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Monday, 17 January 2022

Old Photos

 Here are the remaining old photographs re-discovered by my better half. They show old armies that I no longer have, 20mm WW II, 20mm Napoleonic, 25mm English Civil War, 20mm ACW and part of my large collection of WW I aircraft, along with a couple of photographs of  54mm ACW figures that I still have and two photographs showing the late Peter Guilder's Waterloo set-up.
All these photgraphsdate from sometime in the earl 1970s.
ThePhotograph on the right shows a random Napoleonic game, using mostly Airfux figures - even back then I used underscaled buildings!
Here's the rest of the photographs:
Another shot of the battle above
An unpainted 20mm Minifig figure of Lord Picton is the only survivour of my Napoleonics that I have.
End of game shot of a WW II battle, some trres and the house in the bottom right are the only survivours of this collection.
Confederates attacking a Union held barn (I still have everything in this picture)
Three of my Jasta 6 aircraft
In the above photograph's reverse are listed, left to right, all the names of the pilots just visible. Our group had just about every available WW I aircraft produce by both Airfix and Revell.
An Airfix garage cobverted for use by my Jasta 6. 
Part of my very large 20mm ACW collection (all Airfix) - all long gone
My ECW Royalist army lined up for an Edgehill refight
Parliamentarians opposing the King at Edgehill (all Minifigs)
Parliamentarians attacking Royalist in the above battle...
...and the Royalist's reply - you can tell they're royalists- they have feathers, not lobster pots!
A demo game for a local church (Bonus colour photo - Ed.)
Proof my figures were painted, even back then.
Finally, one from one of the few wargames shows I was able to attend, at Hull, featured the huge Waterloo collection of the late, great Peter Guilder. I doubt I ever seen anything in all my years that has been so inspiring and the man himself was equally so.
The building is La Haye Saint
The mass of French cavalry was very impressive.
Thats it then, proof that I was a crap photographer back then too. All the photos were taken on my polaroid camera, which at the time was a very expensive undertaking and the colour photographs cost me more than half a week's wages (for eight), hence they're a rarity  for me.

That's it then for another week, next week I'll be on holiday in the far west (Cumbria), so may not get a blog report out, but I will endeavour to do so.

Thanks for taking the time to visit, hopefully there was something of interest in yet another trip down my pernsonal lane of nostalgia and, as always, your comments are welcomed and truly appreciated.

18 comments:

  1. Great nostalgic pictures Joe, and great that you have these as a reminder of what you did back then, nice you still have a few pieces from back then now, but can understand the need to sell off bits when your gaming changes. Wish I had taken more photo's over the years to be able to look back on now, which is one of the things blogging has helped me with.

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    1. Thanks Dave, it was a big decision at the time to photograph these but I'm pleased now I did. I have great memories of lots of games an still have many only sets of rules , campaign mas etc.
      One of the reasons I started blogging was to have a digital record of my wargames experiences and I think I've now accomplished that.

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  2. Thanks Joe. You know Ive a tribute blog to Peter Gilder, but never had any images of his legendary Waterloo set up[ think he did it three different times using a different set up each time] Would it be okay to copy the two images to the blog.

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    1. Thanks Robbie, I've read everything on your several blogs, including your appreciation of Peter Gilder's influence to wargaming - what a chap he was.
      Of course you can use the photographs (as can any of my readers/followers). I'm pretty sure I've seen other photographs of his Waterloo set-up too, but where, I'm not so sure - maybe Miniture Warfare or Battle magazine or even Military Modelling magazines ?

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    2. Thanks Joe, I like to collect all and any stuff re Peter Gilder.

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    1. Thank you Michal, the hobby has come a long, long way since these photogrpahs were taken.

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  4. Truely wonderful Joe, best half weeks wages you ever spent πŸ‘ŒπŸ˜Š

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    1. Thanks Frank, I may not have felt worth it at the time, but it does now.

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  5. Another great retrospective, Joe! Hope you have a good trip to the wilds of Cumbria :-)

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    1. Thanks Matt, I'm sure my expedition to the west will be full of adventures (from an armchair), in the depths of dungeons, pre-history, Alpha Complex, fire-fighting and battling zombies. (All board or rpg games I hope to be playing).

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  6. More fantastic nostalgic photo's Joe, these are what got me into this wonderful hobby. Drooling over toy soldier pictures and dreaming about building armies. Don't be to hard on yourself, these days we have cameras on mobile phones which give instant results. I am sure you remember the days of having to wait several days for a photo to be processed. We have it easy now a days.


    Willz.

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    1. Thanks Willz, I think my first 54mm cowboys (Crescent or Herals iirc) and my 54mm Britains Swoppet Knights got me into gaming and then the discovery of Airfix figures truly sealed it.
      I do envy the current gamer who has come to expect any and every type of figure in every period in all scales imaginable and of course the ease in which research into uniforms, battles etc. can be found.

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  7. Lovely old photos, the last game I had before Christmas involved lots of ECW minifigs, great fun!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thanks Iain, old Minifigs are great for nostalgic reasons, but not for the purist eh?
      Well over forty years since I indulged in the ECW.

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  8. Great stuff Joe! I wish I had some photos of my old games, what a great trip down memory lane πŸ˜€

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    1. Thabks Ivor, I wish I had all the ones I loaned to Durham Wargames group, for their website, that were never returned!

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