Barry Hilton - Having been asked a couple of years ago to write a column piece for Wargames Illustrated I thought over it and agreed. I wasn't sure how it would work out as the brief was brief yet at the same time the lines on the playing field were fairly clearly marked out. I would definitely know when I was offside.
|White haired, old and curmudgeonly - Hilton|
My personal approach to the activity was to choose topics which I held some kind of opinion about or had some significance for the collective body of wargamers. I also wanted to keep the whole thing somewhat light and lubricated by what I consider to be humour (although I accept that view may not be widely shared).
|Made the cover but possibly in a bad tempered way|
A recent piece in Miniature Wargames pointed at some worrying trends in the hobby as seen from my trench. The (I presume) veteran gamer (as I have seen his name around the place for years) Arthur Harman was motivated enough to comment in print and in detail on several of the key points I made. Henry Hyde duly published his reply.
|The fearless editor|
I have absolutely no comments to make on Arthur's piece other than it is well written and boldly argued. The fact he sees things a little differently is wonderful. I inferred nothing from it other than the frequent use of Mr before my name. Ironically this level of frequency is usually reserved for someone you disrespect rather than the opposite.. funny language English. As he and I are unlikely ever to share the corner of a saloon bar there is no possible damage done. Thanks Mr Harman for taking the time to put finger to keyboard. It was a nice trip back to the old days and I enjoyed that.
|The red brick sheds on the Scheldt - CRISIS venue|
An interesting perspective on my hobby personality was made obvious through a chance meeting at Crisis 2014 in Antwerp. As I took a couple of iPhone shots of my game a WI shirted cove who I did not recognize introduced himself as Wayne. I had in fact corresponded with him several times on email. When I revealed myself to be a scrivener for his illustrious employer he was genuinely surprised. You are Barry Hilton? my God, I was expecting a white haired old curmudgeon!
I am indeed a lot of things that may not be considered pure and good and true but curmudgeon... no.