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, May 8, 2019

And.....the Winner IS......

Thanks to all who left a comment they were much appreciated. 


For much of the last forty years I have had a sort of fear of being thought conventional. That has receded so while I still abjure trendiness, I'm no longer harbouring a secret urge to be different for the sake of being different.

In this case, once the idea of an old toy approach hit me, I was uncertain if I liked it or just thought it quirky and something different.

So I asked for opinions  and have decided to allow myself to be persuaded by them to follow my original plan and keep my customary fluff. (Not cotton balls though, salvaged stuffing from ex-pillows and deceased stuffed toys. Waste not etc..)

I am, however, going to press on with gluing this to a base to raise it to muzzle height and to try to discourage it from floating off on the slightest draft in search of a tree or house to snag itself on.

After various internal debates about things like hiding the post in a bush, I've decided to paint it sky coloured though you have to put your eye at table level and look towards a backdrop to get the full effect. When looking down from a standing position, the post isn't terribly noticeable on a crowded battlefield anyway.

Flash update. As per Peter's comment below I tried using black for the post. I think that might be the way to go.



5 comments:

  1. Looks good. Have you tried black instead of sky blue? odd as it sounds, thin strips of black tend to disappear from a distance. Illusionists have done this for years.

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    1. I tried a couple of what I hoped would be easy to ignore colours that wouldn't look like tree trunks but I'm not sure I tried black. I will.

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  2. Now that that is settled, I look forward to your revisions, adjustments, additions... :)

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    1. Tsk, Ed, rules get constant revision, terrain etc which I HATE making, gets used and abused in various periods and scales, appropriate or not until it falls apart and can't be propped up any more.

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  3. Hi Ross,
    While black certainly does tend to disappear at a distnce, what about a grass green color? If you painted the stem to blend in with the stand it is on which n turn blends with the color of your table, under most viewing circumstances it would blend in with the ground.
    Jerry

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