EXERT FROM APPENDIX 1 from Don Featherstone's Battles With Model Soldiers
(The book that got me started.)

"Nothing in these pages is a dictate, no word says you must or you shall do it this way. On the contrary, the book sets out from the very beginning to stimulate the reader to think for himself, and to use what he has read merely as a foundation for efforts and ideas which reflect his own temperament and character. Only in this way will he obtain maximum satisfaction from the hobby of battling with model soldiers."

-Don Featherstone 1918 - 2013

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Siege of Plevna on Film

OK not film footage of the original, a movie. I was keeping the hounds company this afternoon and trolling the net on my tablet for things related to wargaming the 3rd qtr of the 19th C  and stumbled on this 1912 Romanian silent film of "The War of Romanian Independence:  (click on the following link.)


It begins with a village dance then mobilization, the declaration, some preliminary Russo Turkish action and then settles into Plevna and shows the Romanians tipping the balance and ends with a 30th anniversay parade. The acting and cinematography is what you would expect or better for 1912 and someone has kindly translated the captions. There are scads of soldiers in period uniforms who seem to know what they are about, I suspect they were either serving soldiers on loan or else included a lot of veterans and reservists. The film also included shots of field hospitals and at least 1 band, reminding me that those rules need to be ported over fron Hearts of Tin.

If you have any interest in the late 19thC its well  worth an hour and a half. Pity its not in colour!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Tweaking the Plan

I haven't got my room tidied up yet or the dark sloped wall/ceiling beneath the eaves painted bright white but I've finished the butternot Oerberg battalion and the rest of the Belmont Rifles have been cast and primed. I have also spent time rebasing for consistency and fleibility rather than need and fiddling with the rules and contemplating how best to justify having ACW and contemporary British & fictional troops in both 1/72nd & 40mm.

The obvious answer of fighting bigger battles with the smaller figures only had 1 small snag. Both use the same organization, same rules, and can fit the same number of units on the table at 1 per grid.  Ignoring that, I intend to fight mostly smaller actions with the 40's but as was always the case with MacDuff, the larger games will be the same as small games of the bigger battle collection but I can live with that since I already have the 1/72nd and so many of the 40's.

A Modified Model Major General  will be used for the 1/72 ACW games with the same basic structure but angled to make bigger games faster and easier. After much tweaking and untweaking and some reflection, the rules for the 40mm games will bear the Square Brigadier name since the name well is dry and it shares the basic concepts, play sequence etc. An untested draft under the name Square Brigadier 2016  The Tin Army can be found under links or here.

 Organizing and painting continues with plans for a solo test by the weekend. Should be ready to think about PBEM after that if all goes well.


Taken All in All, this puts my plans back some time to this:

Major Collection:  Atlantica. 40mm wargames set in the 1850's and 60's.

Secondary Collections: Each hitting the table at least once every 3 years and most getting out at least once a year. Occasional addition of new  figures

Prince Valiant 40mm Elastolin fictional dark age.
5 Kingdoms. OS 25mm fantasy medieval
Rough  Wooing. 16th C  Anglo-Franco-Scots Wars in 40mm
Not Quite the Seven Years War. PA homecast semiflats and Charge!
War of 1812. 19thC print version. 40mm
ACW 1/72nd plastic
Old Soldiers. 54mm vintage Britains + compatible figures, NW Rebellion + NQ Zulus.
The Great War. 40mm homecast early WWI

Friday, February 5, 2016

Shiny and new

It was a rainy day and I didn't feel like working so........
The first company of Belmont Rifles.
I took my 3 test castings, cleaned them up and applied paint. Not exactly professional sculpting or mold making but  I'm pretty pleased with them overall. A little rough but gloss paint and numbers will deflect the eye. I'll hopefully get the next 9 cast tomorrow followed later by 2 more units, 1 red, 1 rifle green. The original plan then calls for me to rework the master to add a low shako and pack and make a new mold.

At the same time, I took action to back date my unit of 8 x 1900 Oerberg infantry in drab uniforms to 12 x 1860 ones wearing faded homespun uniforms. 2 samples done, the rest nearly done. Mounted rifles to finally follow ere long and a game after.

Scruby 40mm ACW vs homemade.