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

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Housekeeping

This weekend I've finally gotten back to work on my room.  My remaining 25's have again been banished to boxes in the cupboard leaving this wall of shelves for the 18thC and 19thC armies and the other wall for the 16thC and older armies. The bookshelves have been shifted and finally put in order and I've moved the table a little to make more room for players between the table and shelves.

Nearly 12 done.
Once I get the troop shelves on both walls adjusted and refilled, it'll be time to build the table. (At the moment its a few pieces of thin plywood balanced on various improvised supports.)  I do actually have room to make the table just a bit bigger but I've found that I almost never use all of this table as it is.

It seems that the time spent learning how to adapt rules, scenarios and armies to smaller playing surfaces has born fruit.


17 comments:

  1. Ross,
    Good to see your tackling the sorting out and the space problem...it is the time of year for things like a 'Spring Cleanout' etc. Have fun! Regards. KEV.

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    1. It's usually too hot in my room this time of year but today was cooller and my wife is away....

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  2. It is interesting to see the wargames room the figures on open shelves looks great. I am currently tidying up to and know what a mammoth project it can be.

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    1. The big problem is that there is no free space apart from the walkways so if you want to move something you have to move something else first!

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  3. So I note 25s are put away.

    Are 40s the object of your future?

    I'm asking as I have a vision of my own to move away from the 15s that I haven't used in more than 4 years.

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    1. The 40's have been my main thing for the last 10 years and 54's (in 8 periods ) for the 10 years before that with 15's ruling before then for all but ancients which were 25's. The 15's are all gone, replaced in a sense by 1/72nd plastic and only a token group of veteran 25's remain to come out once a year or so. I tried to let go of the 54's altogether but I am attached to the old toy soldiers so they will remain but the 40' will remain as my main scale in 4 periods.

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  4. Is that a Davy Crockett hat I spy there ?

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    1. A present from my sister some 15 years ago. It usually hangs with my drawing of a boy in a coonskin cap playing the Alamo with toy soldiers. Once the wall is repainted it'll go back up and I'll post a picture.

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  5. Very impressive collection Ross. I'm not sure if that's a hat or an errant racoon climbing the wall

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    1. Technically a rabbit disguised as a coonskin cap.

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  6. There is something energizing about a good sort and reset of the hobby space. The ranked collections on display are impressive—an inspiring sight. Makes me think of finding a way to get at least one of my collections out of boxes and on display.

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    1. Its the opposite of 'out of sight out of mind'.

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    1. Space for a games room and space for the dogs were the 2 top priorities when we were looking for a retirement home.

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  8. Inspiring - it's great seeing the gaming area and shelves stocked with soldiers!

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    1. Toys, books and a gaming table. Just add coffee for an ideal refuge.

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