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

Monday, May 23, 2016

The Undeclared War

This morning I finished up the 12 figure company of Compagnies Franches.

After lunch............

This is pretty much what the game felt like.
I'll give a more detailed report tomorrow but apart from some wording issues on movement restrictions everything was just fine. I'm going to be quite happy to update the rules as the 20th anniversary edition of With MacDuff to the Frontier. Technically the publication anniversary is late summer next year so there is time for more testing and maybe even some proofreading.

More importantly, the mix of fully round and semiflat homecast figures worked quite well for me so I won't need to upset my NQSYW world just to accommodate the new molds. The new French and British figures, once released, will go to the newly announced MacDuff in Acadia collection.
At last, figures that can use my magnetic trays! If the new figures look a little blurry that's partially because the photo is but also because I didn't notice until I was priming that while most of the heads came out perfectly, a couple of them cast up without much of a nose. I had spares on hand if I'd just noticed before gluing but I wasn't going back.


7 comments:

  1. These figures are a delight!

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    1. Yes, August is a Prince among toy soldier suppliers.

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  2. I like the new figures very much, Ross. Great battle pic at the top too. Casting without noses or other parts, now there's a familiar problem. Funny how you sometimes don't see these sorts of things until later.

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    1. I must remember to start wearing my painting glasses when cleaning the castings!

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  3. Wonderful stuff Ross - I've found those are a recurring problem with PA figures, but a lot of the time I don't notice them.

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    1. and to be honest, the details get lost in a crowd.

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  4. Wow, what spectacular pictures! great, I love them!!!
    Peter

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