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, February 16, 2016
This afternoon I fired up my melting pot and cast up the 2nd batch of Canadian volunteers. This time, keeping in mind the soft nature of the rubber used for the mold, I used elastics instead of my usual spring clamps to hold the mold together. The first one out was less than satisfactory but I adjusted the elastics and 10 good castings followed. plop, plop, plop, Of course I just realized I'll need 2 more to complete the 2nd unit but that shouldn't be a problem.
The 2nd round of recruiting.
I haven't had a chance to play out the game but have grabbed a few minutes to play a turn here and there and soon realized that I was even more unsettled than I thought about what sort of feel that I want for this proposed central focus for my gaming and collecting over the next 5 years. It didn't help that I've been reading some detailed accounts of the skirmish at Ridgeway and looking at some blog battle reports of good, old fashioned tactical games. So I wavered a bit and tried this and that, adding some detail to units and combat, playing with sequences, morale etc etc. Just enough to eventually reassure my self that I was way off course and that the rules and approach used in the recent PBEM. game are much closer to what I want going forward.
So The Model Major General it is.
Tomorrow or Friday I will reset and take it from the top.
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.