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, October 15, 2016

The Generosity of Wargamers.

New Old Toys!

A big thank-you to Nick from California. Having a 1/2 dozen old Britain's 54mm plastic 'Eyes Right' RCMP on hand and surplus, and having enjoyed the beginning of my 54mm NorthWest Campaign wargame setting, Nick did what only the best of on line wargaming comrades would do and offered to send them to me.

Oddly enough I had been eyeing the one Mountie I had as a kid, long since retired (and converted  (damn you and thank you Henry Harris) and now serving as a retired, honorary Militia Colonel in the 5th Royal Scots and wondering what to use as a basis for a unit of NWMP. Question answered!

Now, yes, in the 1870's the uniform was different and its unlikely the lance would ever have been carried on the plains but that sort of thing is just what this campaign is about. Print the legend and play with the toys the way they are.

Luckily, there are a few damaged figures so I should be able to field a troop of three lancers in stetson and a troop of three mounted riflemen in pillbox caps. Excellent! It will have to wait untill after Fall In though.


  1. Ross Mac,

    What a great gift from a great fellow wargamer! I look forward to seeing them in action later in the year.

    All the best,


  2. A classic figure I remember having one as a child , Tony

  3. Lovely Mounties and what a kind fellow.

  4. Their is something strangely disturbing about Canadian Mounties doing a Cantabrian Circle...

    1. At least someone is keeping the drill alive. Might be more effective if they replaced the Lance's with pistols though.Mind you given the sort of music they play while riding in circles in might seem incongruous if they were to start shooting up the audience.

  5. Ross,
    A most generous gift from your Californian friend. I've recently experienced the same generosity - my friend who is in his 80's and about to go into a Nursing Home has offered to me his collection of 54mm Moulds and spare metal- next Tuesday I'll be visiting Gordon whom I've known for 23 years. Regards. KEV.