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
Sunday, January 18, 2015
See you in hell!
It occurred to me yesterday (not for the first time but I think its worth noting when you notice the same thing repeatedly) that grid based units have, or can have, many similarities to single stand non-grid units. The immediate, more trivial, aspect of this observation was the recognition that if I have again, and I have, scrapped figure based combat for unit or element based combat, then once again it does not matter how many figures are in a unit as long as they fit in a grid area and I like the look.
For a while now I have been playing with 3 figure cavalry units on the grid and 8 figure ones off grid but last fall I upped my new units to 4 on the grid. I think it was the size of the bases on a few of my figures that prompted the idea of replacing each 4 figure unit with 2x3 figure units but I shook my head yesterday to clear it then painted up 1 more rebel light horseman while finishing a 4 man squadron of Blue Dragoons. At the same time I revisited the proposed 4x4 figure infantry units in favour of 2 x 6.
This has nothing, or little at worst, to do with rules, its about how many figures I want to paint and then cram onto the table when all is said and done. The largest Teaser games call for around a dozen cavalry and infantry scenario-units. Something like 16 cavalry and 48 infantry in 20 game-units , as proposed, makes for a nice compact force, easy(ish) to finish and then duplicate in various uniforms for various settings. Making it 24 cavalry and 128 infantry in 40 game-units on the same table would have meant longer games and squishing almost all units in whichever uniform into any large game which wasn't where I had decided to go. Phew! Another self inflicted bullet dodged.
Born and raised in the suburbs of Montreal, 5 years in the Black Watch of Canada Cadets, 5 years at the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean followed by 4 in the navy. 25 years with CPC in IT simultaneous with 23 years running a boarding kennel. Inherited my love of toy soldiers from my mother's father. Married with a Whippet, 10 Italian Greyhounds, 4 cats and a bird. Prematurely retired and looking forward to leisure to game, garden and sculpt in our 150 yr old farmhouse.