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, April 27, 2018

Reinforcements Are Approaching the Front


  • There's no way around it. I've been fiddling with the damned rules as a way of trying to avoid the fact that for a good 8 player game with the best, simplest, most effective version of my rules, I am going to need more men!


Hans, we better get the cooking cart painted up and get some soup on!
Not all that many more thankfully and the source is close at hand.
Here they come!
Instead of each of 3 German players having a full strength battalion of 4 companies, they will each have  a half strength regiment of 6 companies plus a machine gun company supported by a battery.

I'm also going to finally paint up the Zinnbrigade field kitchen I bought a decade ago to use as a  support token.

Rumour has it that a few companies of La Légion may show up in time to swell the ranks of the allied defenders as well.


19 comments:

  1. Bravo! Wonderful to see you back at casting!

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  2. love the shot of the casting table.

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  3. Ah the smell of freshly poured lead in the morning, smells like....victory!

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  4. An army marches on it's stomach! The field kitchen is a lovely piece of kit.

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    1. When I bought it I had to add a bonus into the rules but then didn't get around to painting it. Till now.

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  5. I am so looking forward to seeing the field kitchen painted up.
    Alan

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  6. The side with the field kitchen will always win - I think Napoleon said that!

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    1. I dunno, I imagine the smell of hot soup wafting up from behind enemy lines might be a powerful incentive to hungry attackers.

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  7. First law of wargaming - you always 'need' more figures.

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  8. I do like the field kitchen very nice indeed .

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    1. I'm looking forward to finally seeing it painted up.

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  9. Looks like a Lee lead melter?
    I have one.
    Years ago I was casting a lot, in an outside shed out of town.
    I had read that a way to eliminate dross, that foil like topping on the melted lead, was by adding value small cube of parafin to the mix.
    Great smoke screen, kinda like seafoam in an old car engine.
    Never again, an old spoon works great.

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    1. Yes I believe it is a Lee. Bought it about 20 years ago. Still going strong. I use a melon baller to scoop the dross off. Never heard of such a thing untill I bought the melting pot and an old hand recommended it. The little hole in it lets the molten metal drip back into the pot leaving the dross behind.

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  10. Good to see you doing some fresh casting Ross...my casting and molding days are well over - I sold everything- without regret. However, doing your own casting is certainly a lot cheaper than buying Commercial figures and can be very rewarding. I was never quite happy with my own Sculptures and castings. My 15mm Dwarfs from Battle Valor games in the USA are superb- and something which I could never have cast by hand. Best Wishes. KEV.

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