WAB, WECW, Dux Britanniarum, IABSM3 and many other wargames rules, mostly in 28 and 15mm.
Airfix and Edinburgh Libraries. .
Airfix models and plastic soldiers, followed by the Airfix Guide to WW2 Wargaming.
A friend's Minifigs Napoleonics, and another's discover of Don Featherston. My first army was Airfix Confederates, made up of 4 boxes of infantry, 4 of US 7th Cavalry (painted grey with yellow kepis), 2 boxes of ACW artillery, and a box or two of 'Wagon Train'.Infantry were organised into 14-man regiments; cavalry into 10-fig units, and the artillery 1-gun batteries with 4 gunners apiece. 'Wagon Train' supplies generals, an extra infantry regiment and the logistics element (wagons). My army totalled some 250+ figures, and I had quite a lot of fun with it. Nowadays, that army has expanded into something over 700 figures, and I have acquired over the years a Union army of something over 1000, all plastics; mostly Airfix.
Airfix too and my father's stories of his time in North Africa in WW2. Most of my early games were, therefore, WW2 Western Desert or US Marines in the Pacific until my father gave me Terence Wise's An Introduction to Battle Gaming (a far better term for the hobby than wargaming, I think) when I moved onto big ACW battles.
Another vote for Airfix Seems that they have a lot to answer for ;-)
As a kid I enjoyed my toy soldiers and I wanted to do more with them. A few years back friend started collecting 1/72 scale figures and I became interested in these figures. With the internet making is appearance here in South Africa I had a greater source of info so I googled them and their the world of war gaming open up to me.
Airfix and my Grandfather
Airfix and my Uncle. Followed by discovering the ECW. After university I kept the interest in ECW and military history in general but the toy soldiers went away (work and marriage took priority). But when my son got to the Warhammer age I rediscovered the hobby - and a local club that carried me along!
In my case is the 15mm miniatures and DBA. I always like to make 1/35 AFV models, but at some time I can't endurance the obsession of putting more and more details into one model, so I changed to 15mm and discovered the beauty of historical wargaming, and later I started to play different genres (ancient and ww2) but I allways like the 15mm miniatures: a ton of miniatures ranging from X000 BC to modern, good price, easy to paint, just enough details but not overwhelming, I like it.
I came in through RPGs. Members of my RPG group at school, also played GW wargames. My interest gre from there.
A similar story here: some of the school RPGers played BattleTech. We never got into the GW wargames because we didn't much like the GW RPGs.
Public libraries, Airfix models, my grandfather, "Warlord" comics and (later) Humberside Wargames Club!
Toy soldiers then on to airfix kits and figs then the library and the airfix magazine - some friends at school played as well.What turned me into someone who actually played wargames was an approach from Brian who saw me reading 'solo wargames' on the bus. He invited me along to my first wargames club meeting and I haven't looked back since.
We do all seem to have rather similar paths. Mine is identical to Piscatores even down to the son and warhammer. But it took retirement and an impromptu visit to salute 2012 to kick things of again.
Airfix in my childhood and tabletop wargames (Avalon Hill) when I was a teenager drove me to meet people with same interests who also played with miniature soldiers.
Ah..>Avalon Hill.....yep, I should have added that. I remember the first games I bought from Ah in 1981 - "War & Peace" and "Kingmaker"! Happy memories!
When i was very young my bedroom had to share space with an 8*6 wargames table which my dad and his friends used every Thursday night. I must have shared that room for a good 10-15 years. I dont think i had much choice in the matter, but how lucky can a young growing boy be. Some of the strongest memories i have along with the ten minute drive to minifigs shop in Southampton and seeing all these little lead figures lined up.
Heroquest. Then an issue of White Dwarf with bonus adventures for Heroquest and Space Crusade that just happened to be full of Orks. I never looked back.Basically I owe it all to GW.
Lego. I used to have mass battles with the 1x1 pieces. I'd put them in infantry and cavalry blocks (1x3 were horses) and go at it. I skirmished with the mini-figs.
Earliest 'wargaming' memories were of playing with airfix toysoldiers as a kid... later an uncle introduced me to the idea of D&D... with that came metal miniatures... then GW and warhammer... the rest 'is history'...
Orbital mind control lasers and Don Featherstone. In that order.
a mate with his airfix figures and a D6 :-)Ian
Airfix figures and those soft plastic cowboy and Indian sets (their heels clipped into little holes on the horses flanks), Don Featherstone from local libraries, then SPI with first boardgames of Wolfpack and Barbarossa....
Airfix models and Don Featherstone's books in the local library.
Airfix and Heroquest, then into GW farming before moving on to historicals as an adult
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