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I've been interested in wargaming ever since I started playing with my Marx toy soldiers in the backyard in the mid-60's, and then again when I came across Don Featherstone's Battles with Model Soldiers at the local library in the early 70's. About 20 years ago I started painting some medieval knights for my son as a Christmas present, and became re-acquainted with the hobby.

It didn't take long before I started spending lots of my disposable income on armies in various scales; I originally started with lots of 54mm plastics in Medieval, WWII, ACW and even ECW (more for display than play, I suppose) but quickly shifted to 1/72 - 20mm scale to fight larger battles at a reasonable cost. I started with DBA/DBM, and purchased other rule sets like Tactica, Volley & Bayonet, an assortment of medieval rules, home-made rules, and various others like Rapid Fire for WWII. I've done a fair amount of solo wargaming by necessity, but my main areas of interest right now include the Later Medieval Period (1315-1485), ECW and WWII.

I like plastic, and since I'm notoriously cheap, it suits my budget. I suppose I also figure that if Airfix was good enough to inspire Featherstone in those early days, it should be good enough for me--especially since today's best plastic offerings are far superior in terms of sculpting to anything available back in the 70's. In fact, I find the proportions of most plastic figure lines to be far more pleasing to my eye than the most of the chunky, slightly cartoonish-looking metal figures I often see in 15 and 28mm. That said, I have nothing against metal, and do supplement my armies with compatible metal 20-25mm figures from lines like Tumbling Dice. In the end, it's a matter of personal preference, and I believe people should play whatever they like...indeed, I can appreciate a well-painted army of any material or scale.

After a little time off from the hobby, I have taken to sorting through my boxes of painted and unpainted soldiers, organizing my military library, and cleaning up my work area as I prepare to "enlist" once again. I created the website to help keep track of my progress, organize my thoughts, and try to provide a source of useful information, ideas, news and perhaps even inspiration to historical wargamers old and new.

Mark


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I've been interested in wargaming ever since I started playing with my Marx toy soldiers in the backyard in the mid-60's, and then again when I came across Don Featherstone's Battles with Model Soldiers at the local library in the early 70's. About 20 years ago I started painting some medieval knights for my son as a Christmas present, and became re-acquainted with the hobby...[more]