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Guy Farrish

No – ‘playing toy soldiers’ is the same in English as in French – a derogatory term for childish behaviour. Many wargamers, me included, use it on occasion to undercut any implication that we take ourselves too seriously┬áby using it first – a bit like some other groups take ownership of an insult by using it themselves.


And in the English (as opposed to American) speaking world, I am pretty sure ‘wargaming’ is a lot older than ‘miniature wargaming’.