My expose will run to at least four parts:
1. The armies gather - mostly photos of piles of toy soldiers.
2. The first game - a version of the classic Hook's Farm scenario - played indoors due to the pi**ing rain.
3. The second game - played outdoors!
4. The third game - again outdoors.
For the time being I will post only my own photos, but as other attendees' snaps become available I will (subject to permissions) post some of them.
As Wells did in his books, in the captions I will contrive to conceal the names of the guilty by using only initials. However, the full list of attendees was:
PW, Julian Spilsbury, Andy Hussey, Stephen Thomas, Anthony Morton, Tim Gow, Mike Lewis, Jack Wright, Brian Carrick, Alan Gruber, Mike Snape. Also present were Mrs Georgina Wright, Master Toby Wright (aged 16 months...) and Graham, young Toby's Godfather and sometime colleague of PW.
The armies present were as follows (Funny Little Wars and fictional/'historical' equivalents):
Army Red (Home Service) - British
Army Red (NW Frontier) - British
Naval Brigade - British
Army Black - Svenhasselstein/German
Army Red/Saffron - Tinland/Colonial British Indian
Army Khaki - Turkish
Army Red/White/Blue - US Rough Riders
Army Dark Green - Russian
Forbodian Army - Balkan style
The field of battle. PW had divided his garden into four areas so that we could have four games running simultaneously.
The protagonists (and their toys) gather. From left, AM, ML, AH, JW, JS, AG and MS.
The first game was all ready to roll when intense precipitation commenced and we hastily decamped indoors. This experience revealed a disadvantage of cardboard bases....
MS, Master Toby Wright, Mrs Georgina Wright, G, JW, JS.