I came across this old advert during one my internet searches and it immediately brought back memories. Did anyone else get their start in miniatures wargaming with the Helen of Toy game sets? I remember ordering the Battle of Chickamauga set in the early 1970's from the back of a comic book. In those days, shipping took FOREVER, didn't it?
Remember all of the great stuff contained within? This was a two player game and each player got 32 troops, 3 cannons, 5 red TNT boxes, 1 flag, 2 stockade strips, 2 gate bases, 2 observation tower roofs, 2 tower bases and 6 support poles, plus 3 exploding bridges (3 plain sections, 3 pronged sections, and 3 rubber bands). Exploding bridges? Remember those? What fun! The figures were molded in a soft plastic and at the time, I thought they were very good.
I do remember being a bit disappointed that the fort was made from a thin strip of corrugated cardboard but no matter, my buddy and I were quite excited to give it a try.The rules were short and this game saw much action on my grandmother's card table. I do not remember much about actual game play outside of the exploding bridges but the rules are available online (Cannon Ball Rules) for those wanting to check them out. I may have painted the figures at one point having found a book of ACW uniform plates at the library. That was my start with miniatures. Before that it was model building and board wargames.
I also purchased the AWI set but those figures were a hard translucent, colored plastic and the figures were flats. I had never seen a flat before and these flats were nothing like the 3D ACW figures. Quite disappointing! I would probably appreciate them much more today than yesteryear.