Author Paul Wright may be a man born almost exactly a century too late. His love of toy soldiers--everything from the original ancient and honorable 54mm Britains, to the most affordable plastic figures in the same scale now so readily available--the author owns them all. And what he can't find, he converts with aplomb.
Author Wright is a recognized expert and enthusiast of HG Wells' and famous garden toy soldier game, Little Wars, first published in 1913.
A lifetime admirer of Wells, the acknowledged founder of the modern hobby of miniature war gaming, the author felt that the Master's work could be modernized in several ways to make it more challenging--and frankly fun!--for not only novices, but today's perhaps more sophisticated war gamers. So his first book, "Funny Little Wars" (FLW), has succeeded in keeping the charm--and even innocence--of Wells' original work representing the pre-Great War era. He has made a wonderful game for the lawn or table top, whose success is proved by the ever growing number of readers, and the seemingly endless supply of new products in support.
The author has recently reinforced "Funny Little Wars" to include HG Wells' ideas for war game garden campaigns in a new companion volume, "Little Campaigns" (LC). For novices and veterans alike, here is an opportunity to experience still more of the imaginative--and yet pacifist!--visions of HG Wells.
With both volumes currently available (and more to come!), author Wright has recaptured those Edwardian days of golden summer: Players moving miniature ranks of heroically uniformed toy soldiers, the scent of the grass, all under the cool shade of the trees.
FLW has been featured in the New York Times and on the BBC. It is a guide book and tribute to the original "Little Wars" and recreates this lost world for the modern reader and player.