Virtual Wargames Club

Last Saturday night (or rather Sunday morning for me) I joined the Virtual Wargames Club’s second meeting. I heard about them from friend Doug so contacted the organiser, Phil Olley, and asked to join. He enrolled me and sent an invitation for 9 May meeting on Zoom. After seven weeks in Enhanced Community Quarantine with between one and three weeks likely to go, I was hanging out for some wargaming company.

I really enjoyed the time, talking with wargamers from England, Scotland, and the USA.

It’s always fun looking at other boys toys, and particularly impressive was Chris’s Stalingrad table. Turns out Martin lives just down the road from Doug (small world moment) and the main topic of discussion, apart from the odd ribbing and teasing, was which was preferred, metal, plastic or resin figures with the consensus being metal over plastic over resin. I am guessing if there is a discussion on the best scale, that could turn into the never ending story.

Doug’s Indian takeaway lunch looked delicious and beverages ranged from coffee (for the Americans it was breakfast time) through to the odd beer or two for those of us at the leading end of the time zones.

I have been thinking about/toying with starting another project (yeah, I know) and was thinking of using Commission Figurines 6mm MDF American Civil War figures. Paul kindly let me know that the quality is as good as in the photos so once I get my job sorted out, I will look to getting enough figures for the two sides.

Lastly Martin liked the name of this blog, “Thomo’s Hole”. I must point out that the name for this came about when I first had a presence on the Internet, around 1996 so now Thomo’s Hole has been around for 23 years. I noted this in a post here in 2012, Thomo’s Hole is 15 Years Old.

It was around 2001/2002 that I moved the blog into my eldest son’s domain, coldie.net, hence the URL of thomo.coldie.net.

Back then, 1996-1997 when the Hole started, a time before Google, the main search engine was Yahoo, and searching Thomo’s Hole at the time brought up early gay websites more often than my homepage. Now I have enough relevance apparently to appear at the top of the search results.

I digress (again!).

I am looking forward to the next meeting.

Tring Wargames Club

It has been about 12 years or so since I was last a paid-up card-carrying member* of this wargames club. I still keep in touch with what they are doing and even now, remember fondly Friday nights, driving to Tring with Steve, and sometimes Jeffro, troops rattling around in the boot. We’d walk into the old community hall and grab some table space for a game. The usual suspects would be next to the stage playing Shako, or something American Civil War-ish, or later Rapid Fire. There would be some DBM being played, sometimes Hordes of the Things and there was generally an esoteric mix of other games going on.

We’d start by 7-7:30 and a quick game was a good game as we aimed to be finished, packed up and down to the local for two pints and a bag of crisps before the bar rang the bell. A lazy consuming of the beer then into the car to drive back to Winkwell, dodging the drunken brawls that inevitably would erupt across the High Street through Berko.

They were some most enjoyable times, and the period that I probably played most wargames on a regular basis – and they were a great bunch of guys.

Well, they are still a great bunch of guys, just slightly older (crikey, aren’t we all) and they are still meeting regularly every Friday night in Tring. They’ve finally got around to registering a URL for the club (well done Colin) and the club’s webpage can be seen here www.tringwargames.org.uk


*OK, so we didn’t really have cards … but we could have!

Warning Order

imageI like reading and keeping up with what’s going on in my hobby. I also like to keep up with what some of the clubs and other wargamers around the world are up to. It can be a wonderful source of inspiration and more than once I have picked up new techniques from wargamers in different parts of the world. One such group I like to read their magazine is the Wasatch Front Historical Gaming Society. This group of wargamers is based in Salt Lake City in Utah in the United States. They note about themselves:

The Wasatch Front Historical Gaming Society was formed back in 1998 after a split from a much larger group in the Salt Lake City area. After years of fighting over scales we decided to go separate ways and create a new group who would focus primarily on 15mm miniatures and rules for them.

The best, however, is Warning Order, their quarterly club publication which is available online as a PDF. It is a great read and from time-to-time, quite inspirational, especially when I am looking for something in a new period.

You can find Warning Order at http://www.wfhgs.com/wrngorder.html.