Its probably all this chatter about ship models and naval wargaming that put the thought in my head but today I dug out an old video tape of the Battle of the River Plate. Excellent movie btw and with real ships, including the HMS Cumberland playing herself along with other veterans of battles with Pocket Battleships..
The battle was fought in 1939. The movie was made in 1956, 17 years later.
In 1973, 17 years after the movie was made, I was standing watches on HMCS Mackenzie as part of my MARSII training. That makes it 34 years after the actual Battle.
When I was a kid, WWII had happened a lonnnnng time ago. Its been 39 years since that 1st cruise. that younbg officer cadet was closer in time to the start of WWII than he was to my current self. How odd is that? No wonder I sometimes feel like I was born in another century. (I was)
Ok back to laying out an ACW game.
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
Saturday, March 3, 2012
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.