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, September 1, 2012

Something's lost and something's gained.

Today, I decided it was time to take up a delayed plan for some rebellion games (see http://gameofmonth.blogspot.ca/2010/08/revolution-campaign-history-to-fiction.html ) Rather than wait till I have enough specially made figures done up, I decided to comb my F&IW, AWI, 1812 and Atlantican militia to get enough civilian rebel figures for a game. As I sorted them, I realized that despite the differences in figure style and dress, what really stood out was the difference between the flocked bases and the bright green bases. Since I was in the middle of rebasing all of the figures I had foolishly multi-based for the game at Huzzah, it seemed a good time to sit and think about the whole bright green base question. 

S&S  mounted on washer , Scruby  on  natural base. Zinnbrigade on flex steel base 

I've been shading , matte varnishing, basing and flocking wargame figures since the mid-70's so when I started painting recast Britain's toy soldiers in the late 90's, I just treated them the same as any other wargame figure. It was a few years later that I began to appreciate simpler glossy figures as an option.Toy Soldiers and OS figures are  not only shiny; they also have plain green bases so I started to experiment with those too.

The bright green bases have a certain charm and appeal, they look good on an OSW style painted green table and on my current green cloth and definitely say "OS/Toy Solider". My current sand and flock bases, such as my 1812 figures are on, are familiar and thus comfortable and fit my old cloth well but are a bit dark for the new one, something a quick lick of paint can fix.  Since my Atlantica figures and 1/2 my 1812 figures are painted green and the rest of the 1812 are flocked and I tend to borrow units back and forth, it would seem to make sense to have them all the same despite differences in sculpting style. Some of the flocked 1812 figures, especially Indians and Quebec militia,  also get used for AWI & F&IW games with other people so I don't want to change them. So the question is "Am I keen enough on the OS/toy soldier bright green base look to be willing to replace all my old 1812 figures?"

At one point I had wondered if having figures that looked more like toy soldiers or even OS wargame figures would make it easier to worry less about constant scale and all the rest. I can now say, "No, it doesn't". Glossy and green or shaded and flocked, I'm happy to knock 'em over and tell lies about what they were thinking during the game but that's about it, doesn't affect my approach to the game or rules in the slightest. So, I've been busy flocking!

I guess my OS/toy soldiers don't have green bases after all but at least I can once again draw from all of my 1812 and Atlantica figures and have them work together.

Tomorrow I'm going to see about cobbling together some pikemen and working on names, places and a back story for a series of rebellion games and on Monday, Labour Day in Canada, I play.



   



7 comments:

  1. Hey Ross, I hope you are enjoying the weekend! Interesting contrast between the 2 styles of basing yet both are totally acceptable .... Jeff

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  2. Ross,
    Yes with all that life is throwing these days, I have a "just go with it as is" and it will all work out game-wise attitude that seems to serve. Your games are an inspiration regardless of basing scheme!

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    1. Thanks. Yes going with it seems to be working these days.

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  3. Awesome Ross,

    I have seen the 'old school' look, and it takes a complete 'set' to really make it work.

    What I mean by 'set' is minis, terrain and buildings in that particular OS style.

    For most of us, the little bit of flocking can make the 'mix' of styles of figs and buildings and terrain vanish. What I mean by that is with the little bit of flocking the minis tend to blend in better with each other and the mix of terrain etc that we are using, while the OS minis just stick out ... in my experience those minis that 'stick out' tend to draw more fire till they are gone.

    We shall also be doing some Garden Wars here on the west coast (4 hours after you) so I shall strive to post some pics of the game from Labor Day.

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    1. Murdock, completely agree about OS looking best when it all matches. I'm looking forward to seeing more Garden Wars

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  4. Ross, I think your figures will look just fine with the bases fully flocked, sparsely flocked or not flocked at all in various combinations so long as they're consistent within the same unit. I'd be more concerned about the the porky S&S clashing with Scruby and Zinnbrigade.

    Regards,
    Stve

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  5. Steve, 3 days ago I would have agreed with you and up close it remains true. It was a surprise to me but confirmed now in my mind. During a game, the base shows up more than the figure! (esp if in separate units, an old rule of thumb that seems holds up).

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