Wednesday, 8 July 2015


I found this in the Oxfam bookshop over the weekend and even a brief flick through of some of the chapters has given me lots of inspiration for potential imagi-nations projects. I'd never heard of Borussia, for example, and there are many other examples of now extinct nation states that could easily be used as a template for a fictional wargaming campaign.

This is very much in the tradition of Charles Grant's wargaming campaigns set in a parallel Seven Years War context and more recently re-invigorated by the likes of Henry Hyde through Battlegames magazine and the Wargames Compendium. I even had some Spencer Smith plastic figures years and years ago for just such a project, having been inspired by an article in a Military Modelling wargames special.

Anyway, I'd love to have a go at something outside my usual AK47 imaginations sphere of interest, so may well do some more background research and development along these lines. At the moment, Northstar have a sale on the Wargames Factory WSS box sets which is tempting but this could equally well be an interwar Mittel Europa themed SCW style thing, who knows....? It's all very much a paper project at the moment, however, as I have plenty to be getting on with already.


  1. Oooh...Vanished Kingdoms does look interesting!

  2. Vanished Kingdoms is an excellent book. Norman Davies' books on British and European history (The Isles and Europe respectively) are well worth checking out too.

  3. Mattel Europa? How about a Tintin themed Syldavia/Borduria clash (see King Ottokars Sceptre, Calculus Affair etc.)

  4. Yes indeed. There's a gamer who's had a go at just such a Tintin project but I've lost track of his blog. I'll have to see if I can relocate it.

  5. Pretty cool find, Jim.

    I'd love to get my hands on one, but I'm also scared of it; I've got too much going on as it is!

    I painted up my first 15mm troops, Peter Pig VC and LRRPs, I'll get some pics and post them soon.


  6. Looking forward to seeing the results!

  7. Great post mate! Nothing better than an ImagiNation to set conflicts in. It's fitting because I now have three imagiNations on the go and it's partly down to your AK47 campaigns that inspired me!

    Keep up the good work.