Monday, 31 August 2020

The road goes ever on and on....

50p for the very smart hardback title and 20p for the travel edition of Othello - with 15mm squares you may think it is a little on the small side for a Portable Wargame but I couldn’t possibly comment....It is magnetic and complete with 52 black and white counters that are very useful for relatively inconspicuous hit markers.

It has been a good weekend in many ways but with a sobering conclusion. To begin with I scored a couple of useful items at our local boot sale - for the princely sum of 70p - as well as picking up the latest copy of Wargames Illustrated.

I have now purchased this magazine for two months running and I cannot remember the last time I did that! The main reason for getting this edition is for the set of rules by that very nice Mr. Andy Callan - needless to say there is a cunning plan....

The sobering conclusion I meant ironed at the start of this very brief post concerns the gaming gentlemen from whom I recently acquired the 1:3000th WW1 collection and copy of the Avalon Hill game, Jutland. He had been seriously ill for some time and has finally lost his battle. I never met with him personally although we spoke on the phone quite recently and despite his illness his passion for our hobby shone through. I had hoped to get a game in using his collection so he could see it in action but sadly was unable to get anything organised in time in the man cave for various reasons.

What I am going to do though, is to celebrate his collection and his life with a game in the next few days that will appear on the blog.

I only hope that if he is looking down from that great wargames club in the sky he will forgive the delay and enjoy the game in any event.



The Good Soldier Svjek said...

The hobby has lost a gallant gentleman .

David Crook said...

Hello there Good Soldier Svjek,

It certainly has.

All the best,


Ray Rousell said...

I'm sure he would appreciate your efforts Dave

David Crook said...

Hi Ray,

I hope so - I will try to do something that I hope he would have appreciated.

All the best,


Steve J. said...

A fitting way to pay tribute to a fellow wargamer. I look forward to seeing his collection in action.

The rules in the WI magazine look to be really good from an initial read through and hope to give them a run out with my wooden blocks at some point soon.

David Crook said...

Hi Steve J,

All being well it will be in the next day or so - the groundwork has already been published!

I will be interested to see the blocks you will see to try out the Billhooks rules - they certainly look good and anything by Andy Callan Is always worth a look.

All the best,