New Gaming Year Ir-Resolutions for 2023?

What will 2023 bring on the tabletop?

Crossposted from my Man Of TIN Blog Two …

https://manoftinblogtwo.wordpress.com/2022/12/27/new-gaming-year-ir-resolutions-2023/

Featherstone’s Close Wars rules used for modern combat? Model Rails and Wargames blog post from Norway

A link to Roger Halvorsen’s interesting blog post from Norway that mentions my Close Wars posts

https://modelrailsandwargames.blogspot.com/2022/12/close-wars.html

Crossposted (as appropriate to the plastic soldiers used by Roger) from my Pound Store Plastic Warrior Blog

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2022/12/10/featherstones-close-wars-skirmish-rules-for-modern-games-model-rails-and-wargames-blog/

Annoyingly I find I cannot leave comments on Roger’s post (a Google sign in thing)

Enjoy! Post by Mark Man of TIN 10 December 2022

Lacrosse stick as a Ranged Weapon? St Trinian’s and Invasion Be Blowed! WW1 Boy Scouts

Crossposted (with apologies for any duplications) from my Man Of TIN Two blog,

https://manoftinblogtwo.wordpress.com/2022/10/09/lacrosse-stick-st-trinians-and-boy-scouts-invasion-be-blowed/

being a selection of recent blog posts from my DMZ Demilitarised Scouting Wide Games for the Tabletop Project. https://sidetracked2017blog.wordpress.com

Man of TIN Blog one is now almost 100% full of its free GB amount after six years of photo-heavy blogging about gaming and toy soldiers. I will maintain Man Of TIN Blog one and crosspost as needed from its progression / extension site Man of TIN Blog Two.

Specific posts about Scouting Wide Games, Sidetracked (railway overlaps with gaming) etc. will continue to go out on their own niche WordPress blogs.

Blog links posted by Mark Man of TIN, 8/9 October 2022

St. Trinian’s, St. Trinian’s, our battle cry …

Work in Progress: The next Scouting Wide Games for the Tabletop patrol or group is a little different. They are the 1st St Trinians Girl Guides, no less.

The St Trinians Guides appear in at least one film to retrieve casualties on stretchers on First Aid duty during one of the famous hockey matches (or hockey massacres).

These girls are conversions from the Little Britons STS 42mm Range LBB30 Boy Scout figure, using PVA glue and tissue paper for skirt / pinafore dress and untidy hair, with a file and snips to roughen the hats up.

Dressed in a motley assortment of hats, guide uniform and school uniform from the 1930s and 40s, these gals eschew the traditional scout staff for the more effective duelling or melee weapon of the hockey stick. I found modelling a lacrosse stick a bit tricky; the odd croquet mallet might be possible instead.

More on St Trinians, the original Ronald Searle cartoons and their wartime origins, several YouTube film clips, including their school or battle song (with its astute military strategy) here at:

https://tabletopscoutingwidegames.wordpress.com/2022/09/09/st-trinians-st-trinians-will-never-die/

Crossposted from my Scouting Wide Games for the Tabletop blog.

Blog post by Mark Man Of TIN (1970s British Cub Scout, Bronze Arrow, retired) 11 September 2022

A Third Force preying on either side?

A gaming scenario for the future, inspired by the GURU Pig blog, about a group of deserters, guerrillas or even vampires preying on the participants on either side of a battle.

My enemy’s enemy is not always your friend.

Crossposted on 4 September 2022 from my Man Of TIN Two extension site:

https://manoftinblogtwo.wordpress.com/2022/09/04/a-third-force-preying-in-either-side/

Haworth Will Fall: Stranger Things, Yarkshire Folklore and The Brontes

When Stranger Things meets The Brontes…

When Hawkins, Indiana meets Haworth, Yarkshire …

Crossposted from Man Of TIN Two blog:

https://manoftinblogtwo.wordpress.com/2022/08/20/haworth-will-fall-stranger-things-yarkshire-folklore-and-the-brontes/

Most. Bronte. Ever!

With thanks to the Bronte Babe Blog. (Cross)Posted by Mark Man Of TIN, 20 August 2022

RPG, Escape From Kraznir and Scouting Wide Games

A repost of a December 2019 “clearing the drafts” blogpost about Escape from Kraznir that I reread recently as I try to work out more RPG / narrative and fantasy elements into my Scouting Wide Games Project:

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2019/12/23/man-of-tin-blogvent-calendar-day-23-kraznir-revisited/

August 2022 Update: New Post with the original Kraznir scenario and map which I have crudely denamed, the characters made gender neutral and differently classed or with more generic, updated character types to suit a wider range of periods:

https://tabletopscoutingwidegames.wordpress.com/2022/08/15/kraznir-denamed-and-rebooted-2022/

Blog posted by Mark Man Of TIN December 2019 / August 2022

“Une Page de Tournee” toy soldier illustration postcard by Andre Martins de Barros

https://www.artabus.com/martins/chumg5

As a collector of toy soldier things, I found this toy soldier postcard entitled Une page de tournée (“a turning page”) on Etsy for a few pounds. I was intrigued by the toy soldiers escaping from a battle illustration in a (French) book.

A little surreal … especially the connected or disconnected collection of objects around them:

A knight statue. Spider webs. Old French postcard. Unwritten postcards. Bound volumes or old books. Lautrec style Paris Moulin Rouge / Can Can print of group de Mlle Eglantine.

They carry light machine guns and look a little like chunky Airfix British Paratroopers or Atlantic ‘euro figures’. Presumably they may be ‘modern’ 20th century French Troops? Or generic modern infantry?

Some figures escape the page or several of the figures are still in the book, covering their retreat or just wounded.

Paintings like this are designed to provoke questions.

What are they escaping from?

Have they been defeated or routed?

What story are they in? Is it a history or a fiction story?

They reminded me of a modern version of the Bronte “Twelves” toy soldiers in the famous children’s book and the art installation at Bronte Parsonage Museum.

Su Blackwell’s Remnants exhibition 2010 inspired by Bronte juvenilia at the Bronte Parsonage Museum. Photo: Su Blackwell website.

They reminded me also a little, albeit in modern combat fatigues, of the toy soldiers which come to life in E. Nesbit’s The Town in The Library, an Edwardian children’s book:

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2016/06/25/how-to-feed-toy-soldiers/

Shirley Tourret’s illustration to Nesbit’s The Town in The Library

I knew nothing about Andre Martins but found a biographical note and digital print of my postcard here – https://www.artabus.com/martins/

“André Martins de Barros was born in 1942 in Pau, a small town in the foothills of the Pyrénées near the Spanish border.  He married in 1974 and has two grown-up children.” Apparently he worked in Paris.

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There was a very interesting quote about his work by Christian Germak –

“His painting are never simple; they tell more than the story depicted on the surface and are often deep philosophical statements in themselves revealing great thoughts, secrets and symbols. They can be poetic or full of humour.”

“Each painting belies more than than one interpretations and in some pictures you sense as he is playing with his characters arranging them as children would  with their toy soldiers. Whether he is using books, bodies, horses or cans, it is all a game.”

Comment by Christian Germak (translated in English by Fiona Remnant)

How odd that he doesn’t mention “arranging them as grown men and women of a certain age would still with their toy soldiers.”

Christian Germak goes on to say about Martins’ work: “The artist’s ultimate aim is to lead us in his world of dreams and fantasy and in so doing offers us the opportunity to be surrounded by and confront our own philosophical thoughts and beliefs inspired by travels through the subconscious. Experience his work and enter his world.”

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This makes me think that what we do, collecting and displaying toy soldiers in vignettes and dioramas or gaming with them, is quite similar to how Martins and other illustrators create character, scene and story along with tension, peril and emotion in a scene.

This could be said of the striking Airfix ‘Box Art’, especially for the figures and vehicles. A freeze frame from real life or a 50s 60s war film?

The same could be said of our gaming scenarios, diorama making and writers.

In some ways, painting, scriptwriting, (graphic) novels and TV scripts, some types of figure gaming and RPGs share similarities – they are all creative, character building, involve setting the scene, overcoming challenges and coming to some form of resolution.

There is an old writers maxim – “Impediment makes a narrative“, whether it is a fantasy RPG or historical War Game, a Hollywood script, TV or Radio cliff-hanger, theatre or musical performance.

This “Impediment” in our games is the contested pinchpoint of a bridge over impassable stream, the unbalanced force, the dice roll delaying the arrival of reinforcements, the ammunition running out, the Paratroops arriving off landing zone target …

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What is written on the “turning page”?

What does the book say in Martins’ strange painting?

The illustrated page is captioned “[… dade] de l’ennemi” (… of the Enemy) and the other page

“… the war costing us nearly two billion a day … we must foresee the moment when the [re…] gold of our public treasury … be started, only to settle the orders that we have made abroad. Today we export less and import more. At present we find ourselves debtors of a few nations. Here are the realities.”

It doesn’t make much sense, being roughly translated using a French to English translation online website / program.

Blogposted by Mark Man Of TIN, 15 August 2022

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B.P.S. Blog Post Script

Another artist who collected and featured ‘toy soldiers’ in his art – Andrew Wyeth

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2016/07/14/hobby-learning-1-andrew-wyeth/

Andrew Wyeth toy soldier sketch in Richard Scholl’s book Toy Soldiers (Courage Books, USA, 2004) about the Malcolm Forbes Toy Soldier Collection.

Morse Code signals, monoplanes, spies and submarines – Canadian Girl Guides 1942 WW2

A remarkable story of Canadian Guides in WW2:

https://tabletopscoutingwidegames.wordpress.com/2022/08/12/enemy-submarines-morse-code-and-monoplanes-canadian-girl-guide-adventures-in-ww2/

An interesting gaming scenario?

Crossposted from my Scouting Wide Games for the Tabletop blog, 12 /13 August 2022