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

Friday, October 7, 2016

A season for everything........else.

Or "Winter is Coming!".

The fall is often like this, a short window of ideal weather in which there are 1001 outside things to be done before the cold and the snow set in and so less time tban usual for hobby stuff. This year is just more so thanks to various additional little domestic distractions including a 3 month drought. You don't realize just how convenient hot and cold running water is until you do without for a month or  so.
Prototype SYW in America Ranger from Prince August Russian Grenadier.
I'm fast running out of time to make the buildings and fences I want for Fall In, not to mention play testing and all the other prep work but at least I've finally, reluctantly, by trial and error, decided on a design for Quebec houses, still undersized for a semi-skirmish game like MacDuff but bigger than I want for home use on the grid. Bother.

Of course what I would rather be doing is converting and painting some figures, like the prototype ranger above, but since I don't need them for Fall In, that'll have to wait until I get my share of the convention games ready!

They turned around the hurricaine that I was hoping would bring us 6" of rain but are dangling before us a forecast of rain for Sunday. In the unlikely event that that happens, the outside chores can wait and I'll put a MacDuff 1759 game on the table.


  1. Ross,
    Don't know much about Snow- never been in it or seen it...must be awfully uncomfortable and cold I recon...we're coming into Summer here at 24deg C yesterday,though bit cold and blustery today- fought the wind to do the first undercoating of my 54mm WW1 Regiment (24 Figures). Cheers. KEV.

    1. Like most things snow can be both a delight and a curse. Its 23 degrees here which is about 10 degrees above average or more. 100 year old records are falling. Of course rain is what I would like to see falling.

    2. Ross
      - Yes, a three month Drought is hard to take. My Brother's Farm in central New South Wales- many years ago now- suffered a seven year Drought...unbelievable! But that IS Australia- Droughts come in cycles...at the moment (Sept-Oct) were experiencing Record Floods in the Central West. Regards. KEV.

  2. Good to see you hard at it Ross.

  3. As my friend and colleague Kevin would have said "working hard? Or is that hardly working?"