I think completely unconnected to the recent post of the Miniature Warfare Balkans 1919 article, I received an e-mail from Stephen from the War Diaries of a Little Englander blog. This said: "I wonder if you could help me via your Vintage Wargaming blog? I’m looking for an article, or just an exact reference, that was either in Miniature Wargames, or Wargames Illustrated towards the end of the 1990s (I think). It was about playing a H G Wells’ style wargame using 42mm (Irregular figures, I suspect) , and used wine corks and beer mats. I seem to remember that the period was pre-Great War Balkans Wars. I posted about this the other day on my blog – War Diaries of a Little Englander – but with no luck, yet."
Fortunately a very small amount of digging unearthed two articles by Phil Gray in The Journal of Twentieth Century Wargamers (SOTCW) from 1998, one desecribing the game, with the second later article containing the rules. The game was inspired by Irregular Niniatures 42mm Toy Soldier range, HG Wells' Litlle Wars, and an account by Gerald Durrell. The game was run as a demonstration game at a number of shows, to promote the Irregular range, the SOTCW, and the Continental Wars Society.
Witht he pernmission of the author and of Richard Baber, the editor of the Journal, the original article is reproduced here, with the second article (the rules) in a separate post below. Phil doesn't remember submitting an article on this game to any of the glossy magazines, but if anyone knows any differntly, please let us know with a comment.
The SOTCW website contains information on The Journal, back issues, society membership, and the Society's on line forum.
The Irregular 42mm ranges can be see on their website - click on "42mm" at the bottom of the home page to see the lists, prices etc.