Continuing our Geeking Out delve into Scottish-flavoured offerings in the run up to St Andrew’s day, I sat down for a chat with Iain over at Flags Of War. Iain is no stranger to us here at Geeking Out having sat down with Sam in the past to chat about their street skirmish game, Street Wars NYC via Funky Skull Games. This time we discussed bopping and clashes of a very different sort and talked about “The Last Hurray,” a brand new Kickstarter campaign aiming to round out Flags of War’s Jacobite range.
Iain is clearly very passionate about Scottish history, and if you ever have the chance to grab a quick five minutes at wargaming and trade shows (should they ever return), you won’t regret it. I asked where this enthusiasm stems from and how did he get the wargaming bug?
IAIN: It goes back to travelling to re-enactment shows with my dad. He was heavily involved and asides from reading all of his Osprey books which would be around the house, history was always a thing. I remember going to one show and seeing these big figures, 54mm soldiers. I had some pocket money but went to the beer tent and asked for a bit more money to buy something I liked the look of; I think I cleared that trader out! I just loved the painting aspect.
BCP: Okay, so apart from the love of the historical aspect, why tackle a Jacobite range? Is this a period you wanted to game?
IAIN: It wasn’t so much the gaming aspect really as I was more into the painting element. There are other ranges out there but, personally, nothing for me. I knew what I wanted and I just couldn’t find it on the market. A big part of it is getting something based in historical accuracy. There’s a lot of romanticism out there regarding the Jacobites and I wanted to deliver something more true to the period.
BCP: For a focus on the painting side, I can see why you’d want to get that historical flavour spot on and remember that being a big thing in the previous Kickstarter campaigns. I know you’ve said about the love of the history but what sets these apart specifically?
IAIN: There’s always this idea of the Jacobites, and any highlanders really, of big burly men with tartan and bushy beards. But in reality, facial hair seems pretty rare and there’s so much of the isolated community cultures that is glossed over. If you haven’t seen them or heard of them you should look out the Penicuik drawings or sketches. (Looking these up they are contemporary sketches from near Edinburgh. There’s debate as to their accuracy but worth a look for those so inclined) Things like the idea of Keppoch being left handed so I wanted a figure to replicate that.
BCP: It’s easy to see this is a project you’re passionate about.
IAIN: Yeah of course, you wouldn’t do it if you weren’t.
BCP: Without getting too political, you must encounter a fair number of questions regarding the subject matter, especially given goings on of late?
IAIN: Without a doubt. At every show or event you could guarantee someone would come up and ask or make assumptions. I’ve got my own political opinions and thoughts on the period, as well as now, but I don’t let that get in the way of having a good discussion or game.
BCP: Yeah for those outside of the central belt of Scotland, they might not necessarily appreciate the strong feelings that run through families and groups. I tend to find that when you’re speaking one on one with people though, it’s very different to how thing are often portrayed.
IAIN: Yeah, for me it’s about telling people’s truths, whatever that happens to be.
BCP: For fear of going off on a huge tangent what can people expect from this Kickstarter?
IAIN: It’s the Last Hurrah! I’m wanting to finish off as many gaps as I can so that I can move on to other projects that I’ve been brewing. There’s new infantry as well as horse and command. We should be clear that it’s a Jacobite range but it’s also the Government side and there will be cross over into slightly later periods too.
You can check out loads of painted examples of the previous releases over at Flags of War HERE.
BCP: So I know you’ve said you’re more of a painter than a gamer but if you were using your figures to game the period, what would your go-to rules systems be?
IAIN: Muskets and Tomahawks from Studio Tomahawk is really good and we’ve had loads of fun using that as a base. I’m pretty keen on the French Indian war too. I’d also consider Sharpe Practise and Honours of War. I think it heavily depends on what you want from a game. The downside to something like the Jacobite period is the battles to re-enact can feel a little one sided either way. I’ve got my own ideas on maintaining scale so that can also influence what rules systems you use and how many figures you want to paint etc.
BCP: Really appreciate you taking the time to chat with me about your new campaign chief although I fear we had more than a few interesting derailments. All the best of luck with the campaign!
The Kickstarter for the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion – Last Hurray will be funding until the 2nd of December, and you can check it out by CLICKING HERE.
The writer of this piece was: Adam Brown
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