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, April 23, 2013

Before Featherstone there was

My first heads up that there were "adult" wargames out there somewhere. A photocopy of 2 out of 3 pages of an article on Wargaming and making model soldiers from the Boy Scouts of Canada magazine, some time in the late 60'a or early 70's.  Wish I knew what happened to the 2nd part of the main article, not that it had any specifics on wargaming. 

I also wish you could still get Britain's for .35 apiece!

OK back to work on my game for Huzzah. The refurbishing of the old cloth is coming along nicely.


  1. Dangerous stuff, too much exposure to this kind of printed material and one might conceive the notion that one should wargame properly, only with original Britains, or similar style figures one has made oneself.

    The thought has never occurred to me honest guv. Well, not for a while...

  2. Oddly, I had some of those same charging Highlanders out on the table last night. It runs deep!

  3. Interesting article and I look forward to seeing the cloth...

  4. Nice find, Ross. Now that's "Old School" in every respect. You know it was older and simpler times when they talk about pouring molten lead in an article presumably written for young people.


    1. Not to mention the use of plaster of paris for moulds! But it was meant for Scouts so presumably they would be prepared!