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

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Your Other Left! !

Time to get back to working on some more 40mm toy soldiers myself. A few weeks ago I started on some more 1914 Brits but ...(insert excuses) ... and now I've decided to let the 1914 armies stand as they are for the foreseeable future. Since I had not yet started on the distinctive WW1 webbing I decided to just swap the hats and paint them as Boer War Canadians in slouch hats with the brim turned up.

Having scrounged up a little bit of near dead putty I set to work.  The result before sanding is ok, not great but it'll do for one offs. Then, before I added bandoliers I decided to flip to that picture of the Yukon Field Force in red coats and slouch hats, much more colourful. While looking at equipment and leggings an alarm went off in the back of my mind. Eventually I twigged. Her Majesty's troops turned up the left brim, the side where the rifle is shouldered. I had turned up the right one!
Must be the combination of reading up on campaigns in German Africa and using Scruby ACW reb cavalry with hats turned up on the right. Well, Oerberg can use some more figures anyway.......

40mm Zinnbrigade in front, Jacklex 4.7" and a 1st mockup of a 40mm version behind. 25mm Garrison medievals behind.

One thing I have been fretting about is a 4.7" gun, can't take Little Wars as inspiration and not want one. Initially I planned to buy the Little Briton's one but the picture just doesn't do it for me. The little 20mm Jacklex one is a superb little model that looks like its straight from a photo. The original Britain's was close and had a charm of its own but the LB one has nice wheels but lacks the elegance and length of the thing. So I have started playing about with bits and pieces as can be seen in the picture.

Speaking of  Scruby and artillery, Mike at Historifigs has been working on rescuing the 40mm Scruby Colonial range and it WILL include a gun! Watch this space!

4 comments:

  1. Interesting work on the table and great things,for us followers of your blog, to look forward to seeing coming together.
    Alan

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  2. Your navy left (or should that be port?) MacFarlane!

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  3. Ross Mac,

    I like the look of your new figures ... and I think that your 4.7 has the right look to it as well!

    All the best,

    Bob

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  4. İ like big guns, too. Wish to make a coastal gun of german ww1.

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