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

ROLL CALL: 2018 Ongoing armies and campaigns.

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

(All pictures from blog archives  of games fought between 2013 and 2017.)

In Rough Chronological Order

1. Prince Micheal Ap Malcom of Valdur. 40mm Elastolin Dark Ages skirmish inspired by Prince Valiant but now with a fantasy element available. Rules undecided. 1-3 games a year.

2. The Four Winds. Old School 25mm medieval/fantasy. (Actually appearing on Gathering of Hosts Blog). 1-2 games a year 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 making noises again. A couple of games every few 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.

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 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 indivdually based will join in using sabots when required. 1-2 Charge! games every couple of years and more HofT games inbetween.

6. War of 1812-1840. 40mm Scruby + Original and Zinnbrigade homecast figures. Focused primarily on raids, ambushes, and small battles both historical and fictional but will be capable of refighting the larger 1812 battles which took place on Canadian soil. This collection is making use of a Toy Soldier attitude and mixing figures from 1812-1848 and from different theatres of war. One thorny problem which has finally been resolved is what to do with the figures cast and painted for  this time period in my fictional Atlantica setting since I don't want to pursue that portion of Atlantican history but don't want to ditch any more of the existing figures and do want to field units from the French Napoleonic Zinn Brigade moulds that I already have. The answer will be to include the West Indies and use my Toy Soldier license to play games "inspired by" the 1809 campaigns but without any serious effort to get it "right".

7. ACW . 1/72, mostly Airfix,  ACW battles.  2-3 games 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.

8. For Queen and Country.  Mid-Late 19thC 54mm glossy toy soldier fictional wargames inspired by the Fenian raids, Riel Rebellions, and Zulu Wars. 5-6 games a year.

9. The Great Atlantican War. 40mm glossy toy soldiers in low level actions set in a fictional setting at the start of the 20th Century. 5-6 games a year, near infinite list of things that could be added.......

10. Something with Tanks (95% likely to be 28/30mm Early WWII)
New Additions.
11. Along the Nile. 25mm (!) 1807 Egypt. 

A nascent Portable Wargame using molds and figures already in hand.


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