Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Nostalgia




Canberra Times Article 25 January 1981


On the 2020 Australia Day weekend more bush fires on the south coast, forced a change of plan and I visited Cancon, for the first time in several years. It was busier and noiser than ever, and while crowds and competitions aren't my cup of tea, the tawdry allure of adding yet more figures to the collection proved tempting enough. I found this old Canberra Times article with a photo of some old gaming mates recently. A lot of things have changed in the hobby since then, but not all are necessarily, for the best.

I also found while sorting through my boxes of 15mm figures these old Minifig Late Republican Roman legionaries (photos below). I think I painted these around the same time using a small pen and ink to get the black line look and I certainly wouldn't attempt to hand paint shields like this now with all the transfers available. I'm not sure why they aren't armed with pila as they're based on the first illustration in Phil Barker's WRG book Armies and Enemies of Imperial Rome. I still have an edition of this dating to February 1972, as well as the 4th Edition of January 1981, with the much nicer Ian Heath illustrations. These figures are still available on the Miniature Figurines/Matchlock Miniatures site and I think they have stood the test of time surprisingly well or maybe it's just nostalgia.








8 comments:

  1. Good looking Romans despite their age.

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    1. Thanks Jonathan, the old Minifigs still have some nice ranges.

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  2. That old photo is hilarious! What we looked like in the late 70' early 80's, yikes! Those Minifigs look waaay better than mine did way back then. Thanks for sharing, brought back memories of my mates.

    Cheers
    Kevin

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    1. Thanks Kevin, yep flares, long hair and disco, those were the days! No worries. I think back then when everyone played WRG Ancients it was maybe a bit friendlier and less fractured.

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  3. Nice looking Roman! Couldn't get on with WRG ancients to be honest, great period photo!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thanks Iain, fair enough, I wouldn't want to play them now.

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