World War 2 has held a fascination with me ever since I was a little boy playing with Airfix 1/32nd scale plastics in the backyard of our home. I wish I could go back to that backyard because I’m sure there would by lots of little soldiers still keeping a vigil from prepared positions that I never found again. I think World War 2 was the last war with clearly defined ‘Good guys’ and ‘Bad guys’. It could also be the influence of the never ceasing Hollywood matinee movies featuring John Wayne, Audie Murphy and Richard Burton.
I still remember sitting and staring wide-eyed and gob smacked the first time I saw The Longest Day, A Bridge Too Far and The Battle of the Bulge. Classics that I highly recommend you put down this book and quickly sod off down to your local Tescos and grab a copy of. What boy would want to dream of being at Pegasus Bridge, Carentan or Bastogne.
So it seems that I was destined to venture into the wonderful world of tabletop wargames. Now a veteran of many gaming rules systems in almost every historical period known to man and then some, having painted hundreds of miniatures (15mm, 20mm, 25mm, 28mm etc…) and dreamt about sculpting some, I’ve taken the easier option (For me at least) and decided to turn my hand to a rules system. So, endeavouring not to jump before I can crawl, I turned my thoughts to reinvigorating an old set of rules instead of starting from scratch.
I found a set of rules on the old Icon Miniatures website called Landser quite a while ago now, they were fast squad level skirmish rules that I really enjoyed. The thing I liked about them the most was the rules for ‘observation’, this took some of the ‘God view’ out of the game which is something I really enjoyed. To my dismay I discovered that there was only a limited army list available and only one version with no updates.
Having enjoyed playing the game and with the desire to design and release a rules set myself, I began the hunt for the originator of the system. Many thanks must go to Olaf from Mainly 28’s who helped me put all the pieces together and I finally made the connection that Nick Eyre the writer of the rules, is the Nick Eyre of North Star Miniatures.
Nick agreed to let me develop up the rules because he wasn’t doing anything with them at the time. So with the help of my gaming buddies and assistance from Nick and Olaf, I’ve started the journey that will hopefully end in a revamped rules release sometime in the New Year.