<span style=”background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);”>I have been wargaming for as long as I can remember. One of the first toys that I was bought was a wooden fort that was garrisoned by assorted lead soldiers … and I have never looked back!</span>
The first wargames book I bought was CHARGE! (although I had taken out [and repeatedly read] Donald Featherstone’s WAR GAMES book beforehand [and many thanks to John Curry for republishing it!]). After that I bought every wargames book I could find and afford, including Charles Grant’s WAR GAME and Terry Wise’s INTRODUCTION TO BATTLE GAMING.
My first 20mm figures were the good old Airfix Guards Infantry and Band (in shocking pink!), soon followed by others as they were released, and by 1968, when I bought my first metal Hinton Hunt 20mm figures, I had a large collection of World War II figures, tanks, guns, and aircraft.
I am a founder member of WARGAME DEVELOPMENTS and have been the treasurer and membership secretary ever since. I have also organised – along with Tim Gow – the annual conference (COW – Conference of Wargamers) for the past ten years. I have written numerous sets of wargame rules, including ARRIBA ESPANA, BUNDOCK AND BAYONET, WHEN EMPIRES CLASH, and most recently THE PORTABLE WARGAME.
My main interests are wargaming any wars from 1850 onwards, although I have a special interest in Colonial, the Spanish Civil War, the Chaco War, and World War II wargaming. I also have a special interest in wargames that use square or hex grids for movement and weapon ranges, and write a wargaming blog called WARGAMING MISCELLANY (http://wargamingmiscellany.blogspot.co.uk).