When I was a lot younger and first started wargaming or playing with soldiers, I used boxes of plastic figures (unpainted) but being very naive I would pitch forces against each other that were simply different colors but not necessarily enemies (Prussian Landwehr vs Scottish Highlanders, Viking vs Romans etc....?).
My mum would go to town to shop and play a bit of bingo most Saturdays, now my Mum hated my hobby and would throw out and any figures she found but this just made me more determined, so I would hide the figures under a loose floorboard in my bedroom and with the aid of an old subbuteo cloth pitch (turned upside down) and maybe a book under the cloth to show hills (terrible for figure stability) and sometimes a river was needed, so some blue paper and we have water!
I would have the best of times and pack away everything before Mum got home, these were the days of easy games and knowing nothing anything better, now we worry about historical accuracy, paint guides, the best sculpts, scenery, rules etc...... (I used to just throw small bits of lego at the figures and if the figure fell over it was dead!).
Now I love wargaming and actually playing games with rules, but I look back at those days with a twinge of nostalgia and sigh.......
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