And then I found it, the veritable “Holy Grail” for those possessing a historical interest and wanting to “do history” with miniature soldiers! Whilst perusing an issue of “Model Railroader” magazine I came across an article by one, Joseph Morschauser, in which he described how he had created an American Civil War layout on which he reenacted the battles of that period using miniature figures with a set of rules which he had devised!
Best of all he had published his own rules in a book entitled “How to Play War Games in Miniature” which I duly became the proud owner of! It is still in my possession today, holding pride of place on my bookshelf. It was the beginning of a lifelong interest and “love affair” devoted to “playing with toy soldiers”
Another “Victorian Gentleman” worthy of note in our “war gaming universe” is Robert Louis Stevenson, a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer. His most famous works are Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and the Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Little mention is made however, of the fact that one of his favourite past-times was war-gaming, to which he devoted countless hours of his life both as a child and as an adult