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

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Old Smokey Rides Again

Following on to my last post, here is the newest Rebel Brigadier in the Army of the Annapaloosa. Soldiers like to nickname Generals. General Kinch is widely known as "Ol' Smokey". His brother in Federal Service is known as Smokey the Bear.

The body used for this conversion is probably familiar to anyone who war gamed or played with toy soldiers in the 70's. The head, sword and horse are from Italeri. Its interesting that with the naked eye, I can see the pipe but can hardly see the smoke while for the camera, it is the other way around.


  1. Ross Mac,

    What an excellent conversion! You have done Brigadier Kinch proud!

    All the best,


    1. Thanks Bob, I must have dropped and lost 5 little bits of wire before I managed to get one bent into a vaguely pipe like shape and inserted. The eyes and hands ain't what they used to be! But it was a fun little project none the less.

  2. Ross

    Fast work! I'm old enough to have gamed in the 1970s - but that also means my memory is spotty. What is the basis of the conversion?