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

Monday, February 18, 2013

Must be lovely in the Crimea this time of year

"All that snow...brrrrrr."

Inspired by shots of Red's cavalry Tin Soldiering On into the garden in search of Spring, I decided to see what was happening here.
A lone Russian Sentry (Ivan) watches a patrol of under dressed 17th Lancers floundering in the snow.

OK!  Back inside lads!


  1. Wonderful photo Ross,thanks for sharing it with us!

  2. The trees look very realistic too Ross :O)

    Kind regards, Chris

  3. Still in the grips of winter I see ! - very atmospheric though !

  4. Those...Look...Like...F-F-Footprints...

    The length of three horses? Impossible!

    You better hope so.

  5. Saroe, didn't you know that Giant Sasquatches live in Nova Scotia?

    Best stay indoors, Ross . . . we wouldn't want to lose you to a Giant Sasquatch.

    -- Jeff

    PS, my wife found it so appropriate that you featured a Russian in the snow.

    Hmmm, I wonder if there are Giant Sasquatches in Siberia too?

  6. What are you guys nattering on about "Winter" for? I happen to know Ross took this picture on the first day of Summer last June. I know this because I grew up in Baja Ontario (i.e. Michigan), where we did in fact have snow on the first day of Summer a few years ago.

    For the last 30 years I've lived in Virginia--not so much snow, but many more Southern-fried cretins. Oh well.


  7. Chris you exaggerate. We are a week away from the start of summer.

  8. So if this is Summer ... what is Winter like?

    A great photo ... and one that deserves some sort of prize.

    All the best,


    1. Thanks Bob. I tend to think of a lot of comments as a prize.

  9. Great photo Ross, I've always had a soft spot for the Crimean War. Hate that horrible white stuff though! Thankfully, we don't see much of it down here.

    Enjoying following your many battle reports,


    1. Thanks Lee. I can handle a bit of snow, its the unseasonably hot and humid summers that we've been having that stop me in my tracks!.

  10. This brings back memories of my two years in the Valley, and the second winter when I caved and bought a snowblower, a Chinese made one if you can believe it. The Annapolis Valley is one of the loveliest places on earth, and Is high on my list of places to retire to