Awesome one of those books you read and end up smiling and nodding while doing so because it s so familiar to you A funny and informative read Pearson does double duty in both relating his love of war gaming while telling the history of war gaming miniatures plastic model
kits and several other activities adults use to hold onto childhood in order to better deal with adulthood and several other activities adults use to hold onto childhood in order to better deal with adulthood was a *surprisingly fun read from an authour that is new for me If you *fun read from an authour that is new for me If you a geek I think you ll love Pearson s confessional tone If you re not a geek consider this autobiographical journey as a sort of National Geographic guide to the exotic world of wargamming First I preface this review by noting that I understand all too clearly the seriousness of real warfare and the difference between the entertainment val. This is a book about men and war Not real conflict but war as it has filtered down to generations of boys and men through toys comics games and movies Harry Pearson belongs to the great battalion of men who grew up playing with toy soldiers refighting World War II and then stopped growing up Inspired by the photos of the gallant pilot uncles that de. ,
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of the actual thing as does this author With that said for me this book is athe actual thing as does this author With that said for me this book is a visit to my youth as well as being seriously funny "The Author And I Are "author and I are the same age and when I was growing up I also became fascinated with military history and war games played with miniatures mine weren t as classy as his but I painted them and glued them onto little cardboard suares and worked out rules for weapon ranges and EFFECTS LINES OF SIGHT AND SO lines of sight and so To me one of the most important and fascinating part of history is wondering what the ramifications would have been if ey events had turned out differently and playing war games is one of the best ways to both understand what did happen and explore what otherwise might haveMr Pearson and I differ in three. Corated the wall above his father's model making table by toys such as Action Man according to Pearson not a doll and board games such as Escape from Colditz dressed in Clarks' commando shoes and with the Airfix Army in support he battled in the fields and on the beaches in his head and on the living room floor and across his bedroom ceiling And . .
Main respects first I m from the *USA rather than the UK Second I switched to the Avalon Hill and SPI style board games *rather than the UK Second I switched to the Avalon Hill and SPI style board games mid high school and third I did go into the military and even made a career of it USMC active duty 1976 1996 But I identify The Adventures of Rusty keenly with a lot of the experiences he relates and wish I could match his wit andeen sense of the absurdity of it all especially
the people who take themselves so seriously they don t even now they re absurdIt s dry for a spell inpeople who take themselves so seriously they don t even now they re absurdIt s dry for a spell in middle in which he relates the history of the hobby of wargaming with miniatures though very informative but even there his verbal sketches of various personalities are vivid and entertaining Overall I m very glad to have stumbled across this book and recommend it wholeheartedly to anyone interested in the subject. 30 years later he still is This hilariously self deprecating memoir is a celebration of those glory days a boy's own story of the urge to play to conuer and to adopt very bad German accents shouting Donner und Blitzen at every opportunity This is a tale of obsession glue and plastic Mamá kits It is the story of one boy's imaginary war and where it led