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

Friday, April 10, 2015

Another Perspective

My comments on the rules will have to wait, what free time I had today was spent refighting the last game. Hopefully those musings, explanations and comments will follow by Sunday.

In the meantime  I was curious about how the same rules and same scenario would feel with 20mm troops so I turned to the ACW.

The Union Army of the Kennetcook have thrown pontoon bridges over the river and seized a bridgehead but the Rebs are in place on the heights, penning them in.(1/72 plastic)

The units are still battalions with a strength 8 for infantry but they are now 4 stands each of 6 figures, in other words each stand equates to 2 toy soldiers in the last game. It won't be quite the same since the infantry are armed with rifled muskets and half the guns are smoothbore but the idea has always been that the rules should be able cover the 19thC with modules for various periods, even before I got ambushed by the grid idea.

Stay tuned.

9 comments:

  1. Ross Mac,

    Very interesting. Again the large squares look like that are working well ... and I like the idea of having a set of rules that can work with different figure scales without changing the ground scale.

    I look forward to seeing how this battle pans out, and what thoughts you have as a result.

    All the best,

    Bob

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    1. Bob I am back chasing a base set that can be played, with appropriate charts across scales and period. Good to have a grail to chase!

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  2. Dear Ross,

    It always does me good (and tempts me alarmingly) whenever your Airfix ACW troops come out. And you "dress" your battlefields so nicely.

    I'll echo Bob as to the promiscuous flexibility of your ground scale. Neatly done.

    Greg

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    1. Thanks Greg. Haven't seen your OS 30mm ACW out in a while. Beautiful figs.

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    2. Ach! And just bwhen I'm working my bum off om my 7yw Prussians...

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  3. I agree, I quite enjoy your ACW battles, as it is my own favourite period. I was just looking at a pile of balsa scraps tonight and thinking I'd better keep them for something. Your picture just gave me the idea for a pontoon bridge. Terrific! Consider it stolen.
    Cheers,
    Michael

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    1. Ah! My good deed of the day then.

      I scratch built 2 of them each with 2 pontoons for a largish 15mm Fire & Fury game at Dalhousie mid '90s. Couldn't find the 2nd one on Friday and needed 2 bridges so.....

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  4. Hip-hip-Hooray!!!..for AIRFIX. Lovely to see these ACW armies Ross. My first ever Soldiers were in fact a packet of AIRFIX - ACW Union Infantry 00/HO -( in dark blue plastic)...way-way back in the early 1960s....very fond memories of these figures.
    Good luck with Your battle. Regards. KEV.

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    1. My 1st Airfix were a box of Rebs and a box of WWII Russians one Christmas. So I called the rebs Hungarian Rebels and they fought each other, also early 60's.

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