Viewer's Choice Celebration MiniCampaign

It has now been over 20 years since I launched "With MacDuff On the Web" and nearly 10 years since I launched my 2 blogs: Gathering of Hosts and Battle game of the Month.

To celebrate the years and the friends and the million hits I've decided to run a 3 game mini-campaign in late October. By popular vot e it will be set in the mid 18th Century.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Slow and Unsteady Beats Stalled

As predicted, there has not been a lot of time or energy for hobby stuff this week but not a lot is not nothing and I was getting very tired of see a handful of bits and pieces of Ft Henry Guard on my desk waiting for the missing bodies and heads to be cast.

The problem is that I don't do well at small rushed bits of time, quality control tends to suffer shall we say. So, a bit of rough metal here and a mould fault there that got missed until priming, a head swap that ended up a bit wonky...
The 2nd company of the Ft Henry Guard
is beginning to be identifiable.
Thank goodness Toy Soldiers are more forgiving than fine models. A few extra coats of thick paint before the details are added can work wonders. The final coats of gloss varnish will do the rest.


  1. They are coming along nicely and l look forward to seeing them in action.

  2. Yes, looking good. 'Lack of fine detail' is a good reason with toy soldiers... and I'm finding a 'lack of detail' is helping me with the 6mm stuff I'm doing right now. But really - how much detail is needed to produce a battle that looks good? As opposed to each figure being a work of art.

    1. Actually, underneath the think coat of oil paint those old Britain's castings were quite well detailed, surprisingly so. They didn't have the sort of pitting and mould faults these chaps suffer from either. They'll be fine once finished since no one is likely to do a close inspection but the rough surfaces suck up extra coats of paint when you are using craft acrylics!

  3. It can be the little things, like seeing a 'real' wood base being used (rather than plastic / MDF in my case), that can an appreciative smile. A good start to the day's proceedings.

    1. Norm, I hate to break it to you but this recycled board is as fake as mdf in its own way. Its almost like a wooden version of foam core with a thin veneer of wood on the outside and some sort of wood fibre filler in the middle. Strong, light, cheap and looks like wood.

  4. As Norm says above, it's watching these lovely figures come together that brings a smile to my face every time :)

  5. how many units have been finished off at 3am to get them ready for the following day's battle.

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