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 and I'm asking YOU to help choose the period. It has to be something from my current list but please comment on any post from Sep 12 till Oct 1 or email me : . and to let me know your preference and any suggestions on the mini campaign.

The polls are now open!

Wednesday, August 21, 2019


"Be sure you are right then go ahead!" 
Oom Bob is ready. 

One of my goals is to have each of my remaining collections of figures present a different sort of gaming experience. In part this can be done by different historical periods and different levels or battle but it also includes styles of gaming. This tends to go against my instinctive urge to use variations of the a current favourite rule system for as many periods as possible.

So, having some time today,  I took the plunge and reorganized and rebased ny remaining early 20thC  forces for a style of game that was once a favourite. The goal will be to have twelve units per army or at least twelve where more are already available. 
The Faraway Expeditionary Force: Force HQ, 1 cavalry squadron, 1 light tank, 7 infantry companies, 2 of which include an MG, 3 batteries.
 The Kapelle Rebels almost have enough units based for an ambush. Recruiting continues.

The Oerberg Defence Force: HQ, 3 cavalry squadron, 1 cavalry MG, 4 infantry inc 1 MG, 2 batteries.

At this point the quick and easy foamcore bases are just painted to not jar with the cloth but with only one 3"x3" base per unit I'd like to add unit names (or id) and maybe stats to the base. But not until they've been engaged. In this format there are several rules systems they could use but my plan is to resurrect the Square Brigadier and fine tune it.


  1. Hi Ross- Very nice Armies you've made there. Are they 40mm Figures? The little 'Light Tank'- is it a Scratch Build or a Die Cast or Resin model? Have a great time with your Battles. Cheers. KEV.

    1. Its an old Dinky Toy diecast. Subscale but it works well enough for the 40's for my purposes.

  2. I'm starting to wonder for what periods you don't have figures ;)

    1. Well I do like to mention that my first reference book was Fucken's "le costume et les armes des soldats de tous les temps"

      When I started scaling back and focusing, I chose very carefully to have something to "scratch the itch" for each of the very broad periods: ancient/medival, pike and shot, horse and musket, age of rifles, mid-20thC (can't call it modern anymore) though the last has not been out in a few years and may eventually be retired officially.

  3. Looks grand! The nice thing is that you can slowly add a few figures at a time without going crazy trying to get everything painted.

    1. Exactly. Plus, they'll stand up on sloped hills so I get to use the old shapes under cloth for hills again.