One of the treasures in my library is a trim little volume called Making and Collecting Military Miniatures by Bob Bard. The book was published in 1957 and although it focuses on toy soldiers instead of miniatures designed specifically for gaming, there are plenty of glimmers of what modern wargaming would become. What began with Wells's Little Wars in 1913 would be developed to a level by the 1950s that dice were used in place of toy cannon and various rulesets were being created for particular eras of warfare. And even in this early age of gaming discussions about the proper scale or best ruleset were beginning as well as how well a miniature needed to be painted before being used in a game.
Below I've posted some of the most relevant images from the book along with their captions.
|The game that started it all.|