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, January 31, 2012

Body Building

Betcha ya weren't expecting these this week.

 I can't remember which Cold Wars it was that I split these packs of Sash & Saber 40mm F&IW Indians with Rob. It will suffice to say these aren't a new purchase. So what are they doing here?

Well......, despite being distracted by sorting and refitting 25mm ancients, my mind has been spinning its wheels in the mire of such things as when to use 1:1 skirmish rules vs small unit rules (ie MacDuff) , designing a low level scenario on the cusp of these two, deciding what troops to paint next and what needs to be cast or sculpted before I can start, and what scenario to play this week, in which period and with which rules.

The figures in the picture need to be assembled, but I don't have to cast 'em!  I have a sneaking feeling that it may have been mention of spares boxes that led me to rediscover them after I spent some time rifling through drawer after drawer (those little plastic nuts and bolts cabinets) of leftover heads and weapons and bodies (a grisly sight to be sure). Mind you these were in the queue rather than spare parts though they have contributed various bits. (well I say queue, more of a disorderly mob really, waiting for a cue)  They won't fit in with my glossy 19thC toy soldiers but they will go perfectly well with my chunky, shaded, matte F&IW / AWI collection.  (Which, oddly enough, is why I originally bought them! How clever was that then?) So, while I mull over the rest, I'm going to glue these warriors together and put their paint on for them.


  1. Ross, don't you really mean to "put their WARpaint on for them"?

    -- Jeff

  2. Best of luck with your endeavours Ross.

    Even if those are quite clearly the wrong kind of Indians.

  3. Are you sure these are old enough to paint?

  4. Conrad, are you saying this wasn't what you were sikhing?