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

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Officer on Parade!

Not much to talk about, I've been too busy chopping and painting and otherwise having fun. So here are the first two finished units.
Colonel Rutland and the 58th Foot. All based on Guardsmen with copies of the Highlanders' helmets. The standing firing figure is a vintage original who had a broken rifle, the kneeling officer was a Soldierpac casting, the rest are all homecast.  (The mounted officer and figures at the ready are from the Miniature Moulds catalogue)

Gordon Highlanders. Dressed for Egypt till the boat sailed right by without stopping. All repainted vintage originals but the officer is a conversion. 

Up next, Seventeenth Lancers in foreign service helmets followed by the Royal Artillery.

The whole force at this point. This is a 6" grid but I am very seriously considering going down to a 5" grid. This will give me 10x14 squares vs 8x12. (I just need to make the table 2" wider...."I have a cunning plan".)


  1. And what splendid fun it looks too.

  2. True Toy Soldier material there ,very nice indeed,Tony

  3. Very nice indeed. I love the way you have given the units life by using different posed figures together. I have always avoided this, but yours look really good!

    1. Thanks Jon, several of the original Britain's sets contained a variety of poses so they get the credit really, esp the one I just repainted.

  4. Ross,
    Oh so Toy Like- like your work very much - well done indeed. Cheers. KEV.

  5. They look like proper soldiers. Very fine.

  6. Nice unit, Ross. Love the toy soldier look, gets my Britains nostalgia going every time I look at your project here.