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

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

Recent Boy Scout and Girl Scout uniform research for my Scouting Wide Games Project, quarterstaff fighting and Mutant Snowmen

Recent uniform research to create new patrols of Girl Scouts and Guides, Boy Scouts and other unformed groups for my Scouting Wide Games for the Tabletop Project – a summary of recent blog posts late July / August 2022, crossposted from my other blogs:

https://manoftinblogtwo.wordpress.com/2022/08/07/recent-scouting-wide-games-uniform-research-quarterstaff-fights-mutant-snowmen-and-other-blog-posts/

Solo gaming: Quarterstaff fighting and Mutant Snowmen …

Blogposted by Mark Man Of TIN, 1970s British Cub Scout (Bronze Arrow, retired) 7 August 2022

The Lost Snow Patrol Defrosted – early Girl Scouts versus Mutant Snowmen c. 1909 1910

The Lost Snow Patrol Defrosted – early Girl Scouts versus Mutant Snowmen c. 1909 / 1910

The frozen North, 1909/1910 somewhere in Britain or Europe.

The mystery of a missing Boy Scout patrol. A Girl Scout patrol caught in a snow blizzard up in the hill forests. Lashings of hot chocolate, quarter staff fighting, fire arrows and some carrots …

Cross posted by Mark Man Of TIN (not Man of Snow) from my Scouting Wide Games for the Tabletop blog https://tabletopscoutingwidegames.wordpress.com/2022/07/30/the-lost-snow-patrol-defrosted-early-girl-scouts-versus-mutant-snowmen/

Further Uses of the Scout Staff

Beyond quarter staff drill …

Boy Scouts Of America handbook first edition 1911

Crossposted from my Scouting Wide Games for the Tabletop blog

https://tabletopscoutingwidegames.wordpress.com/2022/07/23/further-uses-of-the-scout-staff/

Staff or Stave drill opens up some skirmish and melee possibilities for my Scouting figures with staffs, male and female:

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2019/09/17/boy-scouts-camping-and-quarter-staves-again/

Khaki Lass – Be Prepared – early Girl Scout (Of America?) postcard

Up early, dodging the heat, working on another Girl Scout Of America patrol for my Scouting Wide Games for the Tabletop Project.

This charming Khaki Lass says “Be Prepared” – keep safe in the heat.

Postcard image painted by Philip Boileau, c. 1910s.

Crossposted from my Scouting Wide Games – read more about this card and painter here:

https://tabletopscoutingwidegames.wordpress.com/2022/07/17/be-prepared-girl-scout-of-america-postcard

Blog posted by Mark Man Of TIN, 1970s British Boy Scout (Bronze Arrow, retired) on 17 July 2022.

Scouting Wide Games in art and on postcards and as RPGs – links

Scouting Wide Games in Art, on Postcards and in Role Playing Games

Happy Father’s Day to all!

My late Dad was an (Assistant) Scoutmaster for many years, who enjoyed Wide Games as a wartime child and as a Boy Scout, so I think he would appreciate this post.

Here below are a collection of links to some of my recent posts on interesting scouting paintings and postcard images, along with RPG elements, which have provided me with inspiration for gaming scenarios for my Scouting Wide Games for the Tabletop Project.

The Scouting Wide Games for the Tabletop Project started out in 2019 as a simple page and posts on this Man of TIN blog but has since grown to become an entirely separate blog.

Here for Man Of TIN blog (and Man of TIN Blog Two) readers are these links as a quick update on this ongoing tabletop gaming project.

Postcards

I own so far only a couple of these curious silent film type Davidson Brothers postcards (above) and have found more images online. I hope to acquire some more affordable examples over time:

https://tabletopscoutingwidegames.wordpress.com/2022/06/17/scouting-on-postcards-the-davidson-brothers-boy-scout-series/

The Wide Game and Scouts in Paintings

I have also enjoyed finding some fantastic scouting paintings such as ‘The Wide Game‘ by George Hillyard Swinstead from the Scouts Heritage Service online via Art UK:

https://tabletopscoutingwidegames.wordpress.com/2022/06/05/the-good-turn-by-george-hillyard-swinstead-1916-scout-painting-and-first-aid-scenario-photos/

https://tabletopscoutingwidegames.wordpress.com/2022/06/05/the-wide-game-painting-by-george-hillyard-swinstead-scout-heritage-service-art-uk/

There is an interesting detail of a wounded Tommy in his Hospital Blues in ‘The Good Turn’ painting by Swinstead, painted in 1916.

Scouting Photographs

These staged photographs and paintings capture a little of the outdoor spirit Wide Games from my original scouting photo snaps collection:

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2020/02/17/ww1-boy-scout-photographs-in-my-collection-1/

https://tabletopscoutingwidegames.wordpress.com/2020/02/20/more-early-scouting-photos-from-ww1/

All good inspiration for my Scouting Wide Games for the Tabletop Project.

Role Playing Game Characters and Badge Skills

With the help of Alan (Duchy Of Tradgardland) Gruber, I am thinking through how to add a Role Playing Game RPG / NPC elements of character ability (and badge skills) to the simple Wide Games and snowball fight rules.

My D&D / Stranger Things related blog post introduces this topic:

https://tabletopscoutingwidegames.wordpress.com/2022/06/13/scouting-wide-games-rpgs-dungeons-and-dragons-and-stranger-things/

It could be The Shire, the Upside Down or a D&D scenario map? Your local woods transformed with The Cloak of Romance and a suitable Wide Games gaming scenario and imagination …

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Scouting Wide Games – for Girls?

Along with uniform research for figure conversions on early Scout uniform and that of other youth movements such as Camp Fire Girls USA and British Camp Fire Girls, each having their own page on the blog.

Figure conversions from 42mm range of STS Little Britons Spencer Smith Miniatures LBB30 Boy Scouts to African-American Camp Fire Girls USA – work in progress

There – that brings us up to date with the ongoing Scouting Wide Games for the Tabletop Project. This also fits my DMZ Demilitarised gaming mood.

Blog posted on 18/ 19 June (Happy Father’s Day!) by Mark Man of TIN, 1970s British Cub Scout (Bronze Arrow, retired).

Camp Fire Girls USA on the Painting Table

Ready for gloss spray varnish, the finishing touch to my Camp Fire Girls USA figures:

It’s been a busy month both at work and preparing a local history talk in the evenings, so these Camp Fire Girls figures got stuck on the painting table in their tissue paper bloomers for a few weeks! Sorry, Girls!

The original STS Shiny Toy Soldiers 42mm Little Britons Range LBB30 Boy Scout figure (a stout little chap!) can be seen on the left.

Finally after more research into uniforms for African American Camp Fire Girls, out came the paint brushes for some prototype figure painting in gloss shiny toy soldier (pink face dot) style.

I have chosen variations on the patriotic ‘Minute Girls‘ WW1 era red, white and blue Camp Fire / YWCA uniform that lasted through to the 1960s.

You can read and see more about all this at my Scouting Wide Games for the Tabletop blog post:

https://tabletopscoutingwidegames.wordpress.com/2022/05/30/camp-fire-girls-usa-on-the-painting-table/

Not everything worked, I have learnt a few lessons about history, painting skin tones in gloss toy soldier style (no pink face dot!) and also some further ideas for refining or diversifying my figure conversions for making up the rest of each eight girl team or patrol of African American and a patrol or two of White American / Latin American Mexican patrols.

British Camp Fire Girls (in brown) to follow.

https://tabletopscoutingwidegames.wordpress.com/2022/05/30/camp-fire-girls-usa-on-the-painting-table/

African American YWCA Girl Reserves (NYPL)

This month I have been reading South Side Girls by Marcia Chatelain and listening to Chicago South Side Girl and former FLOTUS Michelle Obama’s autobiography Becoming. https://tabletopscoutingwidegames.wordpress.com/2022/05/08/radical-brownies-monarchs-and-black-camp-fire-girls-usa/

Blog crossposted from https://tabletopscoutingwidegames.wordpress.com by Mark Man Of TIN, 1970s British Cub Scout (Bronze Arrow, retired) on 31 May 2022