25/10/2018 at 12:51 #102416
It used to be all Peter Gilder round here, before all those pesky kids showed up with their Warhammer and their rap music.
A thread for grumpy old gits to share their wargaming memorabilia.
I’ll start – from 1977, when rule books were made on a sort of mechanical word processor known as a ‘typewriter’:25/10/2018 at 14:11 #102418Geof DowntonParticipant
This grumpy old git started with the bloke wot invented Warhammer…
One who puts on his armour should not boast like one who takes it off.
Ahab, King of Israel; 1 Kings 20:1125/10/2018 at 14:53 #102419
*sigh* I remember it well. Jumpers for goalposts…
Come on, someone must have Laserburn and Imperial Commander.25/10/2018 at 15:08 #102421Tony HughesParticipant
I do have some Roneo stencilled rules of an even earlier vintage as well as at least one handwritten set photocopied illicitly on the work’s photocopier (a sackable offence for an office lad in the late 60’s).
Not all rules were done that way though, the LWS rules of mid-60’s vintage were well laid out and properly printed little booklets – I’d bet one of their members was a printer !!
Still have a copy of Laserburn I think but mostly mine are historical.25/10/2018 at 16:02 #102425
Your wish is my command, @MattH . I have, and still play occasionally, Laserburn and Imperial Commander. These rules have stood the test of time for me.25/10/2018 at 16:03 #102426
I used to love Retinue too, but my brother got sick of the Vikings with their Dane Axes which were a super-weapon in these rules, especially when wielded by a Hollywood-style berserker.25/10/2018 at 16:14 #102427Mike HeaddenParticipant
A selection of my 70s and 80s rulebooks. Earlier stuff is still in a box somewhere in a pile of stuff moved from my old house to here … a decade ago!
I have a hankering to play a game of Retinue now.
There are 100 types of people in the world, those who understand binary and those who can work from incomplete data25/10/2018 at 16:33 #102428Norm SParticipant
I am a natural ‘cleaer outer of all things’, something I frequently regret when it comes to thinking about old (and even not so old) rule books. I have however recently re-aquired Napoleonic Wargaming by Charles Grant (hardback 1974).
I am recognising several of the covers shown above.25/10/2018 at 18:43 #102439
I have, and still play occasionally, Laserburn and Imperial Commander. These rules have stood the test of time for me.
Oh god yes, I had all of those at one point. I played so much Laserburn back then. Those TTG 15mm figures were amazing.
And Imperial Commander was the basis of WH40K, minus the spiky chaos WW1 tanks etc.25/10/2018 at 18:54 #102440willzParticipant
This is the book that introduced me to wargaming, Ipswich library 1971. I had this book out on loan for several months and then my Dad bought me a copy. The rest is history as they say.25/10/2018 at 20:03 #102445
Oh god yes, I had all of those at one point. I played so much Laserburn back then. Those TTG 15mm figures were amazing. And Imperial Commander was the basis of WH40K, minus the spiky chaos WW1 tanks etc.
I still have an Imperial Assault Group. I even recently finished painting it! It only took me 25-30 years. I posted about it on my blog: https://ooh-shiny-complex.blogspot.com/2015/01/imperial-assault-group-laserburn.html
Despite what I wrote in the blog, I wound up painting a full scout formation based on the Forces of the Imperium book. At some point, I plan to paint the power and dreadnought armour contingents, but I should really focus on the Red Redemptionist Rebels first. They have been waiting just as long as the Imperials did.26/10/2018 at 08:37 #102454Alan HamiltonParticipant
Fairly recently I retyped our WW2 wargame rules from the early 1960s that had been done on a typewriter with carbon paper for copies. Our club Napoleonic Naval (for converted Airfix HMS Victory models), Ancient, ACW and others were printed on a second hand Roneo or Gestetner with coloured pages (now long faded away) done on a Banda spirit based copier. All of these are still in use.
In the “might be useful one day” boxes are all sorts of old rules – Thane Tostig, WRG etc.26/10/2018 at 18:59 #102527Ivan SorensenParticipant
YOu can get reprinted Laserburn books from 15mm.co.uk
I don’t really own anything super old mini’s wise. I do have copies of Tobruk and the original Squad Leader if that counts.27/10/2018 at 10:11 #102556Shaun TraversParticipant
My most played of my oldest wargame set is what I played when starting out with WW2 back when I was 15. Tractics.
I do have a copy of WRG Ancients 5th edition that I played in 1979. It put me off Ancients for 5 years!
I have since collected and played older sets of Ancient rules, but only played each once so do not think they really count27/10/2018 at 10:21 #102557Not Connard SageParticipant
You should see all the old stuff that’s on my shelves. 🙂
Obvious contrarian and passive aggressive old prat, who is taken far too seriously by some and not seriously enough by others.27/10/2018 at 14:13 #102562deephorseParticipant
Good to see a couple of copies of ‘Action under Sail’ by Steve Birnie. Steve is a good friend of mine and we’ve gamed together for over fourty years. He’s still mad keen on anything naval, me, not so much!
Play is what makes life bearable - Michael Rosen28/10/2018 at 00:34 #102599madmanParticipant
Shaun are you my doppelganger? What year? For me it was ’74 or ’75!28/10/2018 at 03:48 #102607Shaun TraversParticipant
Stephen – it was later than that – 1979. I was 14. At the only gaming club in Brisbane at the time there was not a wide choice of rules – if you wanted to play WW2, it was 1/72 and 1/76 plastics and Tractics. If you played Ancients, it was 25mm (and Minifigs or Hinchcliffe at that) and WRG.30/10/2018 at 22:23 #102800Les HammondParticipant
Rules I used before graduating to WRG.
Still got them all
6mm France 1940
https://www.facebook.com/groups/386297688467965/31/10/2018 at 01:04 #102805grizzlymcParticipant
Yawn! I have a set of Napoleonic rules written by Don Featherstone, typed onto the wax ?roneo sheets and joined by a single staple.
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