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

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

A Little Trade Dispute

It occurred to me that this is June 6th, DDay that was and that I have no WWII armies for a commemorative invasion game and that what amphibious forces I may have for other "periods" are in refit. Still  I've been itching to get some kind of game set up.

Softwood lumber tariffs are always a good excuse for a spat.

"There is your enemy!"
Apparently there are still some One Hour Wagame scenarios that I haven't played yet. This one is #24 Bottleneck.

Overview of the table. Each sq=3 inches on the OHW map so there are 2 "companies" for each OHW  6 inch wide "unit". The artillery is still one gun for one gun.
I am pleased to announce the arrival in Canada of a squadron of her Majesty's Life Guards. (The Scarlet coated, armoured, cavalry in the bottom right corner of the picture.) These are part of a generous donation by a friend and I am doubly pleased to get them. Some of the Lifeguards are old figures, pre-1952 at least but some are from one of the Coronation  sets (according to Rose's guide). More importantly, I had the small set of these Lifeguards in the 60's and converted them during my "Military Miniature" phase. He was reconverted a few years ago and now leads the US cavalry so I am MOST pleased to have one of this figure in his original uniform again.

The Lifeguard Officer on the left  is how US General Byrd started life. 
My intent was just to play the Square Brigadier with bigger figures but in light of my re-dedication  to having each collection provide a different gaming experience beyond different figures, I'm hastily adjusting the Tin Army using similar principles but at a different scale and some slightly different mechanisms for a mid-19thC Small Wars  feel.

Of course there isn't actually time to play today but a battle report is only a day or two away.

16 comments:

  1. Good looking stuff! I always enjoy seeing how you modify and adapt your troops. Well done.

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    1. Somewhere I have a B&W photo of my adolescent conversion of the figure to a 17thC Restoration era Lifguard.

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  2. Ross- very interesting Conversion- I guess the measure of a successful Conversion of a figure is that it is entirely different to the original - you've certainly succeeded in this- no one would guess the 'origins' of GENERAL Byrd. Cheers. KEV.

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    1. Minor conversions are just as good as long as the end product is what one was looking for.

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  3. Slogging through repairs and conversions towards a 54mm game it is great to see such colourful shiny figures deployed, thanks Ross.

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    1. You appear to have lots of work in store for you but they will get there!

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  4. I am looking forward to the battle report. With lots of photos!

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    1. Well a few photos anyway. It's only a little game.

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  5. Nice conversion. Cloth lake is very effective.

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    1. Shiny would be nice but at least the corduroy suggests ripples across the surface.

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  6. Very nice, love the lake...and the fur hat on the wall!

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    1. My Davy Crocket cap! Birthday present from my sister a few years ago, once I was old enough again!

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  7. Great looking figures, can't wait to see how the game goes.

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