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

Sunday, April 3, 2016

One quiet Sunday in 5th Century Gaul

I tried, I really tried. I poked, I thought, I rolled some dice and shuffled some figures about, I calculated, I postulated, but......, I just couldn't get my head around me setting up and playing a traditional ancients game this weekend.  Play I wanted to though so.... somewhere in Gaul a detachment of Roman frontier infantry found themselves rousted from their nice warm quarters and marched off to a bridge which stood in between the walled city of Nulpartium and a Gathering Horde of Barbarians.

A Horde of Huns approaches at a mad gallop.
Elastolin 4cm Huns.
Since I was thinking about rules anyway and Rob and I still haven't had time to discuss more detail on what is wanted for the planned co-hosted fantasy massed battle game tentatively scheduled for Fall In, I opened the box. Recent games crossed with this week's putterings led me to make one big change and some small ones. The big change was to go back to a more Featherstonian play sequence with initiative then A moves, B moves, both shoot and both melee. The small change was largely a matter of adjusting combat details to make them less fussy after the last set of games. The updated minimalist rules summary can be found here. (click)

More Elastolin 4cm figures, Romans this time. Both pictures are a mix of my existing collection and some of the new-to-me veterans. Any multiple bases are temporary.
Still stymied by the continuing fuzzies but looks like some of the battle shots may be better.

That's it for today. A brief battle report of the overall best Gathering of Hosts game yet will appear on the Gathering of Hosts blog tomorrow. Then, win or lose, the Huns will move on to the siege of Nulpartium.


  1. A fine body of men - those 40mm figures are rather good aren't they?

    1. Elastolin did a capital job on them even considering they are copies of the original 7cm figures.

  2. There should not be many quiet sundays at that time! They look nice, very nice!