A couple of the scenarios in the Berlin campaign that our wargame group gamed some time ago needed some squads of "elderly policemen", many of whom had to be armed with just handguns.
These are figures from various sets of Germans - Revell, Airfix, Caesar, HaT, and even some of Orion's sets of cops-n-robbers and gave them heads with shakos taken from the HaT Industrie 1/72 scale WWI German Jaegers.
Back in the Summer I was in my old town of Winton in Manchester and I got the chance to game in the very same church hall where I used to wargame as a kid with my little plastic Airfix soldiers and tanks.
Back then the group was called the "Winton Warriors", and every week, with other kids my age, historically incorrect battles would be fought out with Tigers and Panthers against Centurion and Patton tanks, and other similar aberrations, but we loved it. At the club I'd marvel at the lovingly painted armies I'd see on the other tables there and the much more historically correct games being played by the older gamers who tolerated us youngsters and our plastic battles.
I've not been back to that church hall since the mid 70s, so just actually going back inside that very place after so many years made me feel nostalgic, to say the very least - nearly even brought a little tear to my old worldly eyes.
The fact that I also actually got to have a game there 40 years later, gave the nostalgia even more significance.
I'd seen on Facebook that the Manchester Area Wargames Society (MAWS) were going to be playing a big Normandy game in 20mm on a Sunday in August that coincided with my visit to the area, so I contacted them to see if I could come along and watch - well if you don't ask the answer is always no - and they kindly said yes ! They even went so far as to ask me to join the game as a player, which I course jumped at the opportunity,
And I had a great time, superb table, good friendly welcoming company, and a big game in my favourite scale.
A quick post about a recent trip to Brighton, which apart from being a great place to visit, has a quaint little shop called "Coastal Stamp Auctions".
They have vintage stamps galore, old magazines, second-hand model railway locos and accessories, and if you like scale miniatures there are plenty of pre-loved "vintage" model cars, kits, etc.,
On every visit to Brighton, I always come our of here with some little treasure.
2 x die-cast Bedford OB Utility buses.
I believe this model can be used WWII era (although I could be wrong - and often am) but whatever the case I have a cunning plan in my head for both of them in wartime use.
Matchbox "Rolamatic" Stoat armoured car
I don't know what vehicle this is even based on, maybe just an invention by Matchbox but who cares, it looks the business and so I also have another cunning plan for this little gem in modern / near future / post-apoc scenarios.
Lledo "Days Gone" Scammell
I would have bought up the shop, but had to control myself and was content to just get one more thing, this Lledo Scammell.
It looks roughly 1/72 scale (see figure comparison below), and scouring the internet I found it to be a Scammell "Rigid" 6 x wheeler from the late 1930s (oh dear, more of those cunning WWII era plans start to form in my head).
Orphaned Clone Army Guy
And finally later that very same day, just as I was opening the car door, I spied this little fella all alone and abandoned in the gutter next to the car wheel !
I just couldn't leave him there, so he came home with me. Not a bad 1/32 copy actually of a Matchbox US Infantry figure.
The family members who were with me at the time rolled their eyes, but I'm used to that so hey, no problem.
So, miniaturewise, a productive day in Brighton. This was followed later in the week by a visit up to Manchester where I got in a game at the very same church hall where I used to wargame as a kid (pictures will follow in one of the next updates), and then a trip to steaming hot Summertime Berlin last week where I found even more interesting little vintage treasures that I'll also post pictures of in a later update.