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A gamer who refuses to leave any miniature behind

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October 18, 2017

War of 1812

As this project is going to generate a fair bit of traffic on the site I think its only fair I give a bit of background on it.

The War of 1812 was the last time Britain and America went to war against each other and was mostly fought around the border of America and Canada, now as I’m a good Welsh boy you are probably wondering why I’m so interested in it, well let me explain.

A few years ago I was a member of a Napoleonic re-enactment society, which managed to split in 2 during 1 weekend. (politics eh) Well I ended up in the group of people who left the group and so we ended up with nothing to do. After a short while we were approached by the curator of the Welsh Regiment museum and he asked if we had considered starting a new group portraying the 41st Foot during their time in Canada in the war of 1812. well it was too good an opportunity to miss and we all signed up and the 41st Foot re-enactment society was formed.

Being a member of the group had some perks and I was able to study the regimental archives in the museum and I found out a lot more about the war and people who fought in it and everything I read just excited me as it was like finding a whole history I never knew about.

Well fast forward a few years and I’ve left the 41st (I got too old) but my passion for that conflict has remained with me and I keep thinking how good it would be to be able to wargame some of the battles that took place during 1812 and 1815. a few years ago I started writing a campaign guide for a set of rules called Muskets and Tomahawks but nothing came of it and the manuscript got moved into my pile of things to return too one day.

Then earlier this year I was in the pub with Rich Clarke (he of Too Fat Lardies fame) and we got to talking about his new set of rules (called Sharp Practice 2) and I put forward an idea of doing something on the War of 1812 for that, Rich humored me and suggested I send him what I had and now 3 months later I’m right in the middle of writing a supplement/campaign guide for SP2 which is going to cover the exploits of the 41st Foot during this conflict

so wish me well

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