This page is my opportunity to salute wargamers who wargame operationally, or enjoy the “Not Quite” periods of history – the ones where new technology and tactics were disrupting the old, but had not matured to become the new orthodoxy. If manufacturers do not support the period and you have to improvise, well so much the better 🙂
In that Spirit, I salute Don Maddox’s Bombastian forces and their splendid mix of cutting edge technology carefully selected by the most modern scientific trials known to man:
Bombastia between the wars. Don Maddox’s collection and photo copyright.
Archduke Piccolo posted this excellent Finnish Winter War battle report, which perfectly illustrates the perils of historical research!
I’ve been meaning to add these photos from Alan Hamilton’s Morvalistan website for some time now. I applaud the idea of a fictitious campaign based loosely on East Africa in 1940s.
An Italian general on a white horse, with companion; Askaris and rubbish armour. What’s not to like? Photo copyright Alan Hamilton.
Scratch-built tractors and guns. Photo copyright Alan Hamilton.
Imaginative use of toy fire engines as limbers, with scratch-built guns. Photo copyright Alan Hamilton.
Mule train and guns with Askari crews. Photo copyright Alan Hamilton.
The Dancing Cake Tin’s Division Légère Mécanisée falls well within the spirit of NQM. Imagine 6 tons of (tiny) armoured fury racing into battle at 4.3 mph!
Graham Evans, a.k.a. Trebian, has produced rule sets for the Spanish Civil War and Russian Civil Wars, links over on Wargaming for Grown-ups. They are definitely rules rather than guidelines, and produce entertaining games with cavalry, rubbish armour and the odd biplane or armoured train (or the very latest in modern aviation, if you are selling the arms to the belligerents).