A blog on War gaming in North-eastern North America from 1670-1815, the life of an ex EFL instructor, a family man formerly in Japan and now in Canada , a camper, a reenactor, a drummer, and all round crazy but home Nova Scotian. Currently a security officer.
Wednesday, 30 November 2011
A little more background information on me and my son
Greetings and salutations to one and all. My name is Rod Redden, a Canadian expat teaching English in Japan. Since I was a child, I have collected plastic 1/72 figures. My collection started somewhere around 1978 and includes such illustrious companies such as Airfix, Esci, Italeri, and Revell. More recently, the ranks of my plastic have been joined by new comers Zeveda, Strelets, and Mars.
This blog is intended to showcase what my son and I play with whenever we have the chance. I'm not very tech savy, and despite living in Japan and playing with toy soldiers, I do not fall into the “otaku” geek category, maybe a little eccentric, but hey, if you are checking out this site, maybe we share something in common
God save the King, and confusion to his enemies!
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My collection is about 90% plastic with some metal figures. However, the majority of my collection, say about 60% is in storage in Canada (say about 9000 figures, which actually outnumbers the regular force of the Canadian army!) I began teaching EFL (English as a Foreign Language) in 1996 first in South Korea and then moved on to Japan in 1999 where I have been ever since. I did make a 9 month honeymoon with my wife and kids in Canada in 2003-04 then returned to Japan to continue my career as an English teacher.
When I was a single guy in Japan, I spent a lot of time and money on beer, cold war figures, more beer, pizza and more figures. By the time I met my future wife, I had acquired quite a bit of figures for the 1940-1990 age. This took in the Second World War as well as the Cold War. When I moved back to Canada, all of this collection went into storage and some play between my work as a cook in a pub, or as a security guard. When I returned to Japan, to keep my sanity, I packed my Napoleonic figures as I have never really painted them up, mounted them nor played many games. However, my game time was a bit hampered by work and more importantly two additions to my family.
Five year later, my son is now interested in playing with Daddy's toys. As he enjoys pirates and my stories of reenacting 18th century Nova Scotian life, I have gone back to my favorite period, 18th century wargamming.
Overtime, I shall post pics of refights my son and I play, as well as older shots of myself and my kids playing games.
For Christmas 2011, I'm planning on refighting some of the 18th century battles which were fought in North American in particular some of the large and small actions around Nova Scotia. Here's a list of what I have.
His most Britanic Majesty King George II 1740-62
Royal Navy: Landing party HMS Rose: 2 guns & 1 coy Marines red/white(metal)
Royal Artillery: 6 guns (metal)
The Duke of Cumberland’s Hussars: 3 troops (italeri) green/red
1st Regiment of foot The Royal Scots: 1 Grenadier 3 Hat (accurate/airfix) red/blue (Jpn)
15th Regiment of Foot: 1 Grenadier, 2 hat 1 Light Infantry (accurate/airfix) red/yellow
17th Regiment of Foot: 1 Grenadier 1 Hat (Zeveda/Revel) red/white (Japan)
22nd Regiment of Foot: 3 Hat (Zeveda) red/buff (Japan)