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, January 30, 2018

Reinforcements for the Front

One of the first decisions for my rejuvinated Great War was whether to stick with battalions of 8 figures (2 x 4 figure companies) or go back to the original plan of 17 figures (4 x 4 figure companies + Colonel). The smaller battalions would imply that a full Grant scenario would see forces equal to an under strength Division with 2 infantry brigades, 1 cavalry brigade plus artillery while even a small skirmish would end up as a Brigade game.

That has implications for the feel and ground scale of the rules so I decided that it would be easier on my head to just bring all of my battalions up to strength and field a Brigade with attachments as my normal wargame "army" even if it was sometimes an adhoc multi-national force. I also decided to ignore national organizational differences for machine guns and include an MG in one company per battalion.

The last 5 figures to bring Ross's Rifles up to strength. Behind them are 6 German Jaegers to complete the existing battalion. (didn't quite manage to colour match the originals but close enough)
I started with the two units that were closest to completion, my Baluchs and Jaegers. I had 3 more Scruby Jaegers on hand so just had to convert the headgear on a Zinnbrigade Prussian officer and 2 infantrymen to flush that unit out.

For the Baluch battalion I already had 4 castings in the cupboard so I just had to grind away crazy hunks of flash from where the mould has ripped or otherwise deteriorated and add the ammo bandolier. Its as well that they complete the roster as the mould has deteriorated so badly that it is fit only for casting heads for conversions. If I want a second unit I'll update the master figure and make a new mould.

The last Baluch company with flash hacked and filed off, 1881 tunics updated, and ammo belt added.  

I should finish the Jaegers tomorrow and then I need to tackle making a new machine gun and have a go at making a mould so I can spit them out as needed. I have a feeling that I am going to be needing a lot of them over the next year or so.


  1. Ross Mac,

    You are causing me all sorts of mental turmoil. Every time I look at your growing collection of shiny early 20th century figures, I want to creat something similar using Jacklex figures ... but I have several other projects that I also want to work on!

    I am going to lie down in a dark room and hope that the inclination to buy some figures passes!

    All the best,


    1. Bob, if a Colonial game doesn't help you could always try glossy-ing some early WW2 Russians and Finns?

  2. You have been busy! I look forward to seeing the results on the table soon.

    1. It was a snow day and the figures were in the cupboard waiting.
      (and they aren't going to win any prizes for painting!)

  3. I (eventually) simply went for 'well, there are 8 companies in a battalion, so 8 figures.' In 42mm Brigades are an issue... 4 single battalion Regimments per Brigade, assume 1 Guards,1 Naval, 1 Scots plus at least 1 line/Territorial... 128 figures plus any 'extras' in the way of officers... something's got to give.

    1. in 1914 Battalions had only 4 companies hence 1 2 man stand = 1 company but by then the companies seem to have manoeuvred and fought independently though in cooperation. Luckily homecast figures are cheap! ( My eyes started to water when I calculated the price of buying 17 42mm figures + 30% postage in CAD. I would have to still be working)

    2. I have noticed the difference in casting Garrison figures myself and buying other peoples...