Wargaming caught my imagination as a teenager 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 old NQM website can still be found at www.notquitemechanised.co.uk together with orbats and free umpire guidlines to download for private non-commercial use only. The current download is available from the home page on this blog.