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grahambeyrout
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« on: 23 March 2019, 02:36:29 PM »

My very first wargaming in pre Airfix days was using homemade cardboard ships of the Napoleonic era to recreate Hornblowers's battles. His exploits inspired me to choose that period. Later. when I started ancients in the WRG days I started with Assyrian and Early Byzantine armies, not sure why, although I probably decided the rules favoured them. Then by chance, I read "Elephants and Castles" by Alfred Duggan, and immediatly found myself selling off my existing armies  and buying elephants and phalanxes. I did not give a hoot how effective or otherwise they were, I was hooked. Later, it was the films Kagemusha and "Gods and Generals" that nudged me towards Samurai and ACW respectively. Thus it is that 4 of the 6 periods I dabble in were inspired not by tactics, uniforms, playability or history, but by single books or films. I wonder whether there are others like me out there, or is choice governed by reason. I also wonder why some books "click" and others do not. After all Biggles never got me into aerial warfare, or  King Arthur into the Dark Ages. What made your choices for you?
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« Reply #1 on: 23 March 2019, 03:02:04 PM »

"Waterloo, a Near Run Thing" by David Howarth got me interested in Napoleonics.

"The Histories" by Herodotus sparked my interest in ancients - though "War Games" by the Blessed Featherstone contributed.

It was the same Featherstone that gave me an interest in the ACW, and I've used that as a basic wargames period ever since. 

The film (and them the book) "Pork Chop Hill" made me aware of the Korean War.

The Films "Battle of Britain", "633 Squadron" and "The Dambusters" - WWII air.

"Battle of the River Plate" and "Hunt the Bismark" - WWII at sea. 

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« Reply #2 on: 23 March 2019, 03:49:14 PM »

Strangely, I'm not consciously aware of being inspired by any movie or book to start a new period. When I was a lad, I can recall running excitedly out of the cinema and conducting a running make believe fight with my pals all the way to the bus stop, fencing if it was a swashbuckler, shooting with six-guns if it was a Western or firing burp guns if it was a WW2 movie.  Cheesy

But, when I became a wargamer, by and large, I do believe historical non-fiction books have been the kick-starter for me with figure availability, photos of other wargamers' collections and games and favourable reviews on specific wargaming rules spurring me on (initially in magazines, now it's the internet). If I am interested in a historical period, I am more likely to watch the film, I suppose, rather than the movie inspiring me into the period. Sorry to be boring. Will the next poster please step forward .....
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« Reply #3 on: 23 March 2019, 03:53:11 PM »

No boring, but OK  Smiley

Many of the following aren’t precisely fiction but neither are they documentaries.

John Wayne “The Alamo” + Marx playset.
Errol Flynn “Robin Hood” + airfix
“Cromwell” + Minifigs
C. S. Forester - Hornblower series, Rifleman Dodd, The Gun, The Ship, The General - ALL almost started me off - but no.
The Flashman Papers on each release NEARLY kicked of any number of things, particularly when supported by an Errol Flynn movie.
The scene from “The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex” wherein Essex (Flynn) meets the Earl of Tyrone (Alan Hale) MAY be the origin of my current, long running obsession.
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« Reply #4 on: 23 March 2019, 04:18:58 PM »

Sundry paintings have nudged me a bit (Uccello's San Romano trio come to mind). I suppose Barry Lyndon was in my mind when I began SYW. But I too have been chiefly inspired by non-fiction in these things.
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« Reply #5 on: 23 March 2019, 04:50:16 PM »

I tend to get hooked by figures and then use books and films to inspire scenarios for games with them.
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« Reply #6 on: 23 March 2019, 06:15:37 PM »

That's interesting. I don't think I've ever been tempted solely by a set of figures, or rules.   Undecided

I've always gone from books/YouTube/films to interest. Sometimes it has taken a while for the figures to turn up, but figures turning up have switched my butterfly to the period.

I was quite smitten by the Pendraken zoo, but that gave me a pathway for WWI, which was something I've flitted about for a while.


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« Reply #7 on: 23 March 2019, 06:33:23 PM »

Lord Of The Rings...and the old Heritage models....But I didn't really do proper wargaming with them.

Just used them in games of D&D.

Cheers - Phil

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« Reply #8 on: 23 March 2019, 08:11:17 PM »

I bought the Avalon Hill game Wooden Ships & Iron Men after reading my first Hornblower book, but other than that . . . can't think of any direct correlation.
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« Reply #9 on: 23 March 2019, 11:14:50 PM »

Nah, it's usually an account of an engagement that sets me off. Like Pavia for example.
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« Reply #10 on: 24 March 2019, 01:20:45 AM »

Nah, it's usually an account of an engagement that sets me off. Like Pavia for example.

NOW you're talking. Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: 24 March 2019, 09:00:57 AM »

“Red badge of courage” got me into ACW, plus no one else in my club collected it so there was a hole to be filled.

“A bride too far” pushed me into British airborne - as well as my chosen career!  Cheesy
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« Reply #12 on: 24 March 2019, 11:30:12 AM »

“Red badge of courage” got me into ACW, plus no one else in my club collected it so there was a hole to be filled.

“A bride too far” pushed me into British airborne - as well as my chosen career!  Cheesy

Marriage counsellor?  Cheesy
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« Reply #13 on: 24 March 2019, 02:39:18 PM »

Marriage counsellor?  Cheesy

I was thinking something a little more, uh, Mormonish.
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« Reply #14 on: 26 March 2019, 02:33:23 AM »

That's hte problem, I am too easily inspired by a cool movie or book. Being a HOTT player, most of my armies are based on one or the other - or both. But I also enjoy doing  HOTT historically based armies too.

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