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, May 11, 2011

Speaking of Eagles

OK so not a 24 hour flu. I dragged myself to my painting desk this morning and applied some varnish (aka Future floorwax) to the last 6 Mexican infantry for the San Carlos Militia, then I dropped one of the one leg in the air charging figures and his ankle snapped. 4th one in 6 years. There's a lot to be said for 40mm figures with 2 feet on the ground.

Back to snoozing and video's I think. The Horse Soldiers and Khorda's Four Feathers have been watched along with some Firefly, and  Khartoum is part done. Zulu Dawn is queued up for later. I'll save Gettysburg and Master & Commander for the weekend if I haven't recovered by then.

But in the mean time there was a moment of excitement when one of our local pair of Eagles decided to have a picnic across the street. So, for all you Roman, French Napoleonic, Mexican and American fans (only 1 head so I didn't include Austrian fans etc): He was chased off by a neighbor's Border Collie once, chased off by a fierce Crow !!  once but kept coming back. No keeping a fierce Imperial predator from a piece of carrion that dogs and crows wouldn't  touch.

and the little ones chewed on the bones-O



  1. Ross Mac,

    I am only just catching up with my emails etc., and have only just realised that you are unwell.

    I hope that you feel better soon, and I am sure that the films you are watching (a very good choice, I might add, and some that I also watch to raise my spirits) will aid you recovery.

    All the best,


  2. Get well soon!
    Wow, great pics of the eagle and youn'uns. That would cheer me up for sure.
    I would love to get ahold of a dvd of Korda's version of Four Feathers. Sounds like some good movie-watching.

  3. Thanks gents.
    The state of some of my VCR tapes is worrisome. I would miss that one to be sure. Odd to think that Omdurman was about only about as far in the past then as Viet Nam is now. No wonder they "got it".

    Those eagles are magnificent birds, they look a lot bigger when they're only 10 feet overhead.There were 2 adults and 3 younger ones (2-4 years probably) by late afternoon, all picking the bones of some poor 'coon.

    Had to go count the cats just to be sure.