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

Monday, December 6, 2010

Intermission 3

Life is interfering with hobby time again.

Rather than playing musak, here are some shots of a past project, 54mm WWII Partisans that took part in some memorable wargames around the turn of the century but have now joined the lost list of figures listed on ebay for re-homing. Originally planned for Rapid Fire, they ended up being used primarily  for Storm of Steel games. The figures are conversions of Airfix, Irregular, Tamaiya and I can't remember what else.  They are meant to be dressed in a mix of Yugoslav, Italian and German uniforms and armed with a similar mix of weapons including some obviously Japanese ones that have been left in place in Toy Soldier fashion. Some of the attempts at carving various caps into Yugoslav field caps are a little crude as well but they used to fight well on the table.

I was having trouble finding reference material so put a post on rgmh. (this was the 90's after all). One of the 1st answers I got started "When I joined the partisans.."  Another later reply led to a prolonged correspondance with a wargamer in what was no longer Yugoslavia. For a Canadian Baby Boomer who grew up in the Cold War, it was a marvelous experience and was my first real first hand experience of how the web can make the world smaller and of how many helpful people there are out there.

Unfortunately, that correspondence ended shortly after Nato started bombing.  The last email included plans to go out and meet with friends to play an Ancients game in defiance of curfews, bombing and world opinion. I was sorry to have lost that connection and hoped that the break in communication did not mean anything more. Alas, over 10 years, 4 computers and  several email systems later, I no longer even that new friend's name.








and the last of their opponents
(well, last of the opposition that I owned anyway, Jerry and Ron still have their 54mm WWII forces).

4 comments:

  1. My God what a sad story. I had a similar experience on a forum in the nineties - it occured during the inevitable Anglo-American argument over who won the war. The argument was brought to a very sudden halt by a chap who said something along the lines of "Well if you'd asked me when I was 15 and I was in Gross Deuchland, I would have said the Russians won. But now, can we just agree that you all won and get back to toy soldiers." His name was Klaus and he was a very gentle man, deeply interested in the revolutionary wars. I never found out what happened to him after our initial correspondence.

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  2. Changing the subject, Ross . . . I hope that you're snug and safe. On the news, it seems like your area is enduring a nasty storm.

    We'd all hate to lose touch with you (returning to subject). So stay safe, sir.


    -- Jeff

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  3. My son had a more recent version. He was in the Falklands looking at one of the helicopters that had been shot down when he got into conversation with the man standing next to him. Turned out to be the soldier that had shot it down, visiting the Falklands with his wife.

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  4. I really like your models and your photo close up. They are very well converted.

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