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

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Tradition is Strong

Well, I tried. I started with my old French units which had never been mounted on washers. Soon each 20 figure unit had been reduced to 12 figures with the stragglers mingling in search of new partners with which to form new battalions.

It was a rather sad sight really, more than 15 years of tradition banished by the heartless economies of officials.


Just an old softie, that's me.

They won't fit properly on the grid but I'll still have room for some new units, conversion back to Charge! will be easier should I ever need it, and I have been contemplating dropping down to a 4'x4' everyday table with an extension to 4'x8' anyway. 

8 comments:

  1. You can at least console yourself by the fact that the mass look is very good and pleasing on the eye, they look like they will go above and beyond the call of duty.

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    1. This is how the white coated units started c2002 and they "felt" right back on 3x6 figure bases.

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  2. Sometimes tradition must be abandoned for the sake of efficiency!

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    1. A typical case of a modern reform being over turned by the traditionist old guard only to eventually surface again 15 years later!

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  3. An inspiring bunch of soldiers! (chanting to self: i don't need a new project. i don't need a new project.)

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    1. Absolutely though AIP and others do some nice 54mm plastic tricorne figs, a OHW game wouldn't need much......

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  4. Since you have downsized units, will the "leftovers be needing new command sets? Or will you simply either field them "as is" or not field them at all?

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    1. Jerry the leftovers amount to 2 figures per unit, usually an officer and a private but over 1/2 the left overs are broken figures awaiting repair. The extras will be stored to be added as singles to bring the units up to scratch with 16 muskets for Charge! games.

      If I had of reduced to 12 figure units as I suggested the 6 leftovers from each battalion would have been merged to make a new battalion.

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