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, December 23, 2016

Crossing The Sea of Good Intentions

So much for a pre-Christmas game. Most of what hobby time I've managed has been spent reading, thinking about game mechanics, unit organization, basing, fortress construction etc while trying not to contemplate the irationality of having two separate semi-flat, not completely historical, 18th Century armies, both at least half in French uniforms.  What the photos of the new French moulds had suggested to me was historical scenarios based on the siege of Fort Beausejour and the two sieges of Louisbourg, including some minor what if's such as historically possible reinforcements actually arriving along with replacing a few incompetent and/or timid French commanders.

However, the more I thought about the limits of my proposed  Acadia project, and the effort involved, compared to the joy of the untrammelled imagination of fictional lands and history of the Not Quite The Seven Years War (NQSYW), and thought about how incompatible the forces would be if I selected a different unit organization and scale,
the more sense it made to stick with last year's plan to incorporate some bits of Acadia and Quebec into my NQSYW.  I struggled, I held firm for a while but the walls started to crumble a bit, and I have hung out the white flag.  
While waiting for Christmas, I found some Austrian castings and have started making a new Rosmark  Provincial Regiment

So the new troops and the planned sieges, amphibious assaults, ships etc will shift to the wild northeastern frontier of Rosmark. Long ago the Maritime or Rebel provinces had founded colonies along the far shores of the Northern Sea and forged alliances with the wild native peoples who inhabited the woods and rivers of that wild land. Rosmark, however, needs resources  if she is to stand alone against the growing armies of the various Kingdoms, Free Cities and other states to the south and west.  With this in mind, Rosmark has begun to push east along the great rivers and found its own colonies along the shores of the northern sea and has declared suzerainty over the whole area as being part of the old Queen's Dowry. The colonists have called on the Rebel Provinces to help them resist these claims.

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