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

Friday, January 5, 2018

First Onto the Painting Table for 2018

Cha togar m' fhearg gun dìoladh!

(That's "Nemo me impune lacesset" for those who don't read the gaelic.)


The wounded veteran on the right has donated his arms and been pensioned.
(Yes, arms as in musket and arm, brave laddie

Yes, this should be Fraser's 78th for Quebec but the existing company was painted as the Black Watch at Ticonderoga over 40 years ago so the 2nd company follows suit. Anyway, recent evidence suggests the 78th wore government tartan not the modern clan Fraser tartan so with their buff facings they would look much the same as the Black Watch did before they went Royal.

I ordered these Willies about 10 years ago in hopes of taking them to a 1:10 Ticonderoga game in the US but it didn't happen. (I don't remember now if I didn't go because the game was moved or cancelled or if it went ahead and I couldn't go for some reason.) Since I have resurrected the 30mm 1759 collection and these are about the only full game-unit's worth  of ready-to-go castings on hand for any of my collections at the moment, I thought I might as well start with them.

There was a bit of flash and supporting sprue on the castings and they needed some serious twisting and animating to get them to hold their muskets  but they are very flexible and lively. I had of course opened a few of the packets ten years ago and despite my best efforts, a sword was missing  and possibly two muskets although I think that its actually that the 2 chaps with broadsword in hand had cast down their muskets before charging into the little plastic bag like their ancestors did before charging at Quebec. (Which is why Fraser's suffered the heaviest loss - men with broadswords in the open being at a distinct disadvantage when attacking sharpshooters in the woods). At any rate, I replaced a spontoon-less sauntering officer with a leftover original standard bearer and was able to umm "borrow" a musket from a wounded veteran who lost a leg in battle many years ago.


These figures would respond well to detailed painting with slightly exaggerated highlights and shading or to shading by ink washes or similar, BUT I like the simple, fairly clean, glossy toy soldier look that I used on the British Grenadiers and line infantry when I finally painted them a couple of years ago. Oh heck, why overplan? I'll trust to my guiding spirit when I sit down for another painting session!

Now, do I hold off on a game until these are finished, or do I give my eyes and back and hands a break from painting and just grab some figures off the shelf for a quick game while waiting for winter to stop alternating between arctic freezing and cold rain?   

13 comments:

  1. Those are very nice figures and I'm sure you'll do them justice! Sounds like you're in for a chilly weekend?

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    1. Thanks, yeah, the rain has dried up and after an enjoyable hour of picking wet windbroken branches up out of the hounds' yard, we're expecting a more than 20 degreeC drop in temperatures by midnight.

      Supposedly normal winter temperatures are scheduled to return on Monday.

      We were inspired to watch Day After Tomorrow yesterday..

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  2. Always liked 'Willie' figures , but they were very expensive when I first started collecting 40 odd years ago .

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    1. They still are! That's why there are only 12 of them. Luckily they fit rather well with my existing 30's and even luckier for me, I don't think I'll need more. Should really get the Wolfe model though.......and 1 of each the 4 indians.....

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  3. Just ordered 24 Spencer Smith 42mm figures for 1898 Invasion of Britain - I like new projects and this one I'll blame you for!

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    1. My pleasure! and thanks for all the replacement Garrisons and the one's I hadn't got to first time around.

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    2. My pleasure. Just sorry that I'm not up to large scale casting any more - hands just about able to cope with my own needs these days!

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  4. Braw lads! Figures look really good - nice project.

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    1. Feels good to finally get my 18th Birthday present table ready. Less happy about the Willies, these guys are fiddly to paint!

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  5. Lively fellows indeed,I look forward to seeing them in action.

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  6. A very nice project to get back to after a few years. Nicely done and I agree about the fact that a simpler paint skim works very well with these.
    BTW, the arctic air has plunged air temperatures to the single digits. We've had wind chills as low as 19 below zero.

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    1. Very similar temperatures here where its not natural! Might as well be back in Quebec!

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