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

Do Over

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.

Early Action.
Tomorrow or Friday I will reset and take it from the top.

12 comments:

  1. Ross Mac,

    Your new recruits look excellent ... as does the battle. There seems to be just the right balance between the size of the tabletop and the number of figures/units on it. In other words, it looks 'busy' but not too overcrowded.

    I look forward to seeing the new figures painted and the final battle report.

    All the best,

    Bob

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    1. Thanks Bob This is about what I envisage for a typical "quick" game with occasional larger battles with up to 3x the number of units.

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  2. Great success with your Casting Ross - well done indeed...look forward to the completed unit all painted up and varnished. Regards. KEV.

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  3. Bloody marvellous. Well done Ross!

    Greg

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  4. I really must pick your brains about this home mild making stuff. It is very attractive.

    Best of luck with the new endeavour!

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    1. There are some decent tutorials out there, I just have to find some again.

      As far as I can see there are only 2 good reasons to go through the expense and hassle. 1. You enjoy the process or 2. there is something that you reaalllly want and can't get or can't afford in the numbers you want.

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    2. There are some decent tutorials out there, I just have to find some again.

      As far as I can see there are only 2 good reasons to go through the expense and hassle. 1. You enjoy the process or 2. there is something that you reaalllly want and can't get or can't afford in the numbers you want.

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  5. Nice castings, Ross. It's always gratifying to have a productive session without the excessive rework.

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