Design ideas from the Legendary Woodscrew Wargames Army

For anyone who tried and failed to make Paddy Griffiths / Andy Callan Hair Roller armies from the early issues of Miniature Wargames c. 1982/3, an article which surfaces again on blogs from time to time – its ‘Fess up time. I tried and failed the fiddly bits like guns, horses and limbers.  

As hairdressing was one of our family trades, the disappearance of large numbers of hair rollers would soon be noted. After cutting up one or two, I got bored with these tiny (2mm?) armies but still have these remnants “to help me remember” (in the words of Mr. Benn). 

I notice the Wargaming pastor has also been fiddling around with 2mm armies recently.  https://thedeathzap.wordpress.com/2019/07/08/weve-had-6mm-fantasy-how-about-2mm/

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The remains of my hair roller armies alongside a few 1/300 Heroics and Ros ancients.

 

My original article is here with brief mention of rollers:

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2016/07/30/miniature-wargames-magazine-milestone-issues-1-and-400/

So as a result I was delighted to see this diagram again by Andy Callan from Miniature Wargames no. 9 on Tony Adams’ blog recently:

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Others were more successful than me in their hair roller Army building http://flownlegions.blogspot.com/p/blog-page_15.html

When hair roller armies are mentioned, there is often also talk of a near legendary painted metal screw army idea from the 1960s. The idea was first featured  in an early Miniature Warfare Magazine in 1969 – and I have been chatting by email to an inventive and handy man called Tony Adams who has quietly over the last 50 years been building up a vast wood screw army.

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Tony has been cataloging and photographing new additions to his forces, in the form of some clever scratch built vehicles such as GS wagons, artillery and 3D printed machine gun sections, using everyday materials like balsa wood, tooth picks and drawing pins. His blog is well worth a look through at https://thewoodscrewminiaturearmy.blogspot.com

Tony reprinted the  original 1969 article in Miniature Warfare by K.F. Jones that started it all:

https://thewoodscrewminiaturearmy.blogspot.com/search/label/Miniature%20Warfare%20Magazine

The full article can also be seen on Vintage Wargaming http://vintagewargaming.blogspot.com/2009/06/hyper-miniature-system-by-k-f-jones.html

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Tony Adams’ simple bowsers and logistics of balsa and drawing pins – clever!

The scratchbuilt limbers, GS wagons and other support materials are well worth looking at and have given me some ideas for the future for my Peter Laing 15mm figures. There is also some clever 3D printing: https://thewoodscrewminiaturearmy.blogspot.com/search/label/3D%20Printing

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A website well worth a browse.

All pictures / screenshots of his website posted with Tony Adams’ permission.

Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN, 19 July 2019

Author: 26soldiersoftin

Hello I'm Mark Mr MIN, Man of TIN. Based in S.W. Britain, I'm a lifelong collector of "tiny men" and old toy soldiers, whether tin, lead or childhood vintage 1960s and 1970s plastic figures. I randomly collect all scales and periods and "imagi-nations" as well as lead civilians, farm and zoo animals. I enjoy the paint possibilities of cheap poundstore plastic figures as much as the patina of vintage metal figures. Befuddled by the maths of complex boardgames and wargames, I prefer the small scale skirmish simplicity of very early Donald Featherstone rules. To relax, I usually play solo games, often using hex boards. Gaming takes second place to making or convert my own gaming figures from polymer clay (Fimo), home-cast metal figures of many scales or plastic paint conversions. I also collect and game with vintage Peter Laing 15mm metal figures, wishing like many others that I had bought more in the 1980s ...

2 thoughts on “Design ideas from the Legendary Woodscrew Wargames Army”

  1. I used to have a few hair-roller forces from back in the 80s, and at some stage I got rid of them. Of course now I want to make some more – and have discovered tat you just can’t get proper hair-rollers these days for love nor money. Arse.

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