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

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

If it moves Salute it

May I introduce General Sir Alexander Alfred Milne, newly appointed to the command of HM's Faraway Field Force.
The General (known behind his back as "The Great Pooh-ba" is a slightly modified Zinnbrigade 1900 Prussian artillery officer. 

And of course...

If it doesn't move, paint it!

Over the last few days I carried out the previously mentioned plan to remove the south wall shelves, move the bookcase, paint the sloping ceiling over them, and replace the shelves with a larger gap between them.

As anticipated the white has appreciably lightened the room. Probably not enough to help much with photography, I need to lower the table to below tripod height for that, but enough to aid my eyes when looking for something and to make it just a bit more pleasant.

Its taken a while to reload the top 3 shelves as i was sorting and considering options as I went. The top 3 shelves are now roughly in chronological order from 16thC on the left (off camera) to the Great War on the far right by the wall. Its not quite that simple though as the various collections don't always fit easily into the 3 tiers.

The 4th shelf is not yet filled and there are obviously more eligible 40 & 54mm figures than shelf space, esp considering troops awaiting reassignment not to mention the ones waiting to be painted. The same is true on the North Wall where Prince Valiant and the 25mm medieval/fantasy armies are hosted. Probably time to downsize again, esp as 100 new Elastolins are on their way or at least an update to my hobby plans for the next 5 years..

First though, it calls for an actual inventory, figures on active duty, figures in the active reserve in storage, figures in the inactive reserve in storage and existing figures waiting for reassignment, repair or disposal.  Never mind the reserve pool of unpainted figures for now.   Somewhere in there I'll take close up pictures of the shelves.

16 comments:

  1. Huyllo Ross,

    I think I can come to the party with regard to those Ancients we were omn about a month or two back.

    Regards,

    Greg

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    1. They've already made an apointment with a photographer.

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  2. WElcome to the new General.I look forwards to hearing of his adventures and victories.
    Do tell us more about the Elastolins...

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  3. An impressive array of figures you have there, Tony

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    1. It's a trick of the eye, they look like more all lined up.

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  4. That's quite an array of toys on the shelves. I think we need to see more photos!

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    1. Its on the toodoo list but there's not a man (or woman) there who has not already appeared on the blog.

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  5. Ah, nothing stirs the heart like hearing a good piper or seeing an impressive array of toy soldiers!! Beautiful collection, Ross!

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    1. Thanks. All but a handful were painted this century. You'd never notice that there are a bunch missing eh?

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  6. Ross Mac,

    A very impressive collection! I look forward to seeing more of them in due course.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  7. Most impressive lines of beautiful soldiers!

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    1. I find it easier to not forget them when they are on parade.

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  8. Inventory ... I think I need a staff for that now.

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