5 days since the last post? What on earth have I been doing all week?
Little of interest really with not much hobby time, just a bit of tine for sporadic bursts thinking and rethinking or typing and retyping while doing other things like sitting with bored, snowed in hounds. A friend made a comment on an online forum which has finally jolted me out of my "its not Kreigsiel BUT.." mode, for a while at least so I've been poking about with older versions of The Sq Brig and Tin army as well as trying to line up what I should paint next when I found time.
Naturally, everything that is needed fairly urgently to complete anything needs either casting or conversion or both but I had made a small start when the prospect arose of an imminent opportunity to get my musket era lads on table. The ones I was going to leave till spring. So that's what I've been doing all weekend. Finishing the transformation of the Musket era lads from 4 different Red and Blue armies originally designed around units of 24 infantry, 2 guns or 10 cavalry to units that will fit a 9cm grid.
The guns were easy, each gun and crew is a unit but a few crews needed some uniform updates to conform. The infantry easily fit 12 figures to a square, 2 45mm bases each holding 6 figures (having serenditpitously bought just such bases several years ago). The cavalry are turning out to be a pain because the biggest unit of galloping cavalry that I can squeeze into a square is a single rank of 4 tightly packed figures on 45x60mm bases so cavalry will be in 4 man squadrons again, once I make more bases. For some reason I have only found a handful of these particular bases, just to enough to prove that I did by a bag once.
I won't bother with blurry, dimly lit pictures for now but pass on to an issue that I've been struggling with, a direct outcome of my decision to cut down the table size. Its a decision to return to Konigkrieg/WRG style 12 man units after years of larger units. The small units don't have the look of larger units but it works from a gaming POV since I can shrink the ground scale and field more units on the same table as opposed to being confined to skirmishes between opposing brigades or going the Grant route of fielding a battalion per brigade without changing ranges.
Its a choice and it needs more testing to reassure me but it will allow me to fight battles the size of Lundy's Lane or Palo Alto or even midnight Moodkee reasonably to scale with the right nuber of units.
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, January 16, 2016
Oh! Is that the time?
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 and 3 cats. Prematurely retired and enjoying leisure to game, maintaining our 160 yr old farmhouse and just living.