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, June 30, 2012

Boer Cry? Battle Cree?

I've been pondering a "game" with fairly limited parameters for my old Britain's for a while now. Something where I wouldn't end up needing space, time and money for armies of 300  antique toy soldiers. The Portable Wargame has been a strong contender since its introduction but it occurred to me today that Battle Cry or rather, a variant of it might be a good contender for a Boer War toy soldier game. A 1st Boer War or maybe even a Riel Rebellion game, (I have a little box full of old Britain's Indians and a few Cowboys. waiting for repainting for just such a game.)

As can be seen above, 4 infantry, 3 cavalry or a gun and crew fit one of my 4" hexes. One could even do up customized cards, possibly different decks to allow each side different tactics. The Riel Rebellion provides some good solo scenarios where the Metis and Indians were often deployed  in hidden rifle pits and acted on the defensive apart from limited local counter attacks. Perfect for a Canadian player controlling his units and having Metis/Indian appearing as random events. Cut Knife Creek anyone? or Batoche?

   (picture linked to Wikipedia)

Something to ponder as I drive off to visit family on Monday.

July 1st tomorrow. Happy Canada Day to all.


  1. And a Happy Canada Day from Vancouver Island to you there in Nova Scotia, Ross.

    -- Jeff

  2. Ross Mac,

    Happy Canada Day ... and I think that your idea of using BATTLE CRY! (or a variant thereof) makes excellent sense!

    All the best,


  3. What a great idea, I'm looking forward to seeing how it goes.


  4. I am also looking forward to the rules. Minatures + hexgrid = a good time