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, May 14, 2017

D-3 Pre-Packing Checks

Its the usual May crunch, trying to get yard work and gardening done when the weather is good while trying to get everything ready and tested for Huzzah.
Blue vs Red
One of my checks was to re-read what I had included in the description for the event listing. Friday night's 16thC game: OK, Sunday Morning's Portable Wargame tutorial..ah what? various options, yeah, including "Toy Soldier" ..(right! crap, haven't finished basing the Blue troops)... "or try my Square Brigadier.." (What! Double Crap, did I say that? Which version?)

So, thankfully a bit of sunshine did not equate to warm today so apart from a short, shivery, spell of pushing the roto tiller around one corner of the veggie patch I set up the Travelling Mat and deployed the newly rebased Red and Blue armies along with a few dual purpose Zulu War units and sat down to produce a Quick Reference sheet for the Portable Wargame. Luckily that was on my list for after the convention anyway.

Rather than wade through a dozen of the latest trial versions and variations, I sat down and typed what came to mind, pushed a few stands around and then updated them as events in the game prompted me to remember various decisions made recently like once again banishing hit removal because it makes the game drag on, and returning once again to d6 group orders. Then I updated the QRS and played a game through to confirm  that this was all on track with my post game thoughts after the last game.  The new Quick Reference for the Square Brigadier (1870's) is now available here.

On Monday the serious packing begins!


  1. Ross,
    Very economical and sensible rules...just the ticket for old school gaming. Cheers. KEV.

  2. I second Conrad's well wishes for a pleasant trip. Since I have actually participated many years ago in a game you ran in Lancaster, I will simply say that if you retain all the pleasant demeanor and affability, everything will be a smashing hit! You know what you want to do and the gamers will hang on your every word. Forge on and have a great time.

    1. Well not a Charge! game this time around hopefully we can lure in a quorum for the Friday night game but if I can entice even one Sunday morning gamer for the PW I'll be happy. I had hoped for a Saturday morning slot when the crowds are in.

  3. Have a great time at Huzzah. The Red v Blue looks superb. I am sure we are all looking forward to hearing how the games went.

    1. Thanks Jon, I'll try to remember to take a few pictures!