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, July 17, 2016

Shave that mustache Soldier!

"No can do Sarge"

Lion Kingdom Guards

Today's adventure was a visit to Playmobile Land aka a friend's flat (think hot air balloon factory) for a 4 player VSF game  using a marvelous (and HUGE) collection of 3" Playmobile figures (as in lots more figures and bits and pieces in storage) using a set of rules designed for 6mm Landships and armies. Seems appropriate, right?

Anyway it was a fun afternoon and a hard fought game between the armies of opposing alliances of fictitious nations. I can't narrate the 4 hour battle, especially as I was too wrapped up to see much of what my ally was doing but the pictures and captions give some idea.

Cotton smoke puff from my gun matches with enemy stand turned to skeletons!

My Anarchists pop up and throw a bomb at the Red Cavalry who fail to notice.

I felt sorry for my wounded and let them sit on a hill to the rear to watch the rest of the battle. The enemy dead were piled high on a back table.
The game nears the end of time. The bridge in the middle remained hotly contested. Gary had occupied the far bridge but Les's brave lads were still steadfastly preventing him from debouching onto the shore. On the near bridge Lawrence had been driven back and my cavalry and volunteer infantry were spreading out and were attacking his supply train having inflicted twice as many losses as they suffered. The enemy  informed us that they were writing the game up as a draw and we were free to publish our own version.  


  1. Oh I like that idea ! great looking game , Tony

  2. Ross Mac,

    This just shows how much fun can be had with a bit of imagination and some great figures. A real homage to the wargaming of HGW and JKJ!

    All the best,


    1. And a great way to acquire attractive, colourful armies for those like Lawrence who don't enjoy painting.

  3. Indeed! Thanks for posting these super pictures.

  4. Fortunate you Ross - playing 3inch 'Playmobil' - just great fun at Little War. Very inviting. Regards. KEV.

  5. Grim visaged war! What a magnificent display.

    1. uhhhh......more like cheery visaged war really. But yes, fun to see and touch.

  6. Amazing! What a fun looking time! And nice to see you rewarded your wounded a fine vantage point to enjoy the spectacle of the rest of the battle, Ross!

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    1. It was fun to see. Of course once the game started the fighting was deadly serious. Sort of.

  8. Colourful and attractive action. Great stuff!