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

Friday, December 28, 2018

While you are waiting

Since some lazy sod has been watching movies and eating instead of typing, the battle report is not quite finished. Should be available  for the Sunday papers.

In the meantime please enjoy this short article on the Royal Grenadiers:

The Royal Grenadiers began life as a Toronto volunteer militia unit. In 1881 they were designated as the 10th Royal Grenadiers and in 1885 they contributed a detachment to the NorthWest Field force. In time they were amalgamated with other Toronto units to form the Royal Regiment of Canada. (Not to be confused with the Royal Canadian Regiment which is a reg force regiment.) 

They are one of 4 Canadian units, (1 regular, 3 primary reserve)  authorized to wear bearskins. The Royal Grenadiers (as they were)  wear a white over red plume and the standard infantry pointed cuff.  The Vandoos or Royal 22ieme, a regular regiment, (3 wear a similar tunic but with red plumes on their bearskins.

The Grenadier Guards (the oldest regiment) wear white plumes and the old slashed cuffs as do the Governor General Foot Guards (the senior regiment as opposed to oldest) who wear red plumes. 

As one would expect very similar regiments may be found  in the Faraway Royal Army.


  1. "some lazy sod has been watching movies and eating"

    I resemble that remark... :)

  2. The festivities do get in the way of gaming don't they

  3. We didn't wear bearskins or large plumes, but fusiliers wear a jaunty hackle

  4. Ross,
    Splendid Grenadiers- well done! I always like Grenadiers and yours are just great. Cheers. KEV.

  5. Hi Ross,
    These are tremendous! I can easily see them forming the center of the line in what you could call the Genadier Brigade. Once again, great stuff!

    1. 90 year old veterans! Amazing what a wash and repaint will do.