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, January 12, 2018

They Shall Not Pass! (1)

Far off in Atlantica, an Oerberg raiding party set out to drive past Faraway's outposts and evade her patrols so it might wreak havoc in the rear and resupply themselves.
The Oerberg raiding force swiftly bypassed the redoubt on the hill only to find a hastily assembled reinforcement deploying across the road in front of it. 

The trap closed as cavalry backed by an armoured car appeared behind the raiding party.

An attack by the armoured car drove back the Oerberg rearguard while the blocking force held firmly. It was time for the Oerbergers to "Do or Die". Long Li faced about to act as rearguard while the rest of the force pressed on.

The armoured car proved itself vulnerable to direct HE  from Long Li and a desperate charge by mounted Oerbergers and Volunteers carried the 4.7", driving off the Faraway infantry blocking the road. Only two squadrons of cavalry were in position to catch up if they had the initiative to seize the moment.

 Luck was with Larsen's Lancers. They not only seized the initiative but they rode over the enemy, scattering the Oerbergers to the winds. They even overran Oom Bob. The raid had been dispersed in the nick of time!
Oddly, on the same day, away across the mountains, a similar incident occurred between the forces of Oberhilse and Faraway, but that's a tale for another day.


  1. The Faraway governing body may be forced to look into some border adjustments to deter, discourage and inhibit such raids...

    1. Perhaps if they stayed outside Oerberg's borders, it would be help.

  2. Nice to see that Cavalry still has a role in a mechanized world - lovely game Ross.

  3. Ross Mac,

    A very interesting little action ... and it was great to see mounted cavalry in action!

    So in this instance 'they did not pass' ... but when will we hear what happened elsewhere?

    All the best,