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. (August 2019 update)

Here is what I have narrowed my collecting and wargaming focus to as of March 2019.  More details will be added.

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

In Rough Chronological Order

1. In the Days of King Arthur.  40mm  Elastolin Post Roman Britain inspired by Rosemary Sutcliffe's books, Prince Valiant and the Elastolin 4cm figures for the period. this started as a Skirmish game collection using Medieval Mayhem (See Battlegames Issue 6) but despite my "best efforts" my collection of Elastolins has grown too big for my idea of skirmish games so it has moved on to small low level scenarios. The rules and the collection seriously need a good name but  1-3 games a year.
Rules: Keepers of the Flame  or Medieval Mayhem.
Earl Helgin and his Huscarles.

2. Land of the 4 Winds. OS-25mm Medieval Fantasy using figures added over 45 years of wargaming.  See my Gathering of Hosts blog.

3. Rough Wooing. 40mm 16thC including a large proportion of original homecast figures as well as Elastolins and a few others.  The long awaited Turks are now being worked on in anticipation of a raid on Portland some day. A game or three most years.

4. NQSYW  40mm home cast Prince August armies in a fictional 18thC setting.

This began as my contribution to the HAWKS for HMGS multi-player games using Charge! by Lawford & Young. 1-2 Charge! games every couple of years and some smaller games of With MacDuff to the Frontier or A Gentleman's War in between.

5. War of 1812 +. 40mm Scruby + Original and Zinnbrigade homecast figures. This is essentially a War of 1812 collection with some options for some not quite historical games involving pirates, balloons and steamships
.  2-3 games every couple of years.

6. ACW . 1/72, mostly Airfix,  ACW.  1-2 games a year. Still more recruits waiting  in the cupboard but more terrain is the big thing now.

7. ATLANTICA: The Origawn or NorthWest Rebellion. 54mm glossy toy soldier fictional wargames. 12+ games a year.

8. ATLANTICA: The Oerberg War. Early 20thC Colonial games using 40mm glossy toy soldiers.  1-3 games a year.

9. The Portable Wargame.  Mid 20thC fictional using some veterans of  backyard battles in the early 60's and other veterans of wars in the 1920's and 30's. A couple of games every couple of years.

Retired/Near Misses.

Battle for New France and Acadia. 30mm 18thC miniatures battling for control of Acadia and Quebec.  The basis of this was a collection of 30mm figures, my first metal wargame figures, that I bought in 1973. The figures were originally commissioned for a diorama of the 1759 battle on the Plains of Abrahams for a museum in Quebec which I once had the opportunity to view. Mine were part of the surplus which a dealer was selling off and have probably fought less than a dozen battles in 35 years despite being near and dear to my heart. I finally found just what they have been needing, a new home  where there are some of their kin and where they will see the light of day and get to fight again. 

54mm Portable Zulu War
Refurbished Britains against (largely) A Call to Arms Zulus but I don't really hunger to fight Zulu War games so The British are sailing off to fight the Origawn Rebels while the Zulus go back to sleep until called for again and rebased as individuals.

Along the Nile. 25mm (!) 1807 Egypt. 
A nascent Portable Wargame using molds and figures already in hand. Maybe one day.


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