Friday, 19 March 2010

Lionel Tarr's Wargames

The only pictures I have ever seen of Lionel Tarr's wargame in progress were featured in the pages of Donald Featherstone's ADVANCED WAR GAMES and AIR WAR GAMES.

The three that featured in ADVANCED WAR GAMES showed his representation of Stalingrad ...

... whilst those that appeared in AIR WAR GAMES showed aircraft in 'flight' using his famous 'over the table' net.

John Curry has republished ADVANCED WAR GAMES as part of his HISTORY OF WARGAMING project.

6 comments:

  1. I know that we have it easy these days but I was still brought up short by Lionel Tarr describing how first he had to learn to make a net from twine!

    All together now, 'Wargamers today don't know they are born...'

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  2. Johnpreece,

    Lionel Tarr certainly had to do a lot for himself. From the description in recent blog entry on the VINTAGE WARGAMING blog, he had to cast many of his own figures as well as make most of his AFVs and Russian aircraft from scratch. Things are a lot easier for wargamers these days, and that is something that we sometimes do forget.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  3. Much like this coterie of wargamers discussing the great early days of the hobby.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xe1a1wHxTyo

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  4. Conrad Kinch,

    I don't think we are quite that bad!

    All the best,

    Bob

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  5. Thanks for posting this Bob. I had heard passing reference to Lional Tarr's Stalingrad campaign and his eponymous periscope in one of Featherstone's books some years ago, so it is good to be able to see a photo of the game at last.

    Kind regards, Chris

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  6. Chris Kemp,

    I also found copies of these photographs in amongst my cuttings from copies of WAGAMERS NEWSLETTER.

    Even now, after all these years, I still find them quite inspiring.

    All the best,

    Bob

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