Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Year Nine

Well, here we are, "That Time of the Year" again!   Today is the 8th anniversary of my heart attack and I'm still here!

Had a slight scare a few months ago and while a slight adjustment of meds has left me feeling better and less tired than was the case during the last few years, it was a good reminder.

Hector back in my old gaming room in Five Island Lake.

Last winter I got so focused on getting ready for Huzzah that other plans went by the wayside until that was over. I had all sorts of plans for too many projects but they didn't include getting lost in the 54mm old toy soldiers again, until they did.

The main reason for dumping the original 54mm version of Atlantica was lack of space due to changes in my situation although falling in 'love' with the 40mm Scrubies helped confuse things as did the huge influx of plastic 54's in modern style which broke the consistent look and feel of the armies. Anyway, I'm enjoying them so much at the moment and so ready to do a mini-campaign that almost everything else is on hold for now. The exception being my comittment to finally build a small 40mm, 16thC Turkish 'army' for Huzzah 2018.

Elastolin 4cm Turks and Landsknechts.

I'm not going to rush into getting rid of everything else or even ceasing to add figures to and game with other collections as the mood takes me but I am going to revisit my plans and relegate several things to a "Reserve List". The idea is to avoid splitting my time and attention quite so badly  so I can finally get a mini-campaign going and get my games looking less improvised, at least perhaps some examples of faux-improvised where that might enhance the toy soldier atmosphere.

I also want to continue to work on improving the look and functionality of my room. To help with my focus as well as the state of my room I am considering revoking my "everything must be on display" maxim. "Hiding" a few collections might help lessen the distraction. Time will tell.

In the meantime, if anyone is interested in a 40mm 1914 German army of about 150 figures and 2 guns, drop me a line ( The British, Indian and French units are needed for some early 20thC Colonial campaigns.

I built this army as a Centennial project. It's 96 years to the Bicentennial and I'm not sure I want it to sit in the cupboard till then.
So that's the plan for Year 9!

Oh and Happy Independence Day  to my American friends and readers. 


  1. Congratulations!

    Hector looked so much like my old cat! :D

  2. Many happy, healthy, returns!

  3. Glad to see you are still up to your eyebrows in soldierly projects and related planning, Ross. Here's to many more years doing the same.

    Best Regards,


  4. Ross,
    Pleased for you that your health is holding well- this is good news- and that your enjoying your collections and gaming room to the full. Cheers. KEV.

  5. Congratulations to you Ross. Interesting plans ahead. Just a thought why not hold onto the WW1 German army for the moment and see how it might be integrated into your future plans?

    1. They were never supposed to be and have no place going forward, its was purely a centennial thing.

  6. Ross Here's to eight more years of good health, blogging and shiny toy soldiers. Thanks for your inspirational blog!

  7. Ross l have three elastolin Turks from childhood l would like to recruit for your force. Please send me your address by email and they are yours.

  8. Ross Mac,

    May you have many, many years of good health ahead of you.

    All the best,


  9. My bloods came back yesterday with a considerable improvement in my previously dodgy cholesterol position. I have no idea what I did right.

    Congratulations on reaching Y9 and I wish you at least as many more to come. I like reading your blog.


  10. Ross,
    Stay healthy, my friend. In a real sense reading your blog and playing in a couple of your games at Huzzah! over the last few years has rekindled my love of toy soldiers and 40/54mm figures. May you have many more years of MacDuff and Atlantica and even those rebels up in Origawn!


  11. Thanks Alan, Always a pleasure when you're in one of my games. Hopefully I'll still be able to safely cross the border next year!