I have been involved with miniature soldiers since I was four years old. For Christmas I received a Fort Apache play set. I was hooked from that moment on. I love all aspects of military history, but I am especially fond of the 18th and 19th centuries. I have painted up large armies for the Seven Years War, Jacobite Rebellion, American Revolution, and the American Civil War. I also have a nice collection of soldiers for the Battle for Empires.
I got to spend some time with my oldest grandson this past week. I took along some Napoleonic artillery that I painted up for him. He thoroughly enjoyed it and we played a few games. We also put together some simple terrain to enhance the experience.
We developed some simple rules using one die to determine the outcome of individual combats. It was fun to interact with him.