Thursday, 28 May 2015
Watching the Swiss Role
I am feeling positively chipper in respect of the whole sorry 'What am I doing and how am I going to do it saga?' that has bedevilled my efforts over the last couple of months. Actually I should qualify that in that I am closer to decding what I want to do or rather closer to deciding what I am NOT going to do - which is nearly as important....:-) Confused? Well read on and all will become clearer.
I have finally joined the Continental Wars Society run by Ralph Weaver. My only regret is that I had not done this sooner as the journal - The Foreign Correspondant - is a cracking read, albeit modest in its page count. The wars in Europe during the 19th century were many and varied and have sufficient variety to cater for even my own somewhat eclectic tastes. For me the various wars involving the Turks hold centre stage - I never really got into the Franco Prussian War - although at present I am reading and rereading Ralph Weaver's wonderful book on the Swiss Civil War in 1847 called Three Weeks in November. Now there is a campaign worth looking at - if only for the sheer originality of it!
Armed with a copy of Neil Thomas's book on wargaming the 19th century in Europe and Ralph's book on the Swiss Civil War I am thinking that there is much potential - even for an imagi-nation type set up. Let us also not forget that steamers were in use on the Swiss lakes so I am thinking that perhaps some naval activity may feature....
Now if only I could factor in the Turks somehow I am thinking that there are the makings of something quite extraordinary.