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

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Rules & Regulations: Hearts of Tin. (updated)

For some odd reason I have been in an awful painting funk and unable to settle myself but I have gotten a chance to push some soldiers about and thus test the updated version of my Hearts of Tin wargame rules. These started life as a Morschauser variant with troops mounted as per the rules with 4 infantry or 2 cavalry on a stand as a "basic unit" and 5 basic units to a "regiment". The rules evolved from there until a misguided attempt to turn my regiments into "big battalions" last year sabotaged everything. After much debate, an acknowledgement of the desire to field my 40mm glossy toy soliders on individual bases and a long experimental walk down Featherstone Road has brought things back to their senses.  Some test games have banished the strangest ideas and reinforced some tried and true methods. HofT is now once again, my rules of choice for my sologames.

Since I am looking at shutting down my website due to budget constraints, I am testing an alternate method of sharing documents. The current rules are NOT available on my website.

The following link should allow anyone to view and download the current version. (link updated). The formating is a bit wonky in parts but you should be able to access it without signing in to Google.

Hearts of Tin  (10 Oct Edition)

Any comments and feedback are welcome. Everyone is welcome to use as little or as much as they please from the rules.  Please note that this is the basic game, basically what I need for my 1837 games as planned. Advanced rules to add more troop types, special weapons and tactics etc will be forth coming as I need them or in response to suggestions and comments.

40mm British  infantry, redeployed from India, hit a beach in the Oregon territory
in response to the US slogan "54/40 or fight!"

** Thank you John & Jeff for testing the links, both old and new (post removd). I have updated the original post and it should be working now.


  1. Ross,

    The link got me a "document not available" message.

    -- Jeff

  2. Thanks Jeff. Lets see if my techie persona can solve this problem better than the picture one!

  3. Ross,

    This time I got to the file and the download worked. Thanks.

    -- Jeff

  4. Very cool pic of the landing party...I have a couple of those same wooden boats somewhere but never had a chance to use them until your inspiring photo shows me the way. And thanks for the update on HoT.