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. (November 2018 update)

Here is what I have narrowed my collecting and wargaming focus to as of November 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 some fantasy elements available. The rules are 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)
or Medieval Mayhem.
Earl Helgin and his Huscarles.

2. 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.

3. NQSYW  40mm home cast Prince August armies in a fictional 18thC setting with the ability to also fight SYW in America games.

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 MacDuff to the Frontier in between.

4. 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 illustrations. 1-2 games every couple of years.

5. ATLANTICA: The Queen and the Fox. 40mm Scruby and Homemade.  Set in the 1850's on the fictional sub-continent of Atlantica, the Red Queen's army and Navy try to suppress the Brethren of the Coast under their infamous leader known as The Black Fox, aided by native allies and a force of Oberhilsian volunteers . Square Brigadier rules, 1-3 games most years.

6. 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.

7. ATLANTICA: The Origawn or Northern Rebellion. (the setting may revert to the original fictional 1860/70's Canada with a fictional version of the Fenians, Metis and First Nations as opponents.)
54mm glossy toy soldier fictional wargames. 12+ games a year.

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

9. The Portable Wargame. 54mm toy soldier Zulu and Post-WWII games 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. 

The Four Winds. Old School 25mm medieval/fantasy, element based. (Actually appearing on Gathering of Hosts Blog). These are the last remnant of the 25mm ancient and medieval armies that were the mainstay of my gaming for the first 40 years. The hard core will stay for now but I have retired them to the cupboard till I have time and energy to finish refurbishing them and the enthusiasm to play a game. Its not the first time they have gone into storage but for now they are off the active list for this year though still available if I get the urge. In the meantime Prince Valiant and the Rough Wooing crowd will provide my knights and barbarians fix!

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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