However I must sternly admonish those of my readers who when they read of Jordan think of the Arab Legion. Gentlemen we cannot live in the past! Why wargaming was something of a trendsetter when it came to those who only required one name Don,Tony, Brigadier, then Terry, Bruce and Phil to say nothing of Jack and Duke.
So to usher in the new I present a picture quiz of the type loved by the ladies magazines.
Which famous bearded wargamer is this? And for an additional five points can you name the figure range he is using.
Clue: He used these figures for a series of articles in the late Battle Magazine. And if that doesn't help you date the picture take a look at his pipe! A Bauhaus affair of ceramics and stainless steel it effortlessly emits a cloud of smoke that obscures the windows. We definitely have one of the Young Turks here! why I wouldn't be surprised if he owned those new fangled average dice.
AND THE ANSWER IS:
Yes it is indeed the young master himself, Mr Stuart Asquith. I cannot tell exactly when the picture was taken though I would like to think it was at one of his notorious 'Champagne and Wargaming' breakfasts that were such an important feature of the social calender back in the Seventies.
Well those are Hinchliffe 25mm ECW figures, just to leave somethng for others ro guess..
Who is Major Ron? No, seriously?
That is a fine looking pipe by the way.
Is that a young Mr Asquith? I spot figures by Hinchliffe, Minifigs, and i think Garrison too...?
Yes, Mr Stuart Asquith with Hinchliffe and Minifigs ECW armies, thirty two years ago.
Another vote for Mister Asquith.
Why surely it is a younger version of your goodself - the evidence is right there on your blog! Some of those must be Minifigs...
Agreed re. Minifigs, especially those foot on the right of the picture....
I also thought possibly Mr Asquith, but then I noted what looked like a purloined ashtray on the window sill and was immediately thrown into doubt - surely the esteemed ex-editor of Practical Wargamer wouldn't stoop to half-inching pub ash trays???
Yep, another vote for Mr Asquith (as I don't know the gentleman personally, I think "Stuart" would be rather too familiar).
The figures are a mix of Hinchliffe and Minifigs - I suspect the shot's about the same period (late 1970's, rather than 1640's)as his series in Battle (the Militaary Modelling) and wargamings battles of the ECW.
I cam understand the confusion: we both certainly have bad haircuts. Otherwise I am flattered to be mistaken.
The figures seem to me to be a mix of Hinchliffe, Minifig at least some Garrison and I can see in the bottom RH corner a solitary Warrior carrying a barrel. I can't spot any Tradition 25's which surprises me though i may just be overlooking them.
Rats! Too late. The Hincliffe cavalry are obvious and the hind quarters & tail of a horse portruding from behind a flag on the middle right are unmistakably Minifig, (the infantry in front also look quite minifig-ish)and I recognise some Garrison pike and officers from my own 1st ECW regiment. But what make is the horse behind the flag on the left? The one with his head down? and are those Hichliffe musketeers?
'Tis indeed myself in a photograph that appeared in our local rag on 16th April 1976. The bulk of the figures are Hinchliffe with some Minifigs.
Ross - that horse you mention is also Hinchliffe (I think, it's been 34 years!)
For the record the ashtray came from the Kardomah coffee bar. London EC1 - and we still have it.
What do you mean 'bad haircut' Mr Preece. It's called style.
Stuart (the pipeman) Asquith
1976 was, of course, the year that punk broke, so a few weeks later uncle Stuart could be found sporting a shaved head, bondage trousers and a bin liner - that's how i remember it anyway.
Susie from Bromley.
Your eyes must be worse than mine. Mr Asquith is only sporting a moustache -not a beard- the rest being "wargamer's shadow".
5 bonus points for spotting the 'deliberate' mistake. ( it is either my eyes or my brain that's gone).
belatedly an answer; Major Ron was the father of 'Fergie' Duchess of York and a beloved figure in the tabloids back in the eighties.
Googling Major Ronnie Ferguson should give an interesting obituary or two.
Susie from Bromley
I shall now have to spend the rest of the day trying to get that image out of my mind. Dreadful times, I am still trying to get the spittle off my minifigs.
What a brilliant photo!
I have to say, Stuart is my dad and also responsible for getting me into wargaming and model; making... he's differnt now, the tash has long gone but the pipe does make the odd apperance still. I'm also fairly sure that the ashtray was not liberated from a pub!
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