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
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Tom and Jerry
With a slight twinge of guilt, (for abandoning a game, any game) I cleared the table of 1/72nd figures and started laying out some 40's. I don't have any 20thC armies in 40mm (yet) but I figured the Oberhilse troops in Pickelhaubs backed by some horizon blue infantry would serve on one side while the other side will have to make do with obsolete red for now.
It seemed like the perfect moment to put together the Irregular Mitrailleuse I bought a few years back. After all, I've tripped over it 3 or 4 times in the last month alone. Of course finally I put it...hmm not here, hmmm hmm not there, hmmm... Oh well, I did find a couple of spare Zinnbrigade 1900 Prussian castings. A change of colour was enough for the Germans, a head swap with one of my Mex-American War heads and some token swipes with an exacto was needed for the Tommy. He's not exactly right but close enough for me given the price.( I already have molds for gunners, infantry, cavalry and staff as well as a stock of metal so it'll cost me nothing new to indulge myself.). The results of 15 minutes work can be seen above.
This is all making lots of sense to me now despite the ripples of excitement. There is a fair amount of synchronicity with my 19thC collection, scenery, wagons, civilians (people are obviously very conservative in Atlantica) and even some troops, especially as the armies march further into the 19thC. After all, some reservists and even whole armies in the real world marched to war in 1814 in nice dark blue uniforms while if some Faraway units adapt khaki and sun helmets when they go North of the mountains, they'll look right at home in 1910.
Adding some later armoured vehicles to push it father into the 20thC will be a challenge. 1/48th or 1/50th vehicles exist but WWI and early WWII ones are hard to find and tend towards expensive. There are some cheap 38T's out now which might do but I'm leaning towards checking out a few 1/56th vehicles made to match "28"mm miniatures which aren't much shorter than my old 40's and are substantially chubbier.. On the whole, I would rather have underscale vehicles than over scale ones, especially as the size grows. MG's are another issue. I could probably scratch build some but will probably give a little business to Irregular.
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 and 3 cats. Prematurely retired and enjoying leisure to game, maintaining our 160 yr old farmhouse and just living.