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, October 13, 2015

The Basing of a Host

This weekend I felt like playing a Gathering of Hosts game but now that the experimental phase is over, I didn't want to play with ramshackle units with a mix of basing sizes and styles nor did I feel like using the incomplete West Lands army. The Northern Confederation which will contain my old Valdurian Guard, Minifig Rohirrem bought at the Minifig booth at Aldershot in 1974 needs a few score figures to be painted so it was still out. I only needed to re-base a few of the Turanians though in order to get a balanced opponent for the knights and infantry of the Midlands Kingdom. I decided I should start there.


The bases still need a little damp brushing with tans and lighter greens but the army is now playable again.

All of the armies are being planned as 36 stands of troops with each 60mm x 60mm stand being a unit but, where possible, stands are being painted in pairs so that they can be used as 2 stand units with other rules. So far I have 30 Turanian stands ready to scuffle. This includes 4 of 6 Heavy Cavalry (Cataphracts, clibinari etc), 4 out of 6 cavalry, 6 light cavalry, 6 infantry, 4 massed archers, 1 of 2 light archers, 3 of 4 light infantry, 2 elephants and a stray chariot.


The Great King Rossius the Long Lived, Eye of the Dragon.
The army commander is a old Hinchliffe figure who post dates my college days having been painted one summer's day in Summerland in the Okanagan Valley back in 1978. His escorts are more recent replacements from Garrison, the original unit having been amongst the figures that did not follow me when I graduated.

By the time I was done painting bases (finishing touches to follow), our Thanksgiving Long Weekend was almost done as well but, since there has been so much blogging buzz about Neil Thomas's One Hour Wargames, I decided it was time to try out my new gift.



But that's a story for another day.






6 comments:

  1. Looking forward to seeing the game Ross. Can you tell us a little how you made/painted the cloth?
    The Great King looks super

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    1. This is the actual table top, not a cloth but I'll try to think of something to say about it.

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  2. . . . "But that's a story for another day."

    Stop teasing us, Ross . . . play the game!


    -- Jeff

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  3. Sir, the games are well played, it is the writing that lingers.

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  4. The soldiers look great, I've been doing a similar thing with my old 15mm ancients. I'm looking forward to your take on "One Hour Wargames".

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