EXCERPT 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, June 25, 2014

Well, that didn't work too well.

I haven't managed any painting yet, looks like I need a casting session first but I did get 3 more units onto their bases. I have also had time for a little 1 or 2 on 1 rule tests. It did not take long to realize I was nowhere near the mark.

The problems started with me trying to arrange the rules to handle my new bases which are 1 rank deep although I still want to deploy them 2 figures deep in line, and my  1/72 ACW bases which are based 2 deep. Eventually I decided to call my new bases "1/2 bases", treating 2 of them as a single 2x2, 6 figure stand but capable of more photogenic posing when required. Sort of like these 1 piece bases from a 2012 photo.

But that was just the start. The proposed changes violated so many principles and aims that I have laid out over the last few years that I just ditched them and started looking over old posts and backing up a few years. The result has become very similar to what was used in the above game and the Cobbs Farm game seen below.

A working draft is published for those with time to waste  but a proper test is a week away, there is lots of proof reading to be done and I'm finally ready after 5 years to start putting  back in all the odd bits, special troops and rules and so on for the Atlantica campaign rather than just leaving the door open. I don't remember seeing the chance cards now that I think of it so I'll have to port them over.


  1. Ross, I know what you mean about two ranks. Single-ranked foot don't look right to me as representative of a "line unit" . . . it might be okay for skirmishers, but not for formed foot units.

    -- Jeff

    1. I agree Jeff though the depth sometimes bothers me with big figures. The real problem is when one gets into the period where sometimes the fighting is done I close order but sometimes all the fighting is done with 1/2 or more of the unit deployed as skirmishers.

  2. Archduke Piccolo has left a new comment on your post "Well, that didn't work too well.":

    H'mmm.... Food for thought, there. I'll be publishing my account of Elchingen in a day or two. You will find that exercise was not without its problematics, either. Cheers,

  3. I never fail to enjoy reading your trials and experiments Ross.