EXCERPT 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

Friday, December 29, 2017

Setting the Last Game of 2017

Its time to think about my last game of the year. This is a new ritual since 2009 when I did my last Game of the Week on Dec 30th. (See Playing through Scenarios for All Ages). In some years there was a Gathering of Hosts last game of the year in other years it was a Battle Game of the Month last game and some years I seem to have squeezed in one of each! I seem to have gotten particularly wild and crazy as I "mature". Well, crazy maybe.

Anyway, since the table wasn't fully cleared after the last game, I decided to replay it in a different period and scale. Then I tried to figure out what my "least played with recently" collection was. I came up with just one "didn't get out this year" candidate! My old 30mm SYW troops!

30mm figures. I purchased these figures from Figurines Historique in 1973 after I got my copy of Charge!. They were leftovers from a bespoke range which were designed for a diorama of the Battle of the Plains of Abraham which used to be on display in a museum in Quebec back in the 70's. They were my first metal wargaming figures.


I had based these armies in 2013 for a  go at the Portable Wargame with Ron. Since they were least used and Bob had published the rules this year, it just seemed an ideal combination for my last game of the year.


20 comments:

  1. They look splendid fellows. Many thanks for all the excellent posts this year.

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  2. Really nice that you still have your first lead figures - and fine chaps they are too.

    I have a number of regrets about things that I got rid of that today would hold sentimental value for me at least.

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    1. I have too many sentimental things hanging about!

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  3. It's good that you still have your first wargaming figures , sadly mine are long gone !

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  4. Magnificent Grenadiers Ross. It was seeing some examples of those embroidered caps in The maritime museum, Greenwich as a child that got me into military history.

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    1. These poor lads didn't get painted before I switched to 25mm ancients. They had to wait 30 years before being converted to French grenadiers only to be finally restored to what they were always meant to be just a few years ago.

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  5. Splendid stuff - glad to see the old fellers are getting and outings.

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    1. I am very much in favour old old fellers getting outings :)

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  6. Great looking figures! I'm wondering if this is a period where many of us are hitting 50 years of gaming and enjoying seeing our older figures back on the table.

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    1. I have met people nostalgic for their earliest wargame figures...from the 80's! All relative I suppose.

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  7. Happy New Year, Ross. It is a great practice to start the new year by revisiting pleasant times from past ones. And the grenadiers look smashing as well. Thanks for a brilliant series of blogs in 2017 - you've wet my appetite for the next instalments.

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    1. Thanks for being along and for all the comments, suggestions and questions.

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  8. Lovely figures and great terrain, I am anxious to see the battle report!
    Many thanks for all the marvelous things you shared with us in this 2017.
    My best wishes for the new year Ross!

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  9. Yes, it looks like it will be another goo one. I too am eager to read the post-game write-up. Love those old figures of yours too. I've still got my 15mm Jacobite British and French Napoleonics, but somehow that's not quite the same thing as your stately 30mm fellows. Happy New Year!

    Best Regards,

    Stokes

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    1. This one will just be a quickie but I have a feeling they might be out more this year.

      Happy New Year to you and yours Stokes!

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  10. Great looking Louisbourg Grenadiers! Best wishes for 2018!

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  11. DeanM has left a new comment on your post "Setting the Last Game of 2017":

    Great looking Louisbourg Grenadiers! Best wishes for 2018!

    Thanks Dean the same for you.

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