Viewer's Choice Celebration MiniCampaign

It has now been over 20 years since I launched "With MacDuff On the Web" and nearly 10 years since I launched my 2 blogs: Gathering of Hosts and Battle game of the Month.

To celebrate the years and the friends and the million hits I've decided to run a 3 game mini-campaign in late October. By popular vot e it will be set in the mid 18th Century.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Winter Quarters

OK I admit it, I've been letting myself get distracted, playing at Sapper and so on.
This snow bank was knee high yesterday.....
But I have managed a few minutes at my workdesk now and again.

The Blue Dragoonsand the new Hougal Light Horse each  now have a dismounted marker figure. More importantly, I now have an affordable, easily made, kluged prototype of a late 19thC artillery piece.
40mm conversions of Scruby and Zinnbrigade miniatures 
When I look about for a 40mm fieldgun for late 19thC Colonial wargames, there isn't one really. STS and Irregular have various toyish guns, none looking even remotely like a 12pdr rifled breechloader and all too expensive for my budget, esp with exchange and shipping, for something that's not what I'm looking for..

The Sash & Saber 10lb Parrott  is not right but close enough and an attractive  little model to boot but again beyond my budget at the moment and perhaps a little too serious looking for this project.

The ACW canon that Historifigs sells is a nice, simple OS 12pdr Napoleon. Its a little small, esp for figures on a base, and the wheel rims are a bit thick but it suits the figures well. Its just that its a bronze smoothbore muzzle loader and it looks it.

So, after some pondering of options,  such as whittling a new longer barrel out of wooden dowelling, and looking at pictures of various rifled breech loaders of the last quarter of the 19thC, I cut off the trunnions of a Historifigs gun then took some epoxy putty and built up the breech, incorporating the cascabel, thus lengthening the overall length of the barrel and giving the rear 1/3 that typical  swollen look due to the need to reinforce the breech.

Not great, not accurate but I think it gives the right impression and should be quite a serviceable toy hun. To lessen the height deficit vs figures on bases I added wooden blocks under the wheels and trail with "grass" to lessen the oddity of a gun floating on blocks.

A closer look.

Now to order 3 more guns, and some crew in slouchhats for various purposes.


  1. Enjoyable post,great figures & gun and atmospheric photograph!

  2. Brrrr ! I can feel the cold !, Tony

    1. Luckily its warm inside. Well the house anyway, that shed is where I cast, when its warmer.

  3. NFNS ... Normal For Nova Scotia (a variant of NFN ... Normal For Norfolk).

    I like the new cannon. A very simple but effective conversion.

    All the best,


    1. Not typical but within normal extreme parameters, 3 or 4 times a decade.

  4. That is a lot of snow! Perfect excuse for spending more quality time with your toys.

    1. Somehow that keeps turning into 'slumped in a chair staring at them with glassy eyes" time!

  5. Perfect weather for an outdoor game...