Saturday, 15 February 2020

Wargamers Newsletter February 1964

 Part of my latest search for anything associated with Peter Gilder, an article he wrote and submitted re The Spencer Rifle. It is unusual for the fact that Gilder rarely wrote about actual factual militaria and concentrated on wargames and campaigns. Still Im pleased to have located the actual submission.

Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Wargamers Newsletter April 1964.

A new mention re Peter Gilder and his early wargaming exploits, including the iconic photograph of him and Donald Featherstone wargaming together at Peter's home in Lincolnshire.After the game, Peter gave Donald Featherstone the sculpted hill.

Sadly the photograph of the figures Gilder had modified are had to distinguish.

Wargamers Newsletter July 1963.

I have been lucky enough to trace and purchase some really old wargames magazines these last few months. Most weren't cheap a lot were in a poor condition but the actual text I have found very interesting.
My latest purchases contained two references to Peter Gilder.
 One is dated July 1963 and is a small piece from Donald Featherstone in the fledgling Wargamers Newsletter. Now considering Peter Gilder had only taken up the wargaming mantle a matter of months before this mention by Featherstone it shows just how gifted he was and how enthusiastic in advancing the hobby.

The second is an article by Peter Gilder, again from the Wargamers Newsletter September 1963

I can only apologise for the poor scanning, but given their age and the cheap printing process that Featherstone would have used its frankly amazing the pages are legible at all. One can see that Peter Gilder was already looking to create some sort off sculpting/ terrain/wargaming enterprise after only a matter of months of discovering wargaming.I hope these are of interest to some wargamers.

Sunday, 19 January 2020

Wargames Terrain circa 1965/1966.

The tribute to Peter Gilder was never going to be a series of regularly created posts especially given the paucity of information re the late great man. Im pleased to say I very recently purchased some Donald Featherstone ephemera and amongst the magazines was the following;
This was published around 1965/1966 and was an attempt to help the wargamers create some half decent terrain. Naturally Featherstone enlisted the help of Gilder who had introduced himself to Featherstone and had also made a gift of a finely crafted hill that was shown in several articles by  Featherstone and in a couple of his books. 
 Fresh from his triumph that was the 1965 demonstration of the Battle of Waterloo Peter Gilder was starting to make a name for himself as not only a skilled figure sculptor, but also a skilled terrain maker and fine figure painter.

I can only apologise for the poor quality text and photograph but one should remember that these are originals pages now some fifty five years old!!! I am however pleased that I was able to obtain this piece of wargaming history that I feel needs sharing with any interested wargamers.

Saturday, 2 February 2019

Figures from Miniature Wargames 29.

 The late Peter Gilder was a master sculptor and painter but also had an ability to get some of the best painters in the UK to paint figures for him. These included Mark Allen, Tony Runkee, Mark Moon, Phil Robinson, Dave Thomas and many others. He also seemed to be able to obtain beautiful painted wargames figures from other collectors.
 One of these was John Blanche who in the early 1980's was the best painter [my opinion] Citadel Miniatures and later Games Workshop possessed.When Gilder and Duncan Macfarlane started Miniature Wargames all the early images were of the famous Peter Gilder units from his Wargames Holiday Centre painted by his group of willing painters.
 Somehow he obtained some units from John Blanche which appeared in issue 29 of Miniature Wargames. This week by serendipitous means I was able to spot and buy some causality markers from E Bay that were from Peter Gilder's collection. Now rebased I am the very proud owner of some of the figures that appeared in issue 29.
 The flag now carried by this rider was thrown in by the seller and now carried by a lovely painted Lamming conversion.The intricate skill is there for all to see.I have based them individually to use as various eye candy for my renaissance armies.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

The 1972 Hinchliffe Catalogue.

In 1972 Frank Hinchliffe was employing Peter Gilder as his figure sculptor. They were producing a minimum of one new figure per day and in order to advertise the rapidly growing ranges he produced this catalogue. I was very kindly given this by Jim Sweeney at the Partizan Show this year. It was also at this show that I turned down the offer of buying from Jim the original unit of British Napoleonic Household cavalry painted by the great man! I still cant believe I didn't buy them. 
Contained in the catalogue was a couple of articles by Peter regarding the organisation of his Napoleonic units for his developing rules that would finally see light of day as In the Grand Manner.
He also produced a small article about how he painted his figures which is truly informative, well for me it is.
Please excuse the small amount of graffiti on some of the pages. The booklet is over 40 years old.

Peter Gilder and Frank Hinchliffe admiring their latest offerings.One was allowed to smoke inside in those days. No health and safety nazis back then.

In the Grand Manner Part Four.

In part four of the series, Peter Gilder described how he made those wonderful trees and hedges that are virtually standard fare for wargamers nowadays, horsehair trees and the like. They were a big improvement on the Merit plastic trees that a lot of wargamers were using. At that time I couldn't afford even those trees and made do with clumps of real hedging etc. The horsehair idea was a real improvement and available to any handy wargamer. Strangely that is the last in this series from Miniature Warfare. Gilder states that in his next article he would discuss the order of battle. Frustratingly I don't have that article and it certainly didn't appear in the later 1970 issues. Perhaps other readers have the completed series and could send me a copy for completeness. Or even better offer to sell me the issue or issues. I can live in hope.