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

Monday, March 28, 2016

Fierce, Huge and Bloody

The first game that I blogged about, back in January 2010, was a refight of Marathon. In the lead up to the game I included a post about my earliest inspiration (click) , the book Stories of Great Battles by Robert Webb. The 1st chapter, called "Rejoice! We Conquer!", was about Marathon, the 2nd, called "Fierce, Huge and Bloody",  was about Chalons.

I couldn't help but think about that old book as well as Hal Foster's Hun Hunter episodes of Prince Valiant while looking at my newly expanded "horde" of Elastolin Huns (ok 2 dozen but still, lots of fur).

An engrained image of what ancient warfare really looked like: catapults hurling fireballs while armoured  Roman infantry fight Huns in fur. (From Stories of Great Battles)

Now as it happens, a copy of Simon MacDowall's new book on Chalons (Catalaunian Fields ad451) is currently en route to me. Its over 40 years since Simon & I cut our wargaming teeth on WRG 3rd ed and knowing him I don't expect his version of the battle to resemble my childhood one.  Still, taken together, it just seems like a good time for some Elastolin Roman vs Hun skirmishes with Gothic and other allies (Vikings, knights and others) for both sides. 

Fur bikinis and a BBQ, what more could one ask?

At the very least it will get a game on the table while I decide what to do with the enlarged collection in the long term.


  1. As longs as the elephants are involved... actually, could use them in a fantasy barbarian army...

  2. Fireball catapults, early Imperial Legionnaires, fur clad barbarians.... sounds like Ridley Scott!
    Great book, I'll have to look for it.

    1. Hmm, it does sound like Ridly Scott, I wonder if he had a copy when he was young?

  3. I had ladybird books that were similar - great stuff!

  4. I do still have an Elastolin catapult. Sorry I missed out the bit about fireballs in my book!