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

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Big Push

Thr Great War has  dominated my hobby time and blog for 4 months now. Part of me finds this constancy worrying. What if this is a sign of a dormant and previously unsuspected streak of maturity beginning to surface? Improbable but scary! 

Apparently Oberhilse finally got their hands on the aging Mary Jane, covered her carnival red and gold (see header)  with a coat of grey and set her to work pulling the new heavy gun. 

 I think I'll reassure myself by breaking out some fictional, fantasy really, Medievals this weekend for a game of Gathering of Hosts.

However, I'm almost ready for that planned Official Memorial or In Remembrance game so Great War painting will continue. I just need to finish the British limber that I'm working on, 16 more British and Indian infantry and another MG.  After that I'm going to get less serious, bring back a bit more color and spend more time in Atlantica.

The last appearance of the big plastic gun before its transformation.
In the meantime, I thought some might like to know how the new heavy howitzer came to be. It began as a cheap, oversized,  dollar store gun obviously based on the Crescent WW1 gun. I picked several up in the late 90's and haven't seen them since. I used to use them with my 54's but this, the last ot its kind unless cupboard archeology comes through, is sufficiently bigger than my metal 18pdrs that it won't serve as a field gun beside them. I decided to use it as a basis for the heavy howitzer by turning the barrel upside down and shortening it, then swapping the trail for one cut from an even cheaper and more common Marx howitzer ripoff. Voilà!

Now I'm wondering where to get more of the big guns!


  1. Ross Mac,

    I like the way you have modified the plastic model gun so that it looks so different. It deserves to be used as soon as possible!

    All the best,


  2. "Cupboard archaeology?" What a great term!

    1. Yeay, Wish I'd thought of it or even remembered who to credit!

  3. The tractor and heavy gun go well together!
    Shame to cover up all that color though. :)

  4. I feel Fitz-Badger has a good point.
    A breaking forth of the medievals seems a good idea too.