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

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Rearming Jack

Now that I'm finally moving on the (several years old) plan to consolidate my 40mm Atlantican (and historical 19/20th Century) armies into just two collections, I decided it was time to make my 1857 Naval Brigade pass their 2nd Boer War 4.7" gun to the army and give them the 24 pdr Lucknow gun they were originally meant to have.

The raw material, yet another Hong Kong Marx copy, a set of wagon wheels and a souvenir shop naval gun.

A few minutes later, a Toy 24 pdr, vaguely reminiscent of the one in the well known picture behind it. (Well to me anyway.) Now a lick of paint on the carriage and to transmutate the Bronze barrel to Iron.  (OK I'd already done the new gun, the parts in the first photo are from more spares)


  1. Ross Mac,

    That is a real brute of a gun ... and one that will be a great fortification smasher! I'm glad that my new fortress is well out of range!

    All the best,


    1. It might be tricky trying to depress the barrel enough to hit a 15mm fortress but just as well its out of range.

  2. Lovely. What is the guy in the red coat on the right doing with his hands in that painting? Is he casting a spell? Waiting to catch something? Doing the hokey pokey?

    1. Stu is close. The painting portrays an incident ftom the assault on Khudagangh in 1857. One of the defending sepoys' guns was doing great harm. The 24 pdr was run up and knocked it out with 1 well placed shot, hence all the cheering and pointing.