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

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

First you get bigger THEN you get faster.

So, I set up a quick game, the OHW of CS Grant's Flank Attack from Scenarios for Wargames. It took about 1/2 an hour to play and was OK for a quick diversion but not terribly satisfying.

Quick and Easy. VERY quick.
I decided to leave the table up and on the weekend I doubled the forces and had a slightly longer, even less interesting game which I almost abandoned.

Game 2, Same scenario, twice the units, and a long firefight with little thought or excitement.

My instinct was to beef the rules up and add even more detail, complexity and "historical reality" to my fictional toy soldier wargames. Umhh.... that's not where this was supposed to be going.

Game 3. Fast and furious.
One of the things that finally occurred to me is that a number of the current rules were designed primarily to prolong the game while others were added to try to make various tactical practices overt rather than assumed to be happening without being shown which was the original idea. Others were inspired by various other published rules and I can only guess at why they were originally designed the way they were and question why I think them them a good idea in my own context. The result was going back 2 years to the drastic War of 1812 rewrite that I was quite happy with and start again. Then they needed testing of course.

Game 3: Same moment from a different angle.
I meant to play the game in a few days time but somehow I'm already 1/3rd of the way through and was late for evening chores.   Luckily, the soldiers are patient even if I'm not. The game will continue.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Sea Trials

There's ALOT of housekeeping left to do but the heavy lifting is done so I set up a game. (No, it doesn't look any different but it doesn't wobble anymore.)

I wanted to play a BIG battle, but I won't have time for a few days and anyway I need to convert and paint a few more units first. Instead,  I've set up the OHW Flank Attack Scenario with 6 units aside.  Not sure I will able to make this one last an hour but we'll see.

Thursday, September 13, 2018


For the last 2 days my hobby time has been spent tearing my jury rigged table apart, adjusting the framework, nailing it all securely together, (There are somewhere around 8 fragments of my 2009 table joined together in jigsaw fashion)  and then rearranging things so it will sit on a sturdy base which is equally supported at the same height on all sides. (Which apparently requires moving every !#@#$@$#@ book and bookshelf I own).

Normal service should resume by the end of the weekend.

In the meantime, here is a rather vague picture of a test game using Huns and other riffraff to stand in as Turks as preparations for Huzzah 2019 gain momentum.
Meanwhile, please feel free to browse through the 1,500  or so posts made during the last 8 years. There is a list of labels below...no lower...lower still way waaaay down, (many a bit too vague I admit) to help choose past topics. Here's 200 and some odd battle report posts.