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, April 29, 2018

Soup's Up!

That's the easy part done.
"Cookie" originally had a ladle but it broke prior to me painting him in 2008 as an Oberhilse field hospital orderly. No matter his glare will stir the soup!
The new infantry recruits have their basic uniforms and will hopefully get fleshed out and given kit tomorrow. One little problem cropped up though. I sat down at the table to visualize how the extra units would fit in. That's when I remembered that the table is only 14 squares wide. With an empty one on each end, each of the 4 German players will only have a frontage of 3 squares  on which to deploy their proposed 7 companies and supporting artillery. That sounds like wall to wall troops to me and won't do.

Now that I think about it, that and the look were the reasons that I had been contemplating using stronger individual companies that would be a bit harder to eliminate as opposed to more small companies. Technically that doesn't actually require more figures but 4 men in a 5" square does look pretty thin, and since the extras are here, 6 figures will look better!

"Hey Cookie, see all those new recruits over there? They look hungry!"
Oh, I forgot to add, the soup cart isn't just a pretty toy. As long as it is undisturbed and on table, a "support" stand allows a player to try to recover one hit each turn. If attacked it is removed and counts as a unit lost for army morale. 

16 comments:

  1. Excellent - what's on the menu? Gulaschsuppe? Horse broth?

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  2. Great looking model. I'll need to get my hands on one.

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    1. 34.80 euro's plus 28.0 euro's shipping. Still on the wishlist:-)

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    2. Yeah, can't remember what I paid 15 years ago but I bought a bunch of moulds at the same time so the shipping was less per item and anyway I was still working!

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  3. That'll improve morale or maybe not looking at the menu suggestions from previous comments.
    Alan

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  4. Nice work there on the Field Kitchen - should keep the German Commander happy.

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  5. Ross Mac,

    There's nothing like having a Gulaschkanone on hand to raise the morale ... and to get in the way of troops movements when they breakdown at a vital crossroads as once happened in a battle I took part in!

    All the best,

    Bob

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    1. Two sides to every story! Maybe I should paint up the limber after all.

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  6. Able to absorb a hit—sounds like it might be “chowda’” 😊. Neat idea and representation!

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  7. Splendid little model Ross, really put a smile on my face this morning. You're collection never fails to amaze me!

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