes, you too, I have a long history of planning in wargames. Of intent that is.
Fleets and flotillas (the occasional army or brigade or squad), campaigns and battles, skirmishes and ambushes. For every one that happened, there’s another which might have – wars which I had every intention of fighting, or fleets of building, or units of painting, but didn’t get around to.
Time, other pressing ideas and sometimes availability of figures. The infantry on both sides was issued by the company, then after a year or two the cavalry came, but no one got around to producing the artillery.
While I was looking for the American Civil War boxes, I found a pack of Airfix astronauts.
Now, I do remember buying them!
I had every intention of creating a James Bond Moonraker scenario, but never quite got around to adapting the rules from a lovely set intended for a fantasy (ugh!) game in a very early issue of White Dwarf.
For that matter, I didn’t get around to painting the figures either and most, I admit it, are still on the sprue.
Ten good standing astronauts and six sitting with two on a platform. I remember now! It was the weapons I had a problem with- let’s face it, Star Trek phasers will never be a serious replacement for a gun.
Now, that’s done it, I’m thinking about Space again.