Paperboy Martians Have Landed on my Doormat

They’re here!

Man of TIN, scouts and my own Cath Kidston cut out paper Guards greet the Paperboys arrival.

At last! They’re here at last! Huzzah! Or Ulla?

They’re all utterly gorgeous. You have to buy a copy or two!

Somewhere in paper soldier Valhalla, the late and much missed Stuart Asquith is smiling.

My favourite of all pages are the Civilians. As lively and full of character as Tintin or the work of Raymond Briggs like Ethel and Ernest. I hope Peter Dennis takes that as a complement!

But, crowding round my copy as I opened it, fresh from Helion thought the post, a gasp went up from the tiny men (and women) – “Where were the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts?”

In times of peril such as Martian or Franco / Prussian invasion, England expects everyone to step up and be counted – Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts too!

Hopefully in time Peter Dennis will amend this omission and put some Edwardian Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts on his Paperboys Little Wars website page, if only to keep an eye on the Prussians there!

https://m.facebook.com/pg/thePaperboysPage/posts/

https://peterspaperboys.com/collections/little-wars

Hint: Peter, there’s plenty of early scout uniform details, if you want on my Scouting Wide Games for the Tabletop website blog and Man of TIN blog:

https://tabletopscoutingwidegames.wordpress.com

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2019/04/27/easter-eggs-wide-games-and-the-cloak-of-romance/

Early ‘Paperboys’!? Some of my Edwardian scraps of Scouts (probably printed in Germany)

Surrey scouts c. WW1 Copyright: my Scoutingwidegames for the Tabletop photo collection.

Making my Paperboys up might have to wait!

Probably until after I have to finish working with Alan ‘Tradgardland’ Gruber on our 54mm Scouting Wide Games and Snowball Fight offerings for the Little Wars Revisited 54mm gaming day.

This takes place on Saturday March 14th 2020 in Martian invaded Woking, no less! (still spaces available) see here for details –

https://littlewarsrevisited.boards.net/thread/404/lwr-forum-games-day-2020

Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN (not Boy of PAPER) 21 February 2020

H.G. Wells’ Little Wars of The Worlds

Fire! Bows and Arrows Against the Lightning!

Interesting news on Little Wars Revisited forum that a new BBC adaptation of H.G. Wells’ War Of The Worlds was out this weekend,

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000bj11

with the following trailer:

https://youtu.be/RrGJ83iIvD8

Some snippets in the trailer of Edwardian / early WW1 troops in Khaki with artillery and a Gatling Gun!

Screenshots: BBC

I’m sure this will inspire the odd gaming scenario of War of The Worlds, a book written in 1898 by H G Wells, who was also the author of Little Wars (1913).

It inspired me to throw a few figures together, mostly metal but a few bits of plastic too. No expense spared. The same kind of historical accuracy shown apparently by the BBC.

Lance Corporal Jones greets a Tripod with cold steel – They Don’t Like it Up Em!

Appropriate to use Little Wars style 54mm figures?

This red coat photo of a younger Lance Corporal Jones was inspired by Timothy L. Rose’s mock up photograph on Little Wars Revisited:

The BBC trailer also reminded me of my old Airfix WW1 British Infantry and Artillery.

A few WW1 Airfix quickly thrown together …

I could have taken time to flock and sort bases, but I did this all in a bit of a hurry for the fun.

Lots more on War of the Worlds and H G Wells on this Wikipedia entry including the overlap with invasion literature https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_War_of_the_Worlds.

Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN, 21 November 2019