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

Monday, August 4, 2014

Answering the call

100 years ago today (Aug 4) Britain declared that Canada was going to war with Germany. Canadians answered the call in their thousands but when the war was over  we took steps to ensure that only our own politicians would make that decision in future.  (Not that that has helped a whole lot.)

Meanwhile yet another call, a Google Hangout one this time, was answered with the result that foreign intervention, American this time, has disrupted my 1914 arms race by luring me into a 16th C wargame,  and he didn't even let me win!

My clever plan of rushing light troops forward to delay  his march until my superior numbers of pikemen could secure victory was foiled by one group being over run by obviously not very noble heavy cavalry while the remainder was shot to pieces by an equal number of the enemy whose crossbows appear to have been unaffected by the rain that must have dampened my powder. Luckily my inferior weight of horse was able to see off their opposite numbers leaving everyone on board tired and confused but happy to be there.

However, discipline and   a sense of purpose has triumphed and the 16thC castings that flooded out of the cupboard today have been shooed off to one side and the Scruby Jaegers are now, at long last, in the process of donning their uniforms.

2 comments:

  1. Dear Ross,

    Can you let us in with a bit of information as to which colors you are using for your jaegers. Assuming the jackets are dark green, what color have you opted for with their trousers? Will they have a red stripe? Will the trousers be green as well? I know you have a lot of fun with color choice. Your guard jagers (if you choose to paint them) could have some shade of dark blue trousers. As an aside, how do you paint the rifles? What shade of paint do you use for the stocks?

    I hope you have a lot of fun doing these and it sounds like you had a very nice game with your Renaissance guys.

    All the best,
    Jerry

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    1. The Jaegers are technically Boxer Rebellion era but I figured 'close enough' and painted them in WWI jaeger greygreen.

      I usually do musket stocks in either Walnut or Burnt Umber. The walnut is a bit dark but it covers in 1 coat where the burnt umber goes on dtreaking and needs 2 gor a toy soldier look.

      It was a good game but not my figures, the game was in Maryland with an Internet video call connection.

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