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

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Friday Night Shopping: Visigoth Style

On Friday I set up the cottage dining table for an old favourite Grant scenario that I usually call The Wagon Train. Almost all the minis are from various Elastolin 4cm ranges but most have been painted and many converted by me.

Here is a link to my rules which we used: "Castle Dangerous".

(All photos by Rob Hingley except as otherwise noted.) Rob commanded the Escort, Paul the Castle garrison, Mike the Huns and Anthony the Visigoths.
Through the morning mists comes a glimpse of Hope!

"The lowing oxcarts wind slowly o'er the lea"
(from Graze Elegy Written in a Country Farmyard)
Then suddenly, some rowdy Sons of a Hun appear. The escorts deploy!

The castle gates open. Here come the cavalry!

"Huns to the front of me, Visigoths to the rear,
here I am, stuck in the middle with ewe."
(
Sorry but it was that sort of evening)

The last of the Hun cavalry managed to sack the lead wagon before being chased off the table and now the Visigoth Hearthguard emerge from the woods in which they have been lurking for the whole game to the consternation of everyone, including the King of the Visigoths himself who was on the far side of the table with his archers and warriors. Can they seize a second, game winning, wagon before it pulls away and the Elite Roman infantry moves up?

That night in the Visigoth camp, the warriors ate heartily.
One more game to report on.

18 comments:

  1. I can hear Mike singing the Steelers Wheel song....

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  2. A most cinematic engagement, rendered with an appropriately lively narrative--and a meaty conclusion :) Thanks for the interlude!

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  3. Great game. Hearty meal. Look forward to next year.

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  4. Looks like a really fun evening. All you needed were some retro wagon wheel biscuits...

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  5. I do like those figures , wish they were still available .

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    1. The price on ebay has plummeted in the last few years but I have too many
      (NEVER thought I'd say that...)

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  6. Certainly sounds like a fun evening.

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  7. Ross Mac,

    It looks like everyone had a great time!

    All the best,

    Bob

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  8. Great stuff...and great food to get stuffed with! :-)

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