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, December 23, 2010

and to all a good Knight (preferably in a play set)

One of the best Christmas presents that I ever received as a child was a 25mm hard plastic, factory painted knights and vikings castle play set from Marx. The castle is a little battered, many of the knights have suffered battle damage and the attacking Vikings long ago embarked on their ships and sailed off
 ( I bought a box of Orion vikings a few years back because it contains smaller copies of the vikings )
 but it still brings a smile to my face.
Almost spent a silly amount of money to buy one that came up for sale a few years ago but opted to spend the money on 40mm Elastolin Prince Valiant figures instead. There is a slightly different version available from MTS but the one pictured above is exactly the one I had. Looks like a sortie has  the poor vikings surrounded!

May this Yule bring you all a smile and create warm memories for the future.

(See some bits of wargames scenery can be useful for all sorts of things) 


  1. May you have a most Happy Christmas, Ross . . . and a Healthy, Joyous New Year.

    -- Jeff

  2. Compliments of the season to you Ross. Great photo above - I take it you're a regular visitor to the 'Toy Shoppe'...

  3. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

    -- Allan

  4. Merry Christmas! I had the unpainted 54mm version of the Marx knights and Vikings castle for Christmas one year when I was 5 or 6 ... One survivor of each side are part of my old toys collection.