Plan!? I had a plan?
Well, more a framework really but last year's foray into the Great War has led to unintended ripples which threaten to warp my whole Atlantica history, geography and developing storyline. Since I am now ready to tackle both the traditional British toy soldier/Colonial look and my already developing storyline again, I have decided to intervene and put more distance between Atlantica and the Great War (and the 2nd Boer War).
There is actually a fairly narrow window of historical settings for the classic Victorian red coated toy soldier to march into battle before Khaki takes over. It runs roughly from roughly from the Zulu War to the 1885 NorthWest rebellion. OK the latter is not a popular one but it was the only one where the spiked helmet was worn on campaign. I have wargamed in this era in 15mm, 20mm, 25mm and 54mm so was trying to avoid it in 40mm but...oh well... It's just a very fitting period for wargames especially since the Russo-Turkish and Franco-Prussian wars, give a glimpse of what British involvement in a European war in the breech loader age might look like on a wargame table.
In practical terms this turning back of the clock to circa 1880 means that Oberhilse uniforms will regain their US influence, the Hougal rebellion has not happened so those units rejoin the ranks and the terrain, climate and native cultures will not be under pressure to change. I won't get to include motor vehicles just yet but the 20th Century and drab are still coming.
In addition to doing some painting, I'm also reconsidering the rules. Essentially, for this collection, I want the same number of units but more figures. Its possible to do that without changing the rules but this is the time to consider the pros and cons of a different, more OS style of rules for these games.
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, March 28, 2015
Coming Back to Plan
Labels: atlantica history
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.