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

Friday, January 30, 2015

A Few More 1812 thoughts

Before I put the figures away yesterday, I decided to look at what was needed to fill out the proposed OB.

Not many of my old units are intact as originally painted. Some figures have been broken, especially some converted command figures, while some US units had coats repainted 2 years ago to convert 4 x 24 figure units into 6 x 16 figure ones. Also I had included officers and nco's in the ranks and the only mounted officers were  brigadiers. The proposed OB was calling for the addition of at least 18 mounted officers and nearly 100 more figures In all.


Another gratuitous shot of some of the lads when they were new. Photo be e tenebris lux.

OK not a lot of figures by hobby standards but this wasn't supposed to be an expansion, just a rationalization. I decided to take a closer look at how the proposed armies would fit on the table in light of my decision to NOT rebase the figures on washers on to smaller rectangles. The short answer is that it wouldn't.

I decided to revisit my original plan for Charge! companies as historical battalions grouped into brigades which will be treated as Charge! regiments. This only calls for a few more command figures to be cast and converted once spring comes, a dozen or so S&S figures out of the cupboard to be finally painted up and at some point, possibly another battalion of Scrubies. Much less work and even the bigger battles will fit on my table.

But first up are a pair of dismounted Faraway lancers who just need tidying and varnishing.


  1. Ross, that sounds like a good amount of gear already in the bag and not much required to finish off the collection.

    Though I never seem to finish off a collection...

  2. Ain't that the way, though: you want to rationalise, but it seems to require more stuff. A lot more stuff often as not. I'm finding myself biting the 'no more stuff' bullet more and more lately. No room for expansion!

    I like the gratuitous picture. As always, very evocative of period.

    1. In theory one can rationalize downwards, actually that had been the plan for these, had been......

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    1. Yes Lawrence had an eye for dramstic shot and is a dab hand with a camera.