Hamming it up as the Italian Naval Umpire during “Operation Herkules” at Duxford 2010

Wargaming caught my imagination as a teenager in Scunthorpe through Charles Grant’s ‘Battle!’ in the  pages of the Meccano Magazine. By the ’70s I had met Paddy Griffith, Nigel de Lee and others at the Sandhurst Wargames Club, and by the ’80s, Wargames Development had been formed, and the early forerunner  of NQM had been invented at Moore Park.I have always enjoyed large multiplayer games, as the player interactions are always more interesting than the rulesets, (which should demand as little of the players’ time as possible to allow them to get on with the important duties of planning the battle, and chatting to other players).

It took another five years before I owned my own basement  games table in Wellingborough. Games took place there and in a huge display hall at the back of Tradewinds Outdoor in Wellingborough up until the late ’90s. These games were all played using 20mm figures.

A move of house led to me downsizing the combatants to my current 15mm collection. A large part of the 20mm collection still lives on with Tim Gow in Sheffield.  The current free rules download is available from the home page on this blog.

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  1. Chris

    Did you umpire the Sealion game as well? Paddy asked me to do Student for Crete but due to Real Life(tm) I couldn’t.

    All the best



    • Hi Andreas,

      No, I missed Seeloewe but read about it afterwards. I think that I was probably in Germany at the time. I was there for Memphis Mangler as the Air Umpire though, and various others of the Sandhurst games. Paddy is sadly missed, as his unique brand of hard-to-replicate games and catering is a hard act to follow. History has glossed over “Dungeons and Dormice” at Cartwheels, probably for the better :O) Good to hear from you.

      Kind regards,



      • Thanks for the reply Chris. I played Adolf in the Sandhurst game, being the only German in attendance. It was great fun. I hadn’t heard that Paddy is no longer with us, that is a great shame.

        With best regards



  2. How about putting together a decently formatted PDF of NQM? Put it on WargameVault and I’d even pay a bit for it.


  3. Paul A Allcock

    Hi Chris,
    been a while since we last met (er, on the order of 40 years?). It was only this week that I too referenced Grant’s Battle from Meccano Magazine. Those were the days, dashing up to the school library to see if the latest issue had come in so that we could field something new or work out how to properly use what we’d already got.


  4. Paul A Allcock

    Still gaming, but definitely NOT grown up. Nor sensible. Divorced – and the cat doesn’t complain about gaming – and sort-of-retired. So I have plenty of time. And moved back to Sunny Scunny where the wargames club (not exactly a continuation of the “original” one) is still at Grange Farm Hobbies Centre.


  5. Paul A Allcock

    You may or may not be interested, but we’re attempting a school reunion: https://www.facebook.com/groups/198230973985101/permalink/218227078652157/


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