I was working on another regiment of Airfix ACW when I made a surprising (to me) discovery. One of the many things I like about the airfix guys is that while you can make mixed units "fighting", you get enough of certain poses to make a couple of units performing drill, at attention, marching under discipline as opposed to strolling etc. In this case the plan was a unit all in backpacks, a 1st rank in what my contemporary British drill book calls "Low Guard" position (even if the bayonets didn't get molded on), and a 2nd rank at right shoulder shift (since the low guard position appears to be British drill not US, I figured I'd have the regiment follow British usage and have the 2nd rank stay at the slope). Lacking sufficient numbers of the latter left over, I decided to widen the selection and have mostly bayoneting guys in both ranks with a few guys with sloped muskets and someone different as a sergeant. I decided to pick on one of the "hi Mom" guys and figured I would just fudge a sword and sash, I seemed to recall vaguely that he was of the few or the only with a bayonet.
Imagine my surprise while painting when I discovered that his "bayonet" reached to below his knee! That's no bayonet, that's a sword! The Bl**dy guy is a sergeant! All of a sudden, his waving pose makes sense! He's a sergeant doing the " C'mon men " thing. I can't believe that I never noticed before!
Viewer's Choice Celebration MiniCampaign
It has now been over 20 years since I launched "With MacDuff On the Web" and nearly 10 years since I launched my 2 blogs: Gathering of Hosts and Battle game of the Month.
To celebrate the years and the friends and the million hits I've decided to run a 3 game mini-campaign in late October. By popular vot e it will be set in the mid 18th Century.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Revelation - Hey Sarge!
Posted by Ross Mac email@example.com
Born and raised in the suburbs of Montreal, 5 years in the Black Watch of Canada Cadets, 5 years at the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean followed by 4 in the navy. 25 years with CPC in IT simultaneous with 23 years running a boarding kennel. Inherited my love of toy soldiers from my mother's father. Married with a pack of Italian Greyhounds and 3 cats. Prematurely retired and enjoying leisure to game, maintaining our 160 yr old farmhouse and just living.