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

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Some old friends and some new.

Yesterday I had the pleasure of accepting an invitation from Jeff to join in a multiplayer wargame about 150 km farther down the Annapolis Valley. I've known Jeff for around a decade now and had met one of the others before so it was a chance to meet two more very agreeable local gamers.

All in all a most enjoyable outing ensued with a hard fought 15mm Napoleonic wargame, some excellent food and  great company. I'm looking forward to a return engagement. I won't say too much about the game and rules since Jeff has covered it well in his blog:

(Click) armchaircommander.blogspot.ca/2016/07/leutzen-1813

Lutzen in 15mm using Commit the Garde.
I painted my first 15mm figures in 1977 and through the 80's and 90's it was my primary scale with only ancients and later Colonials in 25mm and a few 1:300 WWII. When I upsized to 54mm instead I stored my 15's and then when I compromised largely on  40mm decided to sell off my 15's so that someone would get to use them. Jeff bought my Battle Honours & Old Glory French Revolution Russians (and possibly some of my Austrians too). This game was set in 1813 but when Jeff started to run low on Russians some of my old lads came out to fill the OB so I had the pleasure of commanding a handful of them again. At one point the reinforcements included a more effective Command stand in the form of one of my old Generals (Not Suvarov alas). With great gallantry he stormed forward and led a battered regiment to seize the 3rd objective then commanded the gallant defense against a counter attack. Alas he caught a stray bullet so it was a sweet reunion but short.

Oh no, not again!
Meanwhile, as an old 54mm Colonial gamer I recommend a visit to der alte fritz and General Pettygree in the Sudan where some 700 54mm toy soldiers battled on Saturday. I would have loved to have been there but at least a token handful of my old Arabs volunteered for service and Jim was kind enough to include them in amongst the hordes on the embattled tables.

Check the link and enjoy the post and pictures of the battle then go back and enjoy the preceding set up posts and pictures! The gentlemen involved have sunk a huge amount of time, effort and thought (not to mention money) into providing the spectacle  so don't forget to let them know if you enjoy the report and want to see more.

(click) altefritz.blogspot.ca/2016/07/battle-of-tokar-july-23-2016


54mm Sudan Wargame hosted by der Alte Fritz
http://altefritz.blogspot.ca/2016/07/battle-of-tokar-july-23-2016.html

7 comments:

  1. Thanks for the tip on the 54mm game. It is certainly a different perspective than our 15mm game. Don't worry about your general. He was merely injured and will be back for the next engagement.

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    1. I'm sure he will Jeff, it's not the first time he's been shot.

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  2. Just goes to show that once you have the right friends, all games are good.

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  3. Your artwork marches on and on!

    Great that you are able to re-connect with your own works again.

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  4. Thanks Ross- did have a look at the 54mm Sudan Battle - very nice indeed. Regards. KEV.

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