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, October 20, 2012

And now for something

A little bit different. 

The Red Berets keep a sharp eye out for the dastardly Green Helmets.

Its been a long week with finishing the re-roofing of the shed, touching up paint on the house, stacking firewood and so on and now my wife has kindly shared some sort of bug she brought back from a dog show last weekend.  So I'm taking it easy, not even up for laying out  a full game of something but a week or so ago Bob Cordery dropped me a copy of the latest version of his Modern Portable Wargame and I was reading the accounts of littlejohn's plastic armymen in action  over at Lead Gardens,  and suddenly I thought about my small collection of Crescent, Herald and Lone Star figures which haven't seen action since Jerry, Lawrence and I played a few games of Chain Reaction II back in 2003? ish? hmmmmm

The brave Green Helmets take up their attack positions.

The B.A.T.(Battalion Anti-Tank) gun by Britain's and a few of the Crescent figures are my old toys from 50+ years ago (ok ok technically the Crescents were my brothers, I had the 56mm version but......), the rest of the figures, apart from a few Airfix,  are Crescent, Herald or Lone Star that I picked up around the turn of the century in a fit of nostalgia. Many of the accessories are from Dollar store bags of toys,. The mat is an off cut of the cloth I did for Huzzah. At the last minute before leaving, I decided to take along a Portable RCW game and set about making alternating squares in 3 shades of green and brown using what was closest to hand. Not a total success, the colours are wrong and it won't lie flat but the idea is, I think, sound.

More tomorrow.

10 comments:

  1. I'm a bit surprised that the Greens got that big gun that close without being noticed.


    -- Jeff

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  2. Nice to see these splendid old figures in action. Especially the BAT.

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    1. It is a nifty looking piece of kit and a long loved toy. Pity the orignial was stripped of its shield so soon. Completely ruined the look.

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  3. now that is a nice small game brewing...I'm going to have to hunt up some of that plastic terrain stored in my garage

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    1. Its handy stuff though I think a lick of paint wouldn't take long and would make it look better.

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  4. Drat it! That looks very good in a pleasant toy soldiery way. I was thinking about cutting my collection of the Castings molds that make the Heralds and other knockoffs, but maybe painting a few more would be better...:-P

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    1. Keep the molds, they're a bit smaller than the original iir? Maybe after the Trojans?

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  5. Ross Mac,

    Some wonderful old figures ... and being used on such a nice (and simple) terrain. I look forward to hearing how the battle ends up. (Note to self: I have some of these figures somewhere ... but where?)

    All the best,

    Bob

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    1. Bob, they are wonderful old toy soldiers, ironic that Crescent was so quick off the mark to produce a toy with the Bullpup rifle that never entered service! As for the battle, well not as well as hoped but interesting none the less.

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