My earliest wargaming memories are of buying Airfix HO scale figures, didn't matter if they were Arabs or Confederates, they were all welcome in my games. That was 40+ years ago, and things have moved on a bit since then in the wargaming world, although plastics are the "in" thing again!!
I have always had a love of history, especially military history, and with the encouragement of my late Father I joined a small but enthusiastic band of gamers, The South Beds Immortals, with the rather unique Wally Hearle at the helm. Wally and I had some truly fantastic games, ranging from huge 15mm ACW affairs, to large scale Renaissance encounters, often lasting several days, oh to be 16 again and have nothing to get in the way of gaming.
But life changes and I moved on from the club, to a wargaming wilderness, and I became more of a figure painter and collector, having no gaming outlet nearby, and yet Barry Hilton was a mere 20 miles up the road, sadly still unbeknown to me.I still kept a keen interest in the hobby, watching it develop through magazines and shows, but still unable to participate. That was until a chance remark at Partizan, brought me into contact with members of this blog, and the rest they say is "history".
Large numbers of figures for new periods were needed, initially Napoleonics,and then for a period of which I knew virtually nothing, the wars of the late 17th century. As has been said before the sheer colour and variety of uniforms, as well as the fact that a quick flag change allows you to field an entirely different army lent itself to me, and I was hooked.
I still love to paint figures, but I now also get the chance to game with them, and some really nice blokes as well. It's great that we now have the internet to help us research our armies, but also to sit with a cup of tea and look at some great "eye candy", so enjoy our offerings.