Images from Historifig website
Well, I've taken the plunge. Last week Ron broke out the Colonials for a nail biter of a Colonial game with "my" Brits just hanging on to a ridge for a narrow win. With a decision still pending on the best way to scratch my long deferred Boer War itch, I took the plunge when I got home and ordered some Scruby Boers from Historifigs and then a handful more of Jacklex figures from Spencer-Smith (gotta have a classic 4.7" somewhere in my collection) to get me started.
Reinforcements on table from a week ago with Brits holding the hill. Ron Porter's figure and table.
Not saying I will never do it in 40mm toy style but these classic ranges have the right sort of OS look, are cheap enough for even my budget and, based on pictures and remarks on the Plastic Pelisse and John's Lead Garden and my own experience with Scruby 25mm Mamlukes, are close enough to the Ral Partha's that I'll be happy fielding them on the same table.
For now it will be a small force for Battlecry games to be followed by British, and then I suppose by Zulus/Matabele/Basuto. Whether or not it ever expands and blossoms into something else or reaches as far as Tel el Kebir is another question for another day.
As an aside, probably the last time that all 3 of us were in the same place at the same time would have been at a meeting of the Montreal Wargamers at the old fort on Ile St Helene in 1976/77.
OK back to designing my card table game and experiments with going small but grid-less or not and with abandoning casualties or not.