My comrade in arms, Dan Foley and I are working on our own shiny toy soldier rules at present. We’ve been using his 42mm Spencer Smiths, and my 30mm flats.
This is the introduction to the introduction:
“This game is intended as a simple game involving toy soldiers of the classic style. It isn’t intended to be ‘realistic’ in any sense. Rather, it’s the friendly collaboration of two wargamers of mature years, with getting on for a century of playing with small but lethal figurines between them. It is a relaxed and relaxing game, where enough depends on the turn of a card and the roll of a handful of dice to say that our disasters are pure chance, but enough cunning decision-making to claim our victories as acts of brilliant generalship.”
If anyone is interested, I’ve begun a ‘Gentleman’s War’ Yahoo Group (which seems like an archaism in itself in 2016, but I can’t send a broadsheet printed in a squalid shop in Whitechapel, which obviously I’d prefer.)
Go here to join –
It’s not so much a ‘period’ as an attitude. The ‘Old Toy Soldier’ style of figures are primarily late C19th in style, and the game is very much Horse & Musket in technology and tactics. Fusilier Dan’s ‘armies’ are made up of 42mm figures from Spencer Smith and Irregular.
Mine are a recently acquired collection of American Revolution 30mm flats, painted in a folk art manner. This earlier period means a bit of backdating in weaponry, as well as specific rules that fit the mood of that era.