I visited Julian on Thursday to play miniatures. I never got into miniatures, simply because I don’t paint, but I’ll play with someone else’s toy soldiers, particularly if they paint well.
We played a game of The Bloody Borders, a super-simple skirmishing rules set from “Wargames Illustrated”:http://www.wargamesillustrated.net about the Anglo-Scottish “Border Reivers”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Border_Reivers of the 16th century.
* “campaign rules”:http://www.wargamesillustrated.net/gallery/download/Bloody%20Borders%203.pdf
We played two linked scenarios. In the first, my English village, populated by the Charltons, was attacked by Julian’s marauding Armstrongs trying to capture livestock. In the second, a posse of Charltons pursued the Armstrongs back towards the border.
Julian used 28mm plastic miniatures. As you can see from my poorly lit photo, they look great. He uses a fast varnish-dipping technique, which he says is considered a bit naff among the cognoscenti, but I think they look very nice. The bulls were adapted from wine bottles, which is why they look Spanish.
I like the free-wheeling, fast, casual nature of miniatures with Julian. It’s about seeing how a narrative unfolds, not about realism or winning.