New Old Toys!
A big thank-you to Nick from California. Having a 1/2 dozen old Britain's 54mm plastic 'Eyes Right' RCMP on hand and surplus, and having enjoyed the beginning of my 54mm NorthWest Campaign wargame setting, Nick did what only the best of on line wargaming comrades would do and offered to send them to me.
Oddly enough I had been eyeing the one Mountie I had as a kid, long since retired (and converted (damn you and thank you Henry Harris) and now serving as a retired, honorary Militia Colonel in the 5th Royal Scots and wondering what to use as a basis for a unit of NWMP. Question answered!
Now, yes, in the 1870's the uniform was different and its unlikely the lance would ever have been carried on the plains but that sort of thing is just what this campaign is about. Print the legend and play with the toys the way they are.
Luckily, there are a few damaged figures so I should be able to field a troop of three lancers in stetson and a troop of three mounted riflemen in pillbox caps. Excellent! It will have to wait untill after Fall In though.
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
Saturday, October 15, 2016
The Generosity of Wargamers.
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, 4 cats and a bird. Prematurely retired and looking forward to leisure to game, garden and sculpt in our 150 yr old farmhouse.