Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Old school versus new school

Fads come and fads go, but ever since the Master of Tradgarland explored his old school ACW, I have been thinking about doing something similar involving tricornes and muskets and all that.

See the Duchy of Tradgarland post here,

So I got the Introduction to Battle Gaming by Terry Wise and The War Game by Charles Grant, both vintage and influential books from many, many moons ago. I started to wonder what I could do and had a look for figures.

And here now comes a dilemma. On the one hand there are the vintage classic Spencer Smith miniatures.  Very basic sculpts but having a charm all their own. 

And on the other hand are modern sculpts like these Perry miniatures.

What to go for, if indeed I do get some figures?  The Spencer Smith used to be cast in soft plastic, but are now metal. Metal is OK, but with 50 plus infantry or 25 plus cavalry in a unit, expense and weight become influential factors. Especially weight. Plastics seem the better option at the moment, particularly the Perry minis.

Maybe my current rambling thoughts will not result in any purchases or painting, but it's fun to think about the possibilities of using old school classic rules with either vintage or modern figures.


  1. If its on the sculpt you paint it, if its not you won't. Both styles of figures have their merits although this might be a case where the figure aren't as important as the rules?

    If you are looking for mass effect how about 6mm:

    I know I am evil

    Cheers, Ross

  2. Thanks, Ross.
    I laughed out loud. Evil indeed. I'll have a look at smaller figures.

    I don't know if you'll recall, but there was a trip to Carronade a year or two back where I had the AWI in my thoughts and Kallistra figures in mind. All I bought were books, but I might have another look.