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

ROLL CALL: Armies and Campaigns. (June 2018 update)

Here is what I have narrowed my collecting and wargaming focus to as of June 2018.  More details will be added.

(All pictures from blog archives  of games fought between 2013 and 2018.)

In Rough Chronological Order

1. Stout Hearts and Willing Swords.  40mm Elastolin Dark Ages semi-skirmish inspired by Prince Valiant but with a fantasy element available. The rules are be Old School inspired with small units of individual figures plus characters and will include variable length moves and a fistful of dice in combat with saving throws for armour rather than die modifiers. 1-2 games a year.
Rules: Stout Hearts and Willing Swords (link)

Earl Helgin and his Huscarles.

2. The Four Winds. Old School 25mm medieval/fantasy, element based. (Actually appearing on Gathering of Hosts Blog). 1-2 games every few years with occasional new or refurbished units.

3. Rough Wooing. 40mm 16thC including a large group of original homecast as well as Elastolin and others.  The long awaited Turks are now being worked on in anticipation of a raid on Portland in May of 2019. A game or three most years.

4. Battle for New France and Acadia. Glossy Old School 30mm 18thC miniatures battling on a grid for control of Acadia and Quebec.  The games will be heavily inspired by real actions but will be primarily small fictional engagements where both sides were usually composed largely of regular forces  so think the Quebec campaign, Louisburg etc rather than indians vs ranger skirmishes. I will probably vary the scale so that I can also do versions of the larger actions such as the Plains of Abraham and Ste Foye.

I had been planning to do this with Prince August figures but these are my oldest metal wargame figures (1973) and they deserve to see action after decades spent mostly in barracks. 1-2 games every few years.

5. NQSYW  40mm home cast Prince August armies in a fictional 18thC setting. This began as my contribution to the HAWKS for HMGS multi-player Charge! rules. I no longer have room at home for full Charge! games and have more troops than I ever need to take on the road so while I am leaving a size-able contingent of Charge! organized units, the rest are being based more compactly for Hearts of Tin games at home. The Charge! units, being individually based will join in using sabots when required. 1-2 Charge! games every couple of years and more HofT games inbetween.

6. War of 1812. 40mm Scruby + Original and Zinnbrigade homecast figures. It is intended primarily for raids, ambushes, and small battles both historical and fictional set in Canada. The uniforms will range from being  historical to  recreating slightly less accurate Victorian lithographs. 1-2 games every couple of years.

7. ATLANTICA: The Brethren of the Coast. 40mm 'Victorian Colonial' toy soldier fictional campaigns set in the early 1850's. A couple of games every few years.

8. ACW . 1/72, mostly Airfix,  ACW.  1-2 games a year. A few cavalry to refurbish and a few more commanders and flags. Lots of recruits waiting  in the cupboard if I can figure out how to use more figures.

9. ATLANTICA: The Northern Rebellion.
1860's/70's  54mm glossy toy soldier fictional wargames inspired by the Fenian raids and Riel Rebellions. 12+ games a year.

10. ATLANTICA: The Oerberg War. 40mm glossy toy soldiers in early 20th Century small or Colonial wars. 3-6 games a year.

11. When I was young. 54mm 1950/60's fictional toy soldier games including some veterans of  real wars in my backyard in the early 60's. Portable Wargame every couple of years.

Near Misses.
11. Along the Nile. 25mm (!) 1807 Egypt. 

A CANCELLED nascent Portable Wargame using molds and figures already in hand. Maybe one day.


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