Thursday, 11 October 2012

Little Wars in The Time Machine

During last week's Little Wars game, it struck me that some of the photos were very evocative of the original pictures in HGW's books. Just for fun I converted a few to what used to be called 'black and white'.  The combination of shiny toys, block-style buildings and a varnished hardwood floor certainly works for me.  What do you think?


Robert (Bob) Cordery said...

Tim Gow,

They look very like the original photographs in Wells's LITTLE WARS.

All the best,


arthur1815 said...

I second Bob's comment - your pictures recapture the style of Wells's original photographs very well.

Conrad Kinch said...

You were wearing a properly starched collar when you took these I trust?

David Crook said...

Hi Tim,

Very evocative and certainly bring to mind the original - perhaps this should be obligatory for FLW games going forward - in order to capture the essence of Little Wars.

All the best,


Peter Douglas said...


Well done. I hope that you wore straw boaters for the event!


Martin Rapier said...

No starched collars I'm afraid. The b/w photos really capture the essence of Wells though.

Tim Gow said...

Bob Cordery
I like to think that HGW would approve!

Tim Gow said...

arthur 1815
Thanks - given the impact of HGW's games on our hobby praise can come no higher!

Tim Gow said...

Conrad Kinch
I'm afraid standards of attire have slipped somewhat since HGW's day. The amount of time one spends lying on the floor tends to discourage snappy dressing.

Tim Gow said...

David Crook
Good idea - I'll look at some of the older photos and give them the same treatment.

Tim Gow said...

Peter Douglas
Sadly no - see my reply to CK - but I have acquired a straw boater for use in such games.

Tim Gow said...

Martin Rapier
The shirt I was wearing does have brass collar stiffeners - is that close enough?

Ross Mac said...

Yes, funny how removing colour can add colour of another sort. Looks just the thing.

Tim Gow said...

Ross Mac
It's tempting to paint the toys in shades of grey!

Phil said...

Nice and unusual pictures!

Archduke Piccolo said...

Very moreish, Tim, the merest taste of what these Little wars can look like. I do like the ammo truck (I don't recall that aspect of HGW's original, but I haven't seen it for several years now. The staff element looks cool too.

Ross Mac said...

I did see a Western gunfight game at a convention done in shades of grey. Looked just like TV. Bit beyond me.

Tim Gow said...

Thanks. It started off as a daft experiment but people seem to like it.

Tim Gow said...

Archduke Piccolo
I don't recall there being motor vehicles in HGW's books, but trains certainly feature.

Tim Gow said...

Ross Mac
I think we'll stick with full colour then.