EXERT 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

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Stumbling through Trimsos

The plan was to write up some background, notes on translating it onto my table, then later, a battle report,  but the sun came out and after a weekend of playing catch-up in the garden I am tired, slightly sun burnt and not up to a long blog post.

I did manage to work through a quick game, a few minutes here and there, but was a little too sun dazed and was relying on faulty memory of the latest draft of rules.

On the right, the Persians with their scythed chariots fill in for the Hyperboreans.

 On the left, with Egyptian allies including never before heard of Egyptian elephant corps, the Lydians fill in for the Hyrkanians

Even disregarding the memory lapses, the first attempt at adapting the rules to make some use of the hexes was not  a complete  success. I'm not sure exactly why but it didn't "feel" quite right and there were a few obvious but unforeseen flaws in the sequence of play. I've tinkered with the rules (in my head) and have reset the game after a fairly convincing " Hyrkanian"/Lydian victory. On Monday, the game will be played "for real". .

A Mede's eye view of a Lydian elephant.


  1. Ross - I have a very soft spot for Trimsos, since it was the first actual miniature battle I read about in the first wargame book I ever had (or borrowed, I think, at that stage). I spent hours gazing at the photos - even the use of flats seemed to heighten the mystical quality.

    The black & white photo is a very nice touch! Look forward to reading more of this. Thanks.

  2. Uhoh. This was a spur of the moment whim. I started with Battles for Model Soldiers and only got a copy of Wargames about 10 years ago. I'll try to be respectful!

  3. No, no - I don't expect this to be anything like the original - just go for it. Mr Featherstone would expect that, anyway, I think.