OK, The poll is ended, thank you to all who took the time and trouble to vote. I have had time to ponder the votes, what I want to do in the year ahead, what I am likely to be able to do, and what my existing commitments are. I did say that I would not be bound by the poll but would consider it and I think by following my own leaning, I can go someway towards presenting something for everyone. (For future reference the final result was: 37% An Ancient Persian Campaign, 31% A variety, 31% An early 19thC Toy Soldier Campaign, 0% none of the above) Time and other commitments, both hobby and other, will be an issue this winter so I shall start with some one off games that will require either minimum of preparation or where the preparation helps meet an existing commitment. Once the grass starts to green up in May and can support grazing horses, King Rosius will launch an invasion of Lydia. After that is resolved, there will be a short interlude while the militia gathers in the harvest, then I shall return to the Oberhilse & Faraway for a fall campaign. Any non-campaign battle might draw on any part of my collection that appeals to me and seems suitable.
One early decision was that I do not wish to be as constrained as last year when I resolved to play the scenarios in order. This year I shall pick and choose to suit whim and situation. To date, there are 20 Tabletop Teasers (including the special) and more coming. There are also other non TTT scenarios (4 in the first issue alone!) so no shortage of material to choose from. However, it seems somehow appropriate to start at the very beginning, so flipping open Issue One, the first scenario to be presented is Harry Pearson's Marathon. It is there that I will begin.
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
Friday, January 8, 2010
The Die is Cast
Born and raised in the suburbs of Montreal, 5 years in the Black Watch of Canada Cadets, 5 years at the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean followed by 4 in the navy. 25 years with CPC in IT simultaneous with 23 years running a boarding kennel. Inherited my love of toy soldiers from my mother's father. Married with a Whippet, 10 Italian Greyhounds, 4 cats and a bird. Prematurely retired and looking forward to leisure to game, garden and sculpt in our 150 yr old farmhouse.